Friday, January 04, 2008

A Date Night Classic - Dinner and a Movie

Last night Les and I got out of the house for a bit to spend some time together. We drove to base and saw National Treasure: Book of Secrets at the base theater. I really liked it! If you liked the first one you'll probably like the second one too.

After the movie we drove into Catania for dinner. Restaurants in Italy open late (usually around 8pm) so it worked for us to see the movie before dinner. We used our Garmin Nuvi 270 (a Christmas present from my parents, THANK YOU!) to help us find a Persian restaurant that we had seen advertised. I don't think we could have found it without the GPS (or found our way home for that matter).

Perla D'oriente was a great find! The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great. We were seated in the back at a short table on a platform covered with rugs and pillows. It was a fun and cozy way to dine. We enjoyed Persian tea and flat bread while we waited for our main courses. Les had lamb and saffron rice and I had grilled chicken (marinated in a lemony sauce) and saffron rice. Both plates of rice were sprinkled with tart dried red berries. Les' lamb wasn't quite what he was expecting, but my chicken was delicious! We both loved the saffron rice.

When we finished our meals Les asked the waitress about dessert. She described their sweets to us in her best English and we selected two. She offered to bring us samples of the others and we graciously accepted! Who turns down extra dessert? They were all very yummy, some of the flavors more exotic than others.

We had a great night out! It was so nice to find something other than Italian food! Now that we have a GPS it'll be a lot easier to find some new places. I'm really looking forward to exploring a bit more!

Now playing: Sara Bareilles - Fairytale
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