Despite the fact that I very much enjoy reading about bloggers’ significant others and the cute things they do together, I have been embarrassed to share my own romanic adventures on the internet.
[If you are only interested in Valentine's dinner food porn, scroll to the bottom of the post!]
It’s probably a little strange to bring up having a food blog on the first date, but then when do you do it? After a month? Two months? For me, I guess it was eight months! It felt wrong to talk about him on the blog when he didn’t know about it, but now he does, so here we go:
Chip and I met over the summer right after I got back from Bonnaroo. He lives in Atlanta and had come up to Athens to watch his friend’s band play. We immediately hit it off.
Summer is an great time to start dating somebody especially when his friend has a beach house .
Us at Pawley's Island
I quit my waitressing job in Athens and moved to Atlanta in December. The main reason is that I was sick of waitressing full time, and I wanted to try to do something else with my life (semi-excited news about that later!), but it’s also nice to be close to him, of course.
New Years Eve in ATL
Not only has he been a good boyfriend, but he is also a great cooking partner and workout buddy, so it’s really a shame I haven’t talked about him on the blog sooner!
I was actually outed about my blog by friend a couple weeks ago. We set her up with one of his friends, and she brought up my blog while they were waiting for me to show up for a double date. So now its out in the open, and I can start sharing all the awesome meals we make together! Starting with Valentines Day 2010.
Our first Valentines Day adventure was rock climbing at Atlanta Rocks. He had been climbing a few times before, but it was my first time! Rock climbing is actually a good couples activity because you do it in pairs. One person climbs while attached to a rope while the other person is at the bottom attached to the pulley thing that saves their life if they fall.
I’m not afraid of heights, but I am afraid of having someone’s life in my hands, so being at the bottom was way scarier! In the end, we had a lot of fun, and no one died, so I’d say it was a successful activity!
On to the meal! We went all out on this one. Starting with fruit and cheese:
And a ribeye steak for two:
looks like a heart, right?
Chip made a red wine reduction sauce for the steak based on a recipe his friend who went to cooking school taught him:
In the sauce:
- half an onion
- a large carrot
- baby portabello mushrooms (a large handful)
- small can of beef broth
- a couple cups of red wine
- butter (added at the end)
It takes a long time for the liquid to reduce to a sauce consistency. We let it cook for about an hour, and then cheated and added a bit of flour to thicken it up!
Shrimp was on sale, so we also sauteed some shrimp in lemon, garlic, and butter:
For some veggies, I sauteed some kale with a splash of red wine. Yum!
The sauce on the steak was to die for!! It was also amazing on the kale! I ate all my kale, about half of the steak, and most of my shrimp. It was a huge meal, but sooo delicious! We were very happy with how it turned out .
Did you eat anything special on Valentine’s Day?
Also, how do you decide who you tell about your blog? Is there anyone significant in your life (family member, good friend, boy/girl friend) who doesn’t know?