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Good morning campers! And how are we all on this fine morning?
Today – as you can probably tell from the title – I’m going to tell you all about our little Sunday night date night. It wasn’t just any date night though, it was a celebratory one as June the 3rd marked one year since we got married in Las Vegas.
Over the last couple of months we’ve been thinking of various ways we could celebrate but as the weather forecast was absolutely dire, we decided an indoor activity was the best way to go. Jody had had a super busy week at work so in the end we decided to stay local, opting for an Italian restaurant in the city centre – Valentinos. (Jody cleans their windows – Since he started his new venture he’s been very vocal about supporting local businesses).
Despite living in/near Ripon for a very long time, neither of us had ever been to Valentinos so we were both pretty excited to try somewhere new.
We had pre-booked so we were seated straight away although I will warn you that it’s a pretty popular spot and it soon filled up. The staff were attentive (but not too attentive if you know what I mean) and the décor, whilst a little bit old-fashioned, was cosy and inviting. We opted for a corner table, right next to a window (I may be biased but they were sparkling) so we could people watch as we ate.
But what about the food?
Well the menu is pretty big so chances are there is something for everyone. Gluten free pasta is available and there are plenty of vegetarian options on the menu (I’m not sure about vegan as Ripon is still pretty far behind the rest of the cities in the UK).
Deep fried mozzarella, is there anything better? Nah, I don’t think so. The mozzarella was gooey, the batter was crisp and the tomato and basil sauce was bloody delicious. It was an all round tip top and I could have quite happily had a larger portion of this for my main course. Jody opted for the calamari (as he always does) and that was yummy too. The squid was full of flavour, the batter was seasoned perfectly and it had a good crunch – There was loads of it aswell! (FYI Jody dives in straight away with his food, hence why there are no photos of his dishes – I don’t fancy getting bitten by a hungry Yorkshire man, not gunna lie). A* for the starters.
Yep, I had the carbonara – Basic, I know. I just love carbonara I’m afraid! I really enjoyed the carbonara and the bacon was delicious. Even though I enjoyed it I think next time we go (cos there will be a next time), I’m going to try and expand my horizons and try something different. I always play it safe with my meal options (especially as I’m a stingy git who hates paying for something then not really enjoying it) so I’m looking forward to branching out.
As with most Italian restaurants, the pasta portion was very, very generous so I struggled to eat it all – With creamy dishes I always try to be careful as I don’t want to trigger my IBS by eating too much. I could avoid cream altogether really but what is life without carbonara? Luckily I have a dustbin for a husband and after demolishing his filetto di maiale alla (pork fillets in butter, Vecchia Romagna and cream) he got stuck into mine.
And for dessert…A chocolate fudge cake with ice cream – What else? This was actually the husbands dessert as I’m not usually a pudding fan but when it came out, I really wish I had ordered my own portion of cake. Husband let me have a try of his though and I can confirm it was as good as it looks. I find cake to be a bit dry sometimes but this had the perfect cake to icing ratio. The cocktail umbrella was a nice touch also.
Once the cake was demolished we paid our bill – a very reasonable £53 (Jody had a few beers aswell as all the fodder we consumer) – and went home. Our first experience of Valentinos was a positive one and I’m looking forward to going back in the future.
I wore this plunge Pretty Little Thing leopard bodysuit (£18) with black Primark jeans, my trusty Vans hi-tops and the PLT Rhoda strap detail bralet (£8). Make up wise I used my Urban Decay heat palette and KVD everlasting liquid lipstick in A-Go-Go, an awesome bright orange. My hair is currently super blonde thanks to Bleach London’s silver range which you can read more about here.