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V is for Valentine's Day.

I don't know that this qualifies as a secret,
but we are going to let you in on it anyway.
The first time Krassimira and I went out to one of our favorite,
romantic restaurants, on Valentine's Day, we said,
"Wow! Why is this one of our favorite places?  It feels more like a cattle-call."
Right then and there, we decided to re-schedule Valentine's Day.

Now we go to one of our favorite restaurants, about 7 to 10 days early,
( e.g. Il Fornaio in Corte Madera, it's the best in the chain because it's 60 feet from corporate headquarters )
and we inform the wait-staff that we are here to celebrate Valentine's Day.
The first thing that happens is that they thank us for coming that day, and not on the
official day, such that they can give us the kind of service they like to give.


We are inviting you to do one of two things:

If you can't make it to World Headquarters to celebrate the
Re-scheduled Valentine's Day,

then go to your favorite romantic restaurant of your choice on your re-scheduled day.

Now if you can make it to Glen Ellen, then come and join in our

Re-scheduled Valentine's Day Cook-Along
February 9th 2008,
from Noon to Nine.

As is the case with most of our Wine Club happenings,
this is a thinly veiled excuse to have fun, sit around the kitchen/campfire/pizza oven,
share recipes, cooking techniques, drink exceptional Sparkling Syrah,
and of course, really good Pinot Noir.

You don't have to be a good cook to enjoy this event, but you do have to be a good eater.
Bring what you consider to be a romantic ingredient
* and enjoy how the creative cooks
in attendance, yourself included if you wish, will make it sing (or jiggle if it's Jell-O).
Bring romantic music, or flowers, or nothing at all, except the penchant to have fun!

If this sounds like a kick, and you and yours can make it, call:
707  933-4404
leave a message, we will call you right back!

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* About Romantic Ingredients

Somewhere in my library I thought I had a book about just such a thing, and I found it!

“Aphrodisiac Cookery: Ancient & Modern” by Greg and Beverly Frazier,
published 38 years ago by the Troubador Press of San Francisco.
Apparently, as indicated from the bookplate, I stole it from my older sister.

This books has no lists that prioritizes the romantic potential of different ingredients,
in fact it would be easier to list the ingredients that aren’t mentioned.
And they admit early on in the book, it works if it creates the state-of-mind.
Why am I not surprised, when it comes to dealing with the romantic,
we deal with the subjective.  So we have complete permission to have some fun...
Everyone that brings a
Romantic Ingredient
gets a
BIG Prize.