Now i firmly believe that every so often, a couple must take time to be just that...a couple. Its hard work being a parent, and sometimes, you neglect each other because all your time and energy is going on the baby. So every so often, Matthew and I have 'Date night'
You dont have to go out for Date night, you dont even have to be child free, but just spend a bit of time, when the children are in bed, to spend time with each other.
our simple rule for date night however is: BABY IS NOT TALKED ABOUT!
Dont get me wrong, i love my gorgeous daughter, and i would physically talk the back legs of a sprightly donkey talking about her, but sometimes, you really need to talk about something else...anything else, talk about the weather (windy out aint it), what the neighbours are doing (so-and-so 6 doors down was doing such and such with so-and-so), the price of things (stupid expensive) ANYTHING AT ALL.
Its harder than it sounds
So anyway, back to 'date night'.
Jessica went to 'Grammies' for the evening and Myself and Matthew decided to go to our favourite restaurant Little Tokyo in Leeds city centre.
Little Tokyo looks a bit grungy from the outside. You could easily walk past it and not give it a second thought.
Inside is a totally different kettle of fish (pardon the pun)
Upstairs has a little Japanese bridge going over a pond full of HUGE koi, chairs and tables that are made of big slabs of polished wood, (didnt get a photo of them though...sorry)
And downstairs is like you have walked into a different world. Subdued lighting, seats that make you feel like your sat at a proper Japanese table, huge tanks of fish. Its great.
So anyway, after a short wait for a table and after getting a nice pint of Japanese lager, We ordered our food. Crystal prawn dumplings followed by Sashimi set bento box for me and Dim sum sui mai followed by special Ramen with a side order of yakitori for Matthew.
The speed that you receive your food at little Tokyo is astounding. The food is always cooked fresh to order, yet arrives very quickly.
The starters arrived and were just so tasty that i forgot to take a picture for you.
then we had our rather delicious mains
Matthews Ramen ( a very filling noodle soup) also went down a treat, and he thoroughly enjoyed the yakitori, which is Chicken skewers with a teriaki sauce.
and as you can see, we also tried sake.
The only way i can describe Sake, is that its like Vodka without the burn...and its warm.
After the meal we decided to partake in some of little Tokyos rather special deserts. Crispy parcels (deep fried marshmallow) and Japanese style profiteroles (deep fried ice cream)
Feeling rather full and happy, we then toddled of home to our local to join some friends for a drink. another rarity. All in all we had a lovely date night followed by a lovely unbroken nights sleep...
Having date night is a great way of recharging your batteries, relearn how to talk about grown up stuff (yep, there really is another world beyond Waybaloo and Mr Bloom) and spend a bit of time being a couple again.
As i said before, you don't even need to go out. Just relax, put a film on, cook a nice dinner, have an early night. And if your a single parent, spend some time with good friends, have a long relaxing soak in the bath,
The whole idea of date night, is to have some quality, child free time, even just a few hours...it doesn't need to be a full night
You wont regret it.