Sunday, March 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day.....

 Valentine's Day was one month ago, give or take a day.
 
Mr. Downeastdoingstuff and I celebrated last night!!
 
Now I know that in your warped minds a number of scenarios might be racing through your brains and before you start hyperventilating........we just went out to dinner. 

(We've been married almost 36 years....celebrating Valentine's Day takes on many forms. ie. 'Don't buy me a card, and I won't buy you a card.', was something I vaguely think I uttered. [I'm not paying $6 for a card and neither is he! Being a math wiz I know that adds up to $12 bucks. Ridiculous.])

So we decided to go out to dinner to a nice place. Only took a month to figure out where to go.

OK, so we're a bit slow, but we don't need to impress each other any more. Well, no, I take that back.....Mr. DEDS needs to continually impress me. (He reads this blog, so I don't want him to think he can slack off.)
So off we went to Walter's, an upscale, contemporary (for Portland, Maine) restaurant that has received excellent reviews. It was really balmy out, about 40 degrees, so it was a nice night to go out on the town.

I took some photos, but it was so dang dark in there they are not very good, but here they are...


View from our table toward the front door.

(Notice how it's still light outside!!! Yippee....good bye winter.)

I had the Salmon dish. At the top was smoked salmon and at the bottom were two hunks of roasted salmon, each in a different sauce. It was all artfully placed on top of a bed of sauteed spinach and pine nuts. As a finishing touch, it was all impaled with three pieces of wood. (?)

Mr. DEDS had the Mixed Grill. A Petite Filet Mignon, Shrimp and Scallops. Garlic mashed potatoes and some other stuff we couldn't identify.

And in honor of our Valentine's Day celebration, a huge painting of a heart was hung up, I'm sure, just for our enjoyment. What a place.

Note: Yesterday was the last day of Restaurant Week in Portland, Maine. For one week you could go to many, many participating restaurants and pay one price (it varies from $20, $30 or $40) and get a three course meal. If you do the math, which you all know that I am good at, you actually save quite a bit of money that way. 

BTW...NOT buying two Valentine's Day cards bought us a glass of wine and another alcoholic concoction called Coco-mo. Good deal if you ask me.

Love you, Birdman.


15 comments:

Birdman said...
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Birdman said...

Yes, a fine time and worth the wait. And Elenka showed her smarts! We called for reservations and they were booked SOLID for the evening. So she said let's go right at 5... maybe we can get a table... or backup plan-- sit at the bar and have the bar menu. Good thinkin'. It worked. btw the Coco-mo was the worse part of my evening... too sweet, too minty.. way too WEAK! hahahaha
Lovya E-

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

very sweet! and we don't buy cards either. i won't until i either have hallmark stock or lose my mind! ha ha

smiles, bee
xxoxooxxoox

Piecefulafternoon said...

Lovely evening. We sometimes buy cards - if the dollar store has some with a good enough sentiment. ;-)

A nice dinner out is a fun way to celebrate.

Eva Gallant said...

I by him Cashews, he buys me chocolates.

Traveling Bells said...

I don't buy cards either--I make them either on the computer or using stamping methods. Well, I think it was last year, Dick used my computer and MADE me a card on it (I have finally convinced him not to buy cards; not to buy fancy floral arrangements, or candy). I was sooo impressed over his efforts. We hit 43 yrs of togetherness this summer. I'll keep him.

We do that same math--$12 bucks for cards vs $12 for wine. Wine wins every time!

Debbie said...

Happy Belated Valentines day to you both! I am with you on the cards. This year I got my own screen saver created just for me! Great restaurant...must try it some time....love the look and the lights!

Lili said...

Now this was a really good idea Elenka and it looks like it was worth the wait. And that's really awesome that the heart painting was on the wall. Cards vs. wine, wine will win everytime with me! ~Lili

Sharon Creech said...

I'm so glad we get to hear two versions of your outings on both (yours and birdman's) blogs. You are both kookoo (in a good way).

haha

brattcat said...

I love this "save money on cards, spend money on drinks" approach to the economy. I'm going to start calculating how many things I don't do so I can spend the money on all the things I want to do. Inspired, E. Perhaps you have a future in the treasury department.

Balisha said...

Happy Valentine's Day Lovebirds...Balisha

Irene said...

You can't fool me. Looking at your pictures.... you're enjoying the Early Bird Specials!!!! Wally would be proud.... Happy Spring.

Deb Shucka said...

I love that you celebrated a month late! It sounds like a great evening - even if you couldn't identify everything on your plates, and those skewers looked a little scary.

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

Awww. Sweethearts! One thing Mike and I used to do when we traveled to cat shows, was to look up in advance to see what Zagat rated restaurants were in the area and that would help make our weekends like mini-vacations. We were only married 7 years before he died, so we still did cards. In fact, in cleaning up my basement, I came across some 'cat' cards I had bought in advance and I let them go--no husband now, but lots of memories and not many sad.

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