Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hi friends, welcome back and Happy Valentine’s Day! Jon and I celebrated this weekend and went out to dinner at da Toscano in the West Village. He surprised me with the reservation and we had an excellent dinner! It was perfect so we could avoid the crowds and we didn’t want a set Valentine’s Day menu that restaurants usually have.

We started with drinks and delicious Rosemary Foccacia bread and a PB & J Bombolone. The PB & J Bombolone had Foie Gras, shallot jam, quince, sesame butter and tasted very unique. I’ve never seen anything like it before and I enjoyed trying it. I’m glad I didn’t know Foie Gras is made from duck or goose liver or I would’ve been hesitant to try it.

For our entrees I went with the Pappardelle Venetian (duck ragu with shaved Foie Gras) and it was exquisite! Jon was amazed at how soft the noodles were.

Jon ordered the Garganelli Verde (ragú Bolognese) and it was excellent too.

We were definitely full, but we always save room for the dessert. The Tiramisu Gelato Sundae was the perfect way to end the meal and it had mascarpone crema, ladyfingers, and cocoa. This was a large dessert so I highly definitely recommend sharing!

It wouldn’t be a holiday without some festive treats! I made this themed charcuterie board, chocolate bark, sugar cookies, and I received these adorable Baked by Melissa cupcakes.

I also have a few Valentine’s Day decorations to add some much-needed color to our apartment.

I hope you all have a Happy Valentine’s Day!!



25 thoughts on “Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Jon, Lyssy. We have long shifted our Valentine dining out to a different day to avoid the crowds and the hype. Love is not confined to just one day. Nothing better that good Tuscan cuisine to celebrate. Allan

    1. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Patty! Your’e right love is not confined to just one day. It’s fun to go out on the actual day when you’re recently dating someone, but the tables in NYC are so close together it doesn’t feel like a private dinner.

    1. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! We don’t like the crowded restaurants because then it feels like you’re eating dinner with all the tables next to you.

  2. Happy Valentine’s Day to you, Lyssy. I love the charcuterie board, and the cupcakes look amazing! So do your decorations. It’s great that you and Jon got to celebrate early at a wonderful restaurant. Enjoy the rest of your week.

    1. Happy Valentines’ Day to you two too! I love all the holiday decorations and treats 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

  3. Smart to celebrate early. We went to Aruba the week before Christmas and it made a big difference. By the way, can you see the staten island waters where you live?

    1. That is nice to avoid the crowds! I think we kind of can, but the brown/tan looking building blocks that way. I see the Staten Island ferry running all day long though.

      1. I guess that is why you did not wave back to me when I flew over Staten Island on the way to Aruba. I won’t take it personally 🙂

    1. I’ll leave celebrating on the actual day to the newly dating people, I’d prefer to avoid crowds. It was a very delicious dinner, especially dessert! I was impressed with my board, I was just playing around with it because I planned on filming a video, but I knew I couldn’t recreate that.

  4. The chocolate bark got my attention. So did the PB&J Bombolone… until I read the ingredients. I don’t think I’ve ever backed away from a photo before.

    1. The chocolate bark is great! Pretty and delicious. Haha the Bombolone was good for a few bites, and then it became a lot. It was good to try once.

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