what i ate wednesday—valentine’s day

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 in Food

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!

Breakfast

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.

Morning Snack

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.

Lunch

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.

Afternoon Snack

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.

Dinner

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:

Course One
Raw oysters with a blood orange mignonette, frisée and chives
*Upland Wheat*

Course Two
Baby arugula, asparagus, shallot, purple potato, and toasted almonds tossed in an avocado vinaigrette
*Preservation Pilsner*

Course Three
Seared scallops on braised oxtail in demi-glace served over roasted garlic and creme fraiche mashed potatoes with watercress and black
truffle
*Double Dragonfly IPA*

Course Four
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.

20 Comments

  1. You guys look amazing!! I’m glad you had a great Valentine’s Day. Oh and girl, I hear ya on the Starburst jelly beans, those things are like little delicious eggs of CRACK!

    • THEY ARE SO GOOD. Dangerously so.

  2. Ugh. I was pretty much full of wife fail. We’re not celebrating until next month so I went out for wings and beer with a girlfriend. Hello, Galentines!!! Got home about 8 and the husband surprised me with roses and a super sweet card. I stuttered through, “I didn’t get you anything for today since next month and all…” And he’s all, “It’s ok!!!” I felt like such a stereotypical dude. I go out for wings and beers, get home late to a sweet gift and am all, “Uhhh, thanks!”

    /wife fail

    • Awww, that’s cute, though. :) It’s so hard when you “agree’ to not do something. Because it’s always a question if that means really not do it, or just sorta do it, or go all out and pretend like you aren’t going to do anything.

  3. That sounds like a fantastic dinner! We went cheap and simple and ordered in some shawarma for dinner and relaxed on the couch together! My falafel wrap was probably the best thing I ate yesterday.

    • That sounds awesome, too. :) There was at one point during the dinner I thought, “Wow, I really wish I didn’t have all these underthings on.” At home would have definitely been more comfy.

  4. I LOVE YOUR DRESS AND YOUR FACE.

    • I LOVE YOUR FACE, TOO.

  5. I love food and beer pairings! I went to one at the Portsmouth Brewery a few months ago that had vegetarian options for all the food (LOVE). And last night, we went to a chocolate and beer pairing event at a bar up in Portland, ME that we love!

    We also ate dinner at an awesome, awesome vegetarian place in Portland. My favorite part of the meal was the special V-Day dessert consisting of chocolate mousse, sorbet, a cupcake, and raspberries. Best part? ALL VEGAN, so Ted could enjoy too. We had such a great day!

    • Oh. Em. Gee. SO MUCH CHOCOLATE. Do want. And a chocolate and beer pairing sounds fantastic!

  6. You guys are such a cute couple! I’m glad you had a great time at dinner; I love those epic multi-course restaurant meals! They’re still so new to me!

    • I’ve only had a few multi-course meals, but it’s so fun! I want to do it more often. :)

  7. LOVE the dress! My teal one arrived in the mail but neither the husband, nor I, have been able to connect with our concierge to pick it up. Boo. I WANT MAH DRESS.

    The best thing I ate yesterday was ALL of our V-Day dinner – probably because it was a complete surprise that we were even able to eat together because I was supposed to be working late.

    Oh, and wine. Definitely wine.

  8. Best thing I ate was… hmm. Probably the hand-carved sirloin with horseradish from the dinner theatre we went to last night!

    Also, a request: I’m dying to know more about your hair care routine. Your hair is gorgeous and I’m nosy. Do you still get the streaks done in a salon, or do you do them yourself?

    • Thank you!

      Salon! :) I tried to do it myself a few times with less-than-stellar results. So I go to a salon every 2-3 months to get them redone. Because I only have five streaks total, it’s actually not all that pricey. It only runs $85 when I bleach them (which is every second time) and $50 just to do the color.

      As far as hair care routine, I wash it only once or twice a week (use dry shampoo in between) and when I do wash it, I wash it in cold water. I use this shampoo and this conditioner. I also rarely use heat on my hair or brush it. My hair was damage central a few years ago. As in, it would take me 30-40 minutes to comb it out after a shower. Now I’m really careful about taking care of it.

      Wow, that was a long comment. Maybe I should write a post about it. :)

  9. 1. The photo of you two is GREAT! And I also love your dress.
    2. I need that mini layer cake… how awesome is that? And the choco-mint Vitatop (I’ve never seen that flavor).
    3. I am a sucker for a beer-pairing dinner. I also love pri-fixe menus – it’s so nice to just have the chef cook what they want for you and not have to choose!

    • 1. Thank you! :)
      2. Those mini layer cakes are rockin’. They are so good!
      3. This was my first experience at a prix-fixe and it was SO fun! Perfectly for people who aren’t picky eaters.

  10. The photo is lovely. You both look so happy!

    I love choc mint flavour so much but don’t get enough of it. The muffin looks perfect.

    I bought a heap of my favourite pre packaged salads for V Day. Easy!

  11. You are seriously so gorgeous:) You and Craig(i can’t call him babyface haha)look so fantastic:) definetly trumped my valentine’s day attire…love you sister and so happy you two had such an amazingly perfectly romantic valentine’s day…love your dress too!!! i want one:)

    • Thanks lady. :)

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