Valentine’s Day in Boston!

Happy Valentine’s Day! We had a lovely little date night here in Boston and discovered a new favorite restaurant. Since we’re not super into the holiday, we kicked things off Thursday night by exchanging cards. Brian also got me Rose beer from our new favorite brewing company, Night Shift Brewing. (Hat tip to Caroline for introducing us to them, and thanks for Alex and Tyson for braving the sketchy construction site and poorly lit alleys to visit the brewery with us one snowy evening). We’re obsessed with their spicy, yet totally drinkable, Viva Habanera, but this Rose beer is a “Saison brewed with Rosemary, rosehips, and honey and aged on crushed pink peppercorns,” according to the brewmasters. How romantic (and certainly better than actual roses, in my opinion!

Not ones to pass up an excuse to go out to a nice dinner, Brian made secretive reservations at The Tip Tap Room downtown for Friday night after work. He says he picked this place because it reminded him of the kinds of restaurants we loved in Seattle (I’ve been a little Seattle-sick lately, so the gesture was much appreciated). Turns out, he hit the nail on the head! The Tip Tap Room had a stellar draft list, a comfortable, quasi-industrial, feel to it and a simple menu packed with intriguing flavor combinations. Oh, and I should mention that this place features wild game each night – and a special Love Game menu for Valentine’s Day. The specials that evening were antelope meatloaf and a mixed grill featuring elk, antelope and kangaroo!

We toasted the evening with a maple walnut martini for me, which was delicious, and a Belgian Double IPA for Brian. We couldn’t resist the cheese and cracklins appetizer of fried goat cheese balls, duck fat fried prosciutto cracklins and grilled asparagus tips in a carrot ginger sauce. We both agreed that we could top nearly every meal – even dessert – with duck fat fried prosciutto. Amazing! Of course, Brian had to try something wild so he got the antelope meatloaf for dinner, which was pretty dang tasty and came with this amazing potato cake creation. I went with the classic steak tips, which were served on a bed of horseradish mashed potatoes. Yum! After another round of beer, we decided to skip dessert and walk over to the North End to pick up some scrumptious Italian pastries from Bova’s Bakery before heading home.

All in all, it was a perfect little Valentine’s Day celebration filled with some of our favorite things! What did you do to celebrate?