A Valentine’s Vacation for the Food-Lover in Your Life

By Muhammad Qasim
February 1, 2018
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A Valentine’s Vacation for the Food-Lover in Your Life

Author Notes:
Travel is the perfect excuse to try new and daring cuisine, to indulge your curiosity and experiment with your palate. A Valentine’s trip to Europe provides the ideal opportunity to learn about unfamiliar dishes and spoil your partner in the process! Here’s how.
For a Valentine’s getaway like no other, it has to be Paris. The “City of Lights” offers up a cultural tapestry just waiting to be explored. It’s the birthplace of the modern casino, home to a myriad of different works of art and world-famous for its culinary accomplishments.
If you’re looking for somewhere extra special to take a partner who knows about food, then the unique restaurant Dans le Noir? on Rue Quincampoix is perfect. Even the most experienced diners can enjoy an entirely new experience as guests dine in absolute darkness, guided only by the waitstaff.
It’s long-established that blind tasting enhances flavors and eradicates harmful preconceptions about food. The tasting menus at Dans le Noir? are designed to excite and stimulate the other four senses once sight becomes unavailable, offering an invigorating and unusual Valentine’s experience.
With an intriguing yet exquisite menu created by chef Julien Machet and an impeccable wine list compiled by oenology expert Jérôme Barret, treat your date to an appetizing evening they’ll never forget!
If you’re searching for a stylish city break, look no further than England’s capital of London. Stroll arm-in-arm along the South Bank, visit the beautiful Kew Gardens or take a trip on the London Eye to see the familiar skyline from on high.
Look to the district of Mayfair for a chic and arty place to dine in the evening. Sketch London is situated just off Regent Street, and for a Valentine’s dinner, their Lecture Room & Library is the place to be. A two Michelin-starred restaurant, Sketch offers a quirky and cool spot to take your date but guarantees an impressive menu.
The dress code is listed ambiguously as “art smart,” encouraging guests to use their own style and character when dressing up for the evening. The Lecture Room & Library is bound to impress, with décor by interior designer Gahban O’Keeffe, a menu created by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and an award-winning wine list. Choose Sketch for an evening that oozes style and luxury while providing plenty of ideas for captivating conversation.
Crossing the North Sea to Scandinavia and Stockholm in February is not all snow, ice and inner-city skiing. Explore the city’s art-filled underground metro , visit one of the capital’s many museums or get happily lost in the expansive National Library of Sweden.
After making your way to Stockholm’s Old Town, venture underground to Fem Sma Hus, a vaulted restaurant spanning the basements of five houses (hence the name). Serving traditional Scandinavian fare with a French twist, the venue has a long history as it was first opened in the 17th century by a local woman named Anna Lindberg. The current restauranteurs have even named a dish after her! Loved by both residents and visitors alike, Fem Sma Hus caters to every taste with both vegetarian and vegan options available and a wine list consisting of over 30 wines and champagnes. It also offers a cozy, romantic setting for a classic Swedish Valentine’s dinner.
Muhammad Qasim

Makes: 123

  • 1 piece 1
  • 2 cakes 2
  • 3 pounds 3

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