Photo by Tomas Vydrzal

Photo by Tomas Vydrzal

I don’t know about you, but January has lasted about 293 days. Since having burnout from 2020, new year fog and democratic turmoil, I’m only now just surfacing and realizing that next Monday is February 1st, and that Valentine’s is only two weeks away. Um, what.

I’ve never been one to go full throttle on Valentine’s, but it always been a holiday that my husband and I make time for a nice dinner together. Either we have a night out on the town a few days before or after Valentine’s, or we cook a nice dinner at home. This year particularly, after a year of pandemic parenting two kids under five… we need a DATE. I’m not alone in this sentiment, and I bet collectively we all need a reason to get out of our pajamas, put our technology away and have some fun.

So we’ve been doing some research for you and have compiled a few lists and details of options for you to have some fun with your Valentine!

Cooking at Home

Food is love and we think there’s no better way to show your love than to cook someone a fantastic meal.  In A Bite of Boulder, here are the top recipes we think would really be a home run on a home date night:

  • Oysters Rockefeller – Pg. 134 – a top aphrodisiac
  • Garden Vegetable Risotto with Lobster – Pg. 68 – luxurious lobster
  • Café Aion Paella – Pg. 44 – a dish to share
  • Skirt Steak with Chimichurri – Pg. 26 – hello, beautiful steak!
  • Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli – Pg. 78 – classy appetizer
  • Sake Marinated Salmon with Ginger Soy Butter Sauce – Pg. 34 – wow your valentine and toast with the leftover sake
  • Hamachi Carpacchio – Pg. 74 – sushi at its finest

Dining Out: Dining In and Takeout

Several Boulder County restaurants are serving up incredible menus for Valentine’s Day Weekend (and eating out means you don’t have to do dishes either!) Here’s a few we found:

A Gift for your Valentine

Experiences are a great gift to surprise your Valentine with – and what we miss most about pre-pandemic life! Have no fear, here are several great (safe) events we think would make a great date night:

  • Chocolate Tasting with John Lehndorff and Boulder Bookstore (Virtual) Sunday, 2/14, 2:00 – 3:00PM

If you’re more of a traditional gift giver, we love that too! I mean, who doesn’t love getting a gift? Here are a few great gifts from our favorite partners around town:

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at First Bite!

Food is Love!