By Judi Gallagher
I know most of you are probably going out to dinner on February 14--but please take my suggestion and go the 13, 15 or 16.
I personally have dinner plans to be at home, grilling out and enjoying fresh strawberries. For those of you who prefer a little romantic meal at home, like me, here are a few ideas--and yes, I will be dining out on February 13 and 15 instead.
1. Stop over at The Butcher's Block on 17th Street and the staff will teach you the heart-shaped double rib eye trick. Pick up some au gratin potatoes and a nice bottle of red and bam—dinner and maybe a movie at home!
2. Take out is always an option (more suggestions below, too), but do something different: Pick up four things that are your Valentine’s favorites—maybe crab cakes from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, a kale salad from Morton’s, a fresh strawberry torte from Fresh Market and a big to-go order of fresh spring rolls and Asian noodles from Pho Cali. Lobster bisque might be a nice touch, too.
4. Breakfast for dinner! Yeah, it sounds silly, but eggs Benedict, mimosas and PJs also sounds pretty romantic.
5. Il Panificio pizza. Really, I would find that better than overpriced roses.
Now, relax and enjoy home with your loved ones on February 14--and dine out the other 364 days that you can.
Click here to read Chef Judi's "Hot Dish" in our February issue.