Love as sweet as sugar
When Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of a work week (last Tuesday), I think it’s okay to still write about it a week later? Some people celebrate the weekend prior, some people celebrate the weekend following… Besides, all of February is pretty much festive and this post could potentially give someone some major inspo for a cute date day!
But honestly, enough with making excuses for myself on a late post. I actually hate Valentine’s Day. I think it’s silly and tacky and a little overwhelming especially for a made up holiday! If you’re in a relationship, you’re “expected” to get something material for your significant other. If you’re not in a relationship, it can be a damper that you don’t have someone to celebrate it with. Which I think is ridiculous. Here’s my take on the whole thing – if you’re in a relationship, don’t EXPECT anything on Valentine’s Day (or anniversary for that matter.. sometimes dudes forget, aight??). You should have the kind of relationship where you make a big elaborate for your man just because it’s Wednesday (Hump Day! ayyeeeee) and your man should bring you a huge elaborate bouquet of flowers just because it’s Monday and he thought about you on his way home! And if you’re single – boo!! Do not let that get you down! You are fire. YOU are bae.
Bae and I started off our Pre V-Day Sunday Funday festivities by going to church [y’all… if you can love Jesus together, everything else in your relationship will be a blessing. Real Talk] followed by a sweet little brunch at Common Bond Café & Bakery. Unfortunately for me, Aunt Flo decided to come visit that very morning and I tend to not have much of an appetite. Luckily though, Common Bond’s croissants and cappucinos are just the right amount of food for when you’re not wanting anything heavy at all.
Flaky, buttery heaven
Bae did not have the same issue [boys…] and ordered the Smoked Duck Tartine.
Thinly sliced pieces of smoked duck sandwiched between a toasty slice of pumpernickle coated with a creamy, tangy piquillo cheese spread and arugula topped with a soft yolk egg.
Let me interject briefly with a quick story – Common Bond has been around for a few years and could be considered a Houston landmark for the Westheimer/Montrose area. I have heard nothing but amazing things about this place for the amount of time it’s been open. I went a few years back and did not understand the wait as I was thoroughly unimpressed. But this smoked duck tartine has me wanting more!
Needless to say, hats off to the chef.
Which funny enough, Bae actually happens to know the chef! He came to visit with us for a few moments. We learned that when he became head chef, he was told to come up with new items for the menu, the smoked duck being one of them. He also had us try some of his dessert creations. Seriously incredible! I’m not a huge sweets person, but you HAVE to give credit for the presentation. And if you’re a fan of rich, decadent, sugary goodness, you’ll have to give the desserts at Common Bond a go!
Chef Matt’s spin on tiramisu
And for Valentine’s Day – a cute pink, heart shaped take on Creme Brulee – some of my favorite things in 1!
Creme Brulee filled pastry on top of a chocolate covered coconut patty with a GOLD FOIL LEAF on top #fancy
Following brunch was time for ultimate rest and relaxation. Just reminiscing on this part of our day date makes me wish spa days never have to end. We headed to the shops on West Ave in River Oaks to Milk + Honey day spa for couple’s massage and couple’s pedicure (my gift to us)
This spa feels lavish all while making YOU feel relaxed, serene and calm. They ask that you arrive at least 30 minutes early, but I recommend getting there at least and hour early to undress and change into one of their amazingly warm, fuzzy and plush robes and the pair of slippers they provide for you upon arrival.
After changing into your robe and slippers, you can head into the “tranquility” room – gray, white & gold hues, luscious and cozy pillows, succulents on the end tables provided to place your glasses of cucumber water or cup of tea – while you wait to be called for your turn to be pampered.
Really there’s nothing I’ve done so far in my 2 (almost 3) decades of life as romantic as a couple’s massage. It’s intimate without touching. Something about being pampered side by side with someone you love is both thrilling and calming at the same time.
After the massage and pedicure, we were able to hang out in the “tranquility room” a little longer before finally heading back out into the real world and preparing for the next day.
This sort of Sunday Funday will also probably be duplicated because honestly, everyone loves brunch and everyone loves a good, luxurious massage. Put the two together, and you have the perfect recipe for a wonderful day.
The Glam Greek