Seduction Meals is about food + romance and the premise that everyone should learn to master one dish that is their signature dish—a Seduction Meal, to enchant and captivate that special someone in your life...
Here's a treat for our West Coast readers. We're always on the lookout for enticing new venues and recipes that showcase the seductive potential of seafood - so imagine our delight when we learned about San Diego's sustainable sushi hotspot, Harney Sushi!
Just like us, Harney Sushi takes their aphrodisiacs seriously. They know that just a splash of sake, a pinch of wasabi and a bit of rice wine vinegar go a long way towards turning dishes like oyster shooters or salmon sashimi into an unforgettable seductive experience.
With a menu featuring only fish whose consumption does not negatively impact the ecosystem, Harney combines fresh ingredients and visual flair with a passion for environmental responsibility that we find very sexy. Their house special rolls demonstrate a particular talent for taking components of traditional sushi and creating something modern and a bit unexpected. The Hope Fuego roll takes shrimp tempura, spicy crab and seared tuna and pairs them up with creamy avocado for a deliciously fresh surf-and-garden flavor; the whole affair is wrapped in soy paper and served with a micro asian green and wasabi aioli. The other rolls are no less tempting, and the daily specials always feature the freshest catch.
If you're in the San Diego area, we highly recommend a visit to Harney - and don't forget to tell us all about your experience!
Meanwhile, for those of us who are longing for that California sunshine, here's a salmon recipe courtesy of Harney Sushi to try at home. It's a little sweet, a little savory, and guaranteed to heat things up.
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Eskimo Candy with Blackberry Salad
6-8 oz Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon
2 oz Real Maple Syrup
Extra Virgin Olive oil
Small bunch of Mizuna Japanese Mustard greens
1 cup Blackberries
Small bouquet Honeysuckle flowers
Season the salmon fillet on both sides with salt and fresh ground pepper.
In a medium sauté pan (non-stick if you have it but not necessary) throw in a splash of olive oil and put on a medium flame. You don't have to wait for the pan to heat up to temperature. A little trick is to place the salmon in skin-side down, while the pan is still warming up. It won't stick, and the skin, which is the best part, the bacon of the sea, will get crisp evenly. You want to let the salmon cook about 70% of the way through from the bottom up, by the time the skin is nice and crispy, and the salmon mostly cooked, you can finish it by flipping it over and searing the top. Kill the flame and dress the salmon with maple syrup, and a liberal crushing of black pepper over the top. Remove from the pan and let the salmon drain and rest on a paper towel while you arrange the salad.
Make sure you've rinsed and cleaned the greens and berries, the honeysuckle blossoms are optional, but if you take the time to find them, they smell like summer, and you can suck the nectar out of them as part of the salad. It's beautiful and functional. Get artistic and arrange the blackberries, Mizuna, and honeysuckle into your salad. Dress the salad with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon.
Cut your salmon fillet into strips, reminiscent of bacon, and arrange the strips in a way that visually compliments your salad, and serve. Try pairing with a Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay.
It's a good thing we've got Valentine's Day to brighten up February, because this can be a tough month to ride out. It's easy to come down with some serious cabin fever while you're waiting for the snow to melt and the sunshine to return. But with the most romantic day of the year just around the corner, this is no time to hibernate - so we wracked our brains to come up with the sweetest, hottest New York City date imaginable. A stimulating museum, a red-hot gourmet meal and a feel-good dessert will get you out the door and feeling fine.
Arousing, entertaining, and surprisingly educational, it's the city's only museum with sex appeal! Beside the permanent collection of sexual art, artifacts and oddities, the Museum houses an array of ever-changing exhibits, a lower-level aphrodisiac bar and cafe, and a fully stocked "gift" shop where you and your date just might want to pick up something something frisky and fun to play with later on. Click here to get an instant discount on admission!
You're going to have quite the appetite after all that excitement. Well, do we ever have a treat for you. Make your reservations early, because a table at Barracais hot property.
Chef Jésus Nuñez, the mastermind behind the revolutionary cuisine at Gastroarte, puts a modern spin on classic Spanish tapas and paella with a four-course tasting menu of dishes as gorgeous as they are delicious.
The West Village setting is irresistibly romantic, and the restaurant's house-infused sangrias will put you in a good mood in no time. Feast on creative fare like oyster and sea urchin soup, torta del Casar cheese fondue, and hake fish in vegetable Mediterranean sauce, while enjoying Barraca's rustic ambiance and elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere.
After dinner, should you wish to treat yourselves to a little extra dessert, take a stroll to Union Square to find the (in)famous Max Brenner restaurant. With signature confections like urban s'mores, pearl sugar chocolate waffles, crepes brulee, and a variety of fondues, it's the perfect conclusion to a decadent Valentine's date in the city. Stay warm, lovers!
Dining with a loved one is an experience to be savored.
At Chef Daniel Humm's NYC establishment Eleven Madison Park, that philosophy is taken to its most extravagant conclusion.
EMP's multi-course tasting menu is presented to guests over what can easily be a four-hour meal. Each dish is tailored to the preference of the diner, handcrafted from the choicest fresh ingredients and sculpted into a surprising and original work of culinary art.
Sip one of EMP's signature cocktails as you and your date are guided on a gastronomic journey.
A meal at Eleven Madison Park is truly an event. Reservations are taken 28 days in advance, and it's nearly impossible to luck out on an OpenTable.com spot. This is a Michelin 3 Star restaurant, and the food, presentation and ambiance live up to its reputation.
If you and your lover are feeling the need for a gourmet meal that feels more like a delicious adventure, book a table at Eleven Madison Park and prepare to be blown away.
I LOVE this dish. I could eat it almost every day. I will eventually try my hand at this but when I can get it served to me so perfectly each time I surrender to the pleasure.
Italian breakfast: 2 eggs on garlic toast served with spicy sofrito sauce, and I am telling you- it is out of this world delicious so be sure to stop by Oriole 9 next time you find yourself in Woodstock NY.
The owners of Oriole9, Pierre-Luc Moeys and Nina Paturel, met in Amsterdam, Holland, fell in love and moved to the Hudson Valley to launch their dream of starting a cafe of their own. For Nina, a lifetime Hudson Valley resident, this move marked a return to her roots.
Pierre-Luc is a French and classic Italian-trained chef who has worked
with master chefs throughout Europe, including Raymond Blanc of Michelin
two-star restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, and Robert Kranenborg,
the culinary genius behind an array of major restaurants and retail food
For Nina, it runs in her family. Nina's parents, Marylou and Bernard Paturel, ran a little place called Café Espresso in Woodstock in the 1960's. The Espresso was a haven for locals and luminaries alike. Bob Dylan and Joan Baez were among the artists who created music, drank coffee, and played chess while enjoying lazy summer nights on the patio at the Espresso. Although Nina was just a baby, she always dreamed of following in her parents' footsteps. The Espresso was the heart of the town - much the same way that Oriole9 is today.
Every time a waiter walks by with a dish, conversations stop: the aroma, the presentation, the food. I think I found my all time favorite breakfast spot to date while visiting my sister in Baltimore. This place ROCKS! Has anyone ever been to Miss Shirley's? If you haven't...and you find yourself in Baltimore ...run don't walk. Be forewarned, there will always be a line, but when food is that good what else would you expect? The most daunting task you will encounter is deciding on what to order. The rest of your experience is all about the food - there really is something to be said of exceptional southern cooking!
Breakfast Cocktails We arrived Sunday morning at 9:30 and had a 20 minute wait, while sipping outrageously delicious libations: I had Shirley's Crush - fresh-squeezed orange juice with the pulp, passion fruit vodka, triple sec, a splash of club soda, with a sugar rim garnished with a Strawberry and orange slice. Very refreshing. Everyone else had the Spicy Shirley, Shirley's version of a bloody Mary beautifully crafted with absolute Citron, a slice of green tomato, pickled okra, peppers, jalapenos, celery, Peppadew, lemon and lime with an Old Bay rim. You could say this is a meal in itself. If you really want to eat your drink - you can order 2 ounces of fresh lump crab garni ...eating crab in MD is like eating lobster in Maine- you just have to do it!
Appetizers The appetizers where a true sign of how special our meal was going to be. They are listed on the menu under "Wake up your Taste Buds". You can say that again! We had two orders of the Crab Cake Bites served with Old Bay Remoulade and an order of Chesapeake Deviled Eggs- four deviled egg halves with a dollop of Lump Crab Meat, Diced tomatoes, Chives and a sprinkle of Old Bay. Highly recommended.
House Specialties: For our main course we had to go with the house specialties.
I was going to get the Crab Cake & Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict: Poached eggs, mini jumbo lump crab cakes on top of fried green tomatoes, corn and tomato relish with asparagus & Old Bay Hollandaise sauce. But I just had to go with the Soft Shell "BLT" Benedict. Tough choices I know. Poached eggs, cornmeal-crusted soft shell crab, red and yellow tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, Applewood smoked bacon on sourdough rounds with Old Bay Hollandaise sauce and a drizzle of Old Bay Remoulade. Out of this world delicious!
Get your Grits On: Jumbo blackened shrimp on fried green tomatoes served with savory grits with bacon and herbed-Hollandaise sauce. Just divine! You can replace the shrimp with blackened salmon if you like.
Sunrise Benedict: Poached eggs and house-made slow roasted Carolina pulled pork on corn bread rounds with collard greens made with Tasso ham and Cajun Hollandaise sauce.
Cinnamon Roll French Toast: For the sweet tooth in every bunch this is to die-for. Dipped in almond-scented egg mix, dusted with cinnamon & powdered sugar & drizzled with cream cheese icing.
And this, my friends is just a sampling of the menu, it goes on and on and every dish is, dare I say it, orgasmic!
Miss Shirley's Cafe
Roland Park 513 West Cold Spring Lane Baltimore, MD 21201 410.889.5272
Inner Harbor 750 East Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202 410.528.5370
Annapolis 1 Park Place Annapolis, MD 21401 410.268.5171
Gourmet magazine calls Il Buco "one of the best and most exciting in America," and a New York foodie couple I know....one hundred percent agrees. They love this place.
Il Buco is a renowned Mediterranean restaurant with the look and feel of a European country home, the perfect ambiance for your next romantic meal for two. And there is their sister restaurant: Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria as well.
Tessa and Frank - my foodie friends, raved about their dinner at ilBuco Alimentari & Vineria, Il Bucco's sister restaurant: a market salumeria, bakery and enoteca and restaurant. They started with crispy baby artichoke, a fresh ricotta salad with granola garnished with mint, and an extremely seductive grilled octopus dish with kumquats and citrus fruits. Knowing them, they shared this wonderful meal with an exceptional bottle of wine.
Here is some information that I found on Il Buco's website: Independent filmmaker Donna Lennard and her Italian boyfriend, Alberto Avalle, opened Il Buco in 1994 on cobblestoned Bond Street and evolved it into the charming enoteca it is toad. The menu is eclectic: part Italian, part Spanish, part invention, dedicated to local ingredients with a wine list made up of small boutique producers.
The Il Buco culinary philosophy is firmly rooted in the Italian tradition of seasonality and the integrity of prime materials. We spend an enormous amount of time sourcing ingredients and derive great pleasure in working with our producers to bring the best product to your table.
Il Buco 47 Bond Street New York, NY 10012 212.533.1932
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria 53 Great Jones Street New York, NY 10012 212. 837-2622
Described as a "rugged, clandestine, colonial American tavern", Freemans Restaurant is a cool, hot spot for your a casual, but special date. The restaurant is made up of a collection of smaller rooms and boasts a dazzling display of taxidermied wall hangings and dioramas - much like a quirky English hunting club.
The restaurant is located at the end of Freeman Alley off Rivington (between the Bowery and Chrystie Street) in New York. Think baby back ribs, grilled trout, filet mignon with horseradish dip, quail, and the always scrumptious bananas foster or carrot-walnut cake. Everyone I know said you can't go wrong with either the dinner or their fabulous brunch.
Bond 45 is located in the heart of Times Square New York and features authentic home-style Italian steaks, pasta and seafood, all beautifully cooked to perfection. A wonderful choice for pre-theater dining, business meals, or family visits to the big apple; the menu boasts an array of selections to satisfy most dining desires: from simple to gourmet there are Italian dishes for meat lovers, fish lovers, vegetarians and seductive pasta creations--all sure to please. If you have been to Bond 45, I'd love to hear about your experience. Address: 154 West 45th Street, NYC / (212) 869-4545
For all the years that I've lived in New York City, I finally have added Bond 45 to my list of "been there, done that" and can happily say " I look forward to doing it again soon". I was fortunate to embark upon this experience with a fellow Italian friend who likes to sample and share each dish family style (just like me), so happily I was able to taste more dishes-- each one better than the next.
We started with a plate of roasted red beets, a plate of fried baby artichokes, and a delicious bottle of Italian red wine. This was followed by a beautifully prepared pasta dish: Cramigna & Fennel Sausage which is a bowl of fresh curly pasta, tomato and pecorino cheese topped with crumpled sausage meat. Next we selected the fish of the day (something that is highly recommended), in this case a filet of sole simply pan fried in white wine and lemon--it truly was the best filet of sole I've had in a long time. Done to perfection, only my mother's version is better. We ended the meal with a splendid tiramisu.
I did not have my camera with me, so I am sharing some of the photos you
will find on their web site. I think this presents a good sense of the
dishes that come out of the kitchen at Bond 45. It truly is authentic
Italian fare; very close to what I've experienced in Italy and with my Italian side of the family's home-cooked meals.
Despite being forever a below-14th Steet New Yorker, I thought perhaps it was time I listen to my uptown friends about the joys of living uptown, besides being right on the park. Turns out there are a few romantic restaurants to discover!
A cool yet casual bar and Mediterranean restaurant that is serious about its wine, perfect for sharing a cheese platter and bottle of wine, maybe even stay for dinner and a ricotta cheese cake with chocolate ganache!
A real staple on the UES and the perfect spot for the fussy vegetarian date - although everyone seems to love this place! Don't miss the polenta fries with chive aioli or the peanut butter mousse for dinner.
Recipe 452 Amsterdam Ave (between 81st and 82nd Sts), Upper West Side A creative, fresh menu and wood-based setting make this small-but-worth-the-wait restaurant a favorite on the Upper West. This place prides itself on using local ingredients. The mac and cheese with bacon and wild mushrooms, while nothing fancy, is the perfect comfort food.
Ouest 2315 Broadway (between 83rd and 84th Sts), Upper West Side
If cozying up to your date in a red leather circular booth is more your style, try this classy French spot. The bread served with almond paste mixed into extra virgin olive oil is a particular favorite. Or try the $28 prix-fixe brunch menu.
I know what you're thinking, all those tourists and theater-goers.... but Hell's Kitchen has come into its own with a surprising selection of sleek restaurants that caters to an array of romantic date options, and any hip-pocket.
401 W 52nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenue), NYC
If you're a sucker for wine and cheese (and aren't we all?), you'll thoroughly enjoy this wine spot, perfect for a night out with friends or a late-night date. Try several of the 41 varieties of cheese or - and don't be deterred by the name - give the popular "pig's ass" sandwich a go.
If you're in the mood for a long, leisurely chat, check out this slick tapas bar. Sure, it's a bit further from the subway on 10th Avenue, but that just makes the on-street dining experience more relaxing. The Caramelized brussel sprouts are a local favorite.
Marseille was touted by one yelper as "Pastis without the hoopla". Perfect for a pre-theater bistro bite, the decor is romantic yet casual. For those on a budget, try the well-priced prix fixe lunch. The brunch is also fantastic.
Mediterranean Food is by far my idea of a perfect meal. With so many fresh, wonderful ingredients used to make dishes that range from complex fare to simple, sublime dishes....this is the food I could live on for the rest of my life. With that said, here is a restaurant I just heard about, located in Philadelphia called Barbuzzo. The brainchild of Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, who own and operate six restaurants and boutiques on 13th Street in Philly, these two entrepreneurs have transformed a once desolate neighborhood into a trendy downtown village.
A modern Mediterranean bar and restaurant, located on 13th Street between Chestnut and Sansom, Barbuzzo prides itself on making homemade charcuterie, sausage and pasta. They have a wood-burning stove so you know the pizzas are outstanding. And Barbuzzo is a semi-finalist in the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award. Barbuzzo is a play on a Tuscan word for "full belly". Definitely on my list of restaurants to visit next time I am in Philadelphia. And an added plus--the kitchen is open until midnight!
A Sampling of the Barbuzzo Menu
Barbuzzo "Pig Popcorn" Yes...Pig Popcorn! That would be pork skins boiled for four hours in aromatic broth, scraped of excess fat, smoked and dehydrated, and then fried to perfectly puff up the best rinds you'll ever dip in horseradish aioli.
Sheep's Milk Ricotta & Fett' Unta With fresh figs, extra virgin olive oil, vin cotto, herbs, sea salt & grilled bread
Chicken Liver & Foie Gras Mousse With Brandied Cherry, pistachio salt & radish sprouts
Burrata fro Pulglia With bartlett pear, arugula, extra virgin olive oil, saba & candied hazlenuts
Barbuzzo Uovo Pizza Brussel Leaves, Guanicale, Caciocavallo, House Stretched Fior Di Latte, Truffle, and Farm Egg
Pacherri Pasta With Sunday supper pork ragu, greens, burrata & basil
Grilled Spanish Rock Octopus With housemade chorizo, potato confit, lemon & Pimeton
Fideua, My Way With smoked chourico sausage, calamari, shrimp, mussels, greens, roasted shrimp noodle & aioli
Meet Chef Marci Turney as she prepares Beet Ravioli with Hazelnut Brown Butter
The restaurant is tight, comfy and a bit noisy but the food is supposed
to be outstanding. SEND US YOUR REVIEW if you happen to go.
Next stop, San Sabastian; and what a culinary adventure it is! But before we get to the food I have to share how special this luxury sea-side resort is. Traveling to San Sabastian in May is a total treat. The weather was perfect, sunny the entire time with sun-worshipers on the beach and people leisurely strolling through town day and night. It is just before the busy summer season so there weren't throngs of tourists everywhere. Needless to say, getting reservations at the better restaurants and standing at the pintxos bars was an exceptional care-free experiences.
San Sabastian , or Donostia-San Sebastián (using the Basque translation) lies in the north of the Basque Country on the southern coast of the Bay of Biscay. We were staying in the glorious Concha's Bay area.
It's walkway is gorgeous and the beach is stunning, especially at sunrise and sunset. The architecture is quite beautiful; below is an photo of the entrance to the famous Maria Christina Hotel. Originally opened in 1912, this hotel showcases grand Edwardian style. We didn't stay here but opted to see the hotel and enjoy a late brunch which was served buffet style.
AND NOW SAN SABASTIAN & THE FOOD: They say San Sabastian has nearly 100 restaurants with Michelin stars, and there are a good number of restaurants that boast two and three stars. Needless to day, Donostia-San Sebastian is VERY famous for its gastronomy.
You can spend a fortune sampling beautiful, innovative meals created by world renown chefs, and trust me they will be very memorable meals. Or, for much less money, you can enjoy the stellar selection of small-bites available at the local Pintxos bars. (See the next post for a list of pintxos bars in the old city)
Here is a list of restaurants --all of which are excellent choices to enjoy a Seductive Culinary Experience. Be sure to check their schedules and which days they are closed.
While there are many outstanding restaurants to choose from, the list below came highly recommended from my foodie friends. You will have an amazing experience in any of these restaurants.
Arzak I dined here and it was one of the best meals I have EVER had. Stay tuned for the post on Arzak to follow.
I heard a lot of great things about Comerç 24 which is located in the El Born section, and couldn't wait to have lunch here. The service was excellent, the staff extremely attentive and friendly. The food was innovative, delicious, creatively presented with very good size portions. While a bit pricey, I thought it was worth every penny. This is avant-garde Catalan cooking at its best by Chef Carles Abellan, and this was one of the best meals I had in Barcelona.
Carles Abellan was trained by world renown Chef Ferran Adrià of El Bulli, so you know you are in for something seductively special. As soon as you settle in, the waiter comes by your table with a display of the day's home-made bread. The sliced bread is delivered to your table with a tray of four different olive oils, with an explanation of each variety.
Everything on the menu seemed so good, it was hard to decide that to have, but I will say, we hit a home run with our choices. While there were many dishes we wanted to try, there are two that I will be sure to order on my next visit: The 'Kinder egg' (lined with truffle) and the tuna sashimi and seaweed on a wafer-thin pizza crust. Here is our lovely seafood lunch at Comerç 24. As you can see, we were so full, there was no room for dessert!
Pyllo cigars filled with parmesan mousse spiked with parma ham, lime and basil essences
Hake fish with Black Ink - this dish was the "superstar" of our meal
Tuna tartare with yolk vinagrette
Sea bass with spinach, chick peas and glass noodles
Address: Comerç, 24 Barcelona, Spain Phone: 93 319 21 02 Hours: From 1pm to 4 pm and from 8pm to midnight.
Taller de Tapas was highly recommended as an inexpensive yet very good place for Tapas. With five locations in Barcelona, we settled down at the location in Eixample where we dined al fresco at shady tables on a tree-lined boulevard. After a long day of exploring everything Guadi, we happily started our meal with a pitcher of Sangria and enjoyed some people watching as we sipped our refreshing libation. First I have to share our amazement that no one at this lovely outdoor cafe was using cell phones nor were they smoking. An unusual happening and unlike any other part of Europe I've ever visited. Was it a lucky coincidence or is the lifestyle of Barcelona?
Photo by Terry Dagrosa: Catalan Bread & Grilled Langostines
As we made it half-way through our pitcher, the waiter starting bringing our selected dishes, all of which were absolutely delicious.
Photo by Terry Dagrosa: Excellent Sangria
We started with an order of Catalan bread, which is country bread, slightly toasted rubbed with a bit of garlic and a ripe tomato. Next we had:
Pulpo a la Gallega Galician Styled Braised Octopus with Parika and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Photo by Terry Dagrosa
Brocheta de Langostinos con Alioli Grilled Langostine Skewer with Garlic Mayonnaise
Photo by Terry Dagrosa
Virutas de Alcachofas Naturales Cujientes Crispy Fried Artichoke Shavings
Photo by Terry Dagrosa
Cordero del Pirineo al horno con romero y tomillo Slow roasted Pyrenees Lamb with Rosemary and Thyme
Based on our experience, I would recommend Taller de Tapas as a good place to have lunch or a pre-dinner snack.
Taller de Tapas Locations in Barcelona:
RAMBLA CATALUNYA Ramba Catalunya, 49-51 (Eixample)
COMTAL Comtal 28 (Via Laietana)
ST JOSEP ORIOL Plaza Sant Josep Oriol, 9 (Plaza del Pi)
While on a culinary journey in Barcelona how could Seduction Meals not select to dine at a restaurant that boasts rave reviews, has been awarded 1 Michelin star, and hints at pure indulgence and temptation with the name Cinc Sentits (Five Senses).
Cinc Sentits truly lives up to its name, seducing all senses with deliciously prepared foods, creative visual presentations, aromas that taunt and entice, and an ambiance made for romance.
The restaurant offers a tasting menu of contemporary Catalan cuisine with matched wine pairings. The web site features the two different tasting menu's that change with the seasons and reflect what's currently freshest in the market:
sensacions The best, most creative dishes from this season as well as several of our signature courses.
essència A simpler, less creative option.
While both menus contain the same amount of food, I found it odd that they would describe the second one as being "less creative" than the first. We decided to splurge and opted for "Sensacions" but honestly, I cannot imagine "Essencia" being anything less than amazing as well. They really should redefine that offer to keep it as enticing as it truly is.
Sensacions Amuse Bouche
At Cinc Sentits you are served amuse bouche style little bites selected by the Chef to tantalize your taste buds before your meal is served. We were presented with:
Spiced Marcona Almonds Soprasada & Artisinal Honey Sticks House-Marinated "Gorbal" Olives Maple Syrup chilled Cream Cava Sayayon with Rock Salt (see below. Drink the entire shot and keep in your mouth experiencing all flavors before swallowing. Unbelievably delicious!)
Tasting Menu Items:
CS Version of "Pa Amb Tomaquet" Fresh Tomato Sorbet l Garlic Bubbles l Toasted Peasant Bread Photo: Terry Dagrosa / Seduction Meals
Choice of One of the Two Items Below:
1. Catalan Caviar from "La Vall D'Aran" Smoked Sturgeon Mousse l Potato Crisp l Quail Egg
Spring Peas from Llavaneres Five Herb Ice-Cream l Fresh Pea Broth
Photo: Terry Dagrosa / Seduction Meals
Wild Mediterranean Red Mullet with Fresh Vegetable "Samfaina" and Lemon Thyme
Photo: Terry Dagrosa / Seduction Meals
Photo: Terry Dagrosa / Seduction Meals
Choice of One of the Two Items Below:
1. Iberian Suckling Pig Twelve Hours Sous Vide l Textures of Apples
Photo: Terry Dagrosa / Seduction Meals
2. Pyrenees Beef Filet served with Truffled Potato l Grilled Onion l Truffle Glaze
Photo: Terry Dagrosa / Seduction Meals
Altejo, Ros de Can Pujol, Casa Matev Cheese Almond Cube, Crisp Honey Jelly, Blood Orange Marmalade
Photo: Terry Dagrosa / Seduction Meals
Clementine Textures Sorbet l Caramel l Jelly l Frozen Shavings in a Chilled Orange Soup
Photo: Terry Dagrosa / Seduction Meals
Warm 67% Chocolate Arbequina Olive Oil Ice-Cream l shattered Bread l Macadamia Nuts This dessert was "orgasmic!"
Photo: Terry Dagrosa / Seduction Meals
Tentacious Cream Flan with Violet l Chocolate l Mint l Vanilla Candy
Photo: Terry Dagrosa / Seduction Meals
The mastermind behind Cinc Sentits is Jordi Atal. Completely
self-taught, Artal's cuisine is rooted in Catalunya's culinary
traditions, utilizing contemporary techniques and pristine local
ingredients. Named one of the six best new restaurants in Spain shortly
after opening, Cinc Sentits was awarded a Michelin star in 2008
Cinc Sentits prides itself on using the highest quality ingredients, and partnering with small purveyors from around Catalunya and the rest of Spain who share their passion for quality. Some of the items you will find on their tasting menus include: • Fish--always wild--from small fishing villages on the coast • Deep water prawns from Palamós • Lamb from the Pyrenees • Veal from Galícia • Foie Gras from the Baix Empordà • Fresh churned butter from the Catalan Pyrenees • Iberian suckling pigs from Extremadura • Farmhouse cheeses from La Torre de l'Espanyol (Tarragona)
Condé Nast Traveler, quoted Cinc Sentits as "One of the 80 hottest new
restaurants in the world", while Travel and Leisure Magazine quotes
"Locals, tourists, and even those grouchy Madrid restaurant critics
adore the place; and Gourmet Magazine raves "The market-driven menu
shines (look for dishes like red mullet on braised endive with toasted
pine nuts, brown butter, and parsley oil)"
When in Barcelona be sure to treat yourself to a memorable romantic meal for two at Cinc Sentits. If you appreciate fine dining, I promise you will fondly remember this as one of the best culinary experiences you shared together.
We all know Park City is one of the premier ski destinations, but it's
also gorgeous in the summer and not to be missed. The city has been
known as the main host city of the Sundance Film Festival, but it has
also become a hot spot for the rich and famous. And recently, a dazzling
new star has arrived on Main Street:
The food focuses on fresh and local ingredients, accompanied by original cocktails and a very long wine list. The elegant, luxurious space, designed by the world-renowned Rockwell group, was host to several glamorous celebrity parties during Sundance.
We were lucky enough to speak to Silver's co-owner and owner of Vida Tequila, Lisa Barlow. What was the inspiration behind starting SILVER - and how is it going?
The inspiration is timeless, comfortable luxury. We wanted to bring something new and fresh to a town that is quickly becoming the "Hamptons of the West". Things are going very well. We had a star studded opening and continue to maintain the integrity of SILVER.
Check out this slide show:
(Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer)
Tell us what is was like to work with the one and only - David Rockwell (we are huge fans). Did you have a definitive idea for the Silver Brand and interior design or did you just "unleash" the brilliance of the Rockwell Group?
I knew we wanted cobalt blue, chain mail and lots of sheers. I love banquettes and think that all of these elements are timeless. I looked through the Rockwell website and brought in my inspiration and ideas from other properties in Prague, Berlin and NYC. We worked with David Mexico - he is a genius. Within ten days of our first meeting, we were back in NYC going over three distinct renderings for the space. He took all of our favorite things and inspiration pieces and combined them in one space. He is pure genius.
The photos of your dishes are truly seductive. What is your signature dish?
I love the butternut leaf salad, the meatballs and love, LOVE the short ribs!
What music is playing on a typical night at Silver?
I love our music. Depending on our featured DJ, we have lots of alternative music, hits from the 80's - some Madonna, Erasure, Aero Smith, Def Leppard, Michael Jackson- really fun music that makes you want to hang out, cocktail and dance with friends.
Your restaurant has really taken off - hosting parties for the Sundance Festival and its been reported to be popular amongst the celebrity scene. What are your future plans for the restaurant?
Lots! Great programming that keeps SILVER fresh and current, continually raising the bar for Sundance, which is an international tastemaker, industry event in our city. I think it's important to maintain your vision with constant updates and change. The goal is to keep bringing something new to the very chic and cool Park City, a host of so many of the worlds most unique, interesting and successful people.
Would you care to share which celebrities have been to your restaurant so far?
James Franco, Kate Bosworth, Vera Ferminga, Greg Kinnear, Katie Holmes, Channing Tatum and Demi Moore, Penn Bagley, Ashton Kutcher, to name a few.
As an entrepreneur, wife, mom and now restaurant owner - when planning a romantic evening, do you prefer to cook at home or eat out?
We eat out or I am happy to let my husband cook - he is amazing!
Lisa Barlow, co-owner of Silver
And for our readers, can you tell us what is YOUR Seduction Meal?
What would you whip up for your husband if you had the time and were to
create a special night at home?
Good question! I'll go with
my signature: I would do a great spinach salad, followed by stuffed
shells, or a good cut of filet - and homemade ice cream served with
fresh creme and berries and VIDA TEQUILA cocktails of course :)
While many island-dwellers turn their nose up at the thought of crossing the river, the city views and larger spaces gives the Brooklyn restaurant scene a serious advantage. Catch the N train across the Williamsburg bridge or take a romantic stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge for great views of the city lights.
372 Graham Ave (between Conselyea St and Skillman Ave)
Rumor has it that the waitstaff at this Mexican eatery have a very high sexiness rating, so careful your date doesn't have a wandering eye! The food and decor are fantastic (try the fish tacos), but beware the Jalapeno Margherita - unless your spice threshold is particularly high!
For the best view of the Manhattan skyline, you can't go past this riverboat romantic restaurant. Arrive early evening to watch the sun set over the Statue of Liberty and finish with a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge amongst the stunning lights of Manhattan.
Don't judge this restaurant by its exterior, inside is a cozy relaxed space with a sundeck area which serves up some of the tastiest food in Park Slope. If you're famished, try the value-for-money five course tasting menu for $60. The vegetarian baked polenta is also a standout, while the $14 prix fixe brunch is a local favorite.
Some say this is the best Argentinian fare in New York, with an adventurous and creative menu. It's certainly a great date spot, featuring an outdoor area decorated with cups of flowers and candles. Don't go past the blood sausage, grilled corn on the cob or the avocado fries. And just look at this luscious, juicy steak!
It seems that spring is finally here and what better way to celebrate than dining at one of New York's open-air restaurants? I cannot wait to dust off those silk dresses, sandals and cotton shirts. And if your date is a dull bore, dining on the street is the perfect opportunity for some people-watching.
An outdoor classic in Soho. While it may be considered on the pricey side, you can't get much more romantic than an outdoor garden filled with trees covered in white festive lights. And the food is fab! Try the Granny apple ravioli with lamb ragu.
Despite the meticulously prepared food, scoring an outdoor table on a sunny day at this popular neighborhood spot makes for the perfect weekend brunch. Don't be fooled by the name, it's just as good for a sexy dinner. Try to resist filling up on the fresh baked bread before you've even started your appetizer.
Seduction Meals reached out to our readers and friends to ask "What is your all time favorite romantic restaurant--the one that you
would go to on Valentine's Day or for any special romantic meal for two?"
Below are some of the responses. Check out the previous post that lists more like One if By Land Two if by Sea (NYC), Le Bernadin, Georffrey's of Malibou, and Convivio.
Please Email us or Comment Below if you have a favorite we missed.
What is your all time favorite romantic restaurant--the one that you
would go to on Valentine's Day or for any special romantic meal for two?
Email us or Comment Below....
A few of our readers have weighed in....
person said: "It would have to be a quite, smaller out of the way
kinda place, probably French, and would be willing to prep the table for
you ahead of time with Roses, present etc."
One if by Land Two if by Sea, New York City This
West Village restaurant came up often as one of the BEST choices for
Valentine's Day. Once Aaron Burr's carriage house, One if by Land Two if
by Sea is renown for its old-world charm and ambiance, think fireplace,
high-ceilings and chandeliers, amazing service and elegant dishes. And
for the die-hard romantic, this restaurant is known as THE place to pop-the-question.
Le Bernadin, NYC. Another
favorite of many is Le Bernadin. Noted for impeccable service,
beautifully presented dishes, and of course the executive chef Eric
Ripert. And let's not forget Le Bernadin boasts a three-star Michelin
rating. One of our responses: "Hands down....Le Bernadin. The BEST in
the city for a truly romantic experience with outstanding food every
time--they never let you down."
Geoffrey's, Malibu California If
you love sun, sand and sea, this place is for you, with incredible
views of the Pacific ocean, you can enjoy a romantic brunch or a cozy
candlelit dinners with surrounding fire pits, one response: "Geoffrey's
of Malibou...pretty spectacular".
Convivio, New York City If
Italian Food is your favorite fare, Convivio was a top contender for
consideration on Valentine's Day. Convivio is best known for
outstanding pasta dishes and authentic Southern Italian fare. Here are
two reviews by two of my favorite magazines: Gourmet.com and Food &
"Sheer Genius." -- DANA COWIN / FOOD & WINE
"Nobody else in New York is cooking these authentic Southern Italian dishes." -- RUTH REICHL / GOURMET.COM
The Stanton Social Club, a culinary haven created by Executive
Chef/owner Chris Santos, Tao owner Richard Wolf and Peter Kane of Happy
Ending - sits among New York's restaurants you have to try.
Rather than offering individual starters and main
courses The Stanton Social serves dishes that are designed for sharing
with your loved one(s). Tantalizing morsels are brought to your table
steadily and continuously throughout the meal.
The combination of
elegant and inviting restaurant design paired with delightful dishes
such as Duck Empanadas, Kobe Beef Burgers, Lobster Roll Sliders and
Oysters Rockefeller make this a sultry, delicious hot spot for your next
Stanton Social Club offers an array of exotic cocktails you can enjoy at the bar or in the lounge before dinner like the Blood Orange Jalapeño Margarita: Jalapeño-infused Milagro Reposado, blood orange juice, fresh lime & Cointreau
Tantalizing morsels are brought to your table steadily and continuously throughout the meal.
The Stanton Social Club Signature Dish: Beef Wellington:
Grilled filet mignon with foie gras mousse and mushroom duxelles, wrapped in puff pastry
Order from a list of Stanton Social Sliders including Kobe Beef Burger or Lobster Roll Sliders
There is also a variety of vegetarian and seafood dishes including Maryland Crab Cakes, Yellow Tuna Sashimi, Wok Charred Edamame in a Spicy Miso Glaze and French Onion Soup Dumplings.
If your foodie loves to be in the know about the latest greatest restaurants in New York, why not "gift" a true New York Experiece with "Reservations for Two".
The Lion has been called
"eye-catching" (W Magazine), "the latest addition to the power pantheon"
(Time Out New York), and "the edge of the volcano" (Gael Greene) that
"has the media, fashion and pretty folks out in force" (Women's Wear
But it's not the celebrity clientele that demands the most attention. In the end, it all comes down to John's cooking.
For much of the past decade, John DeLucie has been New York City's most
sought-after chef. As founding chef and partner of The Waverly Inn,
DeLucie and his Italian-American take on classic cuisine attracted both
the celebrity crowd and serious food fans, who were wowed by his
original and eye-opening offerings.
The Lion, DeLucie's newest and most ambitious venture, has only
solidified his stature as both a serious chef, and a culinary light that
attracts the brightest of the glitterati.
A Romantic Meal for two should be all about surprise and delight, and Shaun Hergatt has mastered this with an array of beautifully crafted dishes that will take your breath away. Walking through this restaurant you can't help but look at each tempting dish as it passes by; meticulously and creatively constructed, each dish is head turner.
Chef Shaun Hergatt's impeccably executed menu of Asian-accented Modern French cuisine at SHO has made him the recipient of a coveted Michelin star two years running.
Since opening SHO in June 2009, ChefHergatt has won a myriad of awards including a "Best New Chef" accolade from New York magazine, "Best New Restaurant" accolades from both Esquire and New York magazines, and 29 out of 30 ratings across the board from Zagat Survey.
As the young Chef de Cuisine of The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Sydney, he quickly earned international accolades including Best Young Chef award (2000) and the restaurant was named "Top 5 Up and Coming Restaurants in the World" by Condé Nast Traveler.
He subsequently worked at Atelier which earned a 3 Star rating from New York Times and went on to become the Executive Chef at The Setai in Miami, which was awarded "Esquire's Best New Restaurant"(2005) before returning to New York to open his first eponymous restaurant located in the heart of the Financial District.
Located in the heart of the Financial District, SHO Shaun Hergatt invigorates one of Manhattan's last uncharted restaurant frontiers. With its sleek design and seamless hospitality, SHO Shaun Hergatt transforms the neighborhood's dining identity with a restaurant unlike anything Wall Street has seen.
For reservations call 212.809.3993 Alternatively you can make your reservation online at: www.opentable.com
Discover true romance in New York's Hudson Valley where you will be surrounded by breath-taking views including cliffs, valleys, the Hudson River, majestic mountains and waterfalls. This is the land of the Culinary Institute and a locavore, or local, food movement that boasts artisanal purveyors and exceptional farm-to-table dining experiences--making this a wonderful choice for your romantic get-away for two.
There are many choices for lodgings from boutique Inns to spas and extraordinary Castles. In-between your daily activities and evening slumber, you can experience local restaurants that are sure to satisfy every culinary desire. Here is a list to get you started: a
295 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498
Blue Hill Farms 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, New York 10591 914 366 9600 630 Bedford Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591 http://www.bluehillfarm.com/
Cucina 109 Mill Hill Road Woodstock, NY 12498 845.679.9800 http://www.cucinawoodstock.com
So... you have a hot date with someone really special but its too soon for a romantic meal at your place. Here are five great choices for romantic restaurants in New York City that are sure to please, seduced all senses, and show your cultured taste. Be sure to make reservations well in advance. Five Romantic Restaurants for your first Date
LE BERNARDIN / 155 West 51st
Street Le Bernardin is a legend when it comes to fine dining. It is by far one of the most glamorous French restaurants in all of New York City with impeccable service and incredible attention to detail. Needless to say the food is phenomenal and the overall dining experience uniquely special.
BABBO / 110 Wavery Place Hailed with a glowing 3-star review by Ruth Reichl of the New York Times shortly after its opening, Babbo has since been met with much critical acclaim. Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich transformed the Old Coach House, a New York restaurant landmark from the '60s, into a modern Roman-style trattoria. Everything, from the tiny bar where Italian wines are poured to the upstairs dining room, is altogether inviting. Babbo dishes will dazzle and delight. As stated in NY Magazine: Babbo, the most exciting Italian restaurant in town serves food you'll never find in Little Italy.
BLUE HILL FARMS / 75 Washington Place NYC / 640 Bedford Road White Plains Blue Hill in Greenwich Village, is the perfect setting
for a romantic meal for two. Located in a landmark "speak easy" in the basement of a Greenwich village townhouse, Bill Hill serves inventive American fare in a very cozy setting. Their Valentines Day "no utensils" tasting menu has become the talk of the town and a local favorite.
DANIEL / 60 East
56th Street Renowned French Chef Daniel Boulud's four star restaurant will not disappoint! A Zagat survey referred to it as a "home to what would be heaven's kitchen". Elegant, sleek and contemporary not only describe the interior but also the impeccably prepared menu. The Skybox offers a "Chef's Table" in a private dining atmosphere that is enclosed in glass and offers an overhead view of the kitchen. Very romantic, formal attire, pricey but worth it!
182 W. 58th Street What could be better than caviar and vodka or champagne for your first date? Owned by the Petrossian Family, the menu boasts elegant French-influenced contemporary dishes that feature caviar, smoked fish, and foie gras delicacies for which Petrossian is known throughout the world. Etched Erté mirrors, Lalique crystal, Limoges china and sparkling chandeliers create anappropriate setting for your romantic meal for two.
The way a chef arranges a meal on a plate, is for some, akin to an
artist applying brush to canvas and Danny Meyer and Executive Chef
Daniel Humm are truly culinary artists. Daniel Humm won this year's
James Beard Award for Best Chef New York City.
marvel at the seductive creations of Chef Humm with such delight,
anticipating each plate as it is placed before me. Words are not
necessary to capture the essence of the dining experience at Eleven Madison Park, an excellent choice for a romantic meal for two, just take a look at the captivating images in this post.
addition to (hopefully) enjoying each restaurant experience in NY and
beyond, pay attention to the chef's creative techniques for "plating
the dish". Learn from the masters and apply this inspiration to your
next Seduction Meal. Not only is it fun, you'll be flattered and amazed
by the responses and praise you will receive.
Executive Chef Daniel Humm takes a modern approach to classic flavor
combinations, creating sophisticated dishes that emphasize purity,
simplicity, and seasonal flavors. Chef Humm's menu is complemented by
an outstanding wine list by John Ragan.
are some restaurant reviews I found online that add to the reasons you
should try Eleven Madison Park for your next Seduction Meal:
We all anticipate with special delight dining at a restaurant that is consistently touted as "one of the best" or the newcomer that is the "hottest spot" in town. Whether you are celebrating with friends or a loved one or you are on a hot date, there is always the hopeful expectation that whatever you order is going to live up to the hype. And when it does; when you are truly blown away by a meal so spectacular, it just makes your day. You can't wait to share the news with all your friends. That is how I learned of Jardiniere in San Francisco. A friend just happened to have dinner there while passing through town, and this "foodie" friend just LOVED it.. I was told I had to put this on my list of places to try and that Jardiniere is a perfect place for sharing a special Romantic Meal for Two.
Take a look at some of the dishes featured on their web site. If
you've eaten there, we'd love to hear from you. Please comment on this
post and let us know about your experience.
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Jardinière 300 Grove St (between Franklin St & Gough St) San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 861-5555 www.jardiniere.com
Chef/Co-Owner Traci Des Jardins' award-winning restaurant, Jardinière features elegant dining with talented Executive Chef Craig Patzer in the kitchen, Sommelier Eugenio Jardim in the wine cellar, a hot lounge with creative mixologists, and a tempting cocktail menu.
Housed in a beautiful landmark building in San Francisco's chic Hayes Valley neighborhood, Jardiniere, opened in 1997. Highlights of the elegant setting, designed by Pat Kuleto, include a gorgeous bar and stunning staircase. The highly refined and sensual food of Chef/Owner Traci Des Jardins is a celebration of Northern California's best seasonal bounty prepared with classic French technique. The J Lounge features a full list of specialty cocktails and wines, and offers a variety of creative lounge food and small plates. Its proximity to the theaters makes it an excellent place to dine before or after a show. (OpenTable.com)