Our Last Date in NYC: The Spotted Pig

Danny’s birthday took place during our last week in NYC.
We decided to go on a really special date. This one was special because we went on THE EXACT SAME DATE during our first weekend together.
Here’s what we did:
1.  WE TRIED FOR BROADWAY LOTTERY TICKETS. (Our first weekend together we tried for Wicked and didn’t get them. This time we tried for The Book of Mormon and didn’t get them either. wah wah.)


We remembered that our first meal there was DEEEELICIOUS!!

And our second meal there was just as good as we remembered.

In between us shaking our heads and eating our food, we said stuff like:

“It’s hard to believe that anything could be this good at all.”

“Mine’s ridiculous. How’s your’s? Ridiculous?” 


“That was phenomenal. Truly.”

“Why has it taken us 4 years to come back here???”

“I think this is one of the most amazing things I’ve eaten in my life!”

You MUST get the Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Gnudi with Brown Butter & Crispy Sage and the Rosemary & Garlic Shoestring Fries. And then pretty much everything else on the menu is bound to be off the charts. Our waitress said you literally can’t go wrong with anything on the entire menu. I don’t doubt it one bit because even something as simple as Roasted Carrots with Thyme was unbelievable.

While we ate our dinner, we held hands and reminisced about that first night we visited. I shed TEARS I was just feeling so grateful for this dear husband of mine. Sometimes when I’m in the gaze of my husband, it just seems like nothing around us exists.

We talked about our love story (you can read some of those amazing emails here) – and what a miracle it was that we met at all after our divorces and that we have been able to share such extraordinary experiences together. It was one of the most magical and romantic nights we’ve had.

Is there a date you would like to recreate? Do tell!
It’s always so fun to hear from you. (Danny just spent the last few
minutes telling me all the dates he wishes we could recreate. Ohhhh…if

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  1. Kay B May 2, 2014 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    I would want to repeat my first date with my boyfriend. We met online and you can never get that same giddy nervous butterfly feeling back when you meet a person for the first time.

    • danny May 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      Amen to that one! That initial anticipation is so powerful, especially when through written word you've already developed affection and care for a person. Mara and I know all too well that part, and would live it over a hundred times if we could it was so much fun.

  2. Anonymous May 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    My first weekend with my husband I'd want to recreate (we went on a camping trip to southern Utah)- you never quite feel the same now as you did then. I have a question and I don't want to sound rude at all – why being members of the church would you want to see The Book of Mormon musical? I've read a great deal about it's script and didn't find much that was "lovely or of good report or praiseworthy", if fact, quite the opposite. I'm not trying to be judgmental – I just don't understand the reasoning behind it.

    • danny May 2, 2014 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      Perhaps being surrounded by so many people for the last decade plus that don't share my faith, has made me more curious and less offended by the way that others perceive our faith. Living in NY for the last few years, I know a lot of friends and people who have seen the play and wanted to talk to me about it. They loved it, they thought Mormons were portrayed in a good light (with the exception of the Elders being quite naive). I've heard plenty of people who share my faith who really enjoyed the musical, and I've heard plenty who did not. I can respect why you might not be interested in seeing it. Besides the fact that so many outside the faith love it, and the underlying message that even if someone thinks your particular set of beliefs are ridiculous, if they make you a good person we should be able to respect that…I would have enjoyed seeing it just to understand how it is setting cultural perceptions of my faith and so I could talk intelligently about it without being offended. My guess is though there are a few things I wouldn't like, that on the whole I'd probably come out appreciating the message.

      I suppose it's much more complicated than that. I wasn't devastated that we couldn't see it, but I would have been quite excited had we been able to win the lottery tickets and seen it for next to nothing.

    • Anonymous May 3, 2014 at 1:42 am - Reply

      Thanks, I appreciate what you're saying, I don't necessarily agree, but I can understand where you are coming from. Thanks for taking the time to respond.

    • Anonymous May 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Yes but it isn't just the message about Mormons. It has very R rated stuff in it. .. LOTS of cursing and LOTS out innapropriate sexual content…I don't need to see filth to have an intelligent conversation with someone about my beliefs and not get offended. Why fill your mind with that???

  3. Paul May 3, 2014 at 8:55 am - Reply

    I proposed to my wife at the top of the Eiffel tower. It was so romantic. We have daughters now and I'd love to see somebody special do something similiar for them.

    • mara May 6, 2014 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      wow – SO memorable. I love it. I think it's so fun to get engaged at a place you can visit again – and that your children can visit. The place really does become a part of your history. We got engaged on the same corner where we met – 42nd St. and 8th Ave. It's so fun to pass by there with Danny. 🙂

  4. Maria Petrova May 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Sooo sweet. <3

  5. Anonymous May 6, 2014 at 3:20 am - Reply

    i thought you don't eat dairy? sorry but this is a pet peeve simply because i have a daughter who has a true dairy allergy (to the proteins, not a lactose intolerance etc). so when people say they sooooo much better off dairy but then rave about how good food fried in butter is….i have to call them on it.
    otherwise i love you blog, it is so positive and kind. hope you enjoy ecuador..i was there yrs ago as a student and i really loved an eco farm out by manta on the coast (sorry can't recall the name) and also going to the galapagos islands. i loved loved the blue footed boobies (who mate for life!) they are so cute!

    • mara May 6, 2014 at 3:31 am - Reply

      Hi – well, 4 years ago when I first visited the restaurant I had not yet gone off of dairy. So I had that dish and it was off the charts. Now I don't eat dairy, but Danny does. He had that dish when we just visited and it was still off the charts.

  6. Kelvin Ang May 20, 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Awesome! your husband is so romantic and lovely!
    I love to read your love blog 🙂

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