Before Justin, I never really celebrated Valentine's Day.

Not because I thought it was a Hallmark holiday, but because it's my brother's birthday. Every year we would usually celebrate with all the lovey dovey couples at our local hibachi joint. Now that I'm married, I actually get to be one of THOSE people.


Clearly, we didn't celebrate Valentine's Day on the actual day since this is posting today. We're actually hitting up our accountant to get our taxes done tonight. But that's boring, let's get back to brunch. We celebrated VDAY over the weekend. First by getting our first couples massage. Which now Justin is hooked and wants go once a quarter. Then we headed over to Stephen Starr's new restaurant: The Love.

Let me tell you...our pictures don't do this place justice. Maybe the next time we go we'll be a little bit more brave to be THAT blogger couple that takes really nice detail shots of the day (I mean #doitfortheblog right?). The Love. is honestly a super cute spot, inconspicuously placed next to Anthropologie in Rittenhouse and across fellow Starr restaurant The Dandelion. The cork ceiling with wood rafters paired with the cutest tilework is a designer's dream. Go for the food, but stay for the ambience. Justin ordered the Parsnip Bisque and Bananas Foster Waffle. While I went for a hearty Clam and Celery Chowder and Lox Board. Both were delicious!


As for the bevvies, we've been on a tequila kick lately. Maybe it's because the rain we've been experiencing lately has us craving some sunshine. I ordered the Government Mule, a mezcal take on a vodka classic Justin went with The Broken Arrow, a prickly pear margarita. We ended up switching cocktails, but both so good. I would even switch out the reposado tequila for a joven mezcal.

If cocktails aren't your jam, they have a KILLER wine list. Both by the glass and by bottle. If you know me in real life, I talk up Willamette Valley wine A LOT. If there is a Willamette Pinot Noir option, that's usually the direction I go in. So the fact that The Love. has a whole section for my Oregon wine makes me pretty stoked to go back with some friends. Any takers?