Steak, Champagne & Chocolate

Sounds like the makings of a good Valentine’s Day, no?

Our date at The Capital Grille was wonderful. That place really knows how to make Valentine’s Day extra special.

Ryan and I decided to get dressed up for our special date since we don’t frequent fancy places like this all too often.

Me & My Valentine

All Dressed Up

The service at The Capital Grille was amazing. Our waiter, Kenton, was knowledgable, attentive and had great recommendations.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we were both given a complimentary glass of champagne to enjoy right when we sat down.


Ryan made a beautiful toast. I can’t believe that next year on Valentine’s Day will be a married couple. Wow-zaa!

To start, we split a bowl of the lobster bisque. It was amazingly creamy and had generous lumps of lobster meat throughout. Between the bisque, champagne and freshly baked bread, our meal was off to a great start!

We both took Kenton’s recommendations to heart when ordering our main course. I ordered the filet mignon with cippolini onions and wild mushrooms while Ryan opted for the Delmonico steak.

My Filet

Ryan and His 22 oz. Steak

Both were very good, though Ryan’s was better. 🙂

The real show stopper??? The lobster macaroni and cheese. Thank you to those of you who recommended we order this. It was beyooooond amazing.

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

We also enjoyed steamed asparagus, but it didn’t hold a candle to the lobster mac.


When our check was delivered, our waiter brought me a gorgeous long-stemmed red rose and a box of chocolate truffles for each of us to enjoy.

Rose and Truffle Boxes

Our Valentine’s Day date was perfect. My date was the best and the restaurant he selected impressed both of us. I have never been to a restaurant that pulled out all the stops like The Capital Grille did for Valentine’s Day. It was quite a memorable experience!

Lucky for Sadie, we didn’t forget about our puppers and asked our waiter to box up our steak scraps for our girl.

Ryan’s car smelled divine on the way home because of our yummy bag of leftovers!

Drivin' Home

Though Ryan and I love getting dressed up for a fun date, after putting on our pajamas, we both agreed that loungin’ around in comfy clothes, cuddlin’ with Sadie is the real us. Throw an ice cream Snickers bar into the mix, and you’ve got the perfect conclusion to a wonderful Valentine’s Day! 😀

Valentine’s Day Mission Gifts

In case you were curious as to what $15 (more or less) allowed me and Ryan to buy for each other on our Valentine’s day mission, here are the goods:

Ryan’s Gifts (aka Foodie Fun Bag):

  • 2 Clif Bars (Carrot Cake & Banana Nut Bread)
  • Farmgirl Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix
  • Yogi Green Tea Triple Echinacea
  • Whole Foods Gourmet Spiced Olives
  • Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

I made sure to fill Ryan’s goodie bag with foods I know he loves but doesn’t buy very often. The Jelly Belly jelly beans were extra fun. They were like the Bertie Bott’s Every Flavored Beans from Harry Potter… You didn’t know if you were going to eat a  good flavor or a disgusting one (like a caramel corn jelly bean or a rotten egg jelly bean). We had fun with that until we both tried a moldy cheese jelly bean. Yuk!

My Gifts (aka Girly Fun):

  • My Best Friend’s Wedding & The Wedding Planner duo movie DVD
  • Yankee Candle (Apple Spice)

I loved my gifts! My Best Friend’s Wedding is one of my all-time favorite movies. My best friend/college roommate Laurel and I used to watch it on repeat in our room. “From the moment I wake up…” 😀

I also opened a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift from my parents: Gap Body red pajamas with teeny white polka dots and fuzzy red slipper socks. I love ’em! Thank you!!!

V-Day Gift from the 'Rents

My mom always did a great job of making Valentine’s Day extra special and emphasizing the importance of showing friends and family how much you love them today as well.

On that note, I gotta tell you guys how much I love you and appreciate your comments and constant support of this blog that means so much to me. ❤

12 Responses

  1. I love your dress, its so cute! I’m going to a wedding at the end of the month and I’ve been looking for something along those lines…hopefully I can find a good dress in time.
    Looks like you had a great valentine’s day though!

  2. Yeah lobster mac!! Isn’t it amazing!? If you want to recreate it, I tried to perfect it for weeks and got a very close recipe that almost tastes as great, if not better!! 🙂

  3. Looks like you´ve had an amazing V-day!
    Loved the lobster mac n´cheese!
    It must have been awesome… Haha 🙂
    Good night!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  4. Happy Valentine’s Day!! You both look so fancy!! 🙂

    That lobster mac n cheese looks quite tasty!! I want some!! 🙂

  5. Looks like you had a lot of fun! And your dinner looks delicious! 🙂
    Good luck with that house application. Crossing my fingers for you that it all works out!

  6. I love My Best Friend’s Wedding too!!! One of my favorites. And you are so gorgeous Julie. I hope you always realize that 🙂 And I bet Ryan thinks you look even more beautiful in sweats. I know I like to think I do. Mainly because I live in them. LOL

  7. What a sweet Vday! Your dress is so pretty 🙂

  8. you look gorgeous! Sounds ike a fun night!

    Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

  9. What a fun date!! I love the Capital Grille. Glad you had a great day!

  10. Awwwww you both looked amazing!!!! How beautiful you looked and your dress is so pretty!!

    Im so glad you had an amazing meal and valentines day!!!

    Yay you got the lobster mac n cheese!!! So glad you got it and loved it!! It is the best!!!

    Love the gifts you got eachother too!!! So sweet!!!

    xoxo Congrats on the new place too!!!1

  11. […] eat because I snap pictures of everything and we definitely get some strange looks (especially at The Capital Grille on Valentine’s Day when my flash kept going off in the middle of the dimly-lit […]

  12. […] used the Farmgirl pancake mix that I gave to Ryan in his Valentine’s Day foodie basket. Fluffy […]

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