It was not by pure choice that we decided to get married on the third of July. Though thankfully, it has turned out to be a great day to have an anniversary. Sandwiched in between Karl and America’s birthdays, we are always guaranteed a spectacular string of celebrations to kick-off July.
Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to experience the full glory of our three celebration days in a row quite yet. The beginning of July falls during the first term of school. And though the American Embassy in Japan get to observe Independence Day as a holiday, we don’t.
This summer we went home at the end of July for a wedding. Because of this we took a rain check on our actual anniversary and celebrated it a few weeks later at our favorite restaurant: Va Bene.
|Cheese and Honey Platter|
|Roasted Red Pepper Spread|
|Potato Leek Soup|
|Italian Sausage Soup|
|Beef Tenderloin with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette|
Va Bene is one of the best restaurants at which I have ever eaten. In fact, about three years ago, while planning our wedding, I asked on a whim if they would cater. They did. Ours was the first big wedding they had ever catered. It was fabulous.
And so, if at all possible, we eat there to celebrate our anniversary. Va Bene will always hold a special place in our hearts-and taste buds!
If you ever visit Duluth, Minnesota, I highly recommend you stop in at Va Bene!