what i ate wednesday—valentine’s day
I hope you all had the most amazing, filled-with-love day yesterday. Even if you are single, I hope you found a way to share your love with everyone you care about in life. I am, in fact, dragging ass this morning thanks to the lovey dovey dinner I had with Babyface last night. Lots of beer on a weeknight? Probably not my best idea ever, but they were delicious!
Yesterday’s eats were not my cleanest ever (lots of packaged foods, sugar, and alcohol) but whatcha gonna do? It was Valentine’s Day!
I woke up at a not-so-awesome 2:30am yesterday morning. I’m not sure what happened, but my body decided it was time to get up and my mind joined in by forcing me to think about all the stuff I had to accomplish this week. Only sleeping until 2:30 was a pain in the ass, but at least it gave me time to make Babyface heart-shaped pancakes!
For my breakfast, I took the rejects (it took me a few pancakes before I got my heart technique down pat). I topped them with some peanut butter and banana. I also stopped and got a half-caf coffee (which was really more like a quarter-caf) because by the time I got to work at 7:30am, that 2:30 wakeup call was catching up to me. I’m not sure if the decaf pot was mislabeled or if I’m just that sensitive to caffeine, but I felt like my heart was going to pound out of my chest within the first 10 minutes of drinking it. It didn’t stop me from downing the whole cup though.
One of my co-workers generously donated a huge bag of my favorite non-chocolate candy ever—Starburst jelly beans! I had two of these little boxes, plus I may have stashed another box in my purse for a rainy day.
I’ve been really loving evol burritos lately (although the cost prohibits them from being a regular thing) and this one was no different. Beans, rice and cheddar. On the side, I had some baby carrots, a yogurt and a clementine.
For lunch dessert, I snagged the last of our mini euforia cakes. Sad these guys are gone.
I got home from work and realized I had about 45 minutes before I needed to get ready for dinner. Not enough time to really nap, but I could at least chill out in bed and rest a little to try to compensate for the early wake-up call. We were having a late dinner, so to hold me over while I rested, I had a Vitatop while reading in bed. I love these things.
After my little rest, I started primping for our night out on the town. My everyday beauty routine is pretty tame, so I completely forgot how long it takes to do full hair and makeup. Yowzers. Luckily, the clothes were easy. I got to wear my new Modcloth dress that was a gift from Babyface. I’d been coveting it for weeks (you might have seen me tweet about it a zillion times) and Babyface surprised me with it last week. He’s awesome. And so is the dress.
I don’t use this word often, but our dinner was epic. EPIC, I tell you. We had tickets to the Upland Brewing Company’s food and beer pairing dinner. We love their beer, and they have an executive chef that can rock the pants off some fancy food. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a meal that good. The pictures are horrible because the lighting was dim and romantical, but it gives you an idea. Also note the insane amount of beer I drank. Hence the ass dragging.
To give you a better idea of what’s in those blurry and dark pictures, here’s the menu:
Raw oysters with a blood orange mignonette, frisée and chives
Baby arugula, asparagus, shallot, purple potato, and toasted almonds tossed in an avocado vinaigrette
Seared scallops on braised oxtail in demi-glace served over roasted garlic and creme fraiche mashed potatoes with watercress and black
*Double Dragonfly IPA*
Gingerbread with local persimmon mousse, Teddy Bear Kisses syrup
and dark chocolate decor
*Teddy Bear Kisses Imperial Stout*
It was pretty life-changing. The salad was so good, at one point, Babyface turned to me and said, “This salad is so delicious that I totally forgot to drink the beer.” Salad trumping beer? The chef must be magic!
What’s the best thing you ate yesterday?
My favorite was the entree. I love scallops and they were cooked perfectly. I’ve never had oxtail before, but it was fantastic! I loved everything about that dish.