What do I write for the 500th post on this website? I want to tell Andy (who’s Andy?) how much I really do love him, and what a wonderful past year and 8 months it’s been since I met him at the 21st Annual Curtis Park Wine Tasting & Silent Auction.
As of today, we have been a couple for 1 year and 7 months. We have both had struggles during this time, but somehow it has all worked out. We have so much in common, that it’s hard to pay attention to our differences. I think I can say that he loves me more than anyone ever has. That means a lot to me because I really don’t have anyone out here. I still can’t believe I met him because I was in the right place in the right time. I just wanted him to be my best friend immediately. I never thought that he would like me romantically.
But (for some reason) he did, and immediately spoke of taking me to Mexico for Thanksgiving last year. I laughed about it, not taking him seriously… doubting our romance would last that far into the year…not because of him necessarily…but because of me and how complicated I can be… 😉
And then Thanksgiving 2012 came around and I had my passport (brand new, especially for this trip!) and off we went. For four days, we ate and drank and exercised and slept. And didn’t have to be anywhere for anyone at any time. And it was amazing. And somehow a lot of my high school Spanish came back to me. Especially the food stuff. I loved reading menus the most. My favorite restaurant in Ixtapa is called La Gloria del Infierno, The Glory of Hell. 😛 During our time in Ixtapa, we also dined at La Malinche…which happens to have a Facebook page!
We stayed at a hotel called Capella, located in Ixtapa (Facebook page here, twitter page here), far removed from the downtown area and restaurants. Almost isolated from everything. Um, P.S.: it’s built into the side of a cliff! 🙂 It was the most romantic place I have ever been. And for the first time, we were outside of all the stresses of daily life and we got to be ourselves. And that’s when I knew I didn’t even want to ever be without him. ¡La mejor semana de mi vida! The pictures above are from the trip, but they just don’t do the place justice. This is a place you have to see for yourself to believe. 🙂
Hello, Sweethearts! I have compiled a few Valentine-themed events & gift ideas that l find lovely and delightful, and I would like to pass them on to you!
Casque Wines and Cupid have teamed up to create the perfect gift for your special someone. They teamed up with Chef Joe at the Flower Farm Cafe who is busy baking and decorating these delicious (and beautiful) Cake-Pops. They paired them with some of our favorite wines and added a couple of stemmed glasses for the perfect gift!This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (February 8-10), they will be offering the following special: 2 Cake-Pops, 2 Stemmed Casque Glasses, and Bottle of your Choice ~ Sauvignon Blanc, Calotte Blanc or Vermentino for only $28. The Cake-Pops will also be available individually for $1.50 each. Stop by this weekend for some Cake-Pops and Casque!
With the perfect mix of scrumptious, decadent flavor, SMIRNOFF Kissed Caramel Flavored Vodka possesses a seductive aroma to complement its smooth caramel flavor while its counterpart, SMIRNOFF Iced Cake Flavored Vodka, offers a light, sweet aroma met with a refreshing, smooth iced cake flavor.These luscious and tastefully satisfying new flavors from the world’s #1 premium vodka are sure to add a nice touch of sweet romance to anyone’s Valentine’s Day.
CUPID’S KISS: ½ oz. Smirnoff Iced Cake, ½ oz. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, ½ oz. Chambord. Directions: Add ingredient in a shaker with ice, shake and pour into martini
glass. Add white chocolate to rim.
He loves me, he loves me not…It’s complicated. If your relationship is dark, yet spicy and complex with many layers, then Sobon Zinfandel Fiddletown is the wine for you! If you thought your relationship was complicated, this full-bodied red will have your palette changing its relationship status.
A stunning multi-faceted wine featuring intriguing aromas and flavors of spice, black currant, plum, smoky oak and a dusty-cherry component typical of the Fiddletown area. Massive and full-bodied, with an impressive, complex finish. Sustainably farmed. Thanks to Total Wine & More for the feature!
Nugget Market is pretty much a one-stop Valentine’s shop! You can pick up these truffles made my Truffle Gateau. Handmade locally, these chocolates are made with fresh ingredients and are designed to be paired with a variety of wines and cheeses.
Natural Vines are made from all natural ingredients and contain no artificial flavors or preservatives and no high fructose corn syrup — the licorice is naturally sweetened with cane sugar. Available in two flavors, Black and Strawberry. They were a big hit amongst my coworkers!
FOR THE COOK
I really dug this recipe for a Chocolate Almond Flour Beet Cake on my friend Julia’s site, The Roasted Root, so I am sharing the link with you. I encourage you to check it out here! If you need a taste tester, I’d be happy to help!
Happy Valentine’s Day to all and thanks to all the product sponsors and advertisers in this post!