Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Some may think it’s just a commercial holiday drummed up to get people to buy things, but it’s also a nice chance to show your partner how well you know them, and how much you love them. For those whose significant others are fans of food, that might mean a gift that appeals as much to their stomach as their heart. Here are a few convenient Valentine’s Day gifts for those who appreciate the edible things in life.
Make a meal together
A convenient Valentine’s Day gift doesn’t always need to be wrapped. Everyone knows that making something can be just as special. What better way to celebrate than to cook your special someone their favorite meal—or to do it together? A few romantic ideas include a roast chicken for two, classic French toast, or chicken Milanese with spaghetti. Be sure to top if off with a festive strawberry, rhubarb Cabernet Sauvignon.
Take a cocktail class
If you and your sweetheart are into cocktails, or you want to learn more about them, taking a cocktail class can be a great way to get inspired. At a recent cocktail class my wife and I took in Seattle, we learned how to make a southside, a hot toddy and a beet-based cocktail. All were fantastically delicious and not that hard. The best part is that you take home some handy tips you can keep using for life, and you get to enjoy a few delicious cocktails made under the supervision of an expert barkeep.
Cut to the heart
Another hallmark of a great gift is that it doesn’t just sit in a drawer but actually contributes to activities you can enjoy together well into the future. This mushroom knife is a sharp gift for aspiring or active foragers and can encourage you to get outside and explore the outdoors together while you hunt for your next side dish.
What foodie doesn’t love cheese? Okay, there are probably a few. But for those who do, a cheese subscription is an ideal way to give a gift that lasts longer than a single day. Whether you use it to have an indoor picnic or a fondue is up to you.
Covered in oil
If you’re like me, you pick up your regular every day olive oil at the grocery store. That’s usually just fine, but until you’ve paid perhaps a bit more and tried a special bottle of olive oil, you don’t know what you’re missing. Drizzled on pizza or salad, or dipped into with bread, a nice bottle can add floral, herbaceous, woody or nutty notes. Plus, it tends to last several months, so the good feelings last a while. Here’s a handy guide with tips on what to look for, and here are several bottles reviewed.
What’s the ideal Valentine’s Day gift for a food fanatic? Let us know in the comments!
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