My husband and I aren’t much into celebrating Valentines’ Day, as many, we find it a bit over-rated. We feel like we don’t need a holiday to show how much we love each other. But, with that being said we usually go out for dinner (we love food almost much as we love each other) and we usually get each other something small (we do love each other after all).
Last year we took a road trip to Ottawa for our friends wedding. They had their wedding on Valentine’s Day, which was actually really awesome! We didn’t have to worry about dinner reservations or what we were going to do. We had our daughter Madison who was only 2.5 months old at the time. We had so much fun eating delicious food, having drinks, dancing the night away with our friends and our baby girl. Madison slept for most of it! It was Madison’s first road trip, night away from home, wedding and so much more! We were so happy we could attend their wedding with her and it’s a Valentine’s Day we will never forget. Looking back I can’t believe how little she was.
This year we decided to go out for dinner, just the three of us. We planned to go to The Keg for the early bird special, since our nights have changed quite a bit with Madison (now 14 months). Her bedtime is 7:30, so a late dinner was out of the question. The plan was to get there for 5 pm, so we called at 4:30 and there was already a 50 minute wait! What the?? Clearly The Keg is a hot spot for Valentine’s Day weekend, who knew? There was no way we’d be able to wait that long with Madison (or want to) so we made a change of plans. We decided to go to one of our other favourite places; Fratecelli’s. We both LOVE Italian food and it’s only 5 minutes from our house. We didn’t have a reservation but they said we could probably get a table if we came early. We were successful! If you haven’t tried Fratecellis, you really need to! They had a special Valentine’s Day menu that you could order from ($80 per couple) which included one appetizer, two main courses, a dessert to share, table bread and coffee or tea. We just ordered from their regular menu because I was craving Chicken Parmesan. It’s my go to, and never disappoints! Madison had the kids thin crust pizza and Matt had New York Steak with Fettuccini Alfredo on the side. We all loved it!
Madison definitely makes for an interesting and fun night out. In between eating her pizza, she had fun colouring (and we had fun trying to make sure she didn’t eat the crayons or colour her pizza), exploring the restaurant with daddy – making b lines for the kitchen, chatting with lots of couples trying to share her food with them, and making friends with our server. We were out of the restaurant by 7pm and finished the evening off with a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks. YUM! Definitely a different type of “night out” but we wouldn’t have it any other way!