I don’t think I ever fully grasped the concept of Valentine’s Day. It’s just that it all seems so contrived: roses, dinner reservations, chocolate in a heart-shaped box. Bleh. I’m not saying I’m not up for a built-in date night (on a Monday at that!) but I think I’d get the most out of Valentine’s Day if we just kept it low-key (I mean, super low-key) but still meaningful. Here’s my recipe for a mellow evening for two (or just you) with some fun and useful gifts sprinkled in.
1. Sayuri Nigori Sake – One of my favorites. Unfiltered so it has a sweet milky texture.
2. Tea glass – A beautiful Turkish-style glass meant for tea, but would look just as good with some Sake it in.
3. Poco Dolce chocolate squares – A local SF chocolatier specializing in a little bit of sweet and savory in their chocolates. Available at Whole Foods.
4. Cold plate – Comes with a porcelain plate, a cooling pad, and tray to make sure your cold items stay cold. Perfect for sashimi!
– Not pictured – Swing by Whole Foods on your way home from work. You can pick up the Sayuri and Poco Dolce, but even more awesome is their Genji* sushi. This is what puts the low-key in this date night.
5. Reusable chopsticks and case – For on-the-go. No more icky waribashi (disposable) chopsticks. I must have these!
6. Good music played on a nano through a balloon USB speaker – Nothing says I love you (or I love me) like pulling together a playlist.
7. A fun game of Scattergories – Will be extra fun after a few glasses of the Sake!
7a. Solo Valentine’s can replace item #7 with a favorite movie. I’d go with Priceless, a super-cute French movie with Audrey Tatou. But if you’re feeling fragile you could always choose a Michael Bay (as director) movie; the explosions will keep you entertained and distracted.
So what do you think? Super simple and still sweet. Just please promise that you won’t eat your sushi out of the container. If you’re not into the cold plate just find the sexiest plate you can and channel your inner sushi chef for plating.
* Whole Foods Genji sushi uses compostable containers and sustainable fish where possible. And it’s just plain good.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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