Monday, February 14, 2011
Olvera Street, A Short Personal History of Valentine's Day, & Weekend Eats
But I've reversed the trend in the last few years. 6 years ago I had the first great Valentine's Day of my life: I watched basketball and drank beer with a few friends in a pub. To be fair, we did that most nights and it wasn't until a couple days later that I realized it had been Valentine's Day. But facts are facts and that was a great Valentine's Day.
Last year I grilled pizzas at my friend Dave's house. Dave and his wife had purchased all the groceries on the condition that I do all the cooking, an arrangement that was just fine by me. Elizabeth had just given me a new camera - my Valentine's present - and I hadn't figured out exactly how it worked yet. There was an instruction manual but I haven't read one of those yet and I see no reason to start now. I took many beautiful shots of our pizzas and, intending to erase one photo, erased all that I had taken that night. The only picture that survives is one of Elizabeth sticking her hand in the camera to prevent me from taking her picture, which at this point is actually more ubiquitous in my collection than food photos.
This year, with Valentine's Day being on a Monday, I considered doing something really nice for Elizabeth, since she hates Mondays. But then I found out an episode of Huell Howser titled "Lint Art" was on. There was no way I was doing anything but sitting in front of the TV. (Remember what I wrote about being a catch?)
Then Elizabeth mentioned the other day that she wanted to go to Olvera Street, have a drink, several churros, and possibly buy a shirt. I suggested we do that on Saturday and make it our Valentine's plan. No fancy dinner, no presents, just us hanging out on an 80 degree February day having cervezas, chips and salsa, and fun. Can you think of anything better?
Predictably, that idea only lasted about a week. But it just so happened one of the places we went that week was Olvera Street, so I took a picture of Gibbs The Gibbon just chilling there. And I'm using it today, almost five years later.
Posted by JustinM at 12:37 PM