Every year 'round this time, I use up some of my blog space to launch a rant on Valentine's Day. It probably stems from the single years that sensitized me to what this holiday means to those without a valentine. My hostility towards this holiday also seems to bite the hand that feeds me....I've spent much of my working life working in multiple businesses where VD is a vortex of crimson-hued madness, but certainly a profitable madness. My current workplace is on the cusp of a sold-out weekend of multi-course dinners, couples massages and popping Champagne bottles. Keith and I are planning nothing as usual, but in retrospect, I think I'll just refer to today as the official love celebration of February. I spent today with the Other of Significance, after all, and got to indulge in barbecue and chocolate to boot.
First though, we went to the American Royal to the Metropolitan Lawn and Garden Show. Keith geeks out at the gardening goodness at these shows. I enjoy them by strolling the ever-more-elaborate outdoor kitchens and dreaming of parties not yet hosted. Check out this version with the outdoor pizza oven..
For lunch, we finally (and embarrassingly, after having lived here 10 years) made the journey to KC BBQ haven Oklahoma Joe's. This little joint in a gas station is a success story for the ages.
Already in caloric overkill, we pushed the envelope by traveling up to Excelsior Springs for the Chocolate Tour I teased about in my last post. The Downtown Excelsior Partnership hosted this as a fundraiser and many downtown businesses featured chocolate treats while showcasing their stores. Creme brulee brownies and chocolate wine cake were sampled at Willow Springs Mercantile while live music floated from the wine cellar room.
Well, at the end of the day, I was tripping on cocoa so much that my ears were buzzing. After a week of stomach bug nibbling, I almost felt as if I had calorically made up for everything I had been missing...in one day. This was, though, my idea of a lovefest.
A lovefest covered in barbecue sauce and finished off with chocolate.