The thing I enjoy most about date night is dressing up. Otherwise I only get occasion to dress up for work or events which makes my husband intolerably jealous and thus I usually go pretty-boring to those unless otherwise required. This particular night I wore a plain black closed-front abaya that has lace netting and a cascade front with an inner belt. It gives off a sort-of Moroccan-vibe that I love without actually having anything Moroccan about it. I made it myself so yeah, that's pretty cool right?
Above pictured: the pretty Islamic-style tile work outside the restaurant. Being that it was my husband's turn to choose the restaurant he chose something typically Omani: Yemeni mandhi, which admittedly, I also love. I don't think it is chic, but I do think it tastes good. We sat down to try "Mandi World" which we had never gone to before. It actually DID have the nicest interior and bathrooms of any mandhi restaurant I have ever been to. Mandhi restaurants are like this, little rooms half-enclosed with walls for family seating, carpeted, with Arabic majlis cushions called "wusada" against the wall, where food is served on a big metal tray on top of a plastic sheet. Always, it is eaten seated and with hands.
Qurum park is really pretty when it isn't busy, and on the night we went it was practically empty, so it was nice. Busy places and Arab-husbands don't mix when it comes to romance. Marah Land amusement park was also pretty dead beyond babies, and families with kids. So it lended itself nicely to bashing my husband in bumper cars (omigosh I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE bumper cars) and we were the only people who rode the death-trap roller-coaster the whole time we were there. What do you married folks usually do on date-nights? Usually we just hang out at home and watch a movie or go for a walk on a coconut-lined beach but this was so much fun for the kid in me.