Although I’m not the type of girl who wants flowers & designer gifts ever, Josh surprised me with my favorite flowers, homemade dinner, & dessert for Valentine’s Day. The flowers have already been thrown out by now, but the half-eaten macarons are still sitting in my fridge. I should probably finish those before they start to harbor a safe haven for mold. Last weekend would be one of the most delightful weekends I had in a while, but every weekend with @CupofJosh is like a spoonful of honey. He made me dinner for Valentine’s Day–we make each other dinner every weekend, he just got me dessert this time–we had a night out on the town for Bryan’s birthday, we got work done together the next day, & to end the weekend, we celebrated our first anniversary as a couple. Without trying to melt your eyeballs out with cheese, I’ll make this quick & to the point: my year with Josh has been nothing short of wonderful & if you asked me, I wouldn’t be able to tell you when the “honeymoon stage” ended because I still feel over the moon because of all the feeelzz for mah boothang. As is evident, my level of literacy diminishes when I have to express the feels.
Last weekend + a new recipe in pictures followed after the jump!
Friday – Valentine’s Day
I’m still a major n00b at configuring white balance, but I recently found out that Nikon is infamous for their awful white balance with their entry DSLR lines. Go figure. Luckily, my photoshop skills are improving so pictures in incandescent lighting from now on will drastically improve. I’ll invest in a new camera (the Nikon D5300) later.
Saturday – Bryan’s 24th at The Standard
Bryan celebrated his 24th birthday at The Standard, famous for their rooftop pool, Bavarian Biergarten, & the scene where Aldous Snow jumps off a roof into a pool resulting in his arm breaking in the movie Get Him to the Greek.
Sunday – Berlin Bistro
It was back to the grind on Sunday, so Josh & I went to Berlin Bistro to get some work done. New favorite coffee shop!
Monday – Our First Anniversary
When Josh drove us up to the docks, I thought he was taking us on a short booze cruise of sorts only to be pleasantly surprised that we were going to be paddled down Naples Channel in a gondola. Our gondolier sang to us when we approached underpasses & gave us a tour of the surrounding houses. Truthfully, I wish he sang a little more because he had such a nice voice, but I think he preferred to talk about the celebrities living in the homes lining the channels. Meh, you can’t have it all, right? I think the surprise gondola ride was an amazing surprise as is! Best Boyfriend Ever Crown award goes to Josh. After the gondola ride, Josh took us to Sevilla, a Spanish tapas bar, for dinner & they ended our night with a chocolate dessert with sparkles. So sparkliezzz I thought Edward Cullen appeared from thin air!
If you’re feeling unloved, I’ve got a special treat for you with an addition of a new recipe. If you check back in a week or so, you’ll get a chance at winning a free domain, hosting, & other prizes in my very first giveaway on TB. Since this website is focused on food, I’ll be tossing in a beautiful cookbook & some other goodies. Hopefully I’ll get a good amount of participants or *crickets chirping*…
Okonomiyaki is a savory Japanese pancake made with cabbage & is traditionally made with pork belly. You can also add a seafood mix instead of pork belly or forego any meat by using a vegetable stock instead of dashi. This recipe was adapted from Japanese Cooking 101 & you can find my version by clicking here. They’re easy to make & perfect for concealing vegetables from picky eaters.
- Okonomiyaki Recipe
- Valentine’s Day
- Bryan’s 24th Birthday
- Berlin Bistro
- Our First Anniversary
What was the best weekend of 2014 for you? Did you try or learn anything new you’d like to share? Would you be interested in the giveaway? If so, what prizes would you like to see? I like asking questions because when people don’t answer them, I know they didn’t read anything.