Valentines Day 2016 – Throw Back Thursday

Two years ago Valentine’s Day fell on a Sunday, and Matt and I went out to celebrate at a location that was to be a surprise for me. This was somewhat of a tradition for us, with Matt picking our anniversary and Valentine’s Day locations and surprising me with them on the day of. I put on my heart shaped glasses and was excited to find out where we were going.

It turns out our destination was Sociale, an upscale restaurant in San Francisco that Matt’s family had once owned a part of. I was thrilled to be going as I’d heard so much about it before our visit.

This was the view from outside the charming restaurant.

Inside the decor was simple and elegant. The pink candles were a beautiful centerpiece on the tables.

Sociale had a special tasting menu. We made sure to order all different items so we could try many things that had to offer. Both the taste and the presentation was exquisite.

Afterwards Matt wanted to try one more place, though he wasn’t certain if they were open. He made a call and soon we were off to our second surprise destination, The Tonga Room in the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

At first we were told that it was pretty much standing room only. We put our names on a table list just in case, and somehow they came to get us in less than 20 minutes to tell us a table had been found for us.

Inside the decor is one big Tiki Lounge. They have artificial rain come down randomly. In the center, a little boat comes out with musicians who entertain the crowd.

We tried several drinks including Mai Tais, Hurricanes and more.

We would have loved to have stayed even later than we did, but we both had to work the next day. So we took one last photo in the hotel lobby.

I really love that even though we had to work the next day,  we had a great and long evening. With us now getting up earlier for work then we did then and having William, we probably wouldn’t do such a long date night if the next day was a work day. Still, in 2019 Valentine’s Day is a Friday, so perhaps we will do a long date that night as well.

~ Danielle


45 year old mother to our infant son, William, with my husband, Matt. We live in California with our mischievous cat, Inky. I love our local sports teams (Go Giants! Go Sharks!), photography, the beach, WWE, reading and now spending lots of time as a family with one kid and one cat.

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