Check List for Proper Ambiance for Anniversary Night Out.
My wife and I have stopped going out on Valentine’s Day for dinner. The reason is the places with good food are way too packed to have a good time. One place I recall added so many extra tables that we were all actually rubbing elbows as we cut our steaks. So I would like to make a check list for proper ambiance on another special night out – our anniversary.
I have a few ideas in mind, good food is taken for granted, but I would like to know what you can add to the list as something you feel is a must. After our Nightmare on Valentine’s Day I have “Privacy” at the top of the list. What else would you want on a check list for a romantic dinner?
i have two musts:
acoustics - there's nothing romantic about shouting...unless it's done by an actor in a chick flick who's standing beneath a window, pledging his undying love to the girl of his dreams ;)
lighting - it should be soft, but not so dim that you can't read the menu (or the bill) or identify the food on your plate. i'm all for candles, but sometimes a single votive on a table is practically the only light source in the room at some restaurants...and few things will kill the mood more quickly than setting your menu on fire while using a candle to try to read it!
ETA: i'm anti-flowers. as much as i love to look at tasteful arrangements, i'm allergic to many varieties so i'd rather not spend the entire evening rubbing my eyes or sneezing. they can also interfere with the ability to taste/enjoy one's food if they're particularly fragrant.