6 Sexy Foods Nikki Buchanan Wants to Eat on Any Day But Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day -- a good excuse to tell the people we love that we love them the best way we know how. A hand-made card, candy, flowers, perfume, underwear . . . all that stuff works for me. Please just don't drag me to a restaurant on the busiest, most hectic night of the year.
Courtesy of David Zickl Binkley's house-cured salmon caviar
I have zero interest in sitting cheek-by-jowl with dozens of other twitterpated twosomes, dining from a prix-fixe menu built for the kitchen's convenience and being rushed through my meal so that the next wave of determined lovebirds can be seated. There's a better way, although it probably won't sit well with die-hard romantics.
It's simple, really. Don't go out to dinner on Valentine's Day -- because seriously, do you need a sanctioned holiday to be romantic? Choose just about any day but February 14 (this year, you should probably rule out Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th as well, which will also be zoo-like) and you and your lover stand a much better chance of kindling the flame. You start out relaxed and stay that way. No timetable. No expectations.
Courtesy of J&G Steakhouse Chilled seafood platter at J&G
And here's the best part: you'll get the real menu, which, if you've chosen your restaurant wisely, offers up the sort of rich, luxurious dishes that create the warm and fuzzy feelings we're all looking for.
Here are a few of the things I'd love to eat and where I'd love to eat them on the Valentine's Day of my choosing.
J&G Steakhouse, which features four or five East and West Coast varieties a day, is an oyster lover's haven. Customers may mix and match to their heart's content among Blue Points, Malpeques, Kumamotos, Hama Hamas and salty-sweet Totten Island Inlets (a Gulf Coast species farm-raised on the West Coast). Served with lemon wedges, cocktail sauce, horseradish, Tabasco and house-made mignonette, they offer a dazzlingly bright ocean bite: briny and clean tasting, sometimes sweet, sometimes nutty and sometimes metallic. And at $3.25 a pop (no minimum order requirement), you can be as circumspect or as extravagant as you please.
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