Local Heart, Global Soul

October 23, 2015

The Date Night Solution Find Us In “Gezelag / Qip”…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Late last summer friends of ours were sitting at our dinner table after a shared evening meal and mentioned wearily that they hadn’t been on a date night together since before their three and a half year old son was born.

Himself and I jokingly replied that we hadn’t been on one together for over five years because we never managed to get both kids out of the house on the same evening.

The conversation got serious and we discussed why we weren’t making the time and what we could do to remedy this.

The cost of getting a baby sitter always seemed to make the idea of spending extra money on ourselves a little too extravagant.

We were always too late to arrange a sitter for the kid left behind if the other had a last minute sleepover invite (they are always last minute). Often restaurants or shows had to be reserved some time ahead and we were both too tired, too busy and too lazy to do it. Basically we were in a lazy-evening-in rut.

Suddenly I had a brainwave: both families got on brilliantly together, so why didn’t we just set up a regular date-night for each other and just swap babysitting duties? No cash needed to involved, just an equal swap and if we booked regular dates in advance then our good intentions would not be squeezed out by other things. This arrangement would make an evening out both affordable and easy.

This is how Himself and I ended up in the center of town looking for a restaurant called “Gezellag”. There had been a promotion going on where a discount was offered if you dined with certain dates, neighbours had the leaflet that gave the discount but couldn’t go themselves so offered it to us.

The only problem was that in between the time of printing the leaftlet and us going the establishment had had a change of ownership and acquired a new name: “Qip” so it took us a little while to confirm that we had the right place. It was getting dark as we arrived so photography was a little bit of a challenge but I did my best.

The food was rather good, better than average and we both enjoyed eating here a lot. We especially liked that the setting was quiet and intimate, cosy and friendly. I enjoyed a starter of garlic hicken, Himself delighted in escargot (snails) swimming in garlic sauce, followed by pork and lamb chops. Himself’s desert was a spread of mini tasters, whilst I indulged in crème bruleé. It was a luxury to be able to take our time and to have an adult conversation not constantly interrupted by kids. Bliss…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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