Valentine's Day in Aberdeen

So, Valentine’s Day happened in Aberdeen and not in Paris this year…

The past year has disappeared in a flash, sometimes I find myself chasing dreams of moving to Paris, moving to London or Edinburgh, but reality is we are in Aberdeen and instead of living the potential future, I should be living the now! And so, with this in mind, and the fact that there is no chance I can travel anywhere outside Aberdeen until the end of my Ph.D, we decided to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s Day in Aberdeen.


Carluccio's Union Square Aberdeen

Carrot cake at Carluccio's


We had an idea of what we would be doing for the day, and especially now that we are living apart-Steven moved in with his parents and I moved in with Helena until the mortgage is approved-all we need is just to spend more time together, so we don’t mind if there is not much of a thrill involved (see last minute surprise tickets to Paris).


We convinced ourselves that we are somewhere in Italy, perhaps daydreaming a bit (a lot) of my birthday weekend in Venice,  and headed to Carluccio’s for an Italian feast. They had a Valentine’s menu which came quite handy, but since we had to finish our meal within an hour as we had cinema tickets booked we decided that a three meals course would be too much to finish within that space of time.


Eating at Carluccio's Aberdeen Union Square

There are a few things that make my heart swell more with happiness than when there is past on the table, especially when it is prepared by an Italian chef, or in this case someone well trained with an Italian chef 😉 I do often wonder if there is some secret and pasta tastes so good in Italian restaurants, and I am sure there is, maybe it is a bit of salt in the boiling water or even a bit of olive oil? Who knows! I went for the smoked salmon fettucce, which is a new dish on the menu. I liked the smoked salmon bits and the past, however I wouldn’t mind if the peas and broccoli were a bit more cooked. I added a bit more parmesan on the top though, and it all went down well.


Carluccio's Union Square Aberdeen


Steven ordered the seafood linguine and he was quite happy with it. We washed everything down with a few glasses of white wine and fresh lemonade (for me), before ordering our dessert, that was a raspberry pannacotta. Rich in flavour, thick and full of aroma! It went so well with the mint leaves that was served (we each hand a bite of the leaves while sharing the dessert), so refreshing!


Raspberry pannacotta at Carluccio's

Pannacotta at Carluccio's Aberdeen


Spending time together was good, even though it felt a bit awkward. How and why I don’t know, but I blame it on the fact that we are both tired and exhausted from the flat moving, the daily commuting to work, the stressful and demanding projects we both carry away in our professional life, there is so much happening right now that being ourselves feels almost impossible. But I know we will get there, and everything will fall into place again. If only it wasn’t for me being at the end of my Ph.D whistl moving places….I feel tired pretty much 24/7 so I am left with no pools of energy to even discuss as a proper human being sometimes, including Valentine’s Day! Excuse my rant, back to V Day! 🙂


Next in line was to watch 50 Shades of Darker in the cinema, Steven had booked the tickets and didn’t even tell me what we would be watching until we reached the front desk, well I had a few suspicions, but…Now let me be clear with you, I loved the 50 shades books. But in a different way than the majority…

Whistl reading the books I saw a man with personal struggles, falling in love with a woman that made him realise that he could vanish his demons and live freely. And in the thought of losing her, he tried to make her happy and made him happy through the way. To me, 50 shades is not a pink pages story, but a love story showing how many sacrifices a couple can do for love, and that’s exactly what I loved about it!


Steven has never read the 50 shades books, as you can imagine, however two years ago he took me to the cinema to watch the first movie (which was utterly dissapointing), and here we were again this time, coming back for more with the hope for something more exciting. And it was!


It had more action, more sentiment, more sex scenes (some of them rather uncomfortable to watch I have to say), but all in all it felt more like the book rather than a bad version of the book. Steven liked it as well, which was a pleasant thing.


And so that’s how we celebrated Valentine’s Day this year. How about yourself? Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day, if so what did you do this year?


Anastasia x


P.S: All photos taken with my iPhone, until we move in the flat that’s all I am left with as I cannot even remember where I packed my camera….



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  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    February 16, 2017

    Food is the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! // I’ve never read or watched 50 Shades and don’t really have an interest to, but I’m glad that you were able to enjoy what you were looking forward to 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Anastasia
      February 22, 2017

      Thank you so much Audrey, everyday can be V Day but this year I think we needed some extra reasons to celebrate!xx

  • Olivia Wright
    February 22, 2017

    It sounds like a lovely date! We do not celebrate Valentine’s Day but hey everyday can be VDay right?

    • Anastasia
      February 22, 2017


  • Jasmin Bleeks
    February 22, 2017

    This dinner table looks phenomenal,you can’t beat Italian cuisine!

    • Anastasia
      February 22, 2017

      Thank you Jasmin 🙂