5 Tips for a Romantic Dinner Date

Romantic diner date

The dinner date is a staple of romantic pastimes. If done wrong though it can seem stale and cliché. If you want to create a night to remember, don’t be scared to take the romantic dinner route for your sweetheart. Using what Hollywood and years of Hallmark commercials taught us to create a foundation, we can pull five tips for a romantic dinner date that will be special, memorable and perfect for you and your beau.

  1.   Make it Personal

This is the basis for every other tip. If you don’t make it personal, then everything will just appear standard and frankly boring. If it’s a first date, show your date something about yourself. If you’ve been together for a while, show your date that truly know them and bring in touches they’ll love.

  1.   Go Somewhere Special

Just because that new restaurant in town has candles on the table and mints on the plate doesn’t mean you have to eat there. Go somewhere that’s special to both of you; maybe it’s that average Mexican joint where you first met in high school or the pizza place two towns over you visited once and loved. If it’s a first date, take them somewhere that’s special to you and give them a glimpse into your life. You can visit the new restaurant for a birthday, celebration, etc. For a truly special romantic evening, the setting is much more important than the food.

  1.   Bring Flowers

Ok so this may seem like one of the clichéd things that were mentioned to avoid, but as long as you keep the first tip in mind, this will be a home run. Even if a girl says she doesn’t want flowers, she’s lying. Every girl wants them, even if she doesn’t like them, because it means you thought about her and wanted to bring something to simply say hello and get the night started. But you must be careful. Don’t just grab roses and think you’re golden. Take time to find out what her favorite flowers are (everyone has a favorite) and bring those. It will show you paid attention, remembered and then took time to find the perfect bouquet.

  1.   Mood Lighting

There’s some truth to the thought that everyone looks better in candlelight. There’s nothing more distinctively romantic then sitting across from someone in the flicker of a flame. Bring in candles or twinkle lights or just pick an open field for your picnic—or a post-dinner dessert picnic—where the stars are clearly visible. Whatever you do set the mood, and nothing is more romantic than candlelight.

  1.   Play Music
  2.    This goes together with the mood lighting. Music brings an extra element to the setting. As a bonus, it can help create a memory that will last for years. If the right song comes on while you’re lost in each other’s company, it can make an impact and become your song. Don’t be afraid to go old school either and create a playlist of the soundtrack of your relationship. It’s so cheesy that it’s cute.

A relationship is marked by moments. Follow these five tips for a romantic dinner date to create a night that can become one of those moments and memories.

For an intimate meal in one of the Port City’s longest running restaurants in Downtown Mobile, make a reservation to Noja. We have both indoor and outdoor seating in a secluded area just steps off Dauphin Street in LODA at 6 N. Jackson Street. To reserve a table now, call 251-433-0377. Learn more about our cuisine and offerings at www.nojamobile.com or on our Facebook page.

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Cutting Through the Culinary

Cutting through the culinary

What should Patrons Expect from Fine Dining Restaurants in Mobile?

Mobile, Alabama is known for Southern cooking at its finest. As the official home of Mardi Gras, Mobile restaurants offer traditional southern fare as well as Cajun delicacies that can’t be found anywhere else. If you’re looking for a night out on the town and want something out of the ordinary, then here’s what you can expect from fine dining establishments in the Mobile area.

Specialization

Fine dining restaurants do not offer multi-page menus filled with dishes designed to suit every taste. Instead, a premier eating establishment narrows its focus and specializes in delicacies that cannot be found in other Mobile restaurants. Each item on the menu is signature, unique, and memorable. Specialization requires expertise from seasoned chefs and professionals who know exactly what their guests look for in a fine dining restaurant. Each member of the staff takes pride in what he or she does and they do it well.

Impeccable Service

From the concierge to the servers, bartenders, chefs, bussers, and everyone else, the finest restaurants in the Mobile area are known for their exceptional service. Every member of the team has an innate sensitivity to the needs and desires of the patrons and works hard to exceed all expectations. Smiles, kindness, courtesy, and a listening ear are all paramount to the success of a leading dining establishment. Fine dining services should also include:

  • Escorting guests to their seating
  • Escorting guests to the restroom
  • Clearing the table after each course
  • Replacing linen napkins if the guest leaves and returns
  • Providing an appealing and interesting description of menu items
  • Serving food directly to the plate

Fierce Attention to Detail

Seasoned restaurateurs pay attention to a room’s environment. They carefully craft every detail of a room design in order to create ambiance throughout the dining area. The vibe is so well defined that guests will instantly feel it when they walk into a room. Every item in the room from the furniture and the décor to the linens, menus, silverware, music, staff attire, artwork, and paint on the wall reflects the image that the business intends to portray.

Refined Elegance and Style

For fine dining establishments elegance is proprietary. While good food, excellent service, and an original concept are all essential ingredients to a successful dining experience, nothing can replace sophistication. A stylish and graceful design makes guests feel that they are a part of something distinctive and special in the culinary world. Patrons who attend fine dining restaurants have discerning taste and look for elements of a restaurant that sets it apart from competitors.

For an intimate meal in one of the Port City’s longest running restaurants in Downtown Mobile, make a reservation to Noja. We have both indoor and outdoor seating in a secluded area just steps off Dauphin Street in LODA at 6 N. Jackson Street. To reserve a table now, call 251-433-0377. Learn more about our cuisine and offerings at www.nojamobile.com or on our Facebook page.

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Introducing Our Favorites from Our New Wine Menu (and what to eat with each)

Our new favorites

 

An exclusive wine experience at Noja awaits! We compiled a comprehensive list of wine and food pairings from our menu. Enjoy!

Moet & Chandon Champagne

Pair with… Panko Crusted Fish

The apricot, citrus and blackberry notes of Moet & Chandon Champagne will pair beautifully with the crunchy panko coating and fingerling potatoes.

Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial    

Pair with… Pan Seared Skuna Bay Salmon

The fruity, daring notes of Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial will make the lemon, dill, and caper blend stand out on your palette.

Cakebread Chardonnay, Napa

Pair with… Ethiopian Chicken

Celebrate a long finish after each sip of the Cakebread Chardonnay, which accents the Ethiopian flavors found in this one of a kind chicken dish.

Dr. L. Blue Slate Riesling, Mosel

Pair with…Arugula Salad

The sweet and spicy combination of the candied jalapenos in our Arugula Salad will be balanced perfectly with the peach and floral notes of the Dr. L Blue Slate Riesling.

Diora Pinot Noir, Monterey

Pair with…Smoked and Sous Vide White Duck

Your taste buds will thank you when you pair earthy Diora Pinot Noir with the Smoked and Sous Vide White Duck. Cherry notes in both the food and wine will be highlighted.

Peju Merlot, Napa

Pair with…Filet Mignon

A dry merlot with hints of anise, cocoa, vanilla bean, plum and ripe blackberry flavors pairs wonderfully with our house favorite, filet mignon with seasonal vegetables and NoJa Signature mashed potatoes.

Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

Pair with…Hanger Steak

Quilt’s Cabernet Sauvignon is medium bodied with red and black fruity notes that allow for the goat cheese flavor to heighten the flavor of the hanger steak.

Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape  

Pair with… Colorado Lamp Chops

The spicy, tangy flavors of Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape will accentuate all your scenes when paired with the Colorado Lamp Chops which exquisitely draws the smoked paprika and tarragon flavor to the forefront of your palate.

Chateau Saint Ahon, Haut-Medoc

Pair with… 14 Ounce Pork Chop

It’s a match made in Heaven when you pair the ripe red fruity flavor of Chateau Saint Ahon with our 14 Ounce Pork Chop and buttery fingerling potatoes with seasonal vegetables. Your palette will thank you!

 

 

For an exclusive wine experience in one of the Port City’s longest running restaurants in Downtown Mobile, make a reservation to Noja. We are in a secluded area just steps off Dauphin Street in LODA at 6 N. Jackson Street. To reserve a table now, call 251-433-0377. Learn more about our cuisine and offerings at www.nojamobile.com or on our Facebook page.

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Why Business Owners Dine at Noja

Why business owners dine at Noja

 

Owning your own business can be stressful. You often work late hours and don’t conform to the normal nine-to-five schedule. When you’re ready to eat, you want something amazing, consistent, and in a relaxed atmosphere full of your peers.

Therefore local, national, and regional business owners (and celebrities) dine at Noja. Our reputation for phenomenal cuisine in a serene setting is what sets us apart from other restaurants in Downtown Mobile. You can believe the hype you’ve heard about signature dishes, but you won’t see any commotion when you walk through our doors. We’re focused on the food while providing exceptional service.

On any given night you will see doctors, lawyers, media tycoons, and sports team owners filling the seats and barstools with their friends and families. They desire a more refined palette and appreciate the premium wine selection, high-class spirits, and the fresh, local fare. Some of our specialties include pork belly, duck breast, lamb chops, and the finest steaks in the city. Our menu does change with the season, but the “Mediterrasian” flavor is always prominent.

If you’re coming to the area for a business trip, company retreat, or on vacation, we welcome you to enjoy the best of the Port City here at our restaurant. We take reservations in advance on our website and have indoor and outdoor seating for small or large gatherings. We can even rent out the entire restaurant for a special occasion.

Out-of-towners are also keen to our stellar reputation. Robert De Niro and his coworkers stopped by and ordered everything on the menu. De Niro later requested the pork belly for take out, so we’d like to think it’s that memorable! The Reese’s Senior Bowl brings in big names for football each year. We were blessed to have Dan Marino rave about our Hanger Steak and return for two nights in a row.

Our guests don’t come in to be bothered, and there isn’t a paparazzi standing outside the door. There’s a chill, composed vibe here at Noja, and we want you to be able to unwind. Whether you need to finish a meeting over cocktails at the bar, or treat yourself to a well-deserved, full-service meal –  we are here to help you forget about the stress of the day. Come see why our regulars have been with us over the years.

For an intimate meal in one of the Port City’s longest running restaurants in Downtown Mobile, make a reservation to Noja. We are in a secluded area just steps off Dauphin Street in LODA at 6 N. Jackson Street. To reserve a table now, call 251-433-0377. Learn more about our cuisine and offerings at www.nojamobile.com or on our Facebook page.

 

The Rules of Wine Pairings

The Rules of Wine Pairings

 

(WE WON’T TELL IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW THEM)

White wine with fish, red wine with beef. That is the extent of knowledge most people have. However, since discovering a few wines that we really enjoy, it is time to learn a few very basic rules on selecting a wine.

If you are looking for advanced information, then this “primer” may bore you. However, for the rest of you who may not know the first thing about wine, here are a few very basic guidelines.

The trick to selecting a wine to go with your meal is to heighten the sensory experience. Contrast is the key in many cases, while in others, a complimentary taste may work beautifully. It is like putting sour cream on a hot, spicy burrito to even out the heat, or enjoying a sharp cheddar cheese with a sweet apple.

  • The first rule is that rules are made to be broken. Some of the best pairings are happy accidents. If you have a wine that you just adore, enjoy it.
  • Price is not an indicator of pleasure.
  • Some of the most amazing wines are found in small obscure wineries, not in France, but in rural towns across the United States.
  • Start with a dry rose and appetizers. Rose is not a white or a red, but somewhere in the middle. It is light, and will pair with a variety of foods without overwhelming them. This is great when you have an assortment of hors d’oeuvres.
  • Try to match the depth of your food with an equally intense wine. If you choose a light wine, and a heavy, mouthy-feeling food, you will lose the wine. If you grab a deep, rich wine with a light salad or delicate seafood, you won’t taste the salad.
  • Try a Rieslingwith spicy foods to help tone down the heat. This works great for Asian dishes that have a little extra kic
  • Enjoy a deep red such as a Cabernet with red meats such as beef or duck. The dryness will counter the richness of the meat. You might enjoy this with a saucy beef stir-fry.
  • Match the sauce to the wine. Light sauce; light wine. Dark, rich sauce; deep, rich wine.
  • Try a burgundy with a mushroom sauce or other “earthy” food.
  • Moscato is a great finish with dessert; unless you are having chocolate. Try a cabernet with that.
  • If you purchase a wine that you can’t stand to drink, use it in cooking or make an amazing wine jelly. Some of the worst wines make the best jellies. If you have never tried wine jelly, you may be in for another whole level of wine enjoyment.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask.

Enjoying a gastronomic delicacy or a series of them is one thing. Adding a decadent wine or two may take it over the top.

Most of all, experiment. Wine isn’t all about seriousness. Have some fun with it. Life, like wine, is meant to be savored. Enjoy!

For an intimate meal in one of the Port City’s longest running restaurants in Downtown Mobile, make a reservation to Noja. We have both indoor and outdoor seating in a secluded area just steps off Dauphin Street in LODA at 6 N. Jackson Street. To reserve a table now, call 251-433-0377. Learn more about our cuisine and offerings at www.nojamobile.com or on our Facebook page.

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5 Mixed Drinks You Can Serve at Your Next Summer Get Together

Mixed Drinks

Summer allows everyone to play hooky from life for a while. The season lets you kick back and relax with a drink in your hand while you soak up the day. Since soaking up the day also means soaking up the rays, you want that drink to be cold, crisp and refreshing. With that in mind here are five mixed drinks you can serve at your next summer get together.

 

  • Mermaid Water
    • There’s something about summer that says magic…and the beach. This water-fairy inspired cocktail makes all those that sip on it feel like they could grow a beautiful tale and hop in the water because surely this is the drink of mermaids themselves.
      • Ingredients: Will make one drink
        • 2 oz. Captain Morgan spiced rum
        • 2 oz. coconut rum
        • 1 oz. Curacao, Blue
        • 6 oz. pineapple juice
        • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
      • Mix together and add lime wedges for a last bit of flare
    • Piña Colada
      • How can you go through summer without at least one piña colada? You can’t. It’s the quintessential summer cocktail.
        • Ingredients: Will make one drink
          • 3 oz. light rum
          • 6 oz. pineapple juice
          • 2 oz. coconut cream
          • 2 cups ice
        • Directions:
          • Blend all ingredients together in a blender and go get caught in the rain.
        • Cake by the Ocean
          • For years a classic summer drink has been Sex on the Beach—and still is mind you—and as such it inspired a D.N.C.E. song “Cake by the Ocean” thanks to a lost in translation moment with one of their songwriters. So, it was only a matter of time before the new slogan would get a drink of its own. The drink has a personality all to itself.
            • Ingredients: Will make a pitcher
              • 2 cups cake flavored vodka
              • 2 cups coconut rum
              • 2 cups pineapple juice
              • 2 cups orange juice
              • Club soda, optional
              • Fruit for garnish
              • Ice or frozen pineapple to keep chilled
            • Directions:
              • Add vodka, rum, pineapple juice & orange juice to pitcher filled with ice or frozen pineapple. Add 2-4 cups club soda to make a punch. Place fruit around the edge of the pitcher and enjoy!
            • Washington Whip
              • Summer is a time to celebrate our homeland. It kicks off with Memorial Day, ends with Labor Day, and plops the 4thof July right in the middle. Embrace the patriotic season and mix up this red, white and blue adult slushy.
                • Ingredients: Will make 4
                  • 9 cups of ice (separated into thirds)
                  • 1 cup grenadine syrup
                  • 1 cup Blue Curacao
                  • 1 cup Vodka
                  • 1 cup Lemonade
                • Directions:
                  • Blend 3 cups of ice and the grenadine syrup to a thick slush. Set aside.
                  • Blend 3 cups of ice and the Blue Curacao to a thick slush. Set aside.
                  • Blend 3 cups of ice, vodka, and lemonade. Set aside.
                  • Prepare drinks by layering each slush. Do whatever color order you think George Washington would most approve of.
                • Boozy Sweet Tea
                  • If you combine all things southern and summer you get this drink. As any good southerner knows a cold glass of sweet tea is only amplified by a few slices of a fresh peach; toss in some moonshine and you’re ready to kick back on the river for a long weekend.
                    • Ingredients:
                      • 2 black tea bags
                      • 1 cup boiling water
                      • 1 cup ice cubes
                      • 3 tablespoons sugar
                      • 2 shots peach moonshine
                    • Directions:
                      • Steep tea bags in boiling water for at least 5 minutes.
                      • Remove tea bags then add sugar to melt; add ice cubes
                      • Chill for 2 hours
                      • Stir in peach moonshine and enjoy!

 

Take advantage of the season; slow down and sip on a cold cocktail with friends to help make the summer special. You’ll help make memories with these five mixed drinks you can serve at your next summer get together.

For drinks prepared with the finest ingredients and a top-notch wine selection, make a reservation at Noja in Downtown Mobile. We have both indoor and outdoor seating in a secluded area just steps off Dauphin Street in LODA at 6 N. Jackson Street. To reserve a table now, call 251-433-0377. Learn more about our cuisine and offerings at www.nojamobile.com or on our Facebook page.

 

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