Valentine's Day is here, and if you've got a date, dinner and a movie will be among your first ideas.
Simple, moderately inexpensive, perfect. Right?
Not so fast, my friends. If you haven't made a dinner reservation, you are in deep trouble. If you don't cook at all, stop reading, pick up the phone and start calling restaurants. It's that bad. There are restaurants that you will be able to enter and enjoy a meal, but slabs of ribs, morbidly obese cheeseburgers and all-
If you do cook, you're in luck: grocery stores, candy shops, gourmet stores and liquor emporiums don't run out of product. So, perhaps you pick a romantic film and build a meal based around it. So, next we select an appropriately romantic film.
There's obvious choices such as “Sleepless in Seattle,” “An Affair to Remember,” “Casablanca,” “The Shop Around the Corner,” “Ghost,” “Moonstruck,” “Say Anything,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “While You Were Sleeping,” “The Notebook,” “Bridges of Madison County, “Romeo and Juliet,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “Amelie,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Manhattan,” “Breakfast at Tiffany's” or “Doctor Zhivago.”
Choose from that list or if your first date was to something you both still love, by all means go for it. Next you must find romance-
Now, how do we tie the food to the film? First off, you don't have to. Delicious food and a film that doesn't put you to sleep will suffice.
So, here are some possible dinner and a movie pairings:
All those are good choices, but my choice is “Amelie.” It is French, which is English for romance. It is set in Paris, which is romantic enough, but director Jean-
And then there is
As for food, steamed mussels are very French but might not be easy to find, so consider hors d'oeuvres: Crudites, artisan cheeses, French bread, canapes. A bottle of Bordeaux, and you'll be smiling more than Amelie by the end of the film.
Whatever you choose to do tonight, be kind to each other and don't forget you've got to work tomorrow — so start early.