Let me start this post off with I am less then Valentine's Day's biggest fan...i'm like on the bottom of that list of people who root for the big ol' read heart + chocolates Hallmark holiday. However, I married a man who not only makes me coffee each morning and loves to cook but who also strives to make even the simplest mundane holidays and events something to cherish. *swoon*
Last year it was the huge fancy dinner at my favorite restaurant, flowers, lots of wine, and lots of forehead kisses. This year we were down in Southern Idaho for personal reasons, and even though we were out of town, the hubs made sure to continue with his track record of making this holiday a day for him to say "I love you".
Down in Boise, ID where we grew up, up a quick drive through some snazzy neighborhoods is a popular place called Table Rock. And though it's been coated with graffiti and sadly turned into a drug-hangout, it still stands strong full of beauty and views to kill for.
This was the first stop on our morning Valentine's date adventure. I took so many pictures, and pushing past the cold wind and rain, my heart kept skipping beats for the views, the sense of eager adventure and the man who kept holding his hand out for me.
But eventually my "me-ness" caught up and I was so frozen I had to beg my man for whatever his phase two was - and silently prayed phase two was someone inside...and warm...
...and I got my wish. Down on Capital Blvd with views of the Capital on one end, there's a glorious + delicious donut shop called Guru Donuts. With a line that wrapped around three-times, the wait (and weight) was well well worth it. They had a delicious spin on the maple bacon bar, with spicy pepper jack bacon crumbled on top. Simple classics such as the cinnamon twist didn't fail to disappoint either. They also had a glorious, in house, flavor called Hipster Berry which was delicious in the coffee and on the donut and is a must must must when you go.
The vibe was sensational in the shop. and to make it better, the Guru shared seating with another glorious delicious shop called Boise Fry. A french fry shop. Yes, a shop devoted to that other starchy, deep fried friend we love all too much! I loved sitting at the window seat, sipping in house coffee, with the hubs, just laughing and joking.
To end the Valentine weekend, the following night, the hubs and I went to my favorite high school hang out, The Flying M: Coffee Garage in downtown Nampa and enjoyed some folkie wonderful tunes by the local talent Kait Hendrix and visiting talent Casey Dubie. It was a low key, good time, wonderful way to end the lovey dovey Hallmark weekend.
But then again, I can't complain, tunes, views, and donuts! Over all my heart was so gloriously full (and so was my stomach) and I couldn't have asked for a better National Love Day.