By Griffin Miller
Over the last year, we’ve eaten one too many pizza slices, tossed back a slew of unhealthy beverages, watched the love of our life parade around in sweats and underwear, and closed our eyes as we walked by mirrors, knowing the hair horrors that lurk there. Enough, I say! It’s February… month of Valentine amore. Let’s put some romance back into a romance! After all, we sort of recall how to dress up (Hint: the basics live in our memory banks and closets). And posh dining can be had at home, too! So, dig out that favorite soundtrack and indulge in my favorite Valentine delights—from bonbons to flowers to trivets!
On the femme side of Valentine’s gifting, I’m with Beyoncé: “Put a Ring on It.” Over the years, I’ve added to my ring collection in a significant way. I have to say I am seduced by Blue Nile’s stunning array of lab-grown diamond rings ranging from engagement, wedding, stackable, to my personal favorite, their Diamond Round & Princess Bypass Ring. A wraparound design with two stones that don’t quite kiss—forever locked in amorous anticipation. Info: bluenile.com.
With their varied pink hues and distinctive allure, Rosé wines offer vino connoisseurs and neophytes alike the perfect quaff with which to toast the year’s most sensual holiday. A standout in this singular genre is Rotari Brut Rosé 2014. Originating in The Dolomites’ heart and comprised of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this elegant Rosé serves up enticing aromas matched by an irresistible body and flavor. Perfect for sharing via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, etc. Info: rotari.it/en-us Info: rotari.it/en-us.
Leave it to Omaha Steaks to create a sumptuous Valentine’s Day meal seemingly designed to seduce even the most finicky foodie. Should surf & turf meet your criteria for plated passion, I leave it to you to consider this five-star menu for four: Butcher’s Cut Filet Mignons (with a side of their signature steak sauce), Maine Lobster Tail Halves, scalloped potatoes, creamed corn, and a decadent quartet of individual chocolate soufflés. To rearrange the Bard a bit: “If food be the music of love, play on”! Info: omahasteaks.com.
It would be oh, so very wrong to omit the heavenly essence of Valentine’s Day for people like me: chocolate. Skipping the drug store array, I am all for taking the bean of temptation to the stratosphere with VESTA Chocolate Bonbons (milk-based or vegan—your choice). Handmade in six Valentine-infused flavors with such evocative names as Passion Fruit, Champagne, Raspberry Rose, and Strawberries & Cream. And do not get me started on the luscious quotient. Little bonbon gems—what could be better?