(beautiful flowers and post-dinner treats)
jean-georges was (and is!!) one of my most favorite restaurants. imagine the most delicious food you've ever tasted, impeccable service, all wrapped up in a gorgeous, romantic dining room. three courses were served followed by a dessert tasting centered around flavors of our choosing. caramel for her, citrus for him. at the end of the meal, house-made marshmallows, chocolates and tiny treats were presented. as we left, i was given a tiny bag filled with a box of chocolates. can you say perfect?!
i will never forget that first meal we shared there. (i just wish i had taken photos!) it was truly a magical night and i felt like a princess. after we came back to philadelphia, we decided to make this night in new york a yearly tradition.
(in our private alcove booth last year)
(by the three star michelin sign)
last year was wonderful but really hectic because we had attended mister's college graduation that morning and were coming off of a weekend full of festivities. i will never forget our panicked drive to catch the acela express train and my speedy makeup job in the train's bathroom. even still, i was happy to be able to wear a dress he had bought for me and carry a gorgeous beaded bag my mom gave me. my favorite parts of the show were the pas de deux from flames of paris, tchaikovsky pas de deux (gillian murphy was proposed to in the wings right after she bowed!), and daniil simkin in les bourgeois.
(right after we took our seats this year--he chose well!)
this year was much calmer and i finally got to wear the dress that i got for valentine's day!!! (i think this whole "dress from the bf" thing might be becoming a tradition as well!) the only disappointing part of the show was that my favorite ballerina, natalia osipova, was injured and unable to perform. her fiancé performed in a pas from Le Corsaire with a different dancer and it just wasn't the same without her.
(in the lobby of the Metropolitan Opera House after the show)
after the show, we headed to jean-georges as per our tradition and had quite the memorable meal...but for all the wrong reasons. i'll leave that post for another day.
all in all, this is probably my favorite tradition that we have created since we started dating. he's a gem for taking me to so many performances and i'm so glad i can share my passion with someone who finds it interesting. it's the one night a year we can dress up as much as we want and enjoy an evening of glamour--in one of my favorite cities no less!