How was your Valentine’s Day weekend?!?
Ours was super relaxed, but still full of delicious food (as to be expected). We went out on Saturday night to this incredible vegan restaurant in Raleigh called the Fiction Kitchen. Every year they do a three course vegetarian/ vegan meal with wine pairings that is OUT OF THIS WORLD!! We went for the first time last year and it’s become a little tradition for us while we’re living in North Carolina.
Now I have to tell you all about the menu. We started with this luscious potato soup with carrot “bacon” (yup, that’s a thing!) that was so rich and silky. And that carrot “bacon”— I MUST figure out how they made that! It was smokey, salty, crunchy, and even kind of looked like bacon! So impressed.
For our next course, I ordered this warm and comforting pecan-crusted sweet potato fillet with pesto quinoa and buttered chard (which also happened to be the same thing I ordered last year!). Ohhh was this dish spectacular. Actually, I loved it so much last year that I recreated my own version on the blog and I highly recommend trying it.
Now onto dessert— which is the most important part of a Valentine’s Day meal (duhh). I ordered this melt-in-your-mouth chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet and it was beyond perfect. I’m usually not a fruity-sorbet kind of person, but this may have been my favorite thing on the plate. Wait, did I just say I liked something better than chocolate?? Something must be wrong here. It was THAT good.
After our decadent meal, we met some friends out for drinks and spent the rest of our Valentine’s Day Eve with all the other people we love! That’s my kind of celebration— good friends, good food, and my boy by my side through it all 🙂
Speaking of my boy— Nate and I just realized that this Valentine’s Day marks 9 years since we started dating! 9 YEARS! That’s like a third of my life! Crazy when I stop and think about it.
I can still remember him coming over to my house that Valentine’s Day in 2007— we were seniors in high school and had NO idea that our budding relationship would ever become what it is today. It was a snow day (which, like, never happened where we’re from in Rochester NY), but he was still determined to give me my Valentine so he walked over to my house in 2 feet of snow (we lived right down the street from each other). I knew right then and there that he was something pretty special.
Man, I can’t wait to marry him in October 🙂
Ok, I promise I’m done with all the lovey dove stuff now. Let’s talk smoothies! I’m not a huge smoothie person in the winter, but once in a while I get a huge craving for something creamy and refreshing (especially after a work out).
This has got to be the easiest smoothie you will ever make! Bananas, dates, peanut butter (I used PB2), and milk— that’s it! It’s so creamy and sweet that it almost tastes like dessert to me. Dessert smoothie, can we make that a thing? Well, I guess that’s what a milkshake kind of is, but this is a million times healthier. I’ve also thrown a big ol’ handful of spinach into this to make it “green” and that’s been just as fabulous.
So that’s it for me for today. Now what about you??? Any incredible eats or Valentine’s Day stories? Do tell!