Happy Hump Day All!
It’s important to celebrate love everyday, but it’s also nice to have a day that’s solely focused on it. Valentine’s Day this year was exciting as it was our first one as a married couple! My charming hubby and I got married in June 2017 so 8 months and counting!
My hubby had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for Valentine’s Day so we decided to both take the day off work and spend a bit of quality time together, as I enjoy coming along. After his appointment, we headed down to Granville Island, which is where we had one of our first dates so it holds quite a bit of sentimental value to us. Granville Island is a great place for a date as there is plenty to see, some cool things to do, and some amazing places to eat! I had a few places that I wanted to check out as I knew we were heading down here, the first being The Crystal Ark. This is an adorable little store that stocks all kinds of stones, from agate to rose quartz to pyrite and more. My dad used to take me here when I was a kid, and now I drag my husband to look at shiny things. He ended up buying me a stunning rose quartz and garnet pendent as a Valentine’s Day gift, even though I said no gifts this year… But what’s a lady to do when her husband wants to treat her?!?
After browsing, we headed for lunch to one of our favourite “affordable” (Note: still pricey) restaurant in Granville Island called Edible Canada. This is a really cool, hipster-esque restaurant that focuses on Canadian food and being locally sourced, hence the higher price point ($15-30 CAD per meal). Be warned, the food is delectable, and the portions are huge, so the cost is easy to justify! We ended up splitting the Mt Lehman Roast Duck Poutine ($19 CAD) which, if you love poutine, is a must try! The fries are wonderful, the cheese perfectly melted, sizeable chunks of roast duck, and a sunny-side up egg to top it all off. Between the 2 of us, we barely managed to finish it, so I highly recommend sharing if possible.
With our belly’s full of comfort food, we headed over to my main reason for going to Granville Island… Bon Macaron Patisserie. I have been in love with this place for 5 years and have loved watching them flourish as a company. When I first found them, they were a little shop located in downtown Victoria, but have since then expanded to 3 stores, 2 of them being in Vancouver. They make the best macarons, fluffy and insanely flavourful, and the staff are all very sweet. They also host macaron making classes a few times a month, both in Vancouver & Victoria. I’m really hoping to take their class this year as you get to take home a small empire’s worth of macarons with you. My favourite flavours are White Truffe & Sea Salt, Peach Melba, Salted Caramel, Tarte Aux Fraises, Champagne, and Whiskey Chocolate. I highly recommend checking them out, either for yourself, or as a sweet treat for a special someone.
My sister-in-law and her husband are currently living with us, and to everyone I tells surprise, we all get along amazingly and it works perfectly for us. They also got married in September 2017 so we decided to double date for Valentine’s Day. Our venue of choice? The Keg! We had a good amount of giftcards that we had stockpiled from Christmas which meant we wouldn’t be breaking the bank, and the food is just mouthwatering. If you go, we all highly recommend the calamari as it comes with a Thai sweet chilly sauce that goes surprisingly well together. I indulged in 2 cocktails, the Ruby Soho and the White Sangria. Both were yummy, however I preferred the Ruby Soho as it had a more unique taste. I always get the same thing for my main,The Sirloin Oscar, and I’m never disappointed. It’s a great surf-and-turf meal with scallops, shrimp, and a beautifully creamy Béarnaise sauce.
We had a great time, with amazing food and company… a very food orientated Valentine’s Day, but there’s nothing wrong with that.
How did you spend Valentine’s Day?