Best. Anniversary. Ever.

I am so tired.

I think I am so tired now because last Saturday I stayed up later than I usually do and I still had to work the next day. Last Saturday my wonderful boyfriend planned to celebrate our fourth anniversary. I already given him my anniversary gift (and he loved it). Inside a bag I put some of his favorite things such as: six pack of bottle corona with some beer salt, beef jerky, tiny Dr. Pepper eight pack cans, x-large kit-kat bar, two cans of vienna wiener things, and lots of cookies n cream kisses. There was also Open When… envelopes. See picture below.

charles anniversary gift from me to him

charles anniversary gift from me to him

But, anyway, back to last Saturday night… He wanted to take me to a fancy restaurant but found all the really fancy ones would cost $200-300. He later told me he was looking up five star restaurants online, which is where he got the prices from. Instead, he asked me to choose a restaurant. My go-to one is Applebees cause I absolutely love that place, partly because I went there with my family more than a few times. I’m gonna assume he was tired of Applebee’s and wanted something new. I thought about all the restaurants that I could think of (which wasn’t a lot) and thought of the Cheesecake Factory. I’ve never went there, I’ve heard about it… kind of. So, I looked it up online and the nearest location to us and off we went.

The location was in what I call fancyville. We parked and headed to the restaurant. I was so excited. New restaurant after all. We had to go through a rotating door… a real rotating door that spins. Yeah, I was excited about that. Inside was dim and there was a counter up ahead that was curved and three people. We were shown to our table, by the bar and what looked like candles on the tables (later on we found out they were totally fake). It was cozy, more or less, though I kind of wished the lighting was a bit more lol. Our ‘view’ was of the bar. It was a nice bar. Picture below.

bar 'view'

bar ‘view’

Onwards to the service! First off, our waiter was terrific. I asked questions basically about everything on the menu I was interested in. He was patient and when he didn’t know exactly how to explain something he went to the chef and came back. He interacted with us but didn’t hover. Great watier. We gave him a pretty good big ($20) because that’s how good a waiter he was to us. Wonderful.

The drinks, of course, come first. I wanted a smoothie but was going to get a soda cause they were free refills then Charles, my awesome boyfriend, told me I could have both. Yay! I feel almost spoiled. Course if I realized how big the cups were I would’ve just gotten the smoothie. I’ve never seen cups in a nice restaurant so big! I got a root beer and tropical smoothie. See below.

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Now to the best part: the food! Our waiter brought complimentary bread. Now, the dark brown bread had like a sweet taste and was awesome. We ate that up. The other bread though, I really didn’t like. It tasted gross to me but Charles seemed to enjoy it, or at least tolerate it. He kept saying there was something familiar about it and kept on tasting it. Later, he told me he thinks it was cause it tasted like sourdough. I don’t like sourdough so… yeah. But that other bread, I could eat all day long. So yum. Came with butters that looked like those little Andres mints. See below. You can also see the fake candle, lol.

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Onward to the appetizer. We had fried mac n’ cheese with marinara sauce. Let me tell you think, it was amazing! We both loved it. CHarles said that it ‘popped’ into his mouth. With the little marinara sauce and the mac n’ cheese and balled up, yums! Would love to have this again. The balls could fit into my palm. They were pretty good size. Picture below of the awesomeness.

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Then came the entrees. There was so much to choose from (and so expensive). I wanted steak. I always want steak though. I wanted something else as well. I couldn’t decide! Then I saw the section where you can get steak AND something else. There were like five choices but you could mix them up. I was interested in the shrimp scampi and steak diane one. But, what was steak diane? How did it differ than the other steaks? His explanation was that it was a medallion cut which is basically steak cut up in like round pieces and cooked separately. I then asked what scampi was. He explained that it was a creamy lemon sauce. Nothing like cocktail sauce. Yay for me. I didn’t like cocktail sauce anyway. I also had my choice of sides but just choose the side that would come with it which was mash potatoes.

So, here comes the tasting. I liked the shrimp but felt it could be better. The mash potatoes were good, had like pieces of the skin in it but that’s not that bad taste of the skin. The steak was disappointing. I was expecting great but it was just OK. The seasoning on the outside was good but eating the whole thing, I felt like it needed steak sauce. I was comparing the steak to the Texas Steakhouse we went to a long time ago where their steak was amazing. Didn’t need any steak sauce. Next time I go, and I will sometime, I’ll get the other steak that isn’t medallion sized. Overall, the meal was good but perhaps not worth the price it stated. Don’t get me the wrong the portions were good. I’d go back. Picture below.

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Now to Charles meal. He choose a mushroom burger and meatballs as his sides. He seemed to like them both. I tried some of the meatball, it wasn’t bad but I can’t remember the taste all that well. But, I only had a tiny bit. I don’t like mushrooms so I definitely wasn’t going to try that. Picture below.

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Finally the desserts. It’s the Cheesecake factory afterall, so there were tons of choices of cheesecakes! I wasn’t sure what I wanted and asked a few questions to the waiter and then finally decided. I was torn between the raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake or the lemon and raspberry cheesecake. I choose the later cause he said the former was really sweet and I didn’t really want a lot of sweet. It was good but I kind of wished I had gotten the former. Charles got the classic strawberry cheesecake. I didn’t try it. He loves his cheesecake and didn’t wanna share lol. But the portions, man, the portions was awesome. See below.

top is strawberry, bottom is raspberry

top is strawberry, bottom is raspberry

Afterwards we went to the movies and watched the Avengers: Age of Ultron in 3D. It was awesome! Loved it.

I know, this is my longest blog yet, and I’m sorry. I wasn’t sure how to shorten but overall loved my anniversary celebration. 😀 Definitely check out the Cheesecake Factory at least once and see the new Avengers movie! ❤

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