For Valentine’s last year, my husband and I went on a dinner date with our two little kids. At first, we were adamant about going out for Valentine’s. We thought it was a recipe for disaster. Childcare was not an option for us at that time. We really had no choice but to bring the children with us wherever we go.
Anyway, we eventually took the risk. We thought that we both deserved to do something special for Valentine’s. And guess what… and our date turned out to( be just fine. Actually, it turned out to be quite memorable. I really believe there was some sort of divine intervention because both the kids were (unusually) well-behaved that night. Thank you, Jesus!
We went out on the 15th.
Okay, so technically, we did not go out on Valentine’s Day. We both knew that restaurants would be filled to the brim. To stay sane and happy, we decided to go out the day after. It was a good decision because the restaurant we chose was not crowded the day after Valentine’s.
Bar La Favorita had outdoor seating that was covered and heated for the winter season. It was perfect for us because we were seated comfortably away from the other guests.
We chose a kid-friendly restaurant.
We made the right decision to have dinner at Bar La Favorita in Siena, Italy. Although it was not exactly the most romantic place to go for Valentine’s, it was kid-friendly, and that was good enough for us. The host immediately offered a high chair. He also arranged our seats so we that can fit in our stroller. He readily offered the kid’s special menu: pasta with olive oil and cheese. My baby enjoyed the appetizer (Pappa Al Pomodoro) because he had just started eating solid food at that time.
We kept it simple.
My husband and I kept our order simple- pizza, pasta, and steak. My husband had a glass of wine. Overall, the food was very good. Unfortunately, we had no time for dessert because we wanted to go home before the kid’s bedtime. So, our dinner date was short but sweet.
Should We Do This Again?
For Valentine’s this year, we’re planning to celebrate it sans kids. The kids are older now and we have found a suitable daycare that offers baby parking. Instead of having dinner, we will just have a quick “aperitivo”. We will see how it goes!
How are you spending Valentine’s this year? Do you think it’s a good idea to bring your kids when you are out on a date with your spouse? Let me know in the comments!