In which I go on the perfect date with my husband

Monday, January 31, 2011



This year my husband surprised me at Christmas with plans he'd made for an entire evening out.  Philadelphia would be our destination—an upper room with views in the impeccable Loews Philadelphia Hotel, located in the former PSFS building; a matinee showing of Tango Fire; and a dinner at Amada, the Jose Garces (you might have seen him on the TV show, Iron Chef) tapas restaurant.  A night like this would be special by any accounting; it was and is especially wonderful for me—an evening like no other in my married life.

I love Philadelphia; you know that I do.  I loved our lunch at the Reading Terminal Market before the show, loved walking, in anticipation, up Broad Street, loved stepping inside the melting pot that Philadelphia has always been—so many different voices and languages in the sold-out audience of the Merriam Theater.  And of course, I love tango—fell at once for the passion and talent and acrobatics and commitment of the Fire dancers—and tapas are my favorite meal at any time; no one does them better than Jose Garces.

But if you look here, at these photos, you will find, between a picture from the Reading Market lunch and the view outside our hotel window, that something utterly unexpected happened during this already perfect afternoon and evening; the dancers from Tango Fire had come as well to Amada.  I had my little camera with me.  They acquiesced to a photograph.  So that there I am, happier than I can say, among the things and places and man I love.

10 comments:

Q said...

You are too cute.

Melissa Sarno said...

That sounds like a wonderful evening. And what fun that the crew was at the restaurant. Tapas by Jose Garces sounds AMAZING. Very random question but have you ever been to this restaurant? http://www.vetriristorante.com/ I saw something about it on the cooking channel and I tried to figure out how I could get on a train to Philadelphia to eat there immediately. I'm pretty sure I'm going to plan a weekend trip around it!

Mandy said...

That sounds like an absolutely wonderful evening. Your husband sounds like a sweetheart. :)

KFP said...

First to Beth: So happy you and your husband had this beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime day.

For Melissa: For our 30th wedding anniversary, my husband and I had a night on the level Beth describes here--only at Vetri. We had been given a gift certificate by our oldest son for the tasting menu there—you get little samples of all their best stuff. It was heaven. My husband and I still go into a swoon just remembering that evening, and feel like we are dancing. And we don't dance!

Worth the train ride, yes.

Lilian Nattel said...

How wonderful! Great plans and serendipity on top.

Amy said...

How fantastic! Such a lovely magical evening, with the stars shining on you....

I'm glad you had sauch a terrific night. Thanks for sharing some photos, they're great!
~ Amy

Beth Kephart said...

Hello (and thank you) everyone. It really was such a special time. Melissa, I don't know this restaurant you reference — I can count on one hand and perhaps three fingers the number of Philly restaurants to which I've gone over the last many years. But I would go with what Kathye has to say here. It sounds like a pretty special place.

Becca said...

Your husband obviously knows you SO well, putting together a day filled with all the perfect things.
That in itself is such a gift :) And then to get the day on top of it! Marvelous!

Anna Lefler said...

This is fantastic!

I'm SO very happy for your special date, Beth. I can tell you're having the best time...

XO

A.

Beth F said...

Truly sounds like perfection.

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