I hope everyone had a lovely long weekend! Despite the frigid temperatures, we had a fabulous weekend.
It all kicked off on Friday with a girls only fondue night!
We had chocolate and cheese fondue and plenty of dipping options.
On Valentine’s Day, Frank and I had a full day planned.
We relaxed in the morning and watched some of our favorite food network shows. Then I got a manicure before we met up to head to Dos Caminos for an amazing cooking class. I had gotten an email about a Valentine’s Day cooking class that included breakfast, unlimited cocktails, a cooking class with Ivy Stark, a four course lunch and a copy of the Dos Caminos Tacos cookbook. It was all for less than the cost of dinner for two, so I signed Frank and I up.
We nibbled on some breakfast and had some delicious coffee before we were seated for the class. Ivy Stark is the executive chef for all Dos Caminos and she was funny, talented and very witty. She recently was featured in Well and Good, as she is on a mission to show people that mexican food can be healthy.
From the second we sat down, the drinks were flowing, margaritas, sangria, tequila shots, it didn’t stop! Frank and I did our best to pace ourselves, but the one thing that was totally worth it was the Mexican hot chocolate with chocolate tequila and passion fruit marshmallows.
It was just insane.
We learned how to make blue cheese and fig cheese empanadas, spiced rubbed filet minion with arbol chile sauce, chocolate mousse and mojito de limon tea. Chef Ivy and Chef David were a great pair and answered all kinds of cooking questions.
Then it was time for a four course lunch!
We actually left before dessert was served because we had a big dinner planned for the evening.
Can you guess where we went for Valentine’s Day?
Dinner, dancing, old school New York?
If you guessed the Rainbow Room, you are right! It recently reopened and it was a really fun way to have a very classic New York Valentine’s Day. The live band was great and there were some amazing dancers on the floor.
The dinner menu was a nod to Rainbow Room classics with a modern twist.
We had a wide assortment of canapés and breads to start, that I forgot to photograph.
I asked for an alternative to the appetizer options and they suggested an endive salad, which was nice and light.
Frank got the amish chicken salad, which wasn’t what we expected, but was interesting.
The seafood course was a delicious and perfectly prepared scallop. I never order scallops because they are usually overcooked, but these were perfection.
For my entree, I had the dover sole with crab tortellini. Again, nice and light.
To finish, we shared the baked alaska, which I had never had–so retro. It was our favorite course of the night. Do you see the igloo?
We had a great night.
They gave us (well, me) a rose and some chocolates and a few petite fours to finish of the evening.
It was a perfect day from start to finish.
On Sunday, we hung out with our furry Valentine. Petty’s rigorous workout schedule included some yoga.
He also enjoyed some time cuddled up on the couch.
On Sunday, we had brunch with friends at Norma’s, which happens to be participating in restaurant week!
A weekend filled with my favorite people and my favorite puppy, I couldn’t ask for anything more!