We kept it simple and went out for an early dinner as we had both had very busy days...
(I was arranging flowers for the wedding and Mr/ HB was working on the renovation downstairs)
we sipped a cocktail and dined on some some delicious food in one of our favourite local eateries.
Zambri's used to be a tiny hole in the wall in an out of the way spot with almost a cult following of dedicated diners.
Local foodies and chefs were known to frequent the place on their days off and some strayed in after hours to see what was left after the crowds had departed.
It has moved and is now located in the upscale architectural gem, The Atrium building.
The food tastes as good as it did when we sat on mismatched chairs and distressed wooden tables that invariably needed to be leveled with coasters to keep them from wobbling!
Their new decor is state of the art,
crisp linen table cloths,
twinkling lights above a bar
an open concept inside the restaurant and then Atrium space where we sat, which feels airy and bright.
a Tanqueray martini
~ ~ ~
bread and olives
( I ate one wee slice of bread ~ the olives were a sweet bite of salty heaven)
we shared a Caesar salad
pasta for our main course
mine was penne with gorgonzola and green peas
I've had this many times and I cannot tell you how much I love it.
Mr. HB had pasta with Dungeness Crab Ragu
we took ourselves home
for a cozy evening watching our new fave show Newsroom by the brilliant Aaron Sorkin.
38 years is a long time plus we knew each other for several years before getting married
We have no secret as to why we have managed to stay married so long
but we ALWAYS celebrate our anniversary
Mr. HB has been very generous over the years
I have some special pieces of jewelry that he has given me to mark the occasion of our 10th, 25th, and 30th dates.
In earlier times when the children were young and money was tight we'd have our parents take the kids overnight so that we could go out and enjoy a bite of food together.
Dinner out once or twice a year back then was a real treat.
kids grow up and move out
and we are fortunate enough that we still enjoy each other's company.
Every evening when Mr. HB comes home from work
we take the time to sit and chat and catch up on each other's days doings.
I think communication is huge in a marriage.
Sharing dreams and having goals
working side by side
in the house and in the garden
never taking the other for granted
compliments go a long way ~ they must be genuine and heartfelt
apologizing when you know you are wrong
are all things that we have worked on to keep our marriage strong
I do think there is luck involved
we were fortunate enough to meet in our teens
still surrounded by friends that we grew up with
who are also long time married folks
probably helps a lot...
I highly recommend this restaurant
it has won many awards
and we have never been disappointed by the service or the food.
Do you have a special place that you like to go?
If a young bride were to ask you for tips on the longevity of marriage what would you say?