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February 2004
Vol XV, No. 2

The Day of Romance


To Live and Let Love
• RESTAURANTS: Valentine's Day Dining
• HOTELS: Top 10 Romantic Hotels
• TRAVEL: Top 10 Romantic Destinations
• FOOD: Top 10 Romantic Foods
• GIFTS: Top 10 Romantic Gifts
• WINE: Top 10 Romantic Wines

• BOOKS: Table for Two
• EVENTS: February Gastronomic Fêtes

EDITORIAL: To Live and Let Love
In the beginning there was an apple, with which Eve tempted Adam. And so it began: The marriage of food and love and the age-old temptation of food. Love and food make great bedfellows, don't you think?

RESTAURANTS: Valentine's Day Dining
Dinner à deux? No problem. Consult our select list of fine places to celebrate the perfect Valentine's Day! Remember to reserve early, as tables are going quickly.

Don't miss the latest restaurant news and the practical
"Best of" lists.

HOTELS: Top 10 Romantic Hotels
There are the obvious choices. And you don't need us to tell you which they are. Instead, we have selected the road less traveled from rustic seclusion at Lake Placid to bucolic bliss at Blackberry Farm. Here are the ten most romantic hotels in the U.S.

TRAVEL: Top 10 Romantic Destinations
America, You're Beautiful... We have not all of a sudden become more patriotic but are celebrating our country's innate splendor from the Florida Keys to the Olympic Peninsula, Mackinac Island and elsewhere... Here are ten wondrous spots in the U.S. that spell awe and amore.

FOOD: Top 10 Romantic Foods
If you ask the FDA, there is no such thing as an aphrodisiac. We beg to differ. For thousands of years, people have indulged in foods for fertility and libido enhancing purposes. That sounds a bit technical. How about sensuous raw oysters, or bursting, vulnerable figs? And, did you know basil is said to cure that age-old "headache?"

GIFTS: Top 10 Romantic Gifts
What makes a gift romantic? That's what we were wondering, too. Sometimes the most obvious choices are also the best. Why not give timeless, proven classics that work? Diamonds, red roses, chocolates... Here's our red-hot wish list!

WINE: Top 10 Romantic Wines
Nomen est Omen. In this case the names of these wines tickled our fancy. Case in point: Amour de Deutz. This cuvée was inspired by the smile of Cupid. Find out who the other winners are on our Top 10 list.

BOOKS: Table for Two
A couple that dines together stays together. Table for Two: French Recipes for Romantic Dining is an ode to "gourmandism" with more than 60 sexy recipes for Cocooning, Dinner by Candlelight, Bedside Dinners etc. Fresh figs and mascarpone, tiny roe treats and crème brûlée with foie gras are the glue that keeps your love intact.

With its voluptuous round shape the New Beetle Convertible is sexier than ever before. In fact, we have decided that it is the most romantic car of the year 2004. Disagree? What other car comes with an integrated flower vase?

Try to find room in your busy schedule for some the upcoming high-profile events such as the February 18-22 Masters of Food & Wine in California's Carmel. Renowned chefs participating this year include Eric Ripert, Norman van Aken, Michel Richard, Hubert Keller and François Payard!

Check our calendar for all events.


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