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4 Year Anniversary at The Sky Room

Today is our 4 year wedding anniversary and I know it’s the most perfect time to use Groupon for The Sky Room in Long Beach! I had to make a reservation a day before as part of Groupon condition.

But before we went, I did some 10 minute burpee challenge.

View from the outside (took this after the dinner) – the restaurant is located at top floor.


When we got in, we actually had to wait for an elevator attendant.

The elevator attendant told us a bit about the building, that it was the original Hilton Hotel and has been around since 1938. Another interesting thing is Elizabeth Taylor actually had her wedding in this restaurant. You can read more of the history on their page.

The entrance to the restaurant. Btw since this is a fine dining type restaurant, business casual is the dress code.

We got a nice table next to the window with the harbor view. If we got here after dark, might look nicer with all the lights on.

I ordered some cocktail based on the waiter’s suggestions:
The Rosenson Raspberry Lemon Drop for me

Hubby K ordered The Sweet Troublemaker (basically watermelon with vodka) and those red powder along the glass rim was cayenne pepper.

The waiter gave us some bread slices, which Hubby K devoured all (including my portion). Served with butter and some salt.

After scrolling around the menu, we decided both would have the steak.

I ordered Prime New York Steak (I asked the waiter to make sure it’s gluten free and he happily accommodated it) – no sauce and only steak and veggie of my choice.

Boy, that steak was HUGE and I admit that I finished the entire thing! On the second thought, they might give me a bigger portion of steak since I didn’t have any carby dish (potatoes, rice, pasta etc) and might not be enough if they just gave me the typical small portion. Oh well, I won’t refuse more protein! 😀

Hubby K ordered Prime Fillet Mignon which arrived with an interesting mashed potatoes set up

We also ordered some salad and even though usually they charge for splitting the dish, the waiter waived it for us. How nice 🙂  I chose Salade de Maman which came with a dijon mustard dressing, but he put it on the side PLUS he brought us olive oil and balsamic vinegar.


We talked and pretty much just relaxing and waited for the alcohol to wear off a bit. This was our first time ever to have a fine dining. If it wasn’t because of Groupon ($25 for $50), I don’t think I’ll ever think of going to a fine dining restaurant, especially not in our current situation. Since we both were stuffed from the meal, so no desserts. After all, I already had enough sugar rush from the cocktail drink. No need to add more.

In a nutshell, it was a nice 4 year anniversary celebration.

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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in food, life

 

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How married couple celebrate their anniversary?

My husband and I took a day off today because it’s our 3 year wedding anniversary. We don’t have quite a grand plan of how to celebrate our wedding anniversary, mainly we just want to spend our time together instead of be at work. Besides it’s good to take a day off in the middle of the week, right?

So what exactly we did? First off, we got to sleep in..until 7:30 am…and I didn’t workout in the early morning like I usually do. We had some simple breakfast, mainly bread and hot tea. I have a glass of unsweetened vanilla almond milk in addition.

toasted whole wheat bread with pb and a slice of ham and cheese bread from some Chinese bakery


It was so nice to have a breakfast together, chatted and just chilled in this weekday morning, where usually we are in the office.

After we talked about what we should do, we decided to go to some shopping mall and have lunch and just walk around. We went off to the Block of Orange!
When we were dating, we usually came here just to hang out and walked around and it was always super packed during weekend evenings! It always took us a while to get parking. So it was so great when we got there around noon, parking was plenty and it wasn’t crowded at all! Of course, it’s midday of the week, where most people are at work!

We walked around, got into some shops, I got some clothing from Ann Taylor and my husband just patiently waiting for me. I’d say he is a great man. He doesn’t mind me wandering around the clothing store, trying on clothing etc. In fact, unlike any other men that I’ve known (who usually just sit down outside the store while waiting for their gf or wives finished their shopping), my husband would actually pick some clothing that he thinks I might like or might look good on me!

After I finished paying for my clothing, we decided to have lunch at this seafood restaurant called “Market Broiler.”

The restaurant wasn’t crowded at all. There were some people around, but it was a nice atmosphere. We came to this place once a while back when we were still dating and this place was super packed! We had to wait at least 15 minutes to get our table. Maybe because it was dinner time.

After we were seated, the waiter brought this nice warm and crispy sourdough bread. I was quite hungry so I took a slice with a pat of butter. Yummm..soo good!

view from our table

Anyway, I ordered Hawaiian Mahi Lunch combo, which came with 2 side dishes (I picked steamed veggies and tomato slices).

My husband ordered Crab cake sandwich which came with fries.

We also ordered 2 alcohol drinks, which the waiter almost forgot to make. We usually don’t drink but for today it was an exception.

His: Raspberry Kiss Martini


Hers: Red Apple Martini

The food was pretty good. I finished my plate, but my hubby didn’t finish the fries. He said the crab cake was a bit too greasy for him. I did take a bite of the crab cake and it was good but totally greasy. I won’t devour that thing because I’ll binge. I didn’t touch the fries at all, even though it was super tempting. We managed to finish the martini and we both got pretty dizzy and red face. Haha…I thought I was drunk or something because my head was pretty spinning when we got out from the restaurant. Anyway, after walked around couple blocks and I got more stuff from Old Navy and some other place, we went to Tutti Frutti for froyo. Since my hubby wasn’t a big fan of froyo, we just shared one cup of plain-raspberry froyo topped with kiwi, blueberries and blackberries.

It was my first time having froyo at Tutti Frutti. Little I knew, you pretty much serve yourself. After you picked the froyo flavor and toppings, you brought it to the counter and they’ll weigh it. I was supposed to get plain froyo but instead I got mixture of plain and raspberry. I didn’t see the dispenser was in between plain and raspberry. Oh well, it was still good.

On the way home we were stopping by at a market to get some stuff and we decided to get Mediterranean food as our take out for dinner! Good thing was the restaurant was just right next to the market that we went. We got beef koobideh combo plate and combination koobideh (chicken and beef). The meal came with cucumber yogurt, 2 persian salad (Shirazi) and pita bread.


For some reason, I felt like to crank up my workout so I did it before having the dinner. It was tough at first because I was still a bit dizzy from the martini I had earlier for lunch. But in the end I had a decent sweaty workout! My hubby also did his own workout next to me.

Phew, quite a day for a married couple celebrating their wedding anniversary huh? It doesn’t have to be always candle light dinner, right? The most important thing is we had a good time, regardless of what we did. 🙂

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2010 in food

 

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