4/25/2012

Love Quotes Recited By Eva – Volume 2

categories: Love Quotes

Volume 2 of Eva Love Quotes “Love Conquers All”  – These are short love quotes recited by our daughter Eva.  Why?  Because everything is cuter, even Love Quotes, when said by a 2 year old.

4/24/2012

Romantic Idea: Warm Her Heart With A Warm Towel

categories: Date Idea, How To:, Romantic Ideas

There’s nothing quite like a nice hot shower.  Maybe that’s why so many of us dread the thought of getting out of the shower, especially that cold air that hits your face when you open the shower door.   When you’re at a nice spa, it isn’t nearly as painful when they have heated towels that you can wrap yourself up in to stay warm.  Good news!  You can replicate that spa-like treatment for your sweetie at home, even if you don’t have a fancy towel warmer.  We show you how in the video above :) Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

4/21/2012

Who Says Earth Day Isn’t Romantic?

categories: Date Idea

Photo: iStockphoto

Tomorrow marks Earth Day in the United States, a holiday that grows in popularity and importance as we continue to learn more about our impact on the environment. To mark the occasion, we spoke with Caryn Bosson at LA-based non-profit Tree People to get some ideas on how couples can get involved – together!

1. Plant Trees: Trees have a profound effect on the Earth. Not only do they clean our air and provide a source of oxygen, but they also conserve energy, save water and help prevent pollution.  Many communities have local forestry groups that plant and care for trees in schools, parks and along streets. To find out where you and your special someone can volunteer in your area, check out the Alliance for Community Trees website, here.

If you prefer to plant on your own turf, Tree People has a great resource for learning how to choose the right tree, select a good location and plant the correct way.

2. Tree Dedication: Not able to get out there and plant? No problem! Show your love for your other half and the Earth by making a tree dedication.  Tree People allows you to sponsor up to four trees in your special someone’s honor, and will send a cute little card (printed on 100% recycled paper, of course!) letting them know. Nothing says I love you like a mighty oak (or, in this case, a tiny little seedling).

3. Air Out Your (Clean) Laundry: We realize cleaning clothes isn’t the most romantic of activities, but line-drying your laundry is a great way to spend time together outdoors. Check out the website for Project Laundry List to learn more about the environmental and financial benefits of line-drying, and to read up on other simple, yet effective ways to save energy and money. “This is my personal favorite,” Caryn told us, “hanging out laundry together can be fun!”

4. Enjoy the Great Outdoors: Take some time out of your day tomorrow to appreciate the great outdoors. If you’re in Los Angeles, Tree People has a beautiful park where you can hike or enjoy the sunshine (and you can bring your dog!) Otherwise, check the National Park Service website to find a park in your area.

4/12/2012

8 Great Spots for a Grilled Cheese Date Nationwide

categories: Date Idea

Photo: iStockphoto

Today marks National Grilled Cheese Day, and what better way to celebrate than to take your date out for a gourmet version of this classic sandwich? We’ve compiled a list of the best locations for a Grilled Cheese across the country, and we’re happy to share it with you here:

Los Angeles: In LA, we are lucky enough to have an entire cook-off dedicated to Grilled Cheese, and it just so happens that the Grilled Cheese Invitational is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th from 11am-6pm at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Amateur and professional chefs come together to compete side-by-side in hopes of becoming the true Grilled Cheese Champion. Tickets are $15.00 each, and can be purchased at the official event website. You can also find details on Twitter: @grilldcheez. We can’t think of a tastier way to spend a day together!

New York: The Cannibal, 113 E. 29th St. Voted the Best Grilled Cheese in New York by Eater NY, the fixings include Vermont cheddar, gruyere, bacon and pork belly. Another plus: This place has a lot of unique beer on tap (for the 21+ crowd, of course). Check out their site here or on Twitter: @cannibalnyc.

Chicago: Silver Cloud Bar and Grill, 1700 N. Damen Ave. This restaurant is known for its comfort food, and last year they made Huffington Post’s list of Chicago’s Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Served with a side of Campbell’s Tomato Soup, this combo has “comfort” written all over it. Perfect for a date on a chilly spring day!  Check out their website here or follow them on Twitter: @SilverCloudChi.

Philadelphia: South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St. In a city best known for their cheese steak, this sandwich has big shoes to fill. Part of Food and Wine’s Best Grilled Cheese in the U.S. list, chef Scott Schroeder starts with local Bakers Street white bread, adds Lancaster County smoked cheddar, sharp provolone, and American cheese, then coats the sandwich with garlic-herb butter before griddling it until dark and crispy. Heaven! Website or Twitter: @SPTapRoom.

San Francisco: The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, 1 South Park St.  Also making Food and Wine’s list of Best Grilled Cheese in the U.S., chef Heidi Gibson won the National Grilled Cheese Invitational and ditched her career as an engineer to open this shop in the city. There are so many choices on the menu, you have to see it for yourself.  Website or  Twitter: @theamericansf

Boston: Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Cleveland Circle (see website for all locations). With menu items like the Mac and Chorizo sandwich, this is not your ordinary grilled cheese joint. This restaurant was featured on The Food Network’s ‘The Great Food Truck Race’ (yes, it’s a food truck) and was listed on CBS Boston’s list of Best Grilled Cheeses. Website or Twitter: @roxysgrilledchz.

Denver: Rackhouse Pub, 208 S. Kalamath St. The menu describes it as the ‘Perfect Grilled Cheese,’ and that seems pretty accurate to us! The Parmesan-crusted bread is laden with brie, cheddar, Swiss and tomato. Throw in an extra dollar to add on bacon or ham and voila! You have yourself a Grilled Cheese that topped the Huffington Post’s list of Denver’s Best Grilled Cheese . Website or Twitter: @RackhousePub.

Austin: Blue Star Cafeteria, 4800 Burnet Rd. Thanks to blogger Jenna of Eat, Live, Run for tipping us off to this little Grilled Cheese gem. This sandwich is made of four different types of cheese (swiss, provolone, cheddar and gorgonzola), piled on sourdough and served with apple & dried fruit chutney and dijon mustard. As Jenna says, “it’s worth every single last crumb.” Check out their website here, or follow them on Twitter: @bluestaraustin.


4/04/2012

My Unsuccessful Attempt To Share The Spotlight With “Eva The Diva”

categories: Date Idea, Funny Dates, Vlog

This video exemplifies how Olga has to deal with not one, but two babies…  Eva and yours truly.  Grandparents got Eva this microphone that has an applause button so whenever Eva is done performing or singing, she presses the applause button and the microphone’s speaker plays an audio clip of an audience clapping and cheering.  It is pretty hilarious.  Her new favorite song is Raffi’s “The More We Get Together.” This is what happened when I tried to share the spotlight with her one evening.  As you can see, Eva has a very strong personality, knows exactly what she wants, and is quite the character :)

I hope you enjoy the video!

Alex

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