A Home-Cooked Black Tie Dinner for Two on Valentine’s Day

Forget about going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. Rock your lover’s heart with a handwritten invitation for an intimate, black-tie affair at your place.  We pulled together a few recipes from our Pinterest Board: A Black Tie Affair for Two, that are easy to prepare but have that WOW factor. And be sure to dress up, it makes the night all the more special.  #You+MeForever

Valentine's Day, Romantic Dinner

 

VALENTINE’S DAY MENU

Cocktail: Peach Raspberry Belllini from Sweet Peas and Saffron

Starter: Shrimp Salad with Grapefruit and Mint by Flavour and Savour

Psst: Time for gift exchange if you do that sort of thing

Main Course: Lamb Loin, Parmesan risotto and Pan Juices by Great British Chefs

Dessert: Mexican Chocolate Cake with Tequila & Lime by He Needs Food

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A special gift for him and her:  Fitbit Alta Activity Wristband / Givenchy Love Keychain

Seduction Meals Valentines Day Gifts

Anyone can catch your eye – but it takes someone special to catch your heart.

 

Valentine’s Day is for Pussies 

Valentine's Day

Says who? Feb. 14th is for love, romance… and, of course, sex! It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and take your significant other for granted. Valentine’s Day provides the jolt some of us need to stop and express our affection – emotional AND physical – and just let the dishes sit for a night. They’re not going anywhere.

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How do I love thee? List out your lover’s favorite attributes for them to read. Write them on a series of Post-It notes cleverly placed around the house, or fill a blank notebook with things you love about your special someone that they can flip through again and again.

Surprise! Plan an outing – whether just for an afternoon or for a whole week – without your partner’s knowledge. Make sure you take care of ALL the details, including securing their time off work and hiring the babysitter!

Live it up. Book a spa day together and enjoy being pampered in tandem! Or, for the more budget-conscious, create your own spa day at home. Light candles, turn on some relaxing tunes, take a bath (together, of course!) and then take turns giving each other massages.

Keep it simple. Sometimes the best thing to do is … nothing. Set aside a day, a night – or both! – to just relax. Turn off the phones and close the blinds, put on your comfy pajamas, order takeout, and veg out with a couple of books or a Netflix binge.

Do something risqué. Treat yourselves to a sexy indulgence: Head out to a burlesque show, go shopping for sex toys or arrange a boudoir photo shoot. Then go home and see what happens. (I think we all know what happens.)

“Falling in love is so hard on the knees.” — Aerosmith

Enter to Win our Rocking Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Hey music lovers this is for you! Enter for your chance to win the ultimate Hotel Costes Collectors Box Set (value $299), or how about Mick Rock’s – The Rise of David Bowie (value $70) – a gorgeous book for Bowie collectors. And nothing ends the day better than a delicious cupcake, The Butch Bakery by David Arrick and Janice Kollar (MyWoodstockKitchen.com) has some of the best cupcake recipes ever.

Valentine's Day Giveaway Seduction Meals

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Red-Hot Romantic Dinner for Valentine’s Day

Declare your red-hot feelings this Valentine’s Day by adding roses, long recognized as the symbol of passionate love, to your lover’s table. And we’re not just talking about decoration! Enjoy this rose-inspired four-course Valentine’s Day menu. After all, they say the way to the heart is through the stomach…   #LoveBites

Seduction Meals, Valentine's Day 4 Course Romantic Dinner

Romantic Red Hot Valentine’s Day Menu

Cocktail:  Cardamom Rose Cocktail from The View from Great Island

Starter:  Green Pea and Rose Petal Salad from Healthy Green Kitchen

Main Course: Pan-Fried Sea Bass with Harissa & Rose from Epicurious

Dessert: Rose Cake from Gimme Some Oven

Days of wine and roses laugh and run away, like a child at play. Johnny Mercer 

Get off to a Great Start with These Love Bites for Your Valentine

Like a gentle kiss, the amuse bouche stimulates the appetite and leaves you wanting more. What better way to begin your romantic evening than with a colorful, playful and delicious nibble that prepares your lover’s palate for what’s to come?  #KissMe

Parmesan Crisps with Caviar and Creme Fraiche by JackiesHappyPlate  / Coconut Prawns + Haberno Pineapple Sauce by CooksWithCocktails

love bites potato caviar coconut shrimp

Filet Mignon with Tomato Chutney by Pham Fatale (love the name!)  /   Thai Style Pork Meatballs from LeelaLicious

ove bites steak and asian meatballs

 

Fig and Chevre Canapes by Nugget Market  /  Baked Goat Cheese Cigars by Drizzle and Dip

love bites cheese figs and cheese cigars

 

#LoveBites

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. Audrey Hepburn

 

Impress Your Valentine with an Alluring Asian Menu

Looking to dazzle and delight? How about serving up a homecooked Asian-inspired feast for Valentine’s Day? The tantalizing aromas and elegant presentation of these dishes are sure to impress even before your date takes their first delicate bite.  #LoveBites

For Starters

Asian Love Bites Starters

Chilled Tofu with Ginger Spiked Soy Sauce by Just One Cookbook

Banh Mi Spring Rolls by Minimalist Baker

Curry Dishes

Asian Love Bites curries

Thai Red Curry with Vegetables from Cookie and Kate

Bangkok Coconut Curry Noodles from Pinch of Yum

Chicken Dishes

Asian Love Bites Chicken

Crispy Miso and Ginger Fried Chicken by Donna Hay

Soba Noodles with Spicy Chicken and Lemon Oil from Simone’s Kitchen

Asian Favorites

Asian Love Bites Favorites

Hoisin Pork with Steamed Buns from China Sichuan Food

30-Minute Asian Dan Dan Noodles from Gringalicious

TiP: Here’s a great post by Kitchn to help you get started: 15 Basic Ingredients for cooking All Kinds of East Asian Food

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. Plato

Romantic Rose-Infused Menu for Valentine’s Day

Home-cooked Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner

If roses are for lovers, why not get flirtatious and sprinkle a few petals on your romantic meal for two.  Think of it as your very own love potion with a swoon-worthy aroma. #CrazyForYou

 

MENU: Rose-Infused Romantic Menu Your Valentine

 

Cocktail: Thorn Rose Royal by Food & Wine

Starter: Ricotta Crêpes with Honey, Walnuts and Rose by Yotam Ottolenghi (Food & Wine)

Psst: Time for a Slow Dance Together

Main Course: Persian-Spiced Lamb Shanks (slow cooked in orange, lime, and rosewater) –  Serve with red wine

Desssert: Candied Rose Petals by Food & Wine – end the night with a sweet and a glass of champagne

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. Judy Garland

How Sweet is Your Love?

Sweet nothings are nice, but sweet somethings are better. No romantic meal is complete without dessert! Something small, perhaps a tease, if you will, to whet the appetite for what comes next. Here are some tempting sweet treats to top off your Valentine’s Day dinner.  #SweetTemptations

Pucker Up

Seduction Meals Sweet Love Bites

No Bake Lemon Berry Cream Tart by Bojongourmet

Grapefruit French Macaroon by LaFetedeEmily

 

 

Dipped Strawberries

Seduction Meals Sweet Love Bites

Mascarpone Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Strawberries from Cooking Classy

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake from the Little Epicurean

 

Chocolate Seduction

Seduction Meals Sweet Love Bites

Fudgy Brownie Hearts with Fresh Raspberry Buttercream from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Chocolate Cannoli from Better Homes & Gardens

Super Easy

Seduction Meals Sweet Love Bites

Coconut Cream Truffles from Crazy for Crust

Chocolate Covered Banana Bites with Pistachios & Raspberry Puree from Parsley in My Teeth

 

There is no sincerer love than the love of food. George Bernard Shaw

Kissing Trivia for a Delicious Valentine’s Day

“Kissing – and I mean like, yummy, smacking kissing – is the most delicious, most beautiful and passionate thing that two people can do, bar none. Better than sex, hands down.” Drew Barrymore

Two Menus for your Italian Valentine – Which Is Your Favorite? 

The Italians, it seems, know something about love that the rest of the world doesn’t. The magic of a delicious dinner. An Italian meal can conjure a romantic evening strolling alongside the canals of Venice or dipping your toes in the Trevi Fountain. Treat your Valentine to a one-night Roman holiday with one of these decadent dishes or a four-course meal. You can also mix it up as you please. Bellisima!

Italian Seduction Meal no.1

#ItalianSeductionMealNo.1

Starter: Fig & Proscuitto Salad by PartyBluePrints

Main Course: Osso Bucco by Saveur

Side Dish: Asparagus with Crumbled Blue Cheese and Walnuts by SeductionMeals

Dessert: Yogurt with Drizzled Honey, Macerated Raspberries topped with a Rose Macaroon (just buy and assemble!)

Italian Seduction Meal no. 2

#ItalianSeductionMealNo.2

Starter: Caprese Sticks

Main Course:  Seafood Pasta (Bucatini al Frutti di Mare) from Saveur

Side Dish: Roasted Garlic Broccolini by Cooking with a Wallflower

Dessert: Lemon Ricotta and Almond Flourless Cake

Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.

 

 

Rockin’ Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

I love Valentine’s Day. The idea of sharing a romantic evening with the person I love makes this one of my favorite holidays. A home-cooked Seduction Meal – one of his favorite dishes, and a little “I love you” gift that puts a smile on his face leaves me all warm and fuzzy inside. With that said, here’s our annual Valentine Day Gift Guide. Whether your guys a rocker, the outdoor type, a fashionista, geek or an executive – we hope our list will take some of the guesswork out of shopping.

Some of our favorite Valentine’s Day gift that will rock his world

Marshall Stockwell Portable Bluetooth Speaker
#Rockon! Built for life on the road, the Stockwell is the smallest travel speaker made by Marshall today.

Valentine Day Gift Guide for Him

Google Home & Chromecast Ultra

#HomeBliss! Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google, always ready to help. Just start with, “Ok Google.” And Google home works with Chromecast Ultra so you can stream your favorite entertainment from your phone straight to your TV
(up to 4K Ultra HD and HDR with stunning picture and lightning speed).

Seduction Meals Valentine's Day gift guide

Whiskey WedgeHome Brew Journal and Set of 4 Guitar Glasses 

If your guy works hard and likes to come home, put his feet up, and enjoy a well-crafted drink, this is a direction for you. For the whiskey connoisseur, the whiskey wedge creates an ice slope that chills the spirit but minimizes dilution.  Or perhaps he prefers to unwind my crafting some home brew. And lastly, who wouldn’t love a set of iconic guitar glasses?

Valentine Day gift guide

 

Mario Testino’s Sir, John Hardy Triple Bracelet, Reigning Men, or Del Toro Slippers

Dazzle your fashionista with SIR, by Mario Testino. The influential photographer presents over 300 photographs in his search to define the allure of men, or Reigning Men – one of the most comprehensive exhibitions dedicated solely to three centuries of men’s fashion. Adorn him with a John Hardy Triple wrap bracelet. And while you place his whiskey glass in his hand, you can slip on these adorable French Bulldog embroidered leather slippers.

Valentines day gift guide

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There’s nothing as special as a good friend, except perhaps a good friend with a good bottle of wine . . .
Always strive to create temptation – a glimpse of the pleasure to come – SeductionMeals.com . . .
Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price – Jean Baudrillard . . .
Age and glasses of wine should never be counted . . .
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster – Jonathan Swift . . .
A gentleman seduces his lady’s mind before he even touches her body . . .
First we eat. Then we do everything else – M.F.K Fisher . . .
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away . . .

Terry Dagrosa


Terry Dagrosa, founder and publisher of SeductionMeals.com. As President of Digital Marketing Collective and Tara del Mar Productions, she has extensive experience in sales, design, digital marketing and social media. "Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget, so we’re thrilled to introduce our very special and highly-talented contributors and friends.  They’ll share their mouth-watering recipes, cheeky anecdotes and delightfully creative perspectives with all of us. Be sure to check out their websites and follow them, too – we promise you’ll learn to love and cherish them as much as we do!" xoxo


About Seduction Meals

Seduction Meals is about Food + Romance, and everything in-between. . . a sumptuous menu, alluring presentation, sensuous music, luscious cocktails and the right ambiance. Like a precious gift, preparing a romantic meal for two is about making that certain someone feel extra special. With just the right combination of ambience and culinary delights, you too can create a memorable, delicious experience for your loved one. Seduction Meals. Everyone has one - what's YOURS?

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