Food

Date Night

In search of sweetness

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Valentine’s Day isn’t always a big deal at our abode, but I fondly recall the time I returned from a two-week vacation on the big night to find chocolate-dipped strawberries, an array of Taco Bell offerings, a generous pour of tequila, red roses and a suggestive note my significant other had left for me on the butcher block. After an endless day of air and road travel, his gifts filled my belly and warmed my heart.

Recently, I’ve been looking for creative ways to say, “Hey babe, you’re the best quarantine partner ever,” and in advance of Feb. 14, I’d like to share a few with you. First off is Sweet Sixteen, a list curated by Sustainable Connections and modeled by their resident Sasquatch that highlights a number of sweet treats by area purveyors.

Among the goodies that can be acquired for your loved ones or gifted with Whatcom Think Local First gift cards are tiramisu from D’Anna’s Cafe Italiano, a “sweetheart box” from Pure Bliss Desserts, Magdalena’s Bistro’s limited-edition paczki, brownie sundaes served up by the Black Cat, Edaleen Dairy hard ice cream shakes at Grant’s Burgers, and Simmering Tava’s cardamom-infused hot take on carrot cake. For more info: http://www.sustainableconnections.org  

Also in support of drawing attention to and supporting local eateries who may be struggling during the pandemic is Downtown Bellingham Partnership’s Bring Your Own Blanket initiative. The listing of bars, restaurants and cafes is designed to keep you covered outside while most indoor dining options continue to be limited.

No snuggle rating is included in the online listings, but hours of operation, patio and reservation details, addresses and more are included. At press time, pertinent info could be found for Artivem Mead Co., Bayou on Bay, Black Sheep, Boundary Bay, Carnal, Chuckanut Bay Distillery, Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, El Capitan’s, Fiamma Burger, Jalapenos, La Fiamma Wood Fire Pizza, Locus, Lorikeet, Mount Bakery Cafe, Pepper Sisters, Pye Hole, Redlight, Rock and Rye Oyster House, Senor Lopez, Storia Cucina, Taco Lobo, and Temple Bar. As always, practice safe habits when date night rolls around, including wearing a mask or face covering, washing your hands regularly and maintaining social distancing—other than with your blanket buddy, that is. For more info, http://www.downtownbellingham.com/blanket.

I’m also leaning toward securing a spot at the Good Time Girls’ Lonely Tarts Club taking place at 7pm Sun., Feb. 14. The virtual Valentine’s Day event with the beloved local tour guides has a focus on the past—something near and dear to my fella’s ticker.

“As always, we’ll bring the Bellingham history, this time with a Valentine twist,” they say. “We’re serving historical hotties, crazy confectioneries, ill-fated lovers and mad madams. And for dessert, we have the scoop on A Romance of Bellingham, a ‘photo-play’ starring an all-local cast filmed in 1919.”

Those who sign up to find out more about how the holiday morphed from a pagan fertility fest to a day honoring “various beheaded Christian martyrs” before emerging as a chocolate-infused celebration of coupling will also be given recommendations for the Good Time Girls’ favorite local cocktail kits and DIY drink recipes to consume as they watch along. If my bearded beau gets lucky, maybe I’ll add dinner sourced from a downtown restaurant and a Sweet Sixteen dessert to the mix. For more info: http://www.bellinghistory.com/events

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