who doesn’t want free chocolate?

over a cup o’ tea with a friend today, we decided together that valentine’s day falls into a very special realm of holidays. along with new years eve, valentine’s day gets a lot of hype for what actually turns out to be a fairly lame day.

two years ago, B and i were excited to share our first valentine’s day together. kissy faces and planning of our perfect night ensued: an evening of classical music, champagne and the manhattan skyline upon a romantic boat at Barge Music, followed by dinner at our then-favorite new york style pizza, Grimaldi’s.

i don’t remember the details, but we ended up arriving 20 minutes late to the concert, and i thought that the boat was going to leave the pier without us. we ended up rushing through the cold night, bickering over who had made who late, and whether or not the boat would leave without us.

it didn’t, but our argument was enough to spoil the whole evening, thus spoiling valentine’s day for all eternity. why put so much pressure on only one day a year as THE ultimate day to show your lover you love them?

i admit, it is a sweet idea. but it hardly ever ends with both parties happy, and for many out there without a second party, the day is spent trying to prove to the rest of the world how cool they are with being single. it doesn’t matter if they actually ARE QUITE HAPPY. no one believes them because let’s face it, everyone wants free chocolate all the time.

so, B and i have resorted to simple valentine plans. this year and last, we cooked simple aphrodisiac meals: last year, i made truffles and B made a raspberry tart. this year, because my diligent med student was busy studying, i was in charge of the food, and made a scallop chowder.

it’s a (delicious) recipe from the moosewood cookbook, and they recommended pairing it with scandinavian slaw. being a good minnesotan, i happily obliged.

we drank a little wine, set the table with flowers and candles, and enjoyed each others’ company. now why would anyone ask for anything more?

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5 Comments on “who doesn’t want free chocolate?”

  1. Maren says:

    is it bad that i check your blog every few hours to see if you’ve updated yet? goodness…i guess there are worse things to be addicted to, right?

  2. Leslie says:

    I do too Maren, I do too.

    (And yes).

  3. Leslie says:

    I just realized you had *two* questions in your comment. My “yes” was a response to the second one. :)

  4. Alison says:

    You two are so sweet!!!

    And yes. There are definitely worse things to be addicted to, like meth. And sugar. And biting your fingernails.

    Moral of the story: let’s all read each others’ blogs!!! Yay!

  5. […] necessarily been doing the fancy cooking every weekend per se, but i have been writing about the meals i’ve been enjoying cooking whenever i happen to feel like it throughout the week. […]


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