The Perfect Anniversary Dinner Date!
People might say they don't like surprises, but what they mean is, "they don't like bad surprises." Everyone loves a nice surprise, don't kid yourself.
I have been married for 14 years with a total cook time of 20 years together. I still love my husband, very much and better than that - we are still having a great time together. When we have a special day, I love to plan a really nice evening to put my own little signature exclamation point on the date. After all these years, I can still manage to find ways to punctuate our romantic holidays.
This year, I decided to amaze him with a special ordered lobster dinner, delivered Fed Ex from Maine! Lobster is Dave's favorite entree. I knew that he was going to be surprised, I didn't know that I was going to be more surprised than him!
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I was having so much fun looking at all of the dinner combinations that Dan, Dan, the Lobster Man had to offer that I changed my mind a couple of times. I even changed the entire order after I placed it. I decided I wanted some delicious lobster bisque soup.
My husband loves lobster and we don't have an ocean here in the Midwest. Dave and I have had the opportunity to eat fresh lobster while traveling and we both agree, it doesn't compare to what you get at Red Lobster. I knew that he would be truly surprised with this idea!
When Friday rolled around and the Fed Ex guy pulled up and honked, I was so excited! I ran for the door and made it just in time to hear the driver walking away, chuckling. He turned to me, smiled and waved. I didn't get why he was still laughing but I grabbed my huge 18.6 pound box and brought it in.
I sat it down on the bar stool, it was only noon! I couldn't wait to get that box open! I wanted to see the soup! The cake! Even the dogs were excited and standing at "attention." The box was a nice Styrofoam cooler.
I lifted the lid and MERCY! All HELL broke loose.
I was screaming, claws were clawing, dogs were barking and no one here to witness the madness but me.
They Are Alive!
Baby, Come Back!
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Live Lobsters from Maine
I did change my order and I know now that I did not pay enough particular attention to the words "frozen lobster tail"....versus "live lobster." I was certain I had ordered frozen tails, as in "no longer with us" tails. As I stared at my new friends crawling all around, scratching at plastic and styrofoam, I realized it no longer mattered what I ordered.
What could I do? Return them? I knew the mistake was my own, but I still had live lobsters to contend with. I slapped the lid back on and called my husband.
"Dave, I ordered a special dinner for our anniversary and I made a little mistake." I was very excited and talking super fast. "I have two live lobsters crawling around and I don't quite know what to do with them, since it's only noon!"
"What?" he said and started to laugh hysterically.
"Yeah, I could have sworn I ordered frozen tails but either way, what the hell do I do with them? They are alive in there! Get home as soon as you can and deal with this, will you?" I said more like a command than a question.
I wanted my baby to come back, but I just wore a mask of false bravado and stashed my living box in the nice cool garage.
Dave and I decided it was show time, so we unpacked our boxes and we each took a task. His was to deal with the living things.
The package I ordered came with Lobsters, Lobster Ravioli, Lobster Bisque Soup, Premium Lobster Crab cakes and a little triple layer chocolate cake! The kit came with instructions and tips for cooking each item. They were super simple and easy to follow. It was merely a matter of reheating everything except the steaks (which I ordered in addition to my package).
Dave cooked the lobsters and fillets and I prepared everything else according to the manual. We were celebrating with our children so the kids set the table and we all had a fantastic time, laughing and working together in the kitchen. I put the music on loud and before long, the scent of lobster filled the air.
To Die For?
The lobster thought so and good thing for me because he was delicious! This food was marvelous. The lobster bisque soup tasted like it had just come from a gourmet restaurant! The ravioli was magnificent. We cooked everything exactly as the recommended instructions and not only was it super simple to follow - but it was divine.
My 12 year old daughter proclaimed that it was the best meal she had ever eaten. That is saying a lot for her, she is really picky and inspects everything so carefully we resorted to calling her, "inspector number 9" and gave her a roll of stickers.
It was so delicious that none of us wanted to stop eating. Eventually we did because we all wanted to have some of that cake!
For any special occasion I would highly recommend ordering a Lobster Gram dinner. While this isn't something most people could afford to do every day - it is certainly worth forking the money out for an anniversary or birthday. I noticed they also have gift certificates and I am already planning to send one to a special person in my life.
I loved spending my anniversary cooking together with my husband and kids. It was certainly an anniversary, I will never forget!
"To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the loving cup, whenever you are wrong, admit it. Whenever you are right, shut up." ~Ogden Nash.