valentine's day will always be a special occasion for me and the husband. never mind that others say it's only a marketing strategy to get people spend money. for us, we really don't care. Valentine's Day will forever be special in our hearts. back in college, the UP Feb Fair always landed on the week of valentine's day. i suppose the Student Council (or tradition) thought that Feb Fairs will be more fun if there's an occasion to go with it. looking back, we had wonderful valentine's day celebrations since our college years. it was one of our much awaited ocassions.
and today was no different. it was made very special by Ryan, as always.
not wanting to get stuck in traffic as tomorrow is a work day, we had lunch reservations instead at Il Rustico Restaurant in Rydges Plaza Hotel. it was my pick, and i chose it because i promised Ryan long, long time ago that i will bring him there one day so he can taste their delectable pizza and pasta. Il Rustico was once a glorious restaurant praised for its authentic Italian servings. but Time Out Magazine has been harsh on them since 2007. despite the poor reviews, we still gave them a chance. i know they deserve so because i've been there last November when i underwent training, and my dining experience was great.
i didn't expect that the husband would still bother to get me flowers, but he did. on the way to the resto, we passed by Oleander, our trusted florist, and he picked up the flowers he ordered for me. i just stayed in the car and waited for my surprise. normally, he would have them delivered to my office, but today being a weekend, he opted to pick them up himself and hand them over to me. the bouquet was so lovely i was grinning from ear to ear :D
afterwards, we went straight to the restaurant to have lunch. our reservation was at half past twelve, but since we came early (12 noon), we were the first customers for the day. we had the resto to ourselves for a good half an hour before people started coming in. we were supposed to try their salads, but stopped ourselves when we were served warm bread and their famous baked garlic for appetizer. i ordered Baby Penne pasta with grilled prawns served in olive oil based cream sauce, while the hubby went for the pasta special of the day - Spinach Pasta with asparagus, smoked salmon and cherry tomatoes. it was my first choice but since i'm pregnant, i decided to go for a safer option. we also ordered Capricciosa pizza which we didn't finish because we're stuffed silly, so we took the leftovers home for merienda. for dessert, hubby had Tiramisu, which i wasn't able to taste, too because it had coffee liquor on it. i told him he has to take me back there after i give birth!
the food we chose didn't disappoint - they were delectable up to the last bite. i don't know why they were given bad reviews by the magazine. i suppose it's because compared to other Italian Restos in town, theirs is perhaps the most affordable you could find. our bill was the same as eating at any family resto here, but food, service and ambiance was way better. it's sad that people here measure the restaurant by its bill, not by its taste.
my happy Vday didn't end there. being the preggy that i am, i tend to doze off in the afternoon during weekends. when i woke up, this greeted me in the hallway:
i cannot thank the husband enough! he knows i've been wanting to get a bigger LCD TV for the longest time, and now it has finally come true! last Christmas, i didn't ask for a gift from him because he already gave me an expensive ring on our anniversary. i wasn't expecting a present such as this on Vday. i feel so loved!!
hon, you've outdone yourself yet again. thank you so much for making this day special for me! i love you to the moon and back!
happy valentine's day everyone! spread the LOVE! :)