Be My Valentine

Dear single women on Valentine’s Day:

I’ve taken the liberty of preparing a few dishes for you and I’d like to invite you to join me for dinner. Please sit down and know that someone out there is thinking of you today.

Being single is all fine and good while you’re looking for the “right’ one. However, on certain days, such as February 14th, the single people of the world are bashed over the head with reminders they are single. Tonight is simply an invitation to join me for dinner and enjoy singledom together. Who knows what tomorrow shall bring?

In honor of St. Valentine’s day, I went with a menu from the heart. No cookbooks or recipes, I was inspired by you and places we should travel together. For the first course, I prepared an avocado salad with shrimp served in the shell. I had this dish in a restaurant in Montreal. I remember being served this with the avocado being smooth, but I left it a bit chunky to give it a little more texture along with the shrimp. Since we’re in Montreal, I envision us walking hand-in-hand through Old Montreal after dinner on the cobble-stoned streets and maybe sneaking in to a cozy little café to grab an after dinner drink.

I figured if there’s a day to spice up the plate presentation, it’s probably today. So I went ahead and blended up some sugar and cinnamon hearts to add a little red to the plate. Oh and I added a pinch of cilantro in the salad because I know how much you enjoy it.

For tonight’s main, let’s close our eyes for a moment and set out to a little place of heaven in Italy called Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre translates to “Five Lands” and it’s the most incredible place overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It’s located in the north-west part of Italy in the Liguria region. In addition to its beauty, Liguria is known for their pesto and rightfully so as it’s the best I’ve ever had. I’m hoping to re-create the magic of Cinque Terre for you tonight.

So with Cinque Terre as inspiration, I made a homemade sun-dried tomato pesto to go with the fresh saffron fettuccine I bought at the market. I also couldn’t help myself, so I used a cookie-cutter to make heart-shaped bread.

I don’t have a specific destination in mind for dessert, so I was hoping you’d decide where we’d end up. Where would you like to go? While you give it some thought, I “whipped” up a little something special for you. I gave the strawberries a bath in Goldschläger for a couple hours and tossed in some of that cinnamon heart sugar into the homemade whipped cream to give it a lovely pink tone. It’s sweet with a little bit of heat, just like you!

With dinner complete, I’d like to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to prepare dinner for you tonight, I had a wonderful time and I hope you did as well. It was a pleasure being a part of your Valentine’s Day and I hope we can travel to all those places together very soon.

To all the singles and couples out there, wishing you all a happy St. Valentine’s Day.

I’ll be posting the recipes in a few days. Tonight was simply to live in the moment and not to be concerned with measurements and such. And if you were wondering, I’m cleaning the dishes too.



Filed under avocado salad, cinnamon hearts, Fettuccine, Goldschläger, shrimp, St. Valentine's Day, sun-dried tomato

64 responses to “Be My Valentine

  1. Awww this is too sweet. Very creative and extremely thoughtful! Excellent post for Valentine’s Day!

  2. Any woman would be lucky to have you my friend. You are so sweet, creative, and thoughtful.

    I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. =)

  3. What a lovely post!! Happy Valentine’s to you!!

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  5. I’ll be your Valentine, Ethan… if you’ll be mine! 😉 Looks like you had a lot of fun doing this. What a meal!

  6. Jessica

    This is one of the best posts I have read in a long while! Seriously awesome!

    Another Hopeless Romantic

  7. Awww that is so nice and so sweet! Lucky girl!

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  9. awww… you’re too cute! AND you do dishes. who could resist? lol

  10. Oh gosh, only Brian! ;0)What a thought out meal. I know there is a lucky lady out there that will be sharing that meal with you one day. The pasta is my favorite part of the meal…and of course, the photo of Le Cinque Terre *swoon*. Happy Valentine’s Day E!

  11. The best Valentine’s date I’ve had in a very long time!

  12. This post is adorable Ethan. Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

  13. gingerbreadbagels

    Aww such a sweet post, love it! You’re getting more and more creative with each post. My absolute favorite part is with Cinque Terre! I’ve always wanted to go there, it looks beautiful. The saffron fettuccine with sun dried tomato pesto sounds so flavorful.
    Happy Valentine’s Day’s E 🙂

  14. Sooo… why are you single exactly? I don’t even know you and I’m swooning, lol.
    Whatever the reason, have a very happy Valentine’s Day!

  15. What a fun and inventive post! Whoever that “right one” is, she is going to be very lucky to have someone so thoughtfully prepare a meal like this.

  16. So stinkin cute and I love that you even do the dishes! “Miss right” will be very lucky!

  17. loved this post. if i didn’t already have a hubby i’d snatch you up in a second 🙂

  18. Such a fun post. Thanks for our Valentine’s date!

  19. Ethan, its very difficult for me to believe that you are single! 🙂 You are such a handsome & sweet guy! Anyway I think its worth waiting for the right one rather than just anyone! I love your menu, so thoughtful and delicious! Happy Valentines Day! 🙂

  20. Amy

    How are you still single? Really…. If it’s any consolation, married people are beaten over the head with this silly fabricated mass-marketed holiday, too. And not all of us play along – more important to be loved and appreciated 365 days a year, instead of 1. You’ll get yours some day. And she’s going to be SO lucky ❤

    • Tastes Better With Friends

      Thanks Amy! I totally agree, if people showed this much attention during the other 364 days a year, I think the world would be a much happier place!

  21. Aagh! You are a charmer, thank you for dinner – you’re the best!

  22. Naomi

    Amazing post Ethan! You’ll always have a special place in my heart! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  23. I’m happily married, and I fell in love with our dinner together!!! You are a wonderful writer and a good cooker, too! Thanks for writing this for all of us, married or committed or not. Happy V-Day to all!

  24. Such a fun post! Now I’m totally wishing I had a sister that I could hook you up with. Sigh.

  25. love the menu and beautiful presentation.

    back when i was single we always referred to valentine’s day as “single’s awareness day.”

    i love cinque terre. i spent a summer in italy, and cinque terre was definitely one of the highlights. i couldn’t decide which town was my favorite though.

  26. that’s the best invitation ever! I’ve never been to Cinque terre, even though I live just 3 hours form there, so, consider me in!

  27. I loved this post! My favorite part of the trip would definitely have to be Montreal, since I’ve always wanted to go there. And because it involves avocados and cilantro, which is kinda the best thing ever. You get a super big A+ for a Valentine’s Day dinner like this. 😀

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  29. Totally sweet. I love your spirit.

  30. I am in love with this post! You are so sweet and just made a lot of girls swoon!

  31. Mary

    Ethan, just discovered your site. Better late than never. Anyway, very enjoyable. I liked the Valentine’s post. Look forward to reading more posts.

  32. Thanks for dinner in Italy. You made me laugh. What a great post.

  33. I’m not single and I don’t do Valentine’s Day but this is one of the sweetest posts I have read in a long time! And thank you for 1. Calling it by its proper name SAINT Valentine’s Day and 2. Doing the dishes 🙂

  34. Ok… you melted my heart!! (please don’t tell my husband!! 😉 )
    Love this post!! I”ll meet you for dinner in Italy any day!! Nicely done.

  35. Hil-ar-i-ous! I’m not single, but I think I’ve got just the friend for you! Who doesn’t love a man who cooks!?! *wink*

  36. Theresa

    Oh goodness! All I could think was if you’re ever in Alaska let me know and I have the girl for you! Love of travel, cooking good meals and intelligent conversation, it’d be a perfect match! 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful read.

  37. Rmd_Foodie

    Awwww… sweet! I actually got butterflies in my stomach while reading your post, as if we were on a real date! LOL Such a charmer… made my day!

  38. Kate

    What a minute? Why aren’t any guys commenting? Hhaha. Just joking. It was a good post buddy!

  39. This is very, very sweet. I hope you find someone to be your valentine– you’re a great catch!

  40. This post is darling!!! Happy Valentine’s Day to you 🙂

  41. You are such a sweetie. If I weren’t married…

  42. Very cool, what an awesome idea. I’ve subscribed 🙂 I’ll be back 🙂 🙂

  43. Fun post! You almost swept me away! 😉

  44. I am getting this late, but the food and sentiment are tops. The travel pics cinch the deal. GREG

  45. lucia

    Haaaa!!! C’est tout toi ça!!! 🙂
    Mon souhait pour toi est qu’il y ait quelqu’un à ta table l’an prochain

  46. Oh my…what a sweet guy and what a great, creative post. Some lady is going to come along and be very lucky!

  47. What a great post! I’m not surprised that so many people have commented. Such a sweet idea and so thoughtfully-executed! xoxo

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