I don’t usually blog about myself, but I decided to share a bit of my Honey’s and my celebrations the past few days in honor of Valentine’s and my thirty-fifth birthday. That’s right – I turned the big THREE FIVE yesterday. Thirty-five used to be my scary age, but to be honest, I feel just as I did when I turned twenty-five. There’s nothing scary about this, but it is time to celebrate!
It all started last Thursday night when we ventured into downtown Dallas for a night of cheese at Scardello Artisan Cheese. Our friend works there and he’s been trying to get us down for a class, which is why when we discovered the Cheese, Chocolate, and Bubbles extravaganza we were finally in. I’m usually not one for cheese, but my guy loves the stinky stuff. The justification that I’m a chocoholic to his cheese-head and the fact that we both love the bubbly made the class our perfect choice.
The lack of cheese-favoring-taste buds aside, I actually tried every single piece on my plate. Unfortunately, I left our menu on the table (perhaps the bubbly went to my head) or I’d share a few that didn’t provoke a “nasty face” as my friend so eloquently described my cheese tasting reaction.
Without fail, the chocolate was my favorite part of the night. The locally crafted sweets from Dude, Sweet Chocolate took first prize in every instance. One dark chocolate, and perhaps my favorite, was made with foie gras. It may not sound appetizing, but it was absolutely delish.
The bubbles weren’t so bad either, although none of the four that we tasted replaced our recent discovery and new favorite champaign – Risque by Toad Hollow from California.
Our evening out led me to the proper Valentine for my guy. Every year, I feel bad that he is forced into two back-to-back celebrations which is why this year, I decided that Valentine’s would be spent at home. I rushed out to Whole Foods Market, a store that usually only sees our business a few times a year because I get lost, drooling over all the produce and beautifully prepared and carved fruits, choosing between all of the fresh cuts of meats and fish, and finding myself completely distracted by the aromas of their roasted meats and full-service delicatessen. After selecting a few of the award-winning cheeses, I meandered over to the olive and pasta bar where I chose a few different delicacies for our snacking delight before making my way back to the fish station where I picked up a filet of smoked salmon.
Once home, I carefully laid our spread out on the kitchen island (the cats love the smell of any fish, particularly salmon), and we enjoyed a Valentine’s night full of a few of my Honey’s favorite things.
Our Valentine celebration continued into Thursday, when my guy surprised me with a couples massage at our local spa. We first learned about Stonebriar Spa through one of my guy’s ex- co-workers. Since the location isn’t far from us, we frequent the pampering location as often as we feasibly can. After briefly kicking back in our plush and comfy robes in the spa room, complete with the tranquil sound of a small water fountain, we followed the masseuses into our room – I opted for the relaxing stone massage and my guy enjoyed sixty minutes of relaxation. Mission complete! Let me just say that I am really glad we didn’t have anything else on the docket for the rest of day besides lounging around the house and catching up on our television shows (my DVR is full again, go figure) because I was worthless.
To cap everything off, and perhaps one of my favorite things of all time, we’re planning a big birthday dinner celebration just the two of us. I love food. Instead of choosing a fancy Dallas restaurant where we could spend hundreds of dollars, I’ve opted for three smaller meals at a few of my favorite locations. Next week, I’ll share our date night locations and the dishes that everyone must try, when they have the chance! And don’t worry, two of the three restaurants are national chains (one is a Texas specialty), so everyone can hopefully find one nearby…
As everyone can see, I’m off to a great Valentine’s and birthday week. Please don’t take this post as bragging, its entire purpose is to share my fabOoolous experiences with the rest of you. If you are ever in the DFW area, I highly recommend adding these stops to your itinerary.
How do you like to celebrate those special days? What’s your idea of the “perfect date”? I’d love to hear from you!