Fun fact about Phil and myself, we love food. We love everything about food – going to the grocery store to find new inspiration, reading new recipes on other blogs (hello Skinnytaste, A Clean Plate, and Turntable Kitchen) and in cookbooks (Cravings and The Whole30 Cookbook), preparing delicious meals, and of course devouring any meal placed before us. To cater to this craving in 2017, we implemented a bi-weekly date night with the intention of expanding our palate, exploring more of the amazing city we live in and purposefully setting aside time to spend quality time with each other.
There are terms to these date nights:
- The date chooser changes every other week – one week it’s Phil, the next me
- The date must take place at a restaurant that we have never been before
- The meal must consist of at least one appetizer and one main dish (side dishes, desserts and salads/soups optional and must be agreed upon)
- Any restaurant with interesting drink menus are a plus
Our first date night was at the start of the new year, January 27. We went to City Tip House Boston, right over the bridge in South Boston (or ‘Southie’ as we Bostonians loving refer to this neighborhood). This new establishment is built in a old steel warehouse, which the interior reflects perfectly: exposed wooden beams, cast iron pipes donning edison bulbs, and even a wood-burning stove set the scene for a delicious meal. There are even several candles burning throughout the floor which exude homey relaxation.
After being shown to our seats, we scoured the menu. It was full of delicious options, including wood fire pizzas, homemade burgers and several small plates and main dishes paying respect to one of New England’s delicacies: seafood. We were then greeted by our wonderful server who brought over a beer list of over 100 local brews (60 on draft, 40 bottled). After reading the beer list and food options we decided on ordering our own flights, two small plates, a pizza and a main dish (see the exact choices below).
The rest of our night was spent chatting, laughing, and connecting, something that we don’t really get to do during the week due to our hectic schedules. We love food and experiencing new restaurants, but ultimately we love each other and are excited to share this dedicated time focusing on us, while sharing stories, laughs and one of our passions. What are some of your favorite rituals or date nights? How do you connect with your loved ones during the week? We’d love to hear! Oh, and tune in to @writetogetaway on Instagram to see our future date nights!
Small Plates: Korean Short Rib Tacos (featuring amazing chili sauce that heats the back of your throat in the best way possible) and Ten Spice Wings (I swear they put brown sugar in their spice blend, so unexpected yet delicious)
Wood Fire Pizza: Prosciutto & Fig (complete with an arugula salad tossed with a light dressing with shaved parmesan)
Main Dish: Duck Fried Rice (complete with a poached egg for an extra richness balancing the saltiness of the soy/sesame sauce and cilantro)
Flight Choices: Two Roads No Limits Here, Victory Golden Monkey, Von Trapp Hellos Lager, Citizen Lake Hopper Cider, Dogfish Namaste, Weihenstephaner Winterfestbier, Avery Illiko’i Kepolo, St.-Feuillien Saison
*Their drink menu is constantly changing to include extraordinary and elevated brews.