Shopping and Swedish Meatball Day at Ikea







I was so thrilled like a kid at a candy store. I have not been at Ikea in years even though it is just about 15 minutes from where I live.

SHOPPING: I went here on a whim and told myself that I will not get anything but just browse. How quickly did I change my tune! As soon as I walked in the door I already grabbed a bunch of stuff including a lamp for $3..99 and pack of tea light candles. In the end for about $30 I had a big bagful of fun little things — Halloween pillow, Christmas decors, light for the closet, a jar of lingonberry jam,  etc — each for few dollars and some change.

LUNCH: I took a break from shopping and  had to have the famed Ikea Swedish Meatballs with lingonberry jam, mashed potatoes and gravy. Yummers!  I also could not resist the cream cake that had suspected as Princess Cake since this cake originated from Sweden. And I was right — it was  Princess Cake!

I thought that I took lots of pictures of the store but I guess I was so busy shopping that I found out that I only took a few. Bargain shopping and yummy food for cheap. Such a fun afternoon.

And I will be back again for my Christmas shopping!

*Cheapest yummy lunch ever! — Swedish meatballs ($4.99) and Princess Cake ($1.49)  + tax = $7.06




Date Night 2016

Pacific Pinball Museum



Alameda, CA – Being true to my 2016 resolution, this year is for exploring new places and trying new experiences. Pacific Pinball Museum has been on my “Place To Visit List” forever. We went on a cold and rainy Saturday night after dinner. This was a perfect cozy date night activity! (Patting myself on my back!)

Here are the reasons why this place is awesome:

  • It is open until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
  • For $15 you get to play all day/play all you can starting at 11 am. Play, get stamped, have lunch, play, have dinner, play again!
  • There are over 100 pinball machines to have fun with all for a flat fee of $15!
  • Pacific Pinball is also a museum. You get to see really old pinball games (for viewing only) such as ones from 1871, 1931, etc.
  • You get to see lots of really cool murals on the walls and read about Pinball History trivia.

The BF and I played for almost 3 hours until past 11 pm. It was fun. Most of the games we played were from the 80s and 90s. Pacific Pinball museum is dingy and not very attractive. Pacific Pinball is trying to raise $3.5 M to restore and move it to a more worthy location which is the Carnegie Library in Alameda. 

Many couples had the same idea that evening. A truly unique and fun date night activity!

Pre-Pinball Museum Dinner @ Zen Tapas

Date Night Girl’s 10 Best Date Night Memories 2013

These are the places and meals that will stay in our memories. They might not be the most scrumptious food or most glamorous venues but these were the places where we had the most fun times together in 2013.

Here’s to more fun date nights in 2014!

xoxo The Date Night Girl

  1. 2 cups of hot chocolate on a cold winter night at Bittersweet Chocolate Shoppe (Oakland)
  2. 54 Mint (SF): We crossed the street and took a stroll at the Metreon and Yerba Buena after dinner.
  3. Lomo Saltado @ Fresca (SF) where we had an awesome view of the Fillmore Jazz Festival.
  4. Lobster Roll @ Woodhouse Fish (SF) before catching a movie at the Sundance Kabuki.
  5. Scallops at Old Fisherman’s Grotto (Monterey) on a beautiful afternoon at the Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf.
  6. Food truck adventure at SoMASTreet Food Trucks (SF).
  7. A cheap but super-fun movie night at the West Wind Drive In (Concord, CA).
  8. Burgers at Umami (Oakland)
  9. Themed Tiki/Hawaiian dinner with a view at Trader Vics (Emeryville, CA)
  10. The best ribeye steak ever at Bourbon Steak House (SF).

Date Night @ Wingstop (Emeryville)

Thanksgiving weekend

Pick-up an order of wings, fries and soda from Wingstop and head on home to watch a movie – just like  we did this Thanksgiving weekend.

Wingstop has tons of fun flavors to choose from (Mango Habanero, anyone? How about Atomic, Garlic Parmesan, Teriyaki, etc?)  Most of all it is cheap, fun and delcious!

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