A month or so ago I received one of the greatest emails of my life, or at least the last six months: it asked if I would consider going on a date to Park Place Leawood. It said that if I did and blogged about it, I would get a Park Place gift card. I didn’t even stop to ask Jon if he thought it was a good idea, mainly because Park Place is already one of my favorite places in town, but also because we haven’t been on a date in way too long. I fired off a return email that basically said, “YEEEESSSS”.
The thing is, Park Place really is a great place to go for a date night; there’s so much to do. At first I thought, “Oh, we could totally go paint together at Pinot’s Palette – that would be so much fun!!” And Jon was like, “No.” Then I thought, “What about a couple’s workout? They say that’s a good relationship builder.” That was quickly followed by, “What am I? Insane? The last thing I need is to die on a date.” We ended up choosing a classic dinner out. I wore nice jewelry and heels. I know – huge.
After making the ten minute drive to Park Place, then getting in a fight because Jon was going all alpha male on the other people in the parking garage – its not a date if you don’t have a tiffle at some point, right? – we stepped out into the cool night air and looked around us. Say what you want, Park Place is lovely: tree-lined streets, hanging planters overflowing with trailing vines and people walking, talking and dining, all warmly lit by the street lamps. Its very romantic.
We chose Pig & Finch for our dinner; we’ve been there before and had a great time. Not only do they make delicious, fall-off-the-bone meat dishes, they have a mean cocktail list and and extensive beer offering. Mama like. Also, their Fried B&B Pickles are insanely good. Like, “these will ruin your dinner, so be careful” good. The other great thing about Pig & Finch is their location – right at the hub of Park Place. We sat on the patio people watching during our meal. There was this adorable baby who had obviously never been so close to a fountain before that kept me entertained for ages. He just stood there with huuuuge eyes and this absolutely terrified look on his face. Then an elderly couple walked by hand in hand. Girls left restaurants, laden with bags from an afternoon of shopping. Families with kids walked by, laughing and chattering. I even saw a few acquaintances out on dates of their own. It was perfect.
Afterward, I thought for sure we would go for gelato at Paciugo or maybe a coffee at Parisi, but…Well, remember those fried pickles? Yeah. My whole idea for next time is to go for dinner, maybe at Mestizo (seriously delicious, dream-worthy food, plus live music on the weekends), then walk around for an hour window shopping and looking at the amazing fish in Picasso’s Exotic Aquatics. By then, we will be ready for dessert. Paciugo, I’m coming for you.
These dates need serious managing to get the most out of them. Next time, I’m making an itinerary. Date night has got to be about more than dinner at some point and Park Place makes that pretty easy.
This post was sponsored by Park Place Leawood and I was compensated for it. All opinions are mine. Thanks to Park Place for a fabulous evening out and a really great opportunity!