Hey, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I am glad to be back. With the madness of Thanksgiving finally winding down, it’s time to begin preparing for the Christmas season.
What better way to begin than with wine and cheese sampling followed by French pastry? We couldn’t think of another way, either, so we headed into Red Bank, New Jersey, (Black) Friday evening and began our date night with The Cheese Cave’s $5 Friday.
It was a very cool experience. It was fun, romantic, spontaneous, and the food was phenomenal. For $5 each we enjoyed five different cheeses accompanied by freshly baked artisan bread and gourmet jams. We decided to spend an extra $15 and ordered the charcuterie platter, which included three different meats, marinated olives, toasted almonds and bread, and grapes. The Cheese Cave is BYOB, so we brought a bottle of Hess Cabernet Sauvignon that someone gifted to us.
The atmosphere is comfortable, cozy, and very intimate. Upon entering, we were greeted at the door by the friendly staff who opened our bottle of wine for us and explained all of the cheese selections.
We didn’t need a reservation, the place was packed yet comfortable, and for $25 we enjoyed great food over a bottle of wine and the soft sound of Dusty Springfield’s voice. It was a really exciting and relatively inexpensive date night in a festive little town. I would highly recommend attending The Cheese Cave’s $5 Friday if you’re looking for something new to do.
After we left, we walked a few doors down to Antoinette Boulangerie where we picked up a mini crème brûlée and oatmeal cookie sandwich to split. Antoinette Boulangerie has been a favorite of mine for a few years now. Whenever I would come home from college for a weekend I would make sure to stop in for the croissants. If you have not visited the boulangerie, you must ASAP. Not only are the pastries absolutely delectable, but they are beautiful.
*Fresh croissant + black coffee = heaven*
We were not planning on doing anything this Friday evening, and instead had a great night out that I highly recommend to everyone!
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