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Happy Valentine's Day!


FEBRUARY 2010
TASTES NEWSLETTER


T
here's a famous photo of culinary maven Julia Child and her husband, Paul, sitting in a bubble bath. The picture says "Happy Valentine's Day" and was sent to friends all over the world. The Childs were big on sending cards on February 14—simply because they were too busy around the holidays to mail off Christmas wishes! We are busy gourmets, too, and we love Valentine's Day. While to some it's just a Hallmark moment, we see it as an opportunity to have fun with romance—to break out an expensive bottle of Champagne, don something pretty and treat a loved one to a decadent dinner or a trip to Paris.

There are many ways to say "I love you" this Valentine's Day, and we've come up with a few of our favorite things. Whether you seek a romantic restaurant for a tête-à-tête, a fabulous spot for your honeymoon, an unusual gift, or a sexy bottle of wine, here are some suggestions that would make Cupid proud.

INDULGE

A good meal makes for a merry heart. The following restaurants offer special menus for Dining Out for Valentine's Day in your area. Or consult our list of Romantic Restaurants. This collection offers spots with a sultry ambience for romantic dining any time of the year, especially for occasions like a wedding anniversary or a first date.

Staying in? Whip up a romantic feast with the help of our Top 10 Romantic Foods, a round-up of aphrodisiacs including treats favored by Cleopatra and Casanova! This month's recipe also has a flirty spin. Dark Chocolate Dipped Pineapple with Pistachio is tasty and good for you, thanks to copious amounts of antioxidants. You'll find the same health-promoting benefits in Pomegranate, a gorgeous, ruby-red power fruit we take a closer look at this month.

Once a year, you might want to really splurge on a bottle of wine to share with your sweetheart. But you don't have to spend big money thanks to our Top 10 Valentine's Day Wines, offering vino in various price categories, such as a pretty little number from Naked Winery and the Velvet Collection from the sassy Marilyn Wines (as in Monroe). Also check out Top 10 Wines for Romance, featuring choices with titillating names such as Seduction, Dos Amores and Aphrodite.

GIVE

Looking for a gift for that special someone? If you've done the roses, jewelry and teddy bears the year before, why not treat someone to a sexy hotel escape or a decadent, expensive poppy-scented candle? Our list of Top 10 Romantic Gifts addresses all types, from hard-to-please fashionistas to nature-loving globetrotters.

PLAY

Passion makes the world go round, and you can go 'round the world. From Top 10 Honeymoon Hotels to Top 10 Romantic Destinations, we've scoured the globe for luxurious locales for intimate and adventurous escapes. Two of our favorites are in the Caribbean: the new Viceroy Anguilla, one of our Top 10 Romantic Hotels, and Peter Island Resort, a romantic spa escape on Tortola.

For a sizzling evening at home with your loved one and the DVD player, check out our Top 10 Sexy Movies and Top 10 Romantic Movies. If you're a foodie, love high art and don't mind a bit of violence, "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover" is the movie for you!

You can also take your laddie (or lady) for a spin in the Audi TTS Roadster, our car of the month, or in one of our Top 10 Fuel Efficient Automobiles. Cruise to the Super Bowl and stop by our Top 10 Sports Bars in the U.S. on the way.

To see all of our Valentine's Day suggestions at a glance, check out Romance Central.

You'll find more good stuff online, including our health section, blog, restaurant reviews, culinary events calendar, hotel write-ups and much more. Or be a critic yourself and review a restaurant or hotel on our site for our millions of visitors to read.

See you again next month with Top Pubs and all things related to celebrating St. Patrick's Day, as well as Top 10 Brunch Hotels and Brunch Wines!

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