Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Romantic Ideas


This year Lee and I are going out for a romantic Valentine's day dinner. But just because it's too late to make a reservation somewhere doesn't mean you can't celebrate the holiday in style. Here are my top 5 ideas:

1. Make your meal all RED
Here are recipes for a twist on the Valentine's day theme.

2. If you have kids, use heart shaped cookie cutters to stamp out heart shaped toast, pancakes, sandwiches, etc.

3. If you are dining just the two of you, think about creating a menu made for sharing. Sharing is romantic and you can even feed each other. Any type of appetizers would be good--an antipasto tray, sushi or a cold seafood platter are all good options. You can make it or pick it up on the way home from work.

4. Go for aphrodisiacs. No proof of course, but the mere suggestion that they possess "powers" may be enough.
Here's a list to take shopping:

Caviar
Oysters
Asparagus
Mushrooms
Figs
Chocolate
Strawberries
Honey
Whipped Cream

5. Did someone mention chocolate? Check out XOX Truffles. If you can't make it to the XOX Truffle shop in North Beach, you can find other locations where they are sold or have them shipped to you in a hurry. Chosen as one of the top ten artisan chocolates in the US by Chocolatier magazine, XOX truffles are delicious and perfect for sharing with a loved one or indulging in all by yourself. My favorites are the Cognac, Earl Grey and Dark Chocolate varieties.