Valentines Night, the way it should be

… spent with people you care about… and in a quaint little treasure of a restaurant to boot.

Friends have been planning the dinner for weeks because we wanted to get together and catch up. And which better date to do so, right? So there we were trudging the streets looking for a place to park our butts in, and we find most restaurants were packed… of course. *facepalm*

Luckily, this cute little Spanish restaurant in Ramos was able to accommodate us. Ipar’s Restaurante Y Bar De Tapas

The place was also packed but they had space in their bar area and so we waited there until they had an empty table for us. Their staff was especially accommodating though. I liked how they were so polite and attentive to diners, even ones without reservations — which obviously included “us”. Hehehe.

They had such lovely interesting decor, too (which I plan to take more photos of when we visit it again).

and some free appetizers… delicioso Boquerones! [Rating: 9/10]

Paella Marinera… a delightful epicurean treat. The pan was huge! [Rating: 10/10]

Yummy Patatas Con Alioli  [Rating: 10/10]

Crema de Champiñones [Alex’s Rating: 10/10] … and yes, I asked her.  Hehehe!

Pechuga en Salsa [Rating: 10/10] apparently, they ran out of Pollo Al Ajillo… apologies 😛

People have been plaguing me for years with the questions “Where are you going for Valentines?” or “What are you going to do on V-day?” or “Who are you going with on Valentines?”

Personally, I usually find the day superficial and overrated. And no, contrary to what you might be thinking… I am not jealous of couples. I think it’s cute that couples have this special day every year. But the holiday has become such fodder for capitalistic foolishness that I find many of the traditional  activities and gestures have diminished in value because of it. I mean, if you wanna show some grand romantic gesture to your special someone, do it just because you want to and not because other people are doing it and it’s expected… and remember, the price tag isn’t the gesture’s value either. Be sincere, not veneer! All right, I have no idea what else rhymes with “sincere”, but you get my point. 😛

But hey, I was definitely touched by the flower, boys! ^_^ Muchas gracias! Me encanta el regalo.

But enough of the ranting…. the long and short of it is, you shouldn’t let commercialism and society dictate what Valentines should be for you. Spend it the way you want and with people you want to be with. Make it count in the grand scheme of things, and not just another mere bulleted point on your list of things to do. Gets?

Lovely people who made my “Hearts” Day!

The “bonita” who served us.

*~*~*

Belated Happy Valentines, everyone!

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