Enter the Romantic Dining Stories Giveaway: Share Your Tale of Romance + Restaurants for a Chance to Win 1 of 5 $200 OpenTable Gifts

giveaway val day Enter the Romantic Dining Stories Giveaway: Share Your Tale of Romance + Restaurants for a Chance to Win 1 of 5 $200 OpenTable GiftsHave you ever been swept off your feet by your sweetie in a restaurant? Been surprised with an over-the-top romantic restaurant outing? Has your dining partner gotten down on bended knee to pop a very important question? Enter the OpenTable Romantic Dining Stories Giveaway!

With Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away, we want to spread the love with a giveaway we think you’ll love. Share a romantic dining story in the comments of this post, and you’ll be entered to win  one of five $200 OpenTable Gifts*, redeemable at a participating OpenTable Gifts restaurant. And, next week, we’ll publish several winning stories of romance and restaurants on our blog.

The entry period runs through Friday, February 7, 2014. Winners will be announced Monday, February 10, 2014, and will be notified via the email address associated with your comment below (so please be sure to check it!). Complete terms and conditions after the jump.

We look forward to swooning over your stories! 

Most Romantic Dining Stories Giveaway: TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Introduction: OpenTable, Inc. (“OpenTable”) is offering the Most Romantic Dining Stories Giveaway (“Giveaway”).  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

2. Eligibility: The Giveaway is open to all residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico) who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older at the time of entry.  Void where prohibited by law.  Employees (and their immediate families and household members, whether or not related) of OpenTable and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible to enter the Giveaway.

3. Giveaway Period: The Giveaway begins Monday, February 3, 2014, at 9:00:01 AM ET and ends Friday, February 14, 2014, at 5:00 PM ET (the “Giveaway Period”).

4.  How to Enter: To enter the Giveaway, during the Giveaway Period, visit http://blog.opentable.com and share a romantic dining story in the comments section of the giveaway article that is up to 250 words.Limit one (1) submission per person.  Proof of sending will not be considered proof of receipt.  Any use of robotic, automatic, programmed or similar entry methods will void all such entries by such methods.

5. Drawing: At the close of the Giveaway Period, five (5) winners (each, a “Winner”) will be determined by a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. OpenTable’s decision is final and binding in all matters relating to the Giveaway.  Odds of winning depend on the actual number of eligible entries received.  Potential winners will be notified by the email address associated with their blog comment.  If a potential winner is unreachable for 24 hours after the first attempt to contact such winner or is unable to attend, OpenTable may award the Prize to an alternate entrant.

6. Prize: Each Winner will receive a $200 OpenTable Gift redeemable at any restaurant participating in the OpenTable Gifts program. Winners who live 30 miles outside an OpenTable Gifts metro area will receive a $200 Visa Gift Card. OpenTable will not be responsible for any loss, liability or damage arising out of any Winner’s acceptance or use of any Prize. Prize is non-transferable. Winners will not receive the difference between actual and approximate retail value. No cash, alternative prize or other substitution is permitted except by OpenTable in the event of Prize unavailability. All federal, state, and/or local taxes, fees and surcharges on any Prize, and all other expenses and costs, not expressly listed above, including but not limited to, ground transportation, meals, incidental expenses and gratuities, are the responsibility of the Winners. No refunds or credit for changes are allowed.

7.  Conditions: OpenTable is not responsible for lost, late, or unintelligible entries, lost connections, miscommunications, failed transmissions, other technical difficulties or failures. If, in OpenTable’s opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of electronic or non-electronic tampering with any portion of the Giveaway, or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the Giveaway, OpenTable reserves the right in its sole discretion to void any entries at issue (including disqualifying any individual who tampers with the entry process), and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Giveaway, in whole or in part, at any time without notice.  In the event of such cancellation, OpenTable reserves the right to award prizes in a random drawing from all eligible entries received before the time of cancellation.  By entering, participants release and hold harmless OpenTable and its promotional partners, and their subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents, from any liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the Giveaway or receipt or use and/or misuse of any prize.  Entrants agree to indemnify OpenTable and its subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and liabilities arising out of or in connection with this Giveaway.  By entering this Giveaway you agree to the use and publishing of your name, photo, opinions, biographical information, state of residence, likeness and entry for promotional purposes, without payment or compensation to you (except where prohibited by law).

8. Governing Law: This Giveaway shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of California, U.S.A. without regard to its conflicts of laws provisions. The Federal and State courts located in the county of San Francisco, California will be the exclusive venue for any disputes under this Giveaway, and all entrants hereby consent to the personal jurisdiction of those courts for such purposes.

9.  Sponsor: The sponsor of this Sweepstake is OpenTable, Inc., 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104.

10. Winners List: Giveaway results and a copy of these official rules may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: “Most Romantic Dining Stories Giveaway,” OpenTable, Inc., 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104.  Results will be available February 14, 2014.  Requests for results must be received by March 14, 2014.

Winners who live 30 miles outside an OpenTable Gifts metro area will receive a $200 Visa Gift Card. 

 

41 Responses to “Enter the Romantic Dining Stories Giveaway: Share Your Tale of Romance + Restaurants for a Chance to Win 1 of 5 $200 OpenTable Gifts”

  1. David Furstein

    My wife and I have been married for 15 years. For our ten year anniversary I surprised her with a trip to Las Vegas where we renewed our vows and then I surprised her again with a very romantic dinner at her favorite restaurant Benihana.

  2. Megan Kiefer

    After dating my now fiance, but boyfriend of six years (at the time) the element of surprise dates and gifts were long behind us after living together for a few years. On a random, chilly late winter weekend my boyfriend told me to pack an overnight bag with a nice change of clothes for a weekend get away. We took the el from the Addison redline down to Chicago where he had me walk blocks out of my way to arrive at the Drake Hotel. We changed and caught a cab, where he instructed the driver to drop us off at Dearborn and Ontario. We walked into the Melting Pot and had a wonderfully romantic dinner over fondue. This started the beginning of our restaurant exploration and seeking out new and exciting restaurants together.

  3. Stachia

    My husband and I met 17 years ago on a blind date at Alessio’s in West Hills, CA. We sat out on their patio and got to know each other over delicious Italian food. It must have been a great date, because we’ve been together ever since.

  4. Andrew G.

    When my wife and I started dating, we completely hit it off. Things went swimmingly, but my brother and sister-in-law desired to meet her. I was nervous about a double date, yet was still determined to make it as romantic as possible to put her at ease.

    I made dinner arrangements for the four of us at Cité atop Lake Point Tower. Casually slipping hints that she should dress her best, I picked her up promptly at seven. Lofting a full bouquet of fresh red roses and outfitted to impress in suit, waistcoat and tie, I took her hand and we headed downtown.

    As we arrived, the valet opened her door welcomingly and I relinquished my keys. We stepped inside and entered the first elevator, then the second, soon arriving at the top. The view was exquisitely spectacular. The entire city lay before us, lights twinkling as the pallor moon shimmered off the waves rolling in from Lake Michigan. Sitting down across from my family, we summoned the sommelier and ordered a bottle of wine.

    She never stopped smiling that evening. Not once. The entire night, a grin wide as the city’s panoramic landscape sat across her face. From the first sip of wine, to the pheasant and throughout the surf and turf and dessert. I hope to never forget looking at her amid the dim lights, the dark sky flush with pinpricks of stars cast behind her as she looked into my eyes, beaming and squeezed my hand.

  5. Chad M. Hunter

    My girlfriend and I have been together for almost three years now. After moving back to Raleigh, a mutual friend hooked us up. I asked her out to dinner, our first date. However, she didn’t realize it was a date. Halfway through dinner, things clicked for her and we’ve been together ever since.

  6. Holly Fowler

    My husband and I had been trying to have a baby, and I took a test and finally we were pregnant! So I took him out to eat at Hooked on Seafood (our fav. restaurant) and at the end of dinner gave him a card from our baby telling him how much they loved him. We had a baby girl and we still go back to that spot on our date nights and remember what a special night that was…4 years later!

  7. Ben Duncan

    The most amazing valentines gift my wife have me was last valentines – . We were out to eat at the melting pot – our yearly valentines dinner. Trying for a child for several years and with many failed fertility treatments , we were no longer trying and a child was not even a topic , for fear of losing more babies. We proceeded to dinner and as I said a child was not even on my mind and the last thing I would think to hear . When we ordered drinks she declined and asked for water – when our waiter brought out our menu I opened the first page to see a sonogram folded in the middle ! Best valentines ever !

  8. Michelle Sepanski

    After many years attending part time graduate school at NYU Stern School of Business, I was finally graduating. When I asked my boyfriend Tom (now husband), how he would like to celebrate, he told me to leave it up to him. So for weeks, I ruminated on which great NYC restaurant he would take me to. Would it be Bouley, One if By Land Two if By Sea, or La Grenouille or maybe some new restaurant that we had never been to? As the day approached, I donned my best white dress and attended graduation ceremonies. He would still not tell me where we were headed and we began to walk and he said that it wasn’t a long walk. All he would tell me was that it was an Greenwich institution and since was I was part time student (working the other half) and had not had the chance to really experience the area, he thought to make up for it. When we stopped in front of a pizza parlor named John’s, I was very taken aback and immediately disappointed. However, after he explained the significance of the restaurant, I began to calm down. And after I had my first bite of the most wonderful pizza in the world, it will be a memory I will always treasure!

  9. Olivia

    Just over two years ago, I was out with my girlfriends celebrating a recent engagement of one of the girls. We had reservations, but our table was not ready, so we went to the bar next door for a drink. I started chatting with a tall and handsome gentleman at which point the hostess arrived from next door and said our table was ready. I said I might stop be after dinner.

    At the restaurant, the waiter arrived at the table offering us a choice of a bottle of wine from the menu from the gentleman next door. The girls and I had a lovely meal and afterwards we went next door to thank the gentleman. My girlfriend’s convinced him to join us for a night out on the town. We exchanged numbers at the end of the night.

    Three days later we had our first date and this Valentine’s day we will celebrate our third Valentine’s together. The restaurant is one of our favorite spots and the waiter knows us well!

  10. Aubrey woods

    After we got engaged we had a reservation at our favorite restaurant coquette cafe. We had been on a strict health kick for six months and we were so excited to indulge in some yummy french food and wine. My mom had already called the restaurant and told them that we were getting engaged that night (my husband told her) and they had a special menu printed for us as a suprise that said the chef and staff wish us well in our marriage. We were so excited!

  11. Jared

    On Valentine’s day in 2010 I was somehow able to book a reservation through OpenTable to get my (then) long distance girlfriend and I into K-Zo (Culver City, CA). The sushi was amazing, it always is. But what stands out from that meal is the two of us making an impulsive decision right then and there to book a trip to Japan, our first true adventure, entirely because we had fallen in love with the food…and each other of course too.

    We realized quickly that the long distance relationship provided us with the miles needed to get free flights, so we ended up spending half of our Valentine’s day dinner on our iPhone calendars trying to figure out the best week to take off. By the time we left K-Zo – a plan had been hatched that we followed through on that fall. It is our favorite memory of eating in LA!

    Since then, we have visited South Korea, Israel and Argentina — entirely because of the food we ate from each culture beforehand. It has become our tradition, go to dinner, book a trip. Four years later, we have Copenhagen on the radar for this summer… Any one have some good Danish recommendations?

  12. Paul Anthony

    After 25 years of marraige, I took my wife to Aruba for a dinner on the beach under a moonlit sky

  13. Leslie H.

    I’ve been married for almost 15 yrs and known my husband for 20. In that time we have dined out so many places as we love having foodgasms. But I must say one of the most romantic dining experiences happened during a date night in. Lets just call the restaurant: Chez Casa. We have been married for some time and have a two year old so its necessary to be creative! I received an Evite from my husband to attend a sensual blind tasting dinner. ” you will be enjoying an evening to thrill all of your senses EXCEPT one..sight ” he prepared 4 courses and served me while blindfolded. It was an unforgettable and delectable evening! I hope to win so I can treat him to a night out !

  14. Scott Markman

    My proposal dinner story goes like this…my wife (then girlfriend) was coming back from England on a business trip. She didn’t expect me to be at the airport, but I was there waiting to pick her up. Beforehand, I stopped by her favorite Kosher Chinese food restaurant & picked up her favorite (Short Ribs & Chicken with mixed vegetables) and set up her place with candles, red linens and roses. When we got to her apartment everything was set up, I got down on one knee and proposed.

  15. Sharyn L

    My husband is usually somewhat unromantic so I never expect that much on Valentines Day. Last year, however, I came home from work to find my parents in our house, already feeding the kids dinner. My husband pops out of our bedroom, all dressed up, and tells me to hurry up and get dressed because our reservations are for 6:30 pm! We had a wonderful time at a very nice restaurant and I didn’t have to worry about the kids at all. It was awesome!

  16. Amy M

    On our first date, my boyfriend and I went out to eat at a cafe. We were 16. I remember taking my retainer out right in front of him, accompanied by that awkward slurping noise, of course, before I could eat or drink anything. I ordered a mango smoothie and he ordered a strawberry banana smoothie. We also ordered s’mores, which you could roast right at the table. I ate a s’more and ended up getting chocolate and marshmallow all over my face, much to my embarrassment. Afterwards, while we were walking to his car, I dropped my smoothie and it splashed on both of us.

    This may not sound romantic at all, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. We’ve been together for 5 years now!

  17. Ivette

    My most romantic dinner is pretty simple and classic. It was our first Valentine’s Day. My husband (then boyfriend) asked to borrow my house key, took a half day off work and came over to my house and made a home cooked meal. He made favorites from his family’s cookbook, greeting me with a glass of wine and a clean house. Knew then he was a keeper!

  18. Christina Z

    One of the most romantic dates I had was when my boyfriend took me to a very nice upscale restaurant on the river it was a nice night we had seats by the window on the river The food was excellent and the night was great.

  19. rachel travis

    I met my husband of 7 years when I was 17, and couldn’t stand him! He pursued me non stop (annoyingly so) for almost a year before I finally gave in (only after he started dating another girl…oops! ;) ) and told him I would give him a chance! We dated for 3 months, he proposed, I said yes and we married 9 months later! We’ve had ups and downs but I am SO thankful that I married him. He’s so good to me and loves me, and I love him more today than I ever have!
    Thanks for the chance to win :)

    rachelmarietravis at gmail dot com

  20. Barb Lewis

    While visiting Germany in 1984, at the tender age of 26, my husband and I were surprised when the restaurant’s Captain gave us the private dining room of the town’s Mayor to use for the evening. It included two waiters, a soma liar, and a busser who stood against the wall of the room throughout our entire dinner. The room had 15-foot ceilings dressed in beautiful chandeliers and a tall window draped in lace that looked onto a rainy lamp lit street.
    We had five courses served under silver bell domes with appropriate wines, ports, and sherries. The delivery was artistic and the flavors refreshingly bold. The two waiters had a comedy routine that they delivered in perfect English while making fun of each other. They made jokes with us and kept us laughing. The wonderful staff made the evening warm and super memorable. It is still so vivid in my memory. We have spent a lifetime in fine restaurants and never repeated this finest and most romantic of all dining experiences.

  21. Rachel

    My boyfriend and I love eating out and trying new cuisines, but nothing beat the romance of our fifth anniversary at The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA. The Inn is known as one of the top restaurants in the region, and it was. Our lengthy meal stretched over multiple courses and amazing wine pairings. After dinner, our b&b treated us to port and chocolates as a night cap. Any dinner out with my best friend is romantic, but the ambiance, staff, and incredible food and drink at The Inn at Little Washington made this one a special treat!

  22. JJ

    Five years ago, my then-girlfriend’s apartment was broken into. She lost all of her possessions. The thieves even took her most treasured possession, her high school yearbook. After countless phone calls, I was able to locate a spare copy of her yearbook from some helpful alumni from her high school.

    On Valentine’s Day, I took her to David Burke Townhouse, and asked the waiter to help me with a surprise. When bringing our dessert, instead of bringing my girlfriend’s dish on a regular tray, he carried it out on the cover of the yearbook, and then set the yearbook down on the table as well. I’ve never seen her look so happy.

    To this day, that’s the most memorable meal I’ve ever had.

  23. Jennifer H.

    My most romantic dinner was at The Boathouse north of Traverse City, Michigan. It was one of those perfect June nights in Michigan. Our winters are terrible, but you forget it all on nights like that. The restaurant overlooks Lake Michigan and we had an amazing table with a great view. We had amazing Michigan wines and ordered the Chef’s table. It was an amazing dinner with my amazing husband. Since it was a 3 hour dinner, we had each other to ourselves for 3 whole hours. Since having children, 3 uninterrupted hours is about as romantic as it gets!

  24. Elizabeth A

    Sometimes when I have a tough day at work, my husband will fine a fancy restaurant with an open reservation for two for us to meet at right after work. While we like to travel, and go out for special occasions, somehow these last-minute-stress-relief times always are the most romantic dinners.

  25. Thongsy S

    On our anniversary, my husband planned an entire evening of food & drinks. He knows how much I wanted to check out one of our neighborhood restaurants, LM Bistro so to my surprise, he booked in advance and secured us a table. When we arrived to the restaurant, the owner seated us to our table as if he was expecting me. As soon as I sat down, I noticed the beautiful vase of flowers in the center of the table and thought to myself, wow, this restaurant does a beautiful job with their floral arrangements + center decorations. Little did I know, my husband called ahead and went there few hours earlier to drop off the flowers, just for me! I was so touched that I began tearing up. It was such a memorable experience and the dinner was absolutely amazing. It was the PERFECT dining experience for me.

  26. Joni Huntington

    The night before I was to complete in the worlds largest BBQ contest and be gone for three days, my husband took me to dinner at Julian, our favorite restaurant. The chef and owner, Celina Tio, has appeared on several cooking competition shows. That night she was sitting in the dining room with a handsome bald man. I recognized him as Simon Majumdar! He is my favorite judge on any cooking show! I told my husband who he was. He was not as impressed as the food geek was. I told him I would love to have a menu signed by Simon and Celina.However, I was not going to be “that” girl. He excused himself a bit later to use the facilities. He returned to the table with the autographed menu. I got to meet Simon and he tasted my side dish for competition that weekend as he too was competing at the American Royal BBQ. The framed menu hangs in our kitchen and reminds me daily how truly romantic my darling husband is and I feel loved!

  27. Julie

    My husband and I were at dinner to celebrate our 10th anniversary this month. A gentleman approached my husband and said she is a charmer isn’t she referring to me. My husband smiled and nodded. The gentleman smiled and said I can tell by the way you look at her. His comment totally made our night.

  28. Nicole Vosburgh

    Two years ago on my birthday weekened in August, my husband took me to Napa Valley, CA for the first time! We had never even been on the west coast before. The night of my birthday, he took me to this amazing, expensive restaurant where we sat by candlelight outside under this gorgeous landscaping and had a fire right next to our table. The food was the best that I’ve ever had and the experience was even better!

  29. Kimberly Mutz

    One valentines day my husband asked me to take a ride with him. He told me about this local little family run restaurant that he wanted us to try. Once there the waitress came to our table with a wonderful bottle of red wine (which was homemade and delish). She then served us our meal (which my husband had preordered) and once done, when I went to push the plate to the side, there under it was a beautiful valentines day card! When I went to open the card, our wedding song came on over the sound system… (think he had a hand in that as well) ;) Then came desert… heart shaped cake with berries and powderd sugar (made from scratch). With five (5) children there is not always time for romance but this day there was. I truly felt like his only valentine on this day. <3.

  30. Nichole G

    For a recent birthday, I was taken to a wonderful restaurant to celebrate. Little did I know that part of my present was my boyfriend telling me that he had done research and found my estranged Father and not only was my Father thrilled to get a call out of nowhere from a total stranger he was overjoyed at reuniting with me. The real present was the trip whisking me away on a flight soon after to meet him. My boyfriends only regret…he told me this before dinner arrived. I was so busy crying tears of joy and excited, I couldn’t eat. That was one of my best birthday gifts ever…and going to that restaurant always reminds me of his true gift: My Father.

  31. David

    My wife always dreamed of traveling through Paris and Florence, as the cities’ history, style, and stories captured her interest. I took her to Paris for our honeymoon and then 2 years later fulfilled her wish of traveling to Florence. We have decided that we would travel to a different city every year together.

  32. Jim Y

    My wife and I went to a a quaint Cantonese restaurant, as we first saw each other our hearts melted and we cherished the night away in each others company. We enjoyed the savory delights of asian cuisine and wine.

  33. Patricia A. Hoffmeister

    My husband of almost 56 years (2/22), has surprised me so many times it would be difficult to pick just one. When we were first married, he would fly me from Selma, AL to Montgomery for dinner with friends.

  34. Julie

    The first time I met my boyfriend was 13 years ago. I was attending an all girls catholic school and my best friend and I decided to hitch a ride with one of my senior friends to watch the basketball game at the all boys catholic school on the other side of the city. I was extremely shy but as soon as I laid eyes on my now boyfriend, I decided to face my fear of people. I sauntered over to him and asked him why he wasn’t playing in the basketball game. Turns out, he just transferred from another school 3 hours away that I was supposed to attend but my family had moved away from a year prior. Besides almost going to the same school, we went to the same sports camps, played in the same basketball league, and his karate classes were around the corner from my dance studio. We truly were destined to meet, it just took a while for our paths to cross! To this day, we remember exactly what the other person was wearing, saying, and our initial emotions. I still get the same butterflies as when I first took a chance and hit on him!

  35. Nicholas

    My girlfriend and I were celebrating 7 years of dating- yes we still do that! I planned a dinner inside a castle located in downtown Boston; it was actually at Smith and Wollensky which is located in a castle! It was great! Maybe it was because we were the only ones there at the time because we were actually on time! A staff member greeted us with joy. We sat at a table which was specifically reserved for us with a card signed by the entire staff- BOH,FOH, managers, etc. We were then welcomed with a glass of champagne! Such a good way to start a meal! We dined like a king and queen. Ordered appetizers, entrees and sides, and then ended it with dessert. Fantastic service and delicious food! I then wondered if the staff members thought we were celebrating 7 years of marriage! All and all it was a great time!

  36. John Gradek

    My most memorable dining experience was my 40th birthday celebration where my wife, married 3 years back then, decided to forgo the traditional family get-together and took my to Paris, France, for a romantic foodie weekend. An amazing 3-day culinary extravaganza that we, and our bank manager (!!), will never forget. We’ve returned to Paris on several occasions since but never with the same feelings of excitement and wonder. A wow weekend!

  37. Michele Jones

    My most romantic and memorable dining experience happened on a Hornblower dinner cruise here in San Francisco. My husband, who was my boyfriend at the time, and I decided to play “tourist” in our hometown. The last night of our “vacation” we decided to get dressed up, and have dinner on the Hornblower. Imagine my surprise and delight when, as the boat pulled right under the Golden Gate Bridge, he dropped down on one knee, whipped out a diamond ring, and said “I love you, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you, will you marry me?” Of course I said yes. That was 19 years, and 3 kids ago, and he is still one of the most romantic guys I have ever met.

  38. Virginia (there is a Santa Claus)

    2 7 2014 Good day, Imagine…You haven’t seen your beau in a while, and a milestone birthday is approaching quickly.

    Note to self: a memory is stored best by involving all of the senses. Now, it is helpful to know, long ago I was a girl scout; be
    prepared.
    So, prior to the flight to New Mexico, I decided that fresh oysters and vintage Salon champagne shall be on the menu. I went out to Johnson’s Oyster Co. on Drakes bay to buy 2 dozen osyters picked out of the sea that morning. I didn’t want to waste time in New Mexico, so I bought a hibachi grill and took it with me. It was a time that airlines didn’t charge for baggage. Off, I flew to the high desert plateau in New Mexico… I arrived safely, Daniel greeted me, and we we’re off to the San Cristobal Mountains.

    Sunset was approaching and a campsite was needed. We stopped to buy veggies and food for the next days’ breakfast. We found a road into the mountains that would allow a spectacular west-view for the sunset. Daniel had no know idea what was about to happen. As we cleared the campsite, I unpacked the duffle bag I had brought from home. I remember the laughter as I took the hibachi and bricketts out to prepared the oysters. Then the chilled 1988 Salon champagne with the traveling-champagne glasses appeared. He was so touched that I would be a sherpa in order to have his special birthday celebration. I told him I was so happy that I was part of his life.

    We sat there enjoying the burnt-orange-pink-blue evening sky, the glow of the embers from the hibachi, and the very small bubbles in the champagne…

    Oh my, I almost forgot, what would a birthday be without chocolate cake? Yes, a small chocolate cake was eaten.

    LIFE is just so very grand! I am, thankful for having family, good food, excellent champagne, friends, and the love of my life.

    Maybe, those of you that read this post, may agree with me, maybe…

    Be well and HAPPY.

    Cordially,

    Virginia

  39. Tara Pate

    My husband is an officer in The Navy and our most MAGICAL dinner was at the top of The Contemporary Hotel in Disney World. He had planned out every single detail including sitting by the window seats. This was important because during dinner we were able to watch the most amazing display of fireworks! It was one of our very first dates and one that I will NEVER forget.

  40. Bill Schultz

    Autumn in Yountville. Tenth Anniversary. Rented Convertible for driving through vineyards. Next night reservation at the French Laundry. Life was good. After a leisurely day at wineries and some pool time, we were settling in with champagne, chocolates, popcorn and a movie when the phone rang.
    “This is the French Laundry calling about your reservation. Are you coming?”
    “Yes, of course, but our reservation is for tomorrow night, right?”
    “No, it’s for tonight and you are ten minutes late. If you can be here in the next 15 minutes, we will hold your table.”
    “We will be there, and thank you.”
    A flurry of activity…out of robes, into dress clothes and 12 minutes later we are walking through the door of our dream restaurant.
    From that moment we were treated like royalty at a beautiful table for two. Food and service like we had never before experienced. Tiny plate after tiny plate with our taste buds exploding and our eyes smiling as we looked at each other through soft candlelight and aroma filled air. Love, laughter, and lavender recorded our story.
    “Sign me up for another ten years?” I asked my wife?”
    “Well, yes. If you can bring me back here and remember which day you booked.”

  41. Ilana

    My boyfriend had been away working in Asia for (a very long!) three months and I was finally reuniting with him in Philadelphia. Thanks to OpenTable, we were able to secure a res at Le Chéri, a brand new, much-buzzed about restaurant from the chefs of Bibou, which we love. Since the restaurant is BYOB, we brought a couple bottles in a wine cooler bag. I reached in to get our first bottle, and found a jewelry box with an amazing necklace he had hidden in there for me! It was the most delicious and romantic reunion date dining destination, from the first to last morsel.

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