Just a quick hop on the old soap box. Ladies, it’s Valentine’s Day. Granted it means nothing to men except that if they don’t put forth some kind of effort they’ll be sleeping on the couch until Mother’s Day. Well, ladies, I’m here to say, “Don’t settle!”
If Valentine’s Day is special to you do not let him off the hook by taking you to a glorified fast-food restaurant like Olive Garden or Ruby Tuesday or Outback Steakhouse or Red Lobster or Applebee’s or Texas Roadhouse or any of those fern barns that are just a clown short of having a drive-thru.
Not even Cheesecake Factory; that’s still phoning it in. He needs to take you to a nice restaurant, a restaurant that actually takes reservations not herds you into a lobby like so many heads of cattle. A man who loves you doesn’t want you packed like a sardine in a cramped foyer.
I wouldn’t even cut him slack over one of those cliche heart shaped pizzas. Unless of course he made it himself from scratch. That’s the absolute best Valentine’s dinner – one he cooks for you or even better with you. Cooking together can be amazing foreplay whether it is a full blown meal or something as simple as chocolate covered strawberries.
But once again I beg you, don’t settle. The only thing worse than forgetting is a half-ass effort. Make him earn it, ladies.
Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.
2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up