I can’t actually believe that it’s February 7th. Already. So, One week til V-Day.
In all honesty, this is not a holiday that Bob the Builder and I obsess over. We are very good with showing each other affection and love pretty much every day, so the idea that somehow we love each other MORE on this specific Thursday just seems silly. We generally just give each other cards and go get a nice dinner.
But last year, I had such a good idea, I couldn’t even help myself. And now this year, there is no way I can top it. (I mean, if I bought him a car or something I guess I could top it, but…you guys know how much weddings cost, right? So, yeah. No surprise car this year…) WHY DIDN’T I SIT ON THIS IDEA? WHY DID I SQUANDER IT LAST YEAR???
Ok, so Bob the Builder is from Philadelphia/South Jersey, and as such, there are a few home-town delicacies we cannot get here in Los Angeles. For instance, a hoagie. According to B the B, a TRUE Philly hoagie has dried oregano on it, and the one place in LA that claims to serve “authentic” hoagies didn’t even have dried oregano in their kitchen. B the B nearly threw a fit. Same with the beloved Philly cheesteaks. Can’t get em.
Are you all familiar with Tastykakes? Probably not, if you’re not from the East Coast. Well, specifically Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. I didn’t try my first Tastykake until I was in my twenties, and rehearsing a show in Philadelphia. And I only ever had one chocolate cupcake. I actually had no idea how many flavors they made.
You can’t get these on the West Coast. No one sells them. They aren’t in any grocery store. Trust me, I’ve checked. You can, however, order them online and have them shipped directly to your house.
Which is what I did.
Bob the Builder was so shocked, and so excited, he teared up a little. True story.
The Facebook love was immediate, and intense. Do you see that comment? “They are cakes that are made in Philadelphia, baked in heaven, packaged by Santa Claus and delivered by an angel.”
I will never beat this gift. Never.
The front of that tin said “I Love You”, so it was especially perfect for Valentine’s Day. They don’t seem to have that option this year. (Or maybe with only 7 days to go, they are all sold out?)
I have a feeling that Tastykakes will be making an appearance at our wedding, if not at the actual reception, then at some point that weekend. How could we not, with a love that runs so deep?
So, tell me – What’s the best Valentine you ever gave?
And, also, tell me how you topped that one. I need to know. For, ya know, a friend.