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Food Dude: Pairing key to your Valentine's dinner and movie date

The Food Dude Dave Cathey offers suggestions for a Valentine's dinner and a movie date.
by Dave Cathey Published: February 14, 2012

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-you-can-eat catfish aren't usually associated with an intimate dinner.

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-appropriate food. Beware of the food you choose. A massive bowl of fettuccini Alfredo or a skillet for two of fajitas with lots of grilled onions and peppers plus tortillas, guacamole and salsa are the opposite of an aphrodisiac. Keep it light, consider small portions easily fed to one another, start with something bubbly to drink and end with something sweet. Simply: Get some sparkling wine and visit Coco Flow, 100 E Main St., Suite 101, and all will be fine. Guys, flowers are NOT optional. Steal from your neighbor's garden if you must: Just be sure to leave a nice note explaining the situation. Ladies, silk is your friend.

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by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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