Oh my goodness, you guys, this was our first Valentines Day together… well, the first Ben and I have celebrated in the same place, and can I just say it was wonderful!
This was us on Saturday night before going out to dinner.
And these were our Valentines dates the two years before.
Finally, no more Chipotle/KFC dates over facetime!
This weekend was the best weekend we’ve had in a long time, and not just because it was valentines day… although that probably helped a bit. We spent the weekend doing all the things we love doing: eating, photography, eating, watching movies, eating, and spending time with each other.
I will tell you that eating was a big part of the weekend because we just started another Whole30. We had to rid the house of all the junk food, and I had to make/photograph/eat all the foods I want to share on the blog but won’t be able to make for the next 34 days because we are doing a Whole34 since we’re crazy like that!
Saturday morning started out just as I had planned. Ben talked all Friday afternoon about how he was taking me to breakfast in the morning and dinner that night… but little did he know (because he didn’t read this blog post before Saturday) that I was already planning breakfast in bed for him. I made my coffee cake on Friday afternoon while baking cookies so he wouldn’t be suspicious, and put the cake in the same dish our pasta had been in earlier that week. I hid the champagne in the back of the fridge, and once Ben went to sleep Friday night I moved everything else I needed for the morning out of the closet and into the kitchen.
When I woke up the next morning I slipped a card into a half asleep Ben’s hand before disappearing for a few minutes. I came back in with
mimosas the bottle of champagne which I couldn’t open. Ben was all smiles… so excited about his breakfast and laughing at my bottle opening failure.
I prepared two mimosas and brought them back into the room along with the menu for the morning. We sat and chatted for a bit until I brought in the first course of baked eggs and fried ham, followed by coffee cake.
Ben and I are on this whole ranking meals thing, we started it one night while watching My Kitchen Rules and haven’t stopped. I think it helps us improve what we are cooking because it really allows us to think about flavors and pairings and how we can change or improve a dish.
I’m happy to say my mimosa and coffee cake scored nines, and the baked eggs were a ten!! In fact, the baked eggs were so good I got a “if I was a judge on MKR I’d be a millionaire and give you a ring right now, because I am lockin that shi* up!” ten!
Following breakfast Ben cleaned the dishes (what a sweetheart!) and went to pick up my gift, while I took a nap. When he got home I was in the dining room doing a little food photography for the blog and Ben walked in with a massive box.
He asked me to open it right away, and while I was hesitant because it was seriously the most random time to give someone a gift, I did.
What I opened was a tripod for the camera! I have been talking about getting one for the past twelve months but never taken the plunge. I set it up right away and used it for some pretty incredible shots of fish tacos before devouring the tacos for lunch!
ok, so that bottom photo is actually from an iphone, I’ll put up a recipe and other yummy pictures soon
After a day of eating you’d think we wouldn’t be hungry for dinner – wrong!
Ben surprised me by booking us a table at one of our favorite local spots, Longworth House, as they were offering a nine course tapas dinner plus complimentary champagne and dessert. We got dressed up for the occasion and took a few photos together before dinner (using the new tripod!)
Our meal at Longworth House was delicious! We’ve been to the restaurant three twice before, but out of the nine courses we were offered we’d only had the Pork Belly before… and it’s damn good Pork Belly! We were able to try so many tapas on the menu to the point where I’ve got a new – the Spiced Potato Bravas. I’d never heard of such a thing and they are 500 times better than french fries, which are one of my favorite foods, so that’s sayin something.
The desserts on the menu change all the time, but the Valentine’s dessert was something truly special! I’d never tried or heard of for that matter a chocolate marquise, but it was rich, sweet, and creamy, the perfect end to a fantastic meal.
Sunday morning Ben and I woke up and planned our dinners for the week. We have started another Whole30, this time with Jess from Peachy Keen Mumma and her hubby. Ben and I have taken on the task of meal planning for the four of us, with me making the schedules, shopping lists, etc. It’s a big job, but if anyone is going to be thinking about food all day it might as well be me.
We met Jess, her hubby, and baby Charlie for lunch at Paleo Cafe in Hamilton where I passed off this week’s meal plan and we enjoyed a delicious Whole30 approved lunch.
Outside the restaurant we took our “Before Whole30” photos, and when we got home Ben and I measured and weighed ourselves.
We are about halfway in between where we were on day 30 and day 60 from last time, so we’re not happy with the measurements. This is definitely the right time to start another Whole30 to get back on track.
That afternoon we cleaned up the house and headed off to see The Imitation Game.
Prior to seeing the movie I had seen four of the best picture nominated movies, Whiplash being my favorite of the group. After seeing the Imitation Game I was torn. Benedict Cumberbatch did a fantastic job and the storyline was great. The movie is about the development of the computer and how it was used to break the Nazi code and ultimately win WWII. My grandfather worked on military computers back in the 1960’s and I’ve been told many stories about him through the years (he passed before I was born). When my dad was a boy he told him that someday everyone would own a computer in their house. Seeing that I am using one right now, and Ben is on one next to me, I’d say my grandpa was a smart man.
When we got home we tried to whip out another food photo shoot – didn’t happen. The rain came through so the lighting was off, and now we’ve got the Whole30 goin on, so I’ll just have to wait until March to get that recipe done again. Kinda bummed but more time to plan recipes and test new things I suppose.
Instead of photographing food we watched another movie on the Best Picture list – The Theory of Everything.
This one based on the life of Stephen Hawking is a real tear jerker. I started crying about 30 minutes in and then on and off for the rest of the two hour movie. It was fantastic and I think at least tops Benedict performance for the best actor award……. but more on my Oscar predictions on Thursday.
We got to bed a bit on the late side excited about this Whole30 month and all the changes we have in store. I’ll post tomorrow about how this Whole30 is a bit different than the first one we did in September and some of the goals we have for the next 34 days!
What did you get up to this weekend?
Have you seen The Imitation Game or The Theory of Everything? Which was your favorite?