Valentine’s Day- Stay In!
Can I just suggest to you one thing?
Don’t go out on Valentine’s Day!
Now, I know ladies, that you’re ready to smack me. I know you’re thinking, “GIRL, you are ruining my chances of a nice meal out and HEY, I don’t want to cook for once!”
Let me toss in a disclaimer real quick and say, if you’ve got little ones and a babysitter, by ALL means go OUT. I mean, I am not stranger to having three small children years ago. I’d go out too. I get that.
But if you’re like us and have the ability to have the house to yourself, I’d like to present a case for staying in. Okay? Here we go…
#1 – Service just might not be up to par based on the overcrowding of restaurants on Lover’s Day. Add to that that everyone probably is trying to get the night off with their sweetheart, and the odds aren’t in your favor.
#2 – The choice of ordering off a regular menu might be out. Prix Fixe (set multiple) menus are offered everywhere and your choices might just be limited. Also you might not want all that Prix Fixe stuff.
#3 – The restaurant might be crowded and/or noisy. I don’t know about you, but standing in line to wait (even though you made a reservation) is not my idea of a romantic night, and then being seated at tables too close together and rushed out so the next table can be seated? Nope, not mine!
Instead, I implore you to try something.
Stay at home and cook with your spouse. Don’t make something takes hours – grill seafood or steaks or whip up a beautiful plate of pasta that will cost a fraction of what you’ll pay to dine out. Chill a nice bottle of wine that you buy for 1/3 less than you’ll pay at a restaurant. Set a beautiful table, maybe even in your bedroom, light the candles, put on the playlist…and voila.
Here are some suggestions for main courses…from the tedious to the easy to the delicious (and even breakfast)!