While the old adage says that a way to a man's heart is through his stomach, you can reach your girlfriend's heart easily with food, too, when you combine it with romance, communication and thoughtfulness. You don’t have to be a master chef to pull off this feat. Many dishes are tasty, romantic and easy to prepare and can be centered on romantic themes.
Selecting sensual foods will set the stage for romance. Start the dining experience with an oyster appetizer. Often considered an aphrodisiac, oysters are traditionally served raw on a bed of crushed ice with flavors such as lemon and garlic to complement the taste. For the main meal, consider selecting another sensual flavor, such as honey, and combine it with lemon to marinate chicken breasts. The honey flavors, combined with garlic, oregano and olive oil will keep the entree light and flavorful. End the dining experience with chocolate, another ingredient often considered an aphrodisiac. Purchase semisweet and high-quality dark chocolate and combine it with espresso, chili pepper, mint and cream to make a chocolate fondue. Dip fruit or cake into the mixture or take turns painting the chocolate fondue onto your lover’s lips and kissing it off.
Set the scene at your place and surprise your girlfriend with a romantic atmosphere and meal. Ensure that the table is set, candles are lit and jazz music is playing quietly in the background. When your girlfriend arrives, help her relax and unwind with a glass of champagne. Begin the night with an appetizer of fresh cheeses, olives, nuts and grapes. Crack open a bottle of red and enjoy it with a beef entree. Consider grilling medium portions of fillet Mignon and serving it with a mushroom-wine sauce. For dessert, keep the passion alive with a romantic bananas Foster. Served with banana liquor, rum, cinnamon and brown sugar, this dessert can be enjoyed with a cappuccino spiced with coffee liquor.
Organize an out-of-the-ordinary dining experience by taking your girlfriend to her favorite beach or park and treat her to a light picnic dinner at sunset . Don’t forget the important items, such as a thick blanket and pillows as well an old-fashioned, wicker picnic basket. Pack an Italian antipasto platter that consists of salami, Roma cheese, thick crusty bread, marinated artichoke hearts and sliced tomatoes. You also can also include olives, capers, sweet pickles, shaved prosciutto and melon. If possible, take along your sweetheart’s favorite bottle of wine and enjoy the sunset while relaxing on the blanket.
Breakfast in Bed
Wake up in the morning and treat your girlfriend to breakfast in bed. Make this her special day and surprise her with flowers before beginning the early feast. Start the meal off with freshly squeezed orange juice. Traditional eggs and bacon served in bed will allow you to treat your princess like royalty. Served on an old-fashioned breakfast tray, add side dishes to the entree, such as toast and pancakes. Finish the meal with a fresh fruit platter of melon, pineapple and grapes and relax in bed for the rest of the morning enjoying a hot cappuccino flavored with French vanilla or caramel.
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