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Sep 4, 2008 11:15 AM

Adventurous Anniversary, not too $$$?

So, coming up at the end of this month is year #2 down! According to tradition, this is the "cotton anniversary". Hooray for cotton, an all natural fiber that caused the enslavement of millions. Perfect for those special occasions when you just want to say, "I love you, and you make me think of a product that historically tortured and abused an entire ethnicity of people."

Anyhoo, being stocked with sheets, towels, bathmats and t-shirts up to our eyebrows, I have asked that he give me cotton candy.

On to my question, and no, it is not about cotton candy: We want an interesting anniversary dinner. i originally gave this planning task to my husband in May, and he has "thought about it" right up until he left it to the last minute. Well, I figure I might do some research into an adventurous and interesting daytime thing and a place for a nice dinner for two (not to hole in the wall ish, tablecloths and waiters, at least!) that has all the accouterments of an old fashioned movie.

A must see!
Now in Cineramacolor!

We are planning to spend the prior weekend at the Fair (cotton candy gifts abound).

I'll remind everyone of my nut, peanut, nut oil and oyster/mussel/clam allergies. Not scallops, though, love scallops! We pretty much will tackle anything from anywhere as long as it won't send me into anaphylactic shock. That's not the kind of adventure I mean, gang.

We've been to:
Providence and Spago for TMs


Valley Korean and Korean BBQ

Asanebo, 4 on 6, Taka, Tama and so on

Dim Sum in SGV

China Islamic

Tunisian, Moroccan and so on

Tons of Italian

Mozza (he hated it so much he refuses to have the name spoken in the house) Angeli (downhill like a rollercoaster) Spumanti (we both loved it) Il Tiramisu and the like.

Senor Fish, Senor Fred, Casa Vega, Sabor a Mexico

El Ketracho, Lima


Inn of the Seventh Ray, Saddle Peak Lodge

Alcazar, Cedar House, Hummous Bar, and so on.

Gungadin, Woodlands Pure, Anarkali, Anarbagh. Clay Oven

Microbreweries and beer bars/gastropubs all over. He dislikes FO more than me. That's saying a lot

Just to give you an idea of places we've been (we've been to more, but,, you know, listing them would take days!!)

We have just put an offer in on a house in Eagle Rock, and I guess my husband is feeling poor, because he told me a few nights ago, "It has to be cheap this year." How romantic. He very nearly scrapped his chances for year three right there. LEts say we should keep it under $40 per person.

So, anyone gots any ideas?

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    1. re: Servorg


      When I ate at Babita I sat next to a couple celebrating their twenty seventh, or somewhere in that vicinity, and obviously still in love, and they obviously thought it was the perfect spot.

      I'd bring your own champagne, or a good bottle of red.

    2. Come down to Palos Verdes and walk down the cliffs to see the tidepools at low tide. Pick up some sandwhiches and have a picnic overlooking the Pacific. Then go to Admiral Risty's for a true old school seafood meal. The view is incredible and the wait staff great, ask for Rocky's station and a window seat.

      Admiral Risty
      31250 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

      1. Just thought of something else. There is kayaking off the coast as well.

        Admiral Risty
        31250 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

        1. How about something very new with an extraordinary craft beer selection? Have not tried the grub yet but maybe tonight I will. And it's not far from Sherman Oaks.

          Blue Palm Lounge
          6126 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

          1. My husband and I love to celebrate at Taps in Brea. They have fresh seafood and great chops...I love their drunken mahi mahi! Desserts are lovely there. They have a great bar and wine list, and service is phenomenal.