I love going out to dinner to a nice, fancy restaurant as much as the next girl… especially, if someone special is inviting. But experience has taught me that on Valentine’s Day or around that date, it’s the WORST TIME to go out to dinner. There may be some exceptions, of course… but usually during this time, restaurants are extremely crowded, putting extra pressure on all the staff.
To me, it’s more romantic to plan something special at home. Make something you know you’re extremely good at and that you know your partner will love – for the awesome flavors, but also for the effort and care you put into it. Besides, when you have dinner at home… dress code is optional. ;)
Unfortunately, this year, I am spending Valentine’s weekend with a nice construction crew who’s remodeling my tiny, little kitchen into a very chic and modern tiny, little kitchen. And to top it all… no romantic Valentine for me this year.
But… let’s play pretend. If I had a romantic Valentine to invite over for dinner, what would I cook for him to let him know how much I care?
This is my menu…
Start with a Spinach, Arugula, Figs and Blue Cheese salad with a Balsamic Vinaigrette
Main course would be the exquisite Baked Pasta with 4 Cheeses, that usually floors anyone who has it for the first time.
On the side, and because we’re in Puerto Rico, I need to have sweet plantains with vanilla and cinnamon.
And for dessert, I would make a batch of Carob Syrup to dip some strawberries in… I would even add a pinch of cayenne to keep things interesting.
Do you like my menu?? What are your go-to dishes if you want to show someone you care?