Last Sunday, I heard someone say that it is the women who love celebrating Valentine’s Day. That may be true for most people, but not for us. May I just say that I have the sweetest husband?
With the pile of work we have, I was willing to sit out this Valentine’s: I was OK with just staying home, watching a movie on our TV and a nightcap. But Randy insisted we have a date. He told me that we should always celebrate Valentine’s like new, so-much-in love couples, not like an old, married, jaded-about-love couple. Feeling so lucky that I married such a man, I agreed. I remembered the voucher I bought from Metrodeals last September (that was when I first discovered Metrodeals–I was excited that I wanted to buy EVERYTHING): Tagaytay getaway at Las Ventanas for two for just P1,999, with free dinner, breakfast and massage! Thinking that this was really a steal, I purchased it right away to save for a special occasion. And the occasion called No-Plans for Valentine’s presented itself. I called Las Ventanas last Friday with a small ray of hope that something would still be available on Feb. 13 or 14. And what do you know, there were still slots for either night! Randy and I decided to head to Tagaytay on the 13th and go home after lunch on the 14th.
Yesterday, I felt guilty leaving Raviv just with his nannies. I wanted to bring him with us. But we definitely could not have a romantic Valentine’s Eve and Day with him in tow, right? The thought of bringing his nannies sprang into our minds, but when only Yaya Isay expressed outward jubilation about going to Tagaytay with us, Randy decided to leave Raviv home with strict instructions to everyone left (he wanted the other nannies to be excited to come with us).
We left at about 5 p.m. and arrived at our first stop at around 7 p.m. First stop was dinner at Restaurant Verbena at Discovery Country Suites. Since it was a Valentine’s Eve dinner, I wanted fine dining. We did not choose Antonio’s (most popular in Tagaytay) because we’ve already eaten there before. Bago naman 🙂
On the way to Tagaytay….
Randy: (condescending and nang-iinis na tono) Iba-blog mo ba itong date natin?
Randy: Naku dapat maganda ang mga sabihin ko kasi ikukuwento mo nanaman sa blog mo ‘yung mga pinagsasasabi ko (sabay tawa na nang-iinis pa rin).
The restau was cozy to begin with (country style), but made even cozier by the fact that it rained practically the whole day. Plus the soft yellow lights really set the mood. And since it was raining, there were quite a few patrons (Randy: Nagpa-reserve ka pa, konti lang naman tayo!) Soft yellow lights + rain + Tagaytay breeze + few guests + window near the cliff with foliage seat = melancholy mood. And melancholy mood is synonymous to romantic to me.
OK, so what did we have? For starters, we had the complimentary country baguette with three dips.
We were so hungry that we finished the bread.
After finishing the yummy baguette + dips, we were served the appetizer we ordered…bread nanaman (we didn’t know that we will be given complimentary baguette! Had we known, we would have just ordered soup)!
This was served on a small cast iron pot with flames under. It smelled good and the herbs really added flavor to it. I loved it! Ito palang, medyo busog na ako.
Our main courses were these:
Of the three in the sampler plate, Randy loved the beef short ribs goulash the most, followed by the salmon. In my case, I loved the lamb chops the most!
The nice thing about gourmet is that the chef successfully adds zest to an otherwise common dish. My taste buds were pleasantly surprised upon tasting the orange zest in the fettuccine sauce. Randy said he liked it too and did not believe me when I told him that this dish cost only about P400++. He said that with the generous serving of lobster, he wouldn’t be surprised if I just missed a “1” in the thousands digit, as in he thinks it’s probably P1,400++. But when the bill arrived, I was right after all: Restaurant Verbena’s Lobster Fettuccine cost only P495.
Since it was really a cold Valentine’s Eve, Randy ordered a steaming hot Cappuccino Viennese Coffee. I, on the other hand, was not freezing, thanks to a shawl I brought (but made me look top heavy and waistless in the photos, no thanks!), so I ordered Long Island Iced Tea.
Despite the fact that we only had two courses instead of five, we were so full. I started wondering how that happened. Probably it has something to do with the fact that gourmet food feeds our every sense: our eyes got satisfied looking at nicely presented food; our olfactory system feasted on different aromas; our ear drums were not irritated with loud conversation and tacky music; our skin was caressed by fresh Tagaytay breeze; and of course, our taste buds had a gastronomic treat.
That, or the fact that I was wearing a form-fitting dress and I was trying to suck air in for fear of my bilbil bulging.
I think it’s a combination of both. Haha.
Part deux later 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
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