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Take Your Taste Buds on Global Valentine's Day Adventure

Feb 8 2012 - 4:10am

If a classic evening [1] or an indoor picnic [2] don't have enough adventure for your liking, take a culinary tour of the world with your Valentine's Day date. Serve up dishes and cocktails from around the world and create a music playlist to match each course. By the end of the night, you and whoever you've shared this experience with will have bonded over all of your "travels." Here are some ethnic dishes that we recommend.

England: Pimm's Cup

Get the evening started by sipping on this refreshing cocktail [3] that hails from England. The gin-based alcohol isn't as potent as other spirits, so you can sip on these all night long. Whether or not you spend the rest of the night speaking in a British accent is totally up to you.

Spain: Patatas Bravas

Patatas bravas [4] are a typical Spanish tapas dish. Put together a plate of these baked potatoes and the spicy mayonnaise-based sauce and feed one another savory bites. Spanish guitar as background music is highly, highly recommended.

Greece: Spicy Baked Shrimp

The star of the meal is a bubbling dish of Greek-spiced baked shrimp [5]. Serve this with a large crusty baguette or two and prepare to experience the flavors of the Adriatic.

China: Pork Dumplings

For a wildly different flavor profile and cultural experience, serve some traditional Chinese pork dumplings [6] on the side.

France: French Macarons

Although they take quite a bit of work and maybe even a little luck, French macarons [7] are melt-in-your-mouth decadent. Close your eyes and bite into one of these, and you'll feel like you're in the city of love.

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