Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Love or hate Valentine's Day (usually depending on your situation), it can be a source of anxiety. What do you do? Go out, stay in, opt out, or burn pictures of your Ex? While Restaurants--and grocery stores--are my favorite places in the world, I tend to stay away on holidays such as new year's eve and Valentine's Day. It's amateur night, and if you're like me, restaurants are your church: Christmas eve and Easter are jam-packed.
There's also the issue of set menus. While I like surrendering control to the chef, I don't like a boring, set menu that's overpriced. So bah humbug to restaurants on holidays.
While going out can be special and an event, food cooked at home can mean more. I believe that food is love, so there's nothing better on Valentine's Day than pouring your heart into asparagus, mashed potatoes, and hanger steak--or whatever dish is your love's favorite.
That being said, I don't know what I will be doing this Saturday. Both ideas sound great: Something made at home--maybe duck, maybe rillettes--or some place nice and not a typical destination. (I'm vague because my gal reads this.) I'll let you know when it's all said and done. I did meet one of the co-authors of Intercourses: an aphrodisiac cookbook (real food porn) this evening and might have to try something from it for the big night.
*Photo by Butterfly Sha on flickr