Valentine’s day is supposed to be romantic, but you know what’s not romantic? Being jammed into a table inches from another couple and paying for a set course menu for an exorbitant amount of money. While dining out is one of my favorite things to do with my husband, Aaron, we prefer to have our fancy meal on some other night. I am just realistic about my expectations for a romantic night versus the reality of the highly trafficked and lavish “holiday”.
This year we are continuing our tradition of cooking Valentine’s Day dinner together rather than going out on February 14th. We started the tradition a few years ago when we made a bunch of different types of dumplings to celebrate. The year after that we made a whole lobster dinner, and this year we had the idea to do a sort of “Nobu-at-home” night. We made our own versions of dishes served at a high-end sushi restaurant like Nobu. Back in college when we lived in Malibu we would go to Nobu every so often for special occasions. While the ocean view is hard to beat, Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of the week this year. Because of that, going out seems like a lot of effort after a day of work and long week.
While I am grocery shopping I pick up some flowers to spruce up the dinner table. To set it apart from any weeknight dinner we step away from the TV and actually sit at the dining room table. We break out the nice dishes; make table settings with linen napkins (eco friendly anyway) and light some candles. No better way to unwind mid-week than at home with good food and in comfy clothes. Enjoy spending the time cooking together and working through a few recipes. It makes it all worth it when you get to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor together over some wine or a cocktail.