I’ll Have the Best Fiance Ever and a Side of Awesomesauce

by sara on February 16, 2011

It’s amazing how things work out.  I graduated college with a marketing degree and a deadbeat boyfriend.  My first job out of college was for an oil & gas company that I ended up quitting after a few months because I refused to be the girl that gets the CEO his Diet Coke from the fridge right next to his desk.  Next job – an assistant to a grants administrator at a non-profit foundation.  I was told I wasn’t making the folds in the letterhead even enough so I kindly told them what they could do with that job.  Next up?  A software company in Addison where my life completely changed for the better.  On my first day, my boss took me down to the IT room to get my computer and email set up and I met the dreamboat who will become my husband.  I dumped the deadbeat boyfriend faster than you can say “refund” and Jason and I took off into the proverbial sunset.

It was seriously the best time of my life.  I worked with the guy of my dreams, my ideal soul-mate.  To make it even better, we had a kickass lunch crew that we hung out with nearly everyday.  We even had a Circle of Trust diagram to reference in case we needed to confide in someone.

It was the perfect setting for me to show my true colors (I used to make prank calls on speaker and hold rap concerts in the lobby) and for Jason to prove that he could fix any virus I got from doing Google Image Searches.  Unfortunately, the company started to tank so everyone started to go in different directions.  Though we moved on to better jobs, Jason and I have stayed together and grown closer ever since.  I am, without a doubt, the luckiest girl in the world.  Hey Victoria Beckham, what’s wrong with your Blackberry?  Is it not receiving emails?  Oh maybe David can help with that.  What’s that, he can only kick a ball across a field?  Oh, that’s too bad.  GOTEM.

All of that to lead up to our first Valentine’s Day as an engaged couple.  I had already promised my grandmother that I would take her out for lunch so before I went to get her, I picked up a Jimmy John’s sandwich combo and some yogurt covered pretzels and delivered them to Jason at work.  It was like we had lunch together separately!  He told me to be back early because we had reservations for dinner at  7:45pm.  I was a good girl and came back early to run the dogs and get ready.  Here is the happy couple before dinner.  We look so awkward but that’s what camera timers do.

Jason made reservations for us at Dallas Fish Market.  He said almost everything was booked two weeks in advance so it wasn’t his first choice but he hoped it would be awesome.

Even though we had a reservation, they asked us if we wanted to wait in the bar for a few minutes while they “got our table ready.”  The trendy crowd scared us so we sat on the bench and waited for our table.  A few minutes later, we were led past a waiter station through a dark hallway to a back room.  We later realized we were in the timeout room.  We started to realize a pattern of people being seated in this room and let’s just say I don’t agree with it.

To start, the waiter brought us some warm bread and butter topped with chili/black truffle sea salt blessed by Queen Elizabeth and on the list of Oprah’s favorite things.  Just kidding.  But whatever he said sounded like a bunch of bull because it just tasted like butter.  Good bread though.

You’re getting some of my favorite things!  AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!  (Oprah audience scream)

We opted to skip the Valentine’s Day menu at $65 a pop and ordered willy nilly on our own.  We started with a sashimi platter.  Is there anything better than raw fish?  I mean seriously.

They gave us low sodium soy sauce but also added a bonus trio of sauces including ponzu, creamy wasabi and some sort of tropically citrus grapefruit melon niner.  Did I catch a niner in there?  They were all good but not really necessary.  I’m a meat and potatoes kind of girl and by meat and potatoes I mean raw fish and soy sauce/wasabi.

Jason ordered the black truffle wrapped monkfish with carmelized onion mashers, truffle butter and wild mushrooms.  He loved it but I wouldn’t go near it for fear of the dreaded mushroom.

I ordered the Ahi Tuna with couscous, zucchini, squash, carrots, basil and tomato vinaigrette.  Must try to make this couscous at home.  Dear Lord it was tasty.  Most restaurants give the tuna an Asian flare using wasabi or marinating it in soy sauce but this dish had a Mediterranean feel to it and it was awesome.  Topped with avocado slices for the ferkin win.

Like the eating champions that we are, we got a side of four cheese mac ‘n cheese that was phenomgarbl.  Toasted breadcrumbs on top and cheese that a lactose intolerant girl squeals about.

By the time we were done with our entrees, numerous tables had filled up in our room of minorities and jean wearers and only one waiter was tending to the whole room.  When our waiter finally came to our table he started to pick up all the plates and even put some on top of the macaroni that we were going to ask to be wrapped up to go.  Lucky for him, we have the 5 second germ rule so we still got it to go.  The dessert menu had a bunch of foreign words on it but what I did see and understand was “red velvet” so I went for it.

The white layers tasted like cheesecake so it wasn’t my favorite dessert (I don’t like cheesecake) but that didn’t stop me from dominating it with my Valentine.

It took our waiter four tries to get this one but…nailed it!  He even said “I have the same camera!”

The chicks got a bonus chocolate nugget for the special day.  It’s a chocolate truffle something or other.  I’m going to take it up to Chicago with me this weekend and give it to my grandmother for her 90th birthday!  And tell her I made it!

Another thing to note – you have to pay $7 (plus tip) to valet park downtown.  It’s chump change when your fiance just dropped nearly $30 on your entree alone.  Remind me to call my mom next time and see if she has a coupon 🙂  Hi MOM!

Jason, you are my bestest homie and you make me laugh like a crazy person and you treat me like a Princess and I love you so so so much and next year I might even pay extra and get you cheese on your Jimmy John’s sub!!  Don’t ever change because you put the awesome in awesomesauce!  I love you 🙂

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

jason February 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm

FACT: you are. Also sorry about the mac and cheese I ate it. 🙂


sara February 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

that does it! i take back all the nice things i said about you! NOT!


Janice February 17, 2011 at 9:38 am

SOOOOOOOO CUTE! Did I just attend ya’lls wedding? What a romantic and wonderful post! I like the storytelling of your wonderful meeting. Very sweet <3 But hey, guess what I did for Valentine's day? LAID IN BED SICK! Guess what I got for Valentine's day? A BIG FAT BOWL OF NOTHING! WHEE!!! Why did they put yall in the minorities room? It ain't eazy being Azn =( Back of the line at Aura!! That food looks very very tasty though! Yummy sashimi, now I want some nom nom nom!


Annie Seeman February 18, 2011 at 10:29 am

I had to forward this post to your “lunch crew”…..thought they might get a kick out of it…especially Beau! ha!


sara February 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Beau’s the one that drew that diagram! Had me crackin up laffin.


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