For Valentine’s Day Gifts & Celebrations: 5 Romantic Foodie Finds
By Anu Karwa
Love it or hate it, at least there’s easy access (and easy justification) to decadent sweets and wine on Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re celebrating your single status with your BFFs for Valentine’s Day or have been counting the days to pucker your perfect red lips for your S.O., these Valentine’s Day ideas are sure to make you smile in sublime foodie bliss.
Love of food or food for love, it doesn’t matter! Give these away as a Valentine’s gift or enjoy them yourself.
1. Add Umami: A Savory Valentine’s Treat
Add Taste No. 5 Umami Paste to any cookbook recipe, and that dish is instantly more delish. Umami is that difficult-to-describe “5th taste,” after sweet, salty, bitter, and sour. Add a smidge of paste to any dish you cook to bring out a delicious savory quality sure to make you lick your lips.
2. Toast to Love with a Valentine’s Day Dessert Wine
No Valentine’s Day is complete without a glass (or 2 or 3) of luscious dessert wine. Inniskillin Icewine requires a labor of love to produce and is a precious way to celebrate your love. Unlike some dessert wines, which can be overly honeyed and throat-coating, this one has bracing acidity to balance layers of sweetness. Looking to seal the deal? Try it with a raspberry trifle or pear tart.
3. Valentine’s Day Gets Hot with This Love Tea
Curl up on the couch with a steamy, aromatic cup of Kusmi “Sweet Love” Tea and a good book or a good man—your choice. In addition to the built-in goodness of antioxidants in black tea, this blend has ginseng, guarana, licorice, pink pepper, and Asian spices guaranteed to stimulate your senses.
4. Valentine’s Day Sugar & Spice
If tea isn’t your, well, cup of tea, drop a few pillowy, handmade Champagne marshmallows into a mug of slightly spicy Cayenne Hot Chocolate. Chocolate and pepper are natural aphrodisiacs, so you’re in for a hot Valentine’s Day, with or without the romantic fireplace.
5. Sip a Romantic Red Wine for Valentine’s Day
For a Valentine’s Day wine pairing, how do you know if your bottle’s the one? When it’s a killer red with wonderful berry fruits and it’s called Sanvalentino. For your romantic evening together, you’ll fall in love with the Paolo Bea Sanvalentino 2006, $26.98, at the winelibrary.com.
Anu Karwa, Epicurean Contributing Editor