7 Year Itch

by Jenn (eating bender) on November 16, 2010

I woke up this morning with an itch I didn’t want to scratch. :)

Seven years ago, I had my first kiss with a boy I would end up deciding to spend the rest of my life with.

We had been best friends for a little less than a year, but we decided it was time to be something “more.” You know, the old high school cliché. There were a lot of teenage dramatics leading to our decision to become a couple that could be inserted here, but we’ll save that story for never another time.

Our first date was actually a double with his parents, cooking for kids at the Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. Not the most romantic setting, perhaps, but it was definitely fun. We decided that our first kiss would be the moment that we would officially be boyfriend and girlfriend (cheesy from the start). That moment came true at about 2:30 in the afternoon on November 16, 2003.

Six years and eleven months later, at 2:30 pm, we shared a different first kiss. An upgrade, I think.

And now, here we are. Today is our seven year dating anniversary and our one month anniversary as husband and wife. I can’t believe how fast time flies! I was reading (and watching) the blog posts I wrote for our fifth year and sixth year together and even though those memories were made as little as two years ago, it’s amazing how much has changed.

But there is one thing that definitely hasn’t and truly never will.

I love you, Bobby! Happy Anniversary! :)

Living itch-free for another seven years…and many, many more.


We were fortunate enough to receive a gift card to the Chicago Chop House as one of our wedding presents and decided to make use of it to celebrate. Coincidentally, this restaurant opened its doors in November, back in 1986.


The dining area is basically a three-story house. It was very intimate and had its own unique charm – there was even a Christmas tree on the outside! We were fortunate enough to get a window seat on the second floor that overlooked Ontario Street, which turned out great.

Upon perusing the menu, we realized that this place was a real treat (thank you, Lisa, Aly and Annie!). We decided to make the most of the experience and started off with a glass of wine. I ordered their Sangiovese, while Bobby tried their Malbec.

*Apologies for slightly blurry photos ahead! I blame it on the mood lighting.*

After debating between all of the appetizers, we decided on the Maryland Crab Cakes. They were served over a drizzle of Lobster Bisque and tasted incredible. Completely flaky and melt-in-your-mouth flavorful.

When it came time for the entree, we decided it would be fun to split a 10 oz. filet and sauteed scallops. The steak came with an onion ring on top, while the scallops were served over fire roasted tomatoes and a slightly sweet red-orange sauce.

Both options were fabulous. The tomatoes literally burst open in your mouth with flavor and the steak didn’t require a sharp knife. It just about fell over with the tiniest slice! On the side, we had sauteed spinach and mushrooms, which were infused with a rich marinade as well.

It was truly a phenomenal dinner and a perfect portion for two. Well, that is, until the dessert tray came.

Tip: When you see “chocolate lava cake” on the menu, you should probably do a double take. By far one of the best chocolate desserts I’ve ever had – and that’s saying something!

We truly enjoyed eating in a dream for the evening, thanks to family and friends.

This Thursday (aka less than 48 hours from now!) we leave for our honeymoon. While I won’t be blogging during the trip, you can bet I will take hundreds of photos and can’t wait to share them with you all! Thanks again for your amazing tips on Napa and San Francisco. Can’t wait to put some of them into motion. Your support, as always, means a lot.

Question: What are your plans for Thanksgiving? And what is one recipe on your must-make list?

It’s never too early to chat about that delicious holiday! Can’t wait to hear what you’re cooking! :)


1 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) November 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Happy Anniversary! Very sweet post! Can’t believe you’ve been married for a month already! Wow! Glad you had a nice dinner to celebrate! Anniversary dinners are the best- they are so lovely and special! Have a wonderful time on your honeymoon!

2 Jenn (eating bender) November 16, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Thanks, as always, Foodie! It was definitely a fun night – I appreciate your sweet comment! :)

3 Marianne November 16, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Steak and scallops? Delicious! Have a great honeymoon, and sample lots of wine!

4 Lauren November 17, 2010 at 5:29 am

My heart melts! :) You guys are so perfect together. 😉

5 Jessica @ How Sweet November 17, 2010 at 5:41 am

Awww! Happy anniversary!

6 Erica November 17, 2010 at 6:32 am

Congrats! What a great way to celebrate. The crab cakes look like they are cooked perfectly. Josh’s Dad’s favorite dessert is lava cake. If we go ANYWHERE and its on the menu, we always have to order it. Have so much fun on your honeymoon!

For Thanksgiving- I am in charge of a side dish and a dessert. I am baking a butternut squash bake and (hopefully- given my test run turns out ok) an apple cake with a granola topping

7 VeggieGirl November 17, 2010 at 6:49 am

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy anniversary with many more to come xoxo

8 Melissa @ TryingToHeal November 17, 2010 at 8:12 am

ahhhh….happy anniversaryyyyy!!!!! i’m so happy for you both, and was glad i could share the 6 year and 11 month one with you!

have fun on your HONEYMOON!!!!!!

9 Shannon November 17, 2010 at 8:22 am

Aww, love it 😉 now i want some cake…

10 leashieloo November 17, 2010 at 8:29 am

You guys are adorable, happy anniversary! It’s always nice to see high school sweethearts make it :)

11 Rose November 17, 2010 at 8:56 am

Oh my goodness! I love your love of one another. You guys are amazing. Great examples to lead us single folks :)

I hope I remember the day I had my first kiss with my future husband :)

12 MOH November 17, 2010 at 9:32 am

Your relationship is like the Harry Potter series, books 1 was the exciting start of something new, but it could never amount to the epic-ness of love and excitement and adventure as book 7!!

No expecto patronum needed here! Your love is like Harry’s stag – there to protect with love and life!

Now if you would excuse me, I need to leave nerd-ville and watch the 7th movie for Pete’s sake!

13 Jenn (eating bender) November 17, 2010 at 9:34 am

You are my favorite. :)

14 Karla Walsh November 17, 2010 at 11:06 am

Happy Anniversary Jenn and Bobby!! You two are a perfect couple :) I’m SOSO happy for you and hope you have an awesome honeymoon. I can’t believe it’s been a month either!

I’m headed home for more than a week for Thanksgiving–it will be such a nice change of pace and will be great to see some “green” again (or I guess it will be orange, red, yellow, etc. now). And of course it’ll be great to catch up with the fam. I’m planning to make my favorite roasted veggies and will help my Mom with desserts, including a pie or two and some Gingersnaps 😉

Safe travels and have a blast!

15 cbrady3 November 17, 2010 at 11:31 am

I love that all of the dates in your relationship line up so perfectly! My boyfriend and I dont even have a “date”. Should work on that.
Enjoy the honeymoon!!

16 TheSceneFromMe November 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Looking forward to the holidays too. I am looking forward to making chocolate dessert hummus and or a chocolate chip cheeseball as appetizers!

17 BroccoliHut November 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Sigh. You guys are so friggin’ cute. I love it! Happy anniversary to you both:)
I am super psyched for Thanksgiving–I’m headed up to Massachusetts to spend the holiday with Seth’s family. I am excited to have a Thanksgiving that’s NOT hot and humid for once!

18 HangryPants November 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm

You are both awesome. And I had coffee cocoa this morning. :)

19 CaSaundra November 18, 2010 at 8:11 am

Gosh–your story is sooo inspiring. Most people don’t even become friends first, they just want to rush into things. You and Bobby look so happy though–I hope to have what you two have one day :-)

20 Megan (Braise The Roof) November 18, 2010 at 10:04 am

That’s where Rodney took me for my birthday this year! It’s amazing, isn’t it? I remember leaving very, very full and happy. :) Have a fantastic honeymoon!

21 Astrid November 18, 2010 at 11:27 am

Chocolate lava cake is one of those desserts that is either hit or miss for me. Many places do a terrile job with it. It always looks much better than it tastes. But when a place does a great job on it…WOW. It is one of my favorite desserts by far. Then again, I will always have a weakness for warm, chocolatey, gooey desserts with some ice cream. It doesn’t get any better than that.

22 Erin November 21, 2010 at 12:28 am

Awwh Jenn! This warms my heart :) I’m so happy for you both. You are so sweet to each other. Keep on celebrating that dating anniversary!

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