Posts Tagged ‘restaurant review’

Date night tips

May 31st, 2009

Skip the movie “The Girlfriend Experience,” but take advantage of Restaurant.com. That’s today’s dating advice. Restaurant.com sells discounted restaurant gift certificates; a $25 one typically costs $10. Plus, in California, gift certificates don’t ever expire. The secret: sign up for the emails. The site replenishes on a monthly basis. As the month goes on, some restaurants sell out, but the price drops for the others—as long as you have a discount code from the emails.

Last night, we used a $25 Restaurant.com certificate, which I got for $2 (!), at the British Banker’s Club in Menlo Park, a surprisingly good restaurant considering it’s essentially a tavern. The only downside to my cream corn soup with lavender: the portion was so big, I couldn’t finish it. Jeff would describe my beet salad as positively Elizabethian: beets, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts over arugula with an olive oil vinaigrette. Jeff’s salmon looked beautiful. Only downside for him: carrots, again.

Cheers

May 27th, 2009

Jeff is still mourning the demolition of the “old” Old Pro, a sports bar that was about a two-minute drive from our house on the corner of El Camino and Page Mill. For years, he spent many an hour there: drinking beer, reading the paper, and, too often, watching Cleveland teams lose games.

There’s a “new” Old Pro  in downtown Palo Alto, but it’s not the same. It’s too nice: just off University Avenue (i.e., a hip location) plus it’s spacious with no shortage of big flat-screen TVs. The odd thing is, unlike most sports bars: old or new, the Old Pro has good food.

We don’t go to the new one very often, but tonight Jeff and Carter took me there to celebrate my “winning the prize” as Carter says. (I won a full-tuition scholarship to the Stanford Professional Publishing Course—a big deal.) Carter led the “cheers” as he clanked his glass of lemonade with my pint of Guinness and Jeff’s tall Sam Adams.

Cheers! Mommy won the prize!

Jeff constantly teases me about ordering “just a salad,” but the “Sichuan Pepper Crusted ‘FedEx Fresh’ Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna Salad” was amazing: a healthy portion of sliced, seared, rare tuna atop local, organic greens tossed with mandarin oranges, water chestnuts, and just the right amount of Asian dressing. It’s easy to make a bad salad. This one was good.

Guinness, a great meal, and my boys. A perfect celebration.