| by Drew Middleton
From location scouting to heart-shaped foods, here’s our Valentine’s Day lunch 101 when it comes to a romantic lunch to charm your date on February 14th. Every year.
Providing the weather is friendly, exploring the great outdoors and venturing into the wild makes for a truly memorable Valentine’s Day lunch experience.
You will find stunning rural scenery across the length and breadth of Great Britain.
The Lake District in the North of England offers tranquil open bodies of water and fell mountains for 2,362 km. There’s plenty of secret geography for you both to explore. Take a long peaceful walk with your partner, explore local market towns and choose a lunch spot with a view to remember for years to come.
Scotland and Wales offer highly remote areas of beauty. Often fiercely wet and brutally windy - more so than England - it’s not ideal to be outside for a winter date. If you can scout out a tranquil town or city with fancy pub lunches, bagpipe players
But if you’re lucky to have sunny weather in February and pack a full suitcase of thermals, the unique scenery is spectacular and ‘untouched’. Warm up with flasks of hot tea and feel snug with camping chairs and thick blankets.
London is “the greenest city of its size” in the world, with 40% of open area space dedicated to protected public parks. This statistic makes it the 6th greenest city in the world behind Vienna, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong and Sydney.
If you live in or around the UK’s capital, take advantage of the glorious parks on offer for delicious homemade munch on February 14th. It’s not often you find nature tucked away amongst stone buildings and skyscrapers.
Going for ‘epic’? America’s the hottest ticket around. With destinations such as Niagara Falls, The Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone/Yosemite national parks, it’s a truly incredible and accessible area of the Western world.
However, European city breaks excel for their X-factor of Valentine’s experiences, in abundance. According to US News Travel, these EU cities make for amazing romantic getaways:
We suggest an alternative Valentine’s Day lunch to a classic cream tea, Italian takeaway or over-priced ‘fancy’ restaurant. Home cooking is the way to his/her heart, trust us. It’s a sentimental statement that goes above and beyond, expressing your care and time is trusted in creating a masterpiece of food and drink for them.
Here are just a few simple ideas to make your lunch box experience even sweeter:
The science behind aphrodisiacs is fascinating. Although not proven via test evidence, they are believed to create sexual yearning by increasing blood flow to sex organs, amongst other positive benefits such as spikes in dopamine and elevation in healthy vitamins and energy levels.
According to Reader’s digest, the following 19 foods and drinks could (unofficially) spark serious sensual connections and chemistry between you both on your Valentine’s Day lunch.
Fruits: cherries, bananas, strawberries, watermelon, figs, pomegranate
Vegetables: chili peppers, avocado, arugula, artichokes
Drinks: chai tea, coffee
Nuts/seeds: pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, olive oil
Sweet treats: chocolate (especially dark varieties), honey, whipped cream
Who said presenting food can’t be a mesmerising work of art? Make heart-shaped pizzas, cookies, quiches or tarts for your lunch boxes. We’d recommend using designated cutters to help create the perfect shape.
If you are feeling confident know, hand-crafting (with the odd mishap here and there) proves you’ve attempted the romantic shapes yourself.
Also, the fun doesn’t stop at lunch. Once you’ve packed up your boxes and bottles, continue the day with an impressive string of electrifying activities. This could include anything from zip lining, a helicopter ride, drive-in cinema, theme park, the zoo, live music or simply watching a charming sunset together.