I have always love going out to dinner. It doesn’t matter where we go..it could be Friendlys’ (my favorite) or Friday’s…I just like the actual ACT of going out. Sometimes, when I watch old movies or TV shows I find myself longing to be transported back in time to the days of Ricki Ricardo’s Club Babalu where you were entertained by a band while you ate, and with dessert came dancing. Do places like this still exist?

When was the last time you slow danced with your partner? I know for me, we only get to slow dance at weddings, and even then there are only a few slow songs since the they are reserved for the Bride and Groom. I LOVE to slow dance with The Captain! How about back in the day when ALL the songs were partner dances? My grandma always tells me of the days that she would go to the pavilion with her dance card. It’s there that she met my Grandpa. The two of them were such wonderful dancers, and I found them beautiful to watch. These days all we do is sway back and forth! I will admit that Captain Awesome and I took dance lessons before our wedding and learned the fox trot! We had a choreographed wedding dance, but at least we learned the basic box step so we can embarrass show off our skills!

So back to my original question. Where did the dinner and dancing go? You would think that there would be something like that in Manhattan but I have yet to find it. And if I do find it will anyone my age be there? I certainly can’t be the only person who would like to go to such an establishment. How wonderful date night would be if it consisted of dressing up, going to a nice restaurant and dancing together. Now that’s romantic! Maybe it’s a cost thing? Maybe restaurants can’t afford to pay the band? Maybe customers can’t afford those fancy dinners?

I don’t know what it is but I think it just looks like it would be FUN! Check out this scene from a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film called Top Hat. (PS this song makes me smile)


What a fun night out that would be!