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Sea of Love Coupling: Melissa + Raj
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and whether you celebrate or find it cheesy, it’s impossible not to feel a little sweet as the holiday rolls around (even if that sweetness comes from the discount candy purchased on February 15th). We interviewed one of our favourite Toronto couples Melissa + Raj about how they spend February 14th, their best date spots in the city + why they’re sweet on each other.
How did you two meet?
M: We met in our last year of university where we were both studying fine art. I had noticed Raj a few months before we actually met and had developed a secret crush on him… but was too shy to do anything about it. We found ourselves in the same media class and were serendipitously paired by our prof to do a project together. Here we are thirteen years later!
How do you two celebrate Valentine’s Day?
M: We’ve never been big Valentine’s Day people. Though we say that every year, and every year we do end up acknowledging the holiday in some small way. Either with a handmade card, a love note Raj had written on post-it notes stuck and around the house, a piece of heart shaped toast or a giant homemade chocolate chip cookie.
R: There was one year I tried to surprise Melis with flowers, a bottle of wine and chocolates. I came home to an apartment full of friends, Melis had decided to throw a last minute (girls only) anti-valentine’s day party.
M: Oh man. Yeah, and the girls all made fun of you!
If you could name just one – what would be your favourite part about each other?
R: I love everything about Melis. She is my favourite person. Picking one favourite thing is tough, but if I had to, it would be that she always thinks about others and puts them before herself.
M: Raj is really an amazing guy. His ability to always see the bright side of a situation and make me laugh even at difficult times is one of the best things about him. (Ok, that’s two things.)
Have any pet peeves about each other?
M: His ability to always find the bright side! Sometimes I just need to wallow under a dark cloud for awhile! (Also: Raj also owns a slightly absurd number of socks. Which I find everywhere.)
R: She is a brutal art director. Getting ideas past her is next to impossible!
Do you two have a “song”? If so, what is it + why?
M: I feel like this is so cliche, it’s embarrassing and I’m tempted to lie, but I won’t. We have two songs. Human League’s Don’t You Want Me Baby (which was spurred by an art piece Raj did while we were in school) is a song that we regularly sing along to (and is our go-to karaoke song). And Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes holds some special meaning to us, and was our first dance at our wedding (and is actually a painfully long song).
R: Especially if you’re dancing alone in front of 90 of your closest friends + family.
Tell Us How You’d spent the perfect day in Toronto?
M: Going out together at night is a bit of a luxury for us since we have conflicting schedules and 2 small kids that make coordinating an evening date a bit of a challenge. My perfect date would be simply going out for a leisurely dinner and a walk through the city. Terroni is a classic spot that I love, and walking west on Queen towards Camera Bar where we got married and playing the “at this time __ years ago” game is a pretty fun date to me.
R: Just getting out and doing something without the kids (as much as I love them) is awesome. Going to eat at Canteen and seeing a movie at the TIFF Lightbox theatre (without Melissa falling asleep!) would be a great night out.
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