Food & Drink Magazine

Be Mine

By Lilveggiepatch @Lilveggiepatch

How was your Valentine’s Day?

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Did you spend it with friends, family, or your favorite pooch? I was lucky to have two Valentines this year! We get to hang out with Charley while my parents are away.


I got Brien this card (I’m obsessed with the unique paper products on Etsy… I’ve always been obsessed with stationary!), and wrote this poem inside it. I found the poem days after V-Day 2012, and have been saving it ever since! It’s a little cheesy, but we’re both dog people, so it works


He took me on a cozy date to two of our favorite places, starting with Levain Bakery!

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B twisted my arm and convinced me it was a good idea to get four chocolate chip walnut cookies. Mind you, these cookies weigh half a pound each! They are, hands down, my favorite cookies in the entire world. There may be a cookie somewhere someone thinks is better, but to me, these are unbeatable. (These are also the cookies I told my friends, when recommending they stop by the bakery to give them a try, “If I’m ever in the hospital, I want these!” Well, my friends listened, because when I actually was in the hospital, so many people brought them! So these make me feel even more warm and fuzzy than usual, now.)

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Cookies in hand, we headed up Amsterdam, sans reservation, to try our luck at nabbing a table at Peacefood. And we lucked out! We got there juuuuust before the evening rush, and were seated within minutes.


We shared two appetizers to start: the chickpea fries with tahini dipping sauce (always a must-order item) and pan-seared Shanghai dumplings with chives, mushrooms, tofu, and ginger-balsamic dipping sauce.

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For our entrées, I ordered the roasted potatoes pizza with sautéed mushrooms, arugula, oil-cured black olives, and pesto, which I added daiya to (sooooo worth it!); B had the penne un-chicken parmesan with vegetables. He always gets this, and it’s always good! It was a lot of food, but we took home leftovers so we’d have room for…

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Wine and cookies! Enjoyed while watching 21 Jump Street. The movie was cute, and I especially liked Johnny Depp’s cameo! Makes me want to re-watch the series while we wait for Breaking Bad to resume…

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It was a wonderful night. It’s kind of crazy to look back at last year, when we’d only known each other a few months, and see how much has changed! But there’s a lot that’s just the same, too.

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