Our first Valentine’s Day as a couple is one I’ll never forget. Avon surprised me with a ballroom dance lesson at Dance Center USA in Fort Mill, SC, followed by an intimate dinner at The Roasting Oven and Grill nearby. The restaurant lacked curb appeal, but it made up for it with its flavorful Latin American menu and exemplary customer service. The taste of culture reminded me of home, where I had my pick of flavors from any country, all in one neighborhood (though traveling to the Burrito Bar in Park Slope from where I lived in Brooklyn sometimes did feel like traveling to another state).
I loved our out of the box date night (and Bean loved having a babysitter!), especially since we’ve decided to give up eating out for Lent. Thank goodness I have more thoughtful dates to look forward to, because I’m certainly not looking forward to cooking. At least, I wasn’t until I picked up Sweetie Pie’s Cookbook: Soulful Southern Recipes, from My Family to Yours from the library. My mother is a huge fan of Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, the show the author, Miss Robbie, stars in. I’m not sure which dish I’ll attempt to make first yet, but whatever it is needs to look so good that my mother hops on the next flight to Charlotte.
As much as I enjoyed Valentine’s Day, I’m glad it’s over and we can get to this weeks main event: Black Panther! We bought our tickets last month and its been Black Panther mania we’ve since. We’ve stalked all of the premiere parties online, listened to the soundtrack on repeat and finally settled on wearing simple, but meaningful uninterrupted black outfits. Today, I discovered the InWakanda hashtag on Twitter. Please check it out and laugh out loud with me!
What are your plans for the weekend?