Valentine’s Day Foodie gifts
If we all buy into the idea that love should be materialized and sensationalized on the fourteenth of February, then we’d probably also agree to something that actually makes more sense: the way to anyone’s heart is also what you’d like to kiss. That is, the mouth. Where food goes before it reaches the rest of your digestive system. Before leaving your body. Okay.
Strangely adapted aphorisms aside, if you’re looking to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with food, feast upon these ideas to jog your creative juices.
First, here’s something you can enjoy together. Bostonchefs.com has a useful guide to fancy restaurants proffering special menus for the day. Their list includes Posto and The Painted Burro, both along Elm Street in Davis Square. But if you’re underage and don’t want to be enticed by tinkling glasses of wine you can only eye, make sure the restaurant’s specials extend beyond their beer/wine pairings.
There are many things better than shopping for oneself, one of them being shopping for other people. For sexy chocolate and assorted products, check out Williams-Sonoma, Max Brenner and EHChocolatier. While expensive, nothing says “I love you” like a heart-shaped spatula, elaborate chocolate gifts sets replete with couple “Hug Mugs,” and other sweet artisanal morsels.
Quirky food-themed gift items can be found all over the net, whether they’re PB&J earrings at Etsy.com, Corgi Cookie Jars at Anthropologie, or Two Peas in a Pod Salt & Pepper Shakers from PerpetualKid.com.
Go elaborately cheesy in the best way possible with ParmesanCheeseLamp.com’s lamps. Be a functional treat for the eyes, with veryhoney.com’s Sandwich Sticky Notes. When you have ACGears.com’s Biscuit Digital Camera, you can have your cookie and eat it too. Whether the lucky guy/girl prefers Threadless’ That’s a Releaf shirt, or ThinkGeek’s Bacon Wallet, you can be sure that the Internet has something for you.
For serious chocolate-lovers, Boston Chocolate Walking Tours has tours and other intense ideas for couples. They can help with a marriage proposal whilst on the tour, if you like. Otherwise, they cover Newbury Street’s Teuscher Chocolates, Deluca’s Market, Lindt, Kickass Cupcakes, Robin’s Candy, Gourmet Boutique and more!
While not a Valentine’s deal exactly, this still makes for a great, educational date. ChocoLee at South End, an artisanal chocolate shop, holds truffle making classes every Wednesday and Saturday (6pm and 4pm, respectively). The class is $80/person, and aspiring chocolatiers can also enjoy delicious Italian food which can be found nearby.
Finally, before the article ends and I wish you a delightful Valentine’s Day and Night: Whipped Cream, lukewarm fudge/hot chocolate, warheads or sour belts. Use your imagination, use your tongue.
– Min Yi Tan
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