Eleven bucks later, the best Valentine's Day ever!

Eleven bucks later, the best Valentine’s Day ever!

A few years ago for Valentine’s Day, I told my husband I’d like to take him out. I asked him to wear his best suit, and told him I’d be wearing a gown. We had a reservation at a very nice restaurant.

But really we had a “reservation” at Del Taco, my husband’s favorite fast food joint. (For those of you unfamiliar with Del Taco, it’s no fancier than a Taco Bell.) As I pulled into the parking lot, my husband started laughing, assuming I was joking. I wasn’t. I took his hand and walked him in. Our table was already set. White table cloth, linen napkins, champagne glasses and a beautiful center piece of fresh flowers. (And, of course, I made sure the table was right in the center of the fast food restaurant, where everyone coming in had to pass by us to get to the food counter.)


I asked our good friend to play the part of the waiter. He was perfect! He put on a fake mustache and changed his accent every time he came to the table. He shifted from a French accent to Italian to a mix of all accents. The perfect international server! (Notice his Italian towel… in a Mexican fast food joint. And can we please take a moment to admire that fake mustache? Beautiful!)

He was also very attentive! If you look closely you can see that he’s holding a crumber. Almost every time my husband took a bite of his food, our lovely waiter came by with the crumber to ensure our table was clean. At one point, he was even crumbing my husband’s hands.


Our waiter was able to answer all of our important questions…
“Is the fish in the fish tacos fresh?”
“Why, yes, of course, it was defrosted this morning!”
“Are the tomatoes organic?”
“They were in direct contact with soil at some point.”
He took our order, walked three feet to the counter to place it, and three feet back to deliver it to us.


When our international, fake-mustached server brought over our lemonade, he first poured just a tiny bit in my husband’s champagne glass to have him smell and taste it. Just to make sure it wasn’t corked.


I’m not a fan of fast food restaurants, so part of the gift was the fact that I was willing to take him somewhere he likes even if it wasn’t my first (or fifth) choice.


We asked to speak with the “chef,” so that we could compliment his wonderful cuisine. The guy was so sweet (and looked about 16 years old). He brought over complimentary churros and asked to take our picture because he’d never seen anything like this before. (That’s not the first time someone looked at me bewildered and said: “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” But we’ll save those stories for another day.)


It was fun watching the other customers’ reactions. Some laughed, some just looked confused. We caught a few snapping photos of us. (As you can see, our waiter was always near by, tending to our every need.)


Our bill arrived in a fancy booklet (which I borrowed from a friend who worked at a fine dining restaurant).


The meal was very expensive, but we did get a senior discount (saved $1.15!). Just one of the benefits of having our “senior” waiter order for us.


The following picture cracks me up. I love our waiter’s facial expression!


My husband was genuinely surprised and blown away by the whole date. We laughed throughout the entire evening. It was the cheapest, yet the most memorable Valentine’s date we ever had.


So remember, all you lovebirds- you don’t need to be rich in order to have a fancy, romantic Valentine’s Day. All you need is a little creativity. And a friend with a fake mustache.

21 Responses to Eleven bucks later, the best Valentine’s Day ever!

  1. Belle March 20, 2017 at 7:52 am #

    this is so cute! totally love the idea, you are so creative and have so many great things to share in your videos! look forward to more of your posts!

  2. Vida March 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    One day after reading this post, I am still amazed at the idea. Such a freshy Out of the box!!! It makes my brain buzzing and hopefully creating new ideas. My God allways stay with you and you stay with Him.

  3. Anna February 14, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    There are no words to tell you how much I LOVE this whole idea. Too late to steal for this year… but definitely going to do it in 2018.

  4. Bonnie Anderson February 13, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

    This is fabulous and you two (three, including the waiter) are adorable. Thanks for sharing this with us. I hope it will inspire some part of my remaining brain.

  5. Debi Walter February 13, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    I love this! It takes guts to do something out of the ordinary, but that’s what makes it an extraordinary memory. Thank you for sharing with us. You have no idea of the inspiration this post will be to those who read it. God bless you and your marriage.

    I would love to share this with our readers to give them your idea. Thank you so much.



  6. crystal November 22, 2016 at 1:39 am #

    Just adorable! What a good wifey you are!

  7. Michelle November 20, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

    My late husband used to do silly things like this for Valentines Day, my birthday, sometimes just on a random day/night to surprise me. We lost him just 9 short months ago and my grief is still so deep and overwhelming, especially now in the holiday season, his favorite time of the year (he was a Black Friday addict! LOL). This brought me such happiness as I read it because it reminded me of all those silly things, and I was finally able to think of just the good times for a good hour this morning…and it was WONDERFUL!! Thank you.

  8. Leah September 28, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

    Omg that was the absolute best, I laughed and smiled reading the whole thing, this totally made my day…Love, love, loved it!!!

  9. Mette September 20, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    Love it! So funny and fantastic!

  10. John W September 20, 2016 at 1:30 am #

    Brand spanking new to your site and I am enjoying it. Saw your vid about your kids on FB and came to the site. This story is really something. My wife loves Chinese food and we rarely get it because our kids 4 and 6 don’t like it. I may have to do this for her next year. Thanks for what you do here and keep up the great work.

  11. Skyline September 14, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

    HAHA … love it

  12. Cristiana June 11, 2016 at 4:43 am #

    You are soul not deserving to this world. Please continue to charm us and leave us wanting more .

  13. Jaime March 22, 2016 at 2:15 am #

    My cousin was proposed to in In-n-out. Similar idea. Her husband had it all set up and fancy. We laughed that the proposal was in In-n-out but its totally her and she loved it.

  14. Andrea February 15, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    I just love it… soo cute… and you are so right… it doesn’t need a fortune to suprise a loved one…

    by the way I love Taco Bell too…

    Warmest regards from Germany


  15. Kathy February 2, 2016 at 6:42 am #

    How fun and creative and a very memorable date that you nor your husband will ever forget! (I am sure the other customers won’t forget it either. LOL) Hope you have a Happy and GREAT Valentines this year!

  16. Lindsey February 2, 2016 at 3:14 am #

    Haha!! So cute!! Thanks for the smile 😉 xo

  17. Philip Anthony Pirio February 1, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

    This was one of the best roles I have ever played. Holding the door open for customers who were leaving and coming was a highlight for sure. “thanks for dining with us. Please come back and see us.”

  18. Casey B February 1, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

    Love it! I can assume the wonderful waiter got a nice tip! Hehe I love the whole concept especially YOU taking HIM out to dinner!

  19. Alice Shea February 1, 2016 at 12:46 am #

    If a guy did that for me I would marry him! I’m to share this with some special couples I know.
    Thanks again for being you!

  20. Maria January 31, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

    This is too cute! Such a fun memory you created!

  21. Laura Rader January 31, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    Love this! Thank you for reminding us that Valentine’s Day is about sharing love and joy with those you love, nothing more, nothing less.