Reflections on a Valentine’s-semi-themed dinner with friends:

1) Don’t actually make it a Valentine’s event and it’s *perfect*

2) Leave the only sign of the season to be an absolutely delicious heart-shaped chocolate cake but with two very thin layers rather than some monstrous layers

3) Make sure the chocolate frosting is the richest thing in the universe

4) Created a drizzled-then-cooled layer of melted white and dark chocolate to further cover the cake which has Grand Marnier included

5) Further add strawberries and blueberries

6) Have the rest of the meal be ridiculously good as well, including two pastas, a wonderful salad, excellent broccoli and garlic chicken to die for

7) Enjoy. Thanks guys, you all make our monthly get-together the best (and all I had to bring was the wine!)