Last night, Irving and I had such a Romantic evening. We headed up to Simi Valley to attend the ‘Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dinner and Dance’. It was such a great night, we ate, danced, laughed and talked. It was perfect.
Backing up a little bit, the event started at 6pm, which isn’t easy coming from the Hollywood area. We got dressed in 15 minutes flat!
But we made it just in time. The Reagan Library is really a sight to see if you are in the area. The American History comes alive through their amazing exhibits. They just redid them all for Reagan’s 100th Birthday celebration.
We had such a great time wandering through the museum on our way to dinner. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce to you the next President of the United States!
And his first lady, Kelley!
We’re naturals. And the first task on the job is to make a television broadcast to our country.
You’re live in 3…2…1!
Then we arrived at the highlight of the evening. Seeing Air Force One.
So much history was made on this aircraft. They call it “The Flying White House”. The Reagan Library website says: This Flying White House, tail number 27000, served seven U.S Presidents from 1973 to 2001, including Presidents Nixon, Carter, Ford, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush.
We literally dined underneath Air Force One!
To our right, we could see Marine One too (The Presidential Helicopter!)
We must have been the youngest couple there by almost twenty years, and we LOVED it. It was so nice to look around and see all these older couples still dancing, still happy, and still in love. I can’t wait to grow old with Irving and share these fun evenings with him. I just hope I can dance as well as them in sixty years!
We were seated at our own sweetheart table overlooking the dance floor. It was so cozy and we had fun chatting.
My handsome Valentine!
But ok… the food. Oh My Gosh, The food! It was amazing. We started with some champagne.
Cheers! To many more!
Fresh Rosemary Bread
The Salad: EPICUREAN GREENS with cheese, candied pistachios, sliced oranges and a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette
I had the vegetarian dish this time: VEGETABLE RISOTTO with parmesan and asparagus spears
And Irving had the Chicken: ROASTED ROSEMARY CHICKEN in a marsala wine sauce with Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus Spears and Carrot Souffles
And for dessert: FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE with dark chocolate ganache, white chocolate mousse, fresh berries and raspberry coulis
OHMYGOSH I’ve never had chocolate cake as good as this. NEVER. This was to DIE for. And the saddest part? We couldn’t even finish it. That photo above was per person! We each had our own. I tried to finish it, I really did. But I was far too stuffed. I eventually surrendered and watched the waiter carry it away with a tear in my eye. I will dream about this cake for as long as I live. Seriously.
After dinner, we headed down towards the dance floor.
There were so many incredible dancers that we were a little intimidated. These guys know the waltz, the fox trot, the samba, you name it, they danced it!
We found our place in a corner where our two left feet wouldn’t get in anyone’s way. It was fun though. We practiced a few of our wedding dance spins and had a blast.
To dance underneath one of the most iconic symbols of America was a little surreal.
Down below, there is a bar that was gifted to the Library from Ireland. It’s a pub that Reagan visited when he was over there. They were going to tear it down, but instead, donated it. So neat!
It was truly an event we will never forget. We feel so lucky that we have this stuff at our fingertips.
At the end of the night, we got to take home the flowers from the tables! They were really cute.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Irving!
And just for fun, here’s a flashback picture of us in this same place back in 2006!
Where does the time go?