Pat and I are celebrating our 7th Valentine’s Day this year. Time has flown by! This year we celebrated on Saturday night. We went to Backstreet Cafe, a restaurant I had been to once before. They have steak (what Pat wanted) and a separate vegetarian menu (for me). It seemed like the perfect choice for dinner this year. Sadly, I forgot my camera at home. I am a bad blogger.
Dinner was great. We ordered a fried green tomato salad, which reminded us that we went to a restaurant called Fried Green Tomatoes on Valentine’s Day in 2009. We also ordered grilled mozzarella as an appetizer. It was not so great – it first came out with meat on it. The server was nice and returned it, but then it came out cold. For our main dishes Pat ordered the pork chop and I ordered Jalapeno Fettucine with tomatoes and black beans. I was surprised that the noodles were actually green and really spicy. I really liked it! Like our appetizer though, it came out with meat on it. I guess it was confusing to the kitchen because the vegetarian menu had items that were almost the same as the regular menu, just without the meat. Our server offered us a free dessert for the inconvenience. I didn’t make a big deal of having to wait, but I thought it was a nice gesture. We enjoyed a delicious Lemon Parfait with Blueberries for dessert.
Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share a trip down memory lane 🙂 Pat and I started dating in March 2004. We met our freshman year through mutual friends in the dorms. This was our first picture together. If you’re wondering, that is an Ataris t-shirt I am wearing.
We’ve spent most Valentine’s Days eating out, with two exceptions. I made dinner for Pat our senior year at college. I knew he liked steak, so I called my dad for instructions on how to make london broil. I also made cute little tomato and mozzarella sandwiches, which I cut into heart shapes. Last year, Pat made dinner for me. I had been out of town for the weekend and got home the evening of Valentine’s Day. He made Caesar salad and fettucine alfredo, two of my favorite foods.
When I packed Pat’s lunch for today (yes, I sometimes make him peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to take to work), I cut them into hearts. I hope he enjoys the surprise!
What are your Valentine’s Day plans this year? Do you usually go out to eat or make dinner at home? If you have a favorite Valentine’s recipe, please share!