Valentine’s Day: 5 Tips for a Loving Holiday

February 9, 2011 at 11:39 pm 1 comment

Hear the instant replay of the live radio interview on 95.9 WATD-FM on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.

This week on MommaJam, we are talking about Valentine’s Day.  Here are 5 tips for a loving holiday with your sweetheart.

1. Indulge in Chocolate: Find a hotel in your area with a chocolate bar.  The Langham Hotel in Boston is a great local destination for anyone with a sweet tooth.  The hotel’s decadent Chocolate Bar, Cafe Fleuri, is open every Saturday from 11 – 3 p.m.

The chocolate bar is great for couples, a girls’ outing, or a mother-daughter day.  Kids are welcome, too.  The hotel also has a fancy Valentine’s Day dinner package for the weekend or Monday night.  Call (617) 451-1900 for reservations or go to http://boston.langhamhotels.com.

For readers/listeners across the country, check your local urban hotels for chocolate bars nearby (ie. The Peninsula Chicago).

2.  Stir up the Romance at Home: Cooking is romantic.  Sharing food is romantic.  Pick ingredients that are known aphrodisiacs and you’ll have a night to remember.  Here are suggestions for a romantic meal at home:

First Course:  Oysters, the most historic aphrodisiac in the world,  champagne and strawberries.

Second Course:  Salmon with ginger dish (in ancient times, ginger was called a love potion).  Many aphrodisiacs go back to ancient Greece and Rome, so don the toga and start cooking!

For Dessert:  Warm chocolate mixed with a dash of cinnamon and sugar.  Or, apple pie, a primo aphrodisiac because every ingredient in this delectable dessert is an aphrodisiac – apples, vanilla, cinnamon.

Get the kids into bed (or, hopefully, they are already at a friend’s house) and set a small, beautiful table with lots of candles and red roses.  Enhance the mood with music that you’ve pre-selected to express your love for each other.

3.  Make a Love Song CD: Cruise through your iTunes library and pull out songs with meaning.  It could be a song from your first date, the song you danced to at your wedding or a a song you love and want to share.  Try deep cuts like “Sideways” by Santana and Citizen Cope or past hits like Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are.”  Other ideas include classics, such as “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Fankie Valli and Four Seasons, or songs from more recent artists like Damian Rice who croons the beautiful “The Blowers Daughter.”  Ramp it up and have some laughs with “Panama” by Van Halen.

The best part of music CDs – you can make them for anyone special in your life, such as your best friend or your adorable kids.

4. Give the Book of Love: Check out the new book, “Live and Let Love:  Notes from Extraordinary Women on the Layers, the Laughter, and the Litter of Love,” a compilation of real life love stories by author Andrea Buchanan.  It’s available at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.  The book features stories from women all over, some are famous, all have a story of love.

5.  Exchange Love Letters: If this year’s budget is tight or you can’t find a babysitter, you can still share your sentiments with a love letter.  Remind your sweetheart how much you care and why you fell madly in love in the first place.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Related Podcast:

Raid the Fridge!  Cook up some Love!  Check out this podcast radio interview on aphrodisiacs for a romantic Valentine’s dinner: Love Potions for the Heart.

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Instant Replay – 95.9 WATD-FM, Jan. 27, 2011 – Books and Book Clubs for Kids MommaJam Minute – Love Potions for the Heart

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