For most couples it would be a pleasure to make a Valentine’s Day dining decision between the romantic Gilt Club and the home of James Beard’s favorite onion rings, The Ringside. Either way, the meal is likely to be excellent, the ambience upbeat, and the experience relaxing. Maybe, not so much. Instead, why not go out for that passionate feast before February 14th or after. It will be less crowded, less noisy, more relaxed and you’ll get better service.
On February 14th, you lovebirds might just keep the event a twosome and cook together at home. It can be creative fun, and just as romantic. Cooking with another person requires patience, cooperation, and teamwork. Done right, it’s a recipe for romance.
How about preparing a pizza in the shape of a heart and feeding it to each other. Or put together a meal of small plates of sensual foods: Castelvetrano olives, fried almonds, oysters on the half shell, sherried mushrooms, smoked salmon, sliced pears with blue cheese and walnuts, crusty bread, smoked sausage, or whatever appetizers you both crave. The options are limitless. It can be your own completely private happy hour.
Finish with red wine, champagne or coffee and top quality chocolate or a decadent and easy to prepare chocolate dessert like “double chocolate toasted coconut pudding”.
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Enjoy the sweet life together, cooking and sharing a homemade repast; substantially romantic.
Happy Valentine’s Day.