Anyone who knows me, or indeed has been following my posts, knows that when it comes to dinner for two, my favorite part is sharing dessert. No matter how full you are at the end of a dinner out at a restaurant, if you split dessert, you can always make room for just a bite or two more. This makes the experience absolutely decadent and suitably amazing to justify the added costs. I really can’t imagine bothering going out to dinner if one skips the finale. On every dessert menu, there’s usually that super crazy chocolate dessert. For some reason, these always fail to thrill me, so I opt for nearly anything else on the menu. Chocolate is wonderful, but when you dose it up in an extravagant way, it’s really not much more interesting than a melted chocolate bar. Instead, I prefer to top off my dinners with a mix of subtle vanilla flavors, fruits, almonds, and sometimes just a bit of cheese. And, of course, always with whipped cream, because really, what’s the point any other way?
I love dinner for two, and even four, but any more people than that, and I get a bit anxious. If there are more than six people, then I tend to opt out entirely, because nobody can really be part of a central conversation. At that number, it feels more like a small party and everyone should be mingling with some lovely Japanese finger food. In those types of gatherings, I’m fine, because I can reassemble a twosome and let the din of the other conversations fade into the background. Sure, I’m an introvert, but it’s also quite true that meaningful conversations don’t happen in large groups. Just think about all of those times at work that you’ve spent in large meetings. In those, people resort to “chit chat,” which is a type of conversation I’ve never enjoyed or even understood. It’s a form of talking without substance that’s more of a desperate attempt to fill dead air or simply make sounds to prove they are there, than really connect with someone.
Perhaps that’s why so many people rank a dinner for two at the top of their list of life’s simple pleasures. With just one other human sitting across from you, there’s a magical experience of having to actually interact on a personal level. To be in the moment and enjoy the time with someone you care about. And if it just happens to be that someone you married and have grown rather used to seeing every day, it can feel like you’re dating again. Back to that first awkward time when you caught each other’s eyes and felt that first sense of attraction. It’s not possible to maintain that feeling for a lifetime, but with a few candles, a fabulous cuisine, some wine, and a wonderful dessert, it’s entirely possible to reclaim it every now and then. Life can be stressful and full of challenges, but if you want to make sure you remember just why your significant other was so significant in the first place, you need only make a date, and enjoy a dinner for two.
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