The courtship continued, although we rarely went to Denny's after that and he instead ramped up his 'A' game and starting taking me to The Old Spaghetti Factory. Does anyone know that restaurant? They are a chain but not widely distributed. I still love that place. The spaghetti with Mizithra cheese is heaven on a plate. Bonus for a young dating couple like us was that you could pick up dinner with a salad, a nice loaf of bread and even spumoni for less than $30. Knowing how much of a baller my suitor was, I often ordered myself an Italian Soda instead of a regular Coke. I think they were $2.49 each as opposed to Cokes which were $1.50. I've got expensive taste right?
My mom, Taylor and I were on our way home from an event in Pasadena a couple of weeks back and we stopped at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Duarte. I ordered the usual, and instead of getting a grown up drink, I went ahead and ordered an Italian soda for old time's sake. It was as good as I remembered it! So good that I attempted to make my own at home.
For Strawberry Simple Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup sliced strawberries
For Italian Soda:
1 pint of half and half or whole milk
1 small can of Soda Water (not sparkling water)
Make a standard simple syrup by boiling 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add 1 cup of sliced strawberries and let cool. Strawberries should infuse into the simple syrup within an hour.
Once cool, fill your cup with ice and pour in milk or cream 3/4 of the way full. Add about 3-4 tablespoons of strawberry simple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it) and then top off with a small pour of soda water. Garnish with mint and strawberries.
Since this post was somewhat of an ode to my husband, I need to ask for your advice ladies. As you know, we celebrated our 12 year wedding anniversary on Easter. Well I somewhat dropped the ball on making my husband feel special and getting him a gift. He got me a very thoughtful gift, and I got him a card. We are going out to dinner on Friday to actually celebrate and I'd like to pick him up something small (meaning not expensive), yet thoughtful. Any good suggestions? Thanks!