Happy Valentine’s Day faith in plants friends! GC and I drove up to my parent’s house to spend the weekend with them at the self-dubbed “Spa de Juan and Maria”.
Jay Z prepared for our visit by getting lots of young cocos for us to feast on. The grocery store up here sells them at $5 for 4….what an insane deal! If you haven’t met Jay-Z before, you may not know that the man is serious about his coffee. He buys the beans raw from a farmer and roasts them himself. He then grinds them fresh for each and every espresso he makes. He has a special Italian machine with crazy knobs and a foamer and other crazy things. It’s been a running joke for the Zapod that no-one can learn how to use his machine, or we wouldn’t need him anymore.
But he decided to teach GC how to make lattes yesterday! It’s a very involved process with the grinding, tampering, almond milk foaming, and espresso making, but GC did it well and presented me with his first cup. I’m a lucky one 🙂
Jay Z also made us a beautiful meal when we arrived. He used the Candle 79 cookbook, which is a great one. There is an amazing vegan restaurant in NYC named Candle 79 that my parents have been lucky enough to go to. GC and I have been to their sister restaurant, Candle Cafe. The recipes they make are to die for.
Momma Z took me out for mani-pedis. What an amazing salon! We had these amazing heated shoulder pads, a 30 minute foot and leg massage, and a neck massage all included. Plus we got some good wedding planning details completed 🙂
The boys went grocery shopping while we were out so we could make our Valentine’s Day feast. We had family friends over for dinner on Saturday. Menu was:
- Mushroom tartlets
- Smoky eggplant dip
- Honey dijon salad
- Butternut squash with Italian chutney
- Polenta fries
- PB pie
Happy V-day friends! What did you do to celebrate?