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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!
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
#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).
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?
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.
Woo Her With an Irresistible Valentine’s Day Gift
Show your love on February 14th with a home-cooked Seduction Meal, and slip a little special something in her hand. For your inspiration. here are a few sexy, cool gifts. #HeartsWillMelt
Set the mood for love this Valentine’s Day and sip into something romantic. Whether you’re going out or staying in, start things off with one of the sexy cocktails below and take it from there. You may decide not to leave the house. Just saying…
I only drink Champagne on two occasions, when I am in love and when I am not – Coco Chanel
Lemon adds brightness and thoughtful elegance to almost any dish, so put some tart, tangy citrus on your Valentine’s Day table and get ready to pucker up with your sweetie. Here are a handful of recipes or inspiration.
Charm Your Valentine with A Romantic Side Dish – Potato Roses
Serve your sweetheart an edible rose for Valentine’s Day. And why not? Romance and roses go hand-in-hand and your lover will swoon over this gorgeous, crispy rose potato side dish. The process is very similar to making Apple Rose Tarts – both recipes are worthy of a romantic meal for two. I would say this recipe is for beginners to pros. With such an easy dish – who can resist?
If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden ~Claudia Ghandi
Romantic Potato Roses
5lbs red potatoes, wash and pat dry
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Wash and peel potatoes. Slice potatoes 1/8″ thick using a mandoline to get consistent slices.
TIP: Make one rose and test it in your muffin tin. If you have a small tin, you may need less slices to fill the tin. If your tin is larger – you may need more.
In large bowl, combine all ingredients, evenly coating all potato slices
Lightly spray or grease a muffin pan, set aside
Lay out about 12 potato slices in a row overlapping one another about 1/4 of each slice
Working from the top and rolling towards you, carefully roll the potato slices to the end
Push the potato rose into the grease muffin tin
Bake for 35 – 40 minutes until the top edges of the potato roses are crisp and potato is cooked through – you can test this by pulling a petal away from one rose.
Remove from oven and serve at once!
NOTE: I left the skin on the potato, if you prefer, you can peel the potatoes first – it works both ways
A Rosy Culinary Adventure for Your Valentine
It’s that favorite time of year again – when couples around the world come together to celebrate their love for each other. For the next three weeks, we’ll share recipes, music playlists, and tips worthy of creating a special night on February 14th. Will you choose to whip up a romantic meal at home? We hope so. There’s nothing like sharing a home-cooked meal made with love. We refer to that kind of food as “Love Bites”, delicious morsels that make you roll your eyes in delight with each bite taken – it’s that good. So without further adieu, here is our first Valentine’s Day Menu – Everything’s Coming Up Roses!
Roses are to romance like hugs are to kisses – one thing leads to the other. So what happens when you add roses to your recipe on Valentine’s Day? You tell us! We love the idea of cooking with roses We put together a recipe roundup so you can create a tantalizing, rose-infused menu for Valentine’s Day. We threw in some oysters to up the ante. You’re welcome. #LoveBites
Valentine’s Day Menu: Everything’s Coming Up Roses
You are always new, the last of your kisses was ever the sweetest. John Keats
A Latin Beet Kitchen Fiesta
Seduction Meals restaurant review by Annette Zito of KitchAnnette
The last few days have been hectic, resulting in my making less-than-stellar food choices. I didn’t BEAT myself up though. Instead I BEET myself a path to Latin Beet Kitchenat 43 West 24th Street in Manhattan. Time for a fiesta!
My friendJoe Gulla and I arrived with high hopes and empty bellies. We were happily met with a bright and festive space. A compact streamlined storefront with outside tables, it is attached to Raymi Peruvian Kitchen & Pisco Bar, both eateries owned & operated by the Torres Family.
The Latin Beet Bowl / Latin Beet Restaurant
Latin Beet was born out of a desire to add more diversity and dimension to the successful Raymi. They’ve added the “cure for the common deli”, as their website boasts, with a full-out healthful menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch. They use organic and locally grown products with much of the menu being gluten-free. A remarkable feature is the lack of added sugar in their food. They use fruit to sweeten things up as needed, and it works beautifully.
Salmon Ceviche / Latin Beet Restaurant
We were warmly greeted and headed straight to the bar. Their brunch menu features specialty cocktails which we were eager to sample. Joe went right to the refreshing Gin Y Juice (gin, fresh lemon juice, lemon ginger kobucha) and I tried the rich Spiked Latte (pisco, cacao liquor, Devoción espresso, housemade cashew milk, dates). I also tried their special Bloody Tiger (vodka, tomato juice, beet juice, leche de tigre, spicy rocoto, celery salt), which is a lighter, fresher take on a Bloody Mary. The drinks were wonderful – perfectly balanced and just potent enough.
Vegetable Bowl / Latin Beet Kitchen
Being a sucker for a bit of word play and a dish of fun ingredients, it was time to sample the “Always Avail a Bowls”. We tried 3 of them. The first was the Amazonas – organic brown rice, organic chicken, broccoli, sweet potato, cherry tomatoes, crispy corn cancha, salsa criolla, and aji verde (green chile sauce). Each forkful was a burst of texture and flavors. There was a complexity to the combination that invited you to dip your fork back in. Moving on to the veggie Andina bowl, we found the same experience of texture and flavor. This bowl consisted of organic grandma’s lentils, organic quinoa, carrots, broccoli, avocado, purple cabbage slaw, seasonal pickled vegetables, and crispy corn cancha. I’m normally not a pickled veggie kinda gal but the inclusion of this sour-tart-salty ingredient really elevated this bowl’s flavor.
Let me just take a step back and regale the addictively yummy corn cancha. It’s like a cross between popcorn and corn nuts made from a variety of corn called maize chulpe. It gets slightly puffy and toasted when heated, with a soft, floury center and crispy outside. Not only was it a wonderful addition to the bowls, but on it’s own, it is the perfect accompaniment to your drink of choice.
The third bowl was unlike the others, having a decidedly Asian flare. The Tuna Nikkei bowl contained organic brown rice, tuna, sesame cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, yuzu, five spice apples and radishes, Latin Beet furikake, avocado, cilantro, and aji verde sauce. This was my favorite. It still had a Latin essence but again, made every bite a treat.
Vegetable Bowl / Latin Beet Kitchen
Onwards to the Arepas! Organic homemade white corn cakes with the same bright flavors mélange of flavors found in the “avail a bowls” piled high atop them. We tried “sample sizes”, and were disappointed to find them dry. We would have liked to try the full-sized version to see if they had more flavor and texture.
Anticucho Steak / Latin Beet Restaurant
Toppings / Latin Beet Restaurant
The only thing we didn’t see on the menu was a signature dish that included BEETS! They have a delicious Spicy Latin Beet sauce, yes, but it seems remiss not to celebrate their name with an Avail A Bowl that can’t be BEET! Ha!
Sauces / Latin Beet Kitchen
Overall, our experience with The Latin Beet was a very good one! The décor, attention to detail, the friendly and passionate team, and the healthy and delicious food will punctuate your day with a welcome flair. We’ll be back for sure!
Food Porn Friday: For the Love of Chocolate
My never ending love affair continues. All it takes is one bite to indulge my desire for this creamy, sweet treat. So, in honor of the true love of my life… here are a few inspiring recipes and seductive photos:
Sweet, light, and slightly tart – a slice of this cake is the perfect ending to a romantic meal for two. Serve as is or with a dollop of creme fraiche – you can also add berries if you like. Simply delicious! All you need is a mini bundt pan like the Nordicware Aluminum Heritage Bundtlette Cake Pan that gives you this sexy swirl design.
Glazed Lemon Cake Recipe
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk
5 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
3 tablespoons lemon juice (plus more as needed)
optional – powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
In mixer bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder.
Add milk, butter and vanilla and mix on low speed until combined, then increasing speed to medium-high for 2 minutes.
Scrape down the bowl and add eggs and lemon zest, mixing on medium-high until thoroughly combined.
Pour into greased and floured 9×9 cake pan.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes.
Turn out onto the wire rack and cool completely.
Combine melted butter and lemon juice in medium bowl.
Add powdered sugar and stir to combine; add more lemon juice as needed to reach desired consistency.
Pour glaze over cooled cake.
Dust with powdered sugar and serve.
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 . . .
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Sweet, light, and slightly tart – a slice of this cake is the perfect ending to a romantic meal for two. Serve as is or with a dollop of creme fraiche - you can also add berries if you like. Sim
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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?