An Early Valentine’s Weekend

So this weekend was absolutely jam packed with activity. I felt like it was non-stop, as almost all my weekend’s are. Every moment was fun though, which is exactly how I like it.

It all started with Friday night dinner for TBW’s aunt’s birthday. We went out for Italian after work at iTrulli and it was so tasty!

Inside iTrulli. Photo compliments of Jane K. on Yelp.com

TBW has been talking this place up for a while and I never went, and was glad I finally made it there. The food was incredible, so fresh and interesting. I was blown away by both my appetizer and my main course. I ordered the chickpea fritters to start and the fried salted cod as a main. Both were awesome. Really, really awesome. After some passion fruit creme brulee for dessert, I was completely stuffed and satisfied. TBW put me in a cab and we headed home to get into bed early.

Of course I was up at 8:30AM on Saturday morning, that’s sleeping in for me! I laid on the couch and watched all my Tivoed shows from the week prior and ate some breakfast while TBW was still asleep. That is one of my favorite things to do. Veg out on the couch by myself with all my favorite shows. It’s so relaxing.

After being a bum for a while, I cleaned a little and tried to get TBW to go to the gym with me. He refused so I got back on the couch. After laying there a little bit longer, my motivation to go anywhere was totally crushed. I did have some fun though with TBW’s aunt’s dog, Ruby, whom we were watching for a few hours while she was out running errands.

To really put the icing on the cake, TBW went out to run some errands himself and returned with Shake Shack for lunch. How does one turn down a big juicy cheeseburger and crispy fries loaded with cheese? You don’t, that was a trick question.

After downing my fatty lunch of goodness, I obviously needed a big nap, which I did right then and there. Total fat kid status. I just laid down on the couch where I was already sitting and passed out. Don’t say I’m not classy.

I awoke from my nap with a newfound sense of enthusiasm for the day, threw on some running clothes and hit the streets.

Here’s is where my day got really awesome: I was running along, feeling good about myself since I was burning off at least some of those cheese fries, I’m enjoying being outdoors and BAM! The running path on the East River is closed at 79th Street. Granted, there is a huge hole in the middle of the path, but it’s been there forever and honestly, it needs to be fixed. COME ON CITY OF NEW YORK! Fix your public spaces!!! There is no way to go around it without jumping onto the FDR Drive (for you non-New Yorker’s, that’s a major highway), so I had to turn around. I texted Ali to alert her of this atrocity (which I am sure she knew about already) and she said “Yup. Sucks. Come over instead! Drink instead of run :)”

You don’t have to ask me twice.

I ran the few blocks to her apartment and rang the doorbell. Someone pour me some vino! I wound up hanging out for about two hours with her, her boyfriend ABS and Teddy.

Here is where things really heated up. Ali and ABS have Wii. I know, I know, it’s been around forever, right? Well, I am clearly behind the times and loved it so much, I knew I had to invest in it right away. We played bowling, wakeboarding, cutting stuff up and more. I took this great shot of Teddy and ABS canoeing, which is HILARIOUS to watch someone else do.

You can see their arms flying wildly. It was so great.

That was really a lot of fun. Especially bowling and cutting stuff. ABS made me feel good about my bowling skills, he’s very nice and gave good Wii advice.

I finally tore myself away from the fun and ran back to my apartment to get ready for my Valentine’s date with TBW!

One of my favorite restaurants of all time is The Four Seasons Restaurant. I do not mean the Four Seasons Hotel. They are completely different. The Four Seasons Restaurant is classy, swanky and old New York, with the powerful Bar Room and elegant Pool Room. (It’s on my list of faves!) We of course sat at the bar for some cocktails (I had champagne to celebrate – he went with the only thing he ever orders – a martini) One more drink later (an old fashioned!) and we were escorted to our table in the gorgeous pool room.

The pool room is basically a giant two story space with massive floor to ceiling windows and a beautiful shimmering pool in the middle of the room with a tree at every corner, decorated for the time of year. On this Saturday, they were barren branches for winter, but had purple and red flowers stuck all over for Valentine’s Day. It was so pretty.

It was hard to take photos, the room was so serene and I don't even know if flashes are allowed. You can see the pretty trees and the pool though!

The food is of course out of this world good, I had the foie gras in its own juices to start. I don’t know about you, but I love foie gras. I would eat it all the time. They just do such a great job of perfectly searing it at The Four Seasons. I knew I had to have it when I saw it on the menu. After being wooed (is that a word?) by my appetizer, I dug right into my baby scallops on a bed of lemon risotto. It was perfect. I ate everything on my plate, naturally.

When do I not finish everything on my plate?

The seemingly never ending amazing meal came to a close with dessert, an elderflower souflee (tastes a lot like lychee) and cotton candy. The cotton candy is enormous and freshly spun. It’s worth going there just for that…well…that and the foie gras.

We took the remainder of the cotton candy home. The just put it right in a to-go bag, which I thought was funny.

You can see the fluffy cotton candy in there!

We ate it in the cab home. Again, classy.

The next morning I was up early and TBW and I went to my dad’s house in New jersey to have lunch with him and my step-mom. We ate at the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern and I was happy with my lunch of homemade pretzels, calamari and cobb salad with lobster. The place was quaint, cozy and had a fireplace! Who knew Jersey had good food? (I’m kidding. Jersey is just fine.)

On the way home, my friend Dave texted me asking me to go afternoon drinking with him. Don’t mind if I do! We went to Shoolbreds (another fave, you can read about how much I love it here) because it’s cozy and Sunday afternoons are never crowded. Of course I had too many hot toddys, and we were very happy to snag the booth in the back which is dark and warm. It has all the best little touches like these pretty lamps:

I like the little jewels hanging down.

And we even discovered a new cocktail on the menu! The mulled cider with Courvoisier is the perfect drink to cozy up next to a fire place, which we eventually did. I don’t know why Shoolbreds always makes me so happy. It has a lot to do with this:

I love the metal grate with detailing that encloses it. Safety first!!

I finally went home to have dinner with TBW and attempt to get into bed early to start my week off right. We ordered Mexican food from Taco Taco (best burritos ever) and watched the new Big Love episode (I fell asleep during it, shocking!).

What did you do this weekend? What’s your perfect weekend?

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6 Responses to An Early Valentine’s Weekend

  1. THF says:

    You were right, Shoolbreds does look great. Just my style. Enjoying a cigar inside would probably be too much for the Fun Police. NYC put in a smoking ban recently, no?

  2. THF says:

    I once had a cigar in The Library, a lounge inside the Amman Marriott Hotel. Exactly what you’d think: rich leather chairs; dim lighting; inlaid bookcases. The best place I’ve smoked, hands down. Thankfully, there’s still a few cigar bars in DC in which I can reminisce.

    • I adore bars and lounges that have that old world charm. The Four Season’s Restaurant Bar Room is incredibly rich, I sat there drinking an Old Fashioned on Saturday night, it would have complimented a cigar really well.

      • THF says:

        That was the best part about this place – it was literally Old World. And the fact that Cohibas aren’t prohibited – that was nice as well.

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