Happy Tuesday, Noshers! With Valentine’s Day just 2 days away, I’m guessing some of you may have lovely plans set for this Thursday. I’m also guessing there may be a few of you for which a slight sense of panic may now be emerging – uhhh, plans for Valentine’s Day? Oops. Well, have no fear – in today’s post I will be sharing some delicious and simple Valentine’s Day suggestions that will work even for the procrastinators among us (I’m not naming names…).
When the good peeps at Whole Foods Market asked if I’d be interested in checking out some of their Valentine’s Day offerings, I jumped at the chance. I work with Whole Foods regularly and am always impressed by their high-quality products. I also love their partnership with Smorgasburg at their Bowery location – yum!
Whole Foods sent me a a few of their Valentine’s Day sweets, featuring local chocolatiers and bakers. And you know that I have a slight (HAHA “slight”? Just kidding) love for sweets, right? Amongst my faves were these selections from Nunu Chocolates:
Nunu Chocolates Sea Salt Caramels ($7.99 for 4-pack)
Nunu Chocolates is a local chocolatier located in Brooklyn, and their tiny morsels of goodness are intensely flavored. In addition to my favorite sea salt flavor, they also have the adults-only Booze Box Assortment (6-piece box for $11.99):
I may or may not have eaten one before remembering to take a photo.
Each ganache is liquor infused with Absinthe, Moonshine, Sake, Rye, Mezcal-Chili, and Amarula. Mmmmm…
The brownies are $2.29 each and feature varieties such as Classic Fudge, Brown Sugar Blondie and Classic Walnut. I looooove brownies and these were rich and fudgy. I even liked the Blondie, and I’m usually not a blondie person. A portion of the sales from these brownies will go toward poverty alleviation worldwide, so feel free to nosh guilt-free!
I also got this heart-shaped box of 14 Belgian chocolates from Whole Foods because they are sweethearts :).
I haven’t finished all of them yet (hey, even I’ve got limits!) but my favorites so far have been the Axelle (dark chocolate with caramel & sea salt, of course) and the Gauguin (milk chocolate with raspberry ganache). Yum 🙂
My Whole Foods peeps also provided me with a $20 gift card to check out some of their other Valentine’s Day offerings. Armed with the gift card in my hot little hands, I rushed over to my local Whole Foods and perused my options. I was tempted by the the bouquet of a dozen Whole Trade roses, but I do like the surprises of someone else getting me flowers ;). And then I saw this and knew it was meant for me:
Surf & Turf Valentine’s Day Dinner Special
With two lobster tails and two sirloin steaks, you can impress your honey with a lovely home-cooked dinner this Thursday (or….just have two extravagant meals all for yourself, ha!). At only $19.99 for the set, this is a great steal. As much as I loooove food of all kinds, I must admit I’ve never ordered a surf and turf meal at a restaurant because the cost was a bit prohibitive. And now I don’t have to :). As you can see in the first photo, I stuck with a simple preparation – just broiled the lobster tail with Old Bay and butter, and keeping the steak rare with ground peppercorn and salt. SO good!!!
Well, this post was certainly delicious to research and write! If you don’t have Valentine’s Day plans yet, I hope this guide has provided you with some inspiration! And even if you do have your Thursday set, you can still take advantage of these great deals and yummy eats. Happy Valentine’s Day, Noshers!
Do you have Valentine’s Day plans? What are they?