Wait, that should be everyday! Anyway, happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re having a great day! I am, hubby sent me a gorgeous bouquet of roses at work and I stuffed his work bag with a cute card and chocolate for a fun pre-gift. Then we exchanged gifts again after work and went out for an amazing dinner. I know it’s corny, but I really enjoy Valentine’s Day now. I’ve had my share of lonely ones in school, somehow I was always single for them in junior high and high school rolling my eyes at the girls flaunting wilted carnations and candy grams. But having a wonderful man to share it with has made me appreciate the holiday as a fun excuse to express love in fun and creative ways. Not that that should be limited to Valentine’s Day!
Being in elementary school during the 80s was fun because we got to swap cheap Valentine’s Day cards like these and these with classmates, even though I wasn’t thrilled with having to fill out one for classmates I didn’t care for. So I was a bit jealous at the Valentine’s gifts my nieces brought home from school, big bags of candy and toys obviously assembled by the parents. And some creepy cards like printed pictures of the kid with a love note and candy taped to it, glad my parents never felt compelled to do that to me!
Anyway, today was a great day at work – just mellow and not stressful at all, kind of how I’m feeling now after splitting a bottle of wine with hubby. He took me to one of our favorite places – Paul Martin’s American Bistro. The atmosphere is both classy and energetic without being too noisy. Unlike Friday, we were able to hold an uninterrupted conversation. As expected, it was packed for Valentine’s Day which wasn’t a problem at all thanks to OpenTable.
We actually had a blast checking out all the other couples seated around us trying to figure out who was on first dates, watching awkward gift exchanges and guys coming in with flowers. Yeah, Valentine’s Day is cliche and everyone and their brother goes out to eat on it, but that’s part of the fun I think.
As usual, we started with a nice red wine, a Malbec from a vineyard very nearby, Berryessa Gap. The bummer was they weren’t listed in my vegan wine app, oh well. Great wine as you can tell from my wine-induced blurry pics. Actually I wasn’t about to let my flash ruin the mood lighting for others, so sorry for the blurry pics.
As usual, I got the 3 mushroom burger, something I’ve probably had about 5 times now and am still not tired of it. Probably because it has a slightly different personality each time I get it being made fresh from different fresh mushroom varieties each time.
I think one of the reasons I’m so obsessed with this burger is I hated mushrooms with a passion as a kid, I couldn’t even take the smell of them cooking. My mom used to saute these cheap sliced canned mushrooms to add to green beans, etc. and I would never touch the nasty, slimy little buggers! This burger represents how much I’ve grown and matured since then now adoring an entire burger made from mushrooms. But also that even foods that might be nasty in a preserved, canned form can be fully appreciated and take on a hole new flavor when from high-quality and fresh sources.
Throughout and after dinner, we had a wonderful time chatting about cars, cameras, movies and everything in between – a perfect evening. He ordered a gorgeous cappuccino for dessert while I finished the wine, there aren’t too many opportunities to split an entire bottle of wine on a week night, gotta utilize that. :-)