Heart in a Hurry

Staying in With Your Sweetheart? Here Are Some Last-Minute V-Day Menu Ideas

We planned a romantic menu so you don't have to.

By Emily Juhasz February 14, 2017

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It's happened to us all: You get busy and dates on the calendar aren't your top priority. Then it's Valentine's Day. How do you show your significant other you're still thinking of them with a little more than a simple Netflix and chill? Fortunately, we at Houstonia have some menu ideas to share for a romantic night at home. And because they say the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, we’re offering up a bill of fare as sumptuous as it is sexy. And trust us when we say it will leave you wanting more, all the more because the plan is interactive.

For starters, fresh, raw oysters and Champagne. Not only are they super simple to make, they are known to be a natural aphrodisiac. Whether or not that's true, it's better than not including a sexy, slippery shellfish in your evening's entertainment, no? Here are some of Houston’s best seafood markets to scoop up your fresh catch.

For a main course, we kept with the theme of light and simple. OK, maybe not too light. To start, a glass of red wine followed by an elegant entrée: A delicious filet mignon served alongside lobster tails with Béarnaise sauce. If your sweetheart enjoys surf-and-turf, this dish will be sure to please. And who doesn't love buttery Béarnaise? Create a plate filled with bites of tender filet and lobster, served with a side of roasted vegetables rather than a pile of carbs to prevent you from feeling weighed down. Houston has an excellent selection of butcher’s, deli counters and meat markets, perfect for finding whatever cut of meat your heart desires.

Nothing says Valentine’s Day better than a sweet treat to end the night. We’re talking about a dessert that doesn't come in a heart-shaped box. A sweet and decadent dessert is the perfect way to finish off this Valentine’s menu and what better way to say “I love you” than with cake? Favor Delivery is debuting “Chef’s Club” which features specials from local culinary stars. Chef Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar is featuring “His and Hers” cakes. Sinfully sweet, there is no better way to celebrate than by finishing your meal with a pair of decadent cakes.

All that is left to do is scatter some rose petals, light a few candles and settle in for what promises to be a Valentine’s Day meal to remember, Netflix or no.

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