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2003/07/14 00:47:43 (permalink)

Romantic food/music

So ... it's a Friday evening, and you sit down for a romantic home dinner with your spouse/partner/significant other, sans children, worries and other distractions. What would you have for dinner and what music, if any, would you have playing in the background?
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    EliseT
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 02:36:13 (permalink)
    Filet Mignon cooked with shiitakes, shallots, red wine and LOTS of butter, or a complicated pasta like rigatoni with roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and fontina, with champagne and something chocolate. On the CD player: Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington or Louis Armstrong.

    Of course in reality, if it's been a long day at work, it's usually pizza or Contadina pasta, to the tune of "America's Funniest Home Videos".
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    yumbo
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 03:09:21 (permalink)
    I'd have to say a cheese souffle, a nice salad and some fresh baked bread. The souffle because it was something I did when my wife and I were dating, and back then I didn't know anything about cooking and I wanted to do something to impress her.

    Another memorable meal that I made when we were courtin' was fettucine with a complicated mushroom sauce - it had something like 3 pounds of mushrooms in it. She was a champ and cleaned her plate and even had 2nds. Then a month later I find out that my wife HATES mushrooms.

    As for tunes, I'd put on Ella Fitzgerald's Cole Porter CDs.
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    Sundancer7
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 04:02:17 (permalink)
    A good steak and giant baked potato, salad and red wine. Nora Jones.

    Puts me to sleep now

    Paul E. Smith
    Knoxville, TN
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    Linda Gebhardt
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 08:20:38 (permalink)
    Salmon Filet with dill sauce
    Fresh Asparagus with lemon
    Wild rice with currents and almonds
    Creme Brulee for dessert

    Nat King Cole playing in the background
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    Bushie
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 09:25:56 (permalink)
    Some good pasta with a homemade red sauce
    Salad with lots of fresh greens and tomatoes, some kind of vinaigrette
    Good artisan bread
    Good bottle of red
    Fresh fruit/berries over ice cream (usually Blue Bell)

    Candles

    Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett; something like that.

    Passionate kisses afterwards.
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 09:52:45 (permalink)
    Hell, BBQ, cold Old Style and The Allman Brothers can be romantic with the right person, setting, etc.
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 10:59:17 (permalink)
    Champagne,warm chocolate syrup and Barry White. And that ALL im saying!
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 11:21:35 (permalink)
    I have mixed feelings about food and music. Went to a Dinner theatre once - the food was awful, the service was awkward and inept, and the show was amateurish. all-in-all- a bad idea that seems to have totally diappeared from this part of the country.

    On the other hand, I have fond memories of cocktail piano playing to light fare in any number of 40s and 50s places, a string quartet playing softly in the background in a hotel in San Francisco along with great seafood, an oom-pah band playing while we loaded up on beer and wursts in joints in old German Yorkville(Manhattan around 86th St.),
    dinners at home ranging fom boisterously raucus to quietly intimate with music ranging from Roy Acuff singing "Wreck On The Highway" , through, Goodman, Ellington, Tatum, show tunes, Mozart, and Schumann - our tastes are eclectic.

    But for us, at our age, we still make it many evenings to have a quiet dinner for two at a nicely set table, the stereo warbling something we dont have to listen too closely to ( show tunes, cool jazz, 18th and 19th Century classic and romantic composers ) with a light and simple meal - a litle quiche, a lamb chop, and a salad is something we like. If I had to make a choice of music, it would have to be solo piano, but it would be hard to choose between Duke Ellington, Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, and several others.

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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 13:25:29 (permalink)
    Excellent topic, Yumbo. I take it even further------when I have guests over for a "theme meal" I try to play at least some music to match it. This has resulted in purchaising a Hawaiian CD, CD's of Carribean and Japanese music, Spanish guitar for paella parties etc. Barbecues get Jimmy Buffet, Stevie Ray Vaughan or ZZ Top------depends on the Q'! I really believe it adds to the enjoyment and the feeling you get.
    As for the romantic dinner-----which I've always enjoyed doing----I have a CD of Broadway stars doing love songs from various musicals. I team that with some CD of solo piano playing Chopin/Lizt/Mozart etc. A few weeks ago the menu consisted of stuffed shrimp appetizer paired with a Laeticia Champagne. This was followed by a baby green salad with a raspberry vinagarette. Main course was chicken scallopini marsala with pasta, baby zucchini and yellow squash sauteed in olive oil and garlic--a great Claiborne and Churchill Dry Gewurtztraminer--and for dessert-----fresh raspberries, blueberries and boysenberries with a splash of champagne. It worked out quite well!
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 17:49:47 (permalink)
    quote:
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    Champagne,warm chocolate syrup and Barry White. And that ALL im saying!

    Barry White. RIP.
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 18:13:57 (permalink)
    I would make a lightly dressed mixed green salad (the greens from our little veggie patch out back, very romantic for us, because a house and some land are a dream come true for us!), maybe with some cheese or apples thrown in. Then I would lovingly make a risotto, with mushrooms and roasted shallots. For dessert? Maybe some fresh raspberries from our yard topped with zabaglione. Or maybe some bread pudding. He is a real sucker for that.

    The music...probably Genesis or Peter Gabriel or Steve Hackett. Or Sting. Or maybe Mr. Mozart (natch).

    Meowzart
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 18:33:54 (permalink)
    Summer: -grilled 5-spice salmon
    -garlic mashed potatoes
    -spinach salad with Saga bleu, pecans & strawberries
    -grilled peaches w/ dulce de leche
    -Lindt chocolate
    -music by crickets, campfire and frogs

    Winter: -fried catfish
    -cornbread with smoked cheddar cheese
    -green beans w/bacon
    -banana pudding
    -music by Massive Attack (heart attack! Ahhhhh!)
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 20:49:58 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by hawkeyejohn

    Hell, BBQ, cold Old Style and The Allman Brothers can be romantic with the right person, setting, etc.

    As hard as it is for me to agree with a Hawk, change the beer to Boulevard Pale Ale, and you've got it! Otherwise, we go for pizza, onion rings and beer to set the mood.

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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 08:31:27 (permalink)
    Grilled/marinated pork tenderloin
    Snap beans sauteed in dark almond oil with roasted garlic
    Marinated grilled egg plant
    Butter lettuce salad w/grapefruit and toasted pecans w/ very light poppyseed dressing

    Sketches of Spain-Miles Davis
    Struttin with some BBQ- Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers (check Kazaa, it's real)
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 09:05:44 (permalink)
    Let's see....
    1st Special night- 2 All-Beef Pattys, Special Sauce, Lettuce, Cheese, Pickles, Onion, on a Sesame Seed Bun. Large Fry, Chocolate Shake.Watching/Listening to "Loving You" at the Redondo Drive-in, in a '56 Buick(Dad's). Elvis Lives!! (1960)

    Latest Special Night- 3 dozen Raw Oysters, Tabasco for them, and a Viagra Coke! I've forgotton what music was available...think it was J.P. Sousa !! (or perhaps the 1812 Overture)
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 10:16:03 (permalink)
    I'd make and serve Italian food. Andrea Bocelli in the background...Perhaps a caesar salad, a pasta course of three cheese ravioli in a vodka cream sauce with a nice Italian red wine, shrimp scampi or a chicken dish, with a great Italian white or Pinot Grigio, followed by tiramisu with cappucino.
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 10:44:58 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Sundancer7

    A good steak and giant baked potato, salad and red wine. Nora Jones.

    Puts me to sleep now

    Paul E. Smith
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    Sundancer, this is exactly what we're having for dinner this Friday night! Friends brought us a bottle of red wine from France last week, and we're planning on heading to the butcher shop to get some extra thick ribeyes. We'll bake some potatoes, toss a little salad, and put on the lovely Nora Jones. We've discovered that Nora Jones is to cooking/food as a great steak is to a great red wine...



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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 12:19:55 (permalink)
    When we were dating, my husband prepared a dinner for me at his apartment. He had mood lighting, candles, etc....he was really trying to impress me.

    Then served me spaghetti with UNHEATED sauce from a jar. I choked it down and told him it was delicious. He was so pleased with himself.

    Now I am lucky if I get Hamburger helper and an open can of Miller lite
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 13:18:30 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by BBQ Barney

    quote:
    Originally posted by hawkeyejohn

    Hell, BBQ, cold Old Style and The Allman Brothers can be romantic with the right person, setting, etc.

    As hard as it is for me to agree with a Hawk, change the beer to Boulevard Pale Ale, and you've got it! Otherwise, we go for pizza, onion rings and beer to set the mood.




    God, don't tell me you're a Clone.
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 14:52:13 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Lone Star
    Now I am lucky if I get Hamburger helper and an open can of Miller lite


    What a cad your husband is; you deserve a semi-clean glass.

    I can't hear conversation if the music is all that noticable, so I tend to like quiet restaurants, but Brasserie Montmartre in Portland, OR is a nice spot for dinner (esp. late-night) with a jazz combo, sometimes a vocalist. We're also partial to a harpist or strings with dinner on board cruises....nothing too over-the-top, just barely perceptible.

    Eric
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 17:18:03 (permalink)
    Gee, thanks.
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 18:47:59 (permalink)
    You'd rather a dirty one? To each their own. ;0)

    Eric, Who Would Always Offer A Clean Glass, And Look Askance At Women Who Drink Beer Straight From The Bottle (it's just so....common)
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 19:13:00 (permalink)
    Shall we open a thread of discussion------bottle vs. can vs. glass?


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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 19:15:57 (permalink)
    With 4 Kids running around the house, if we get some quiet time It ain't food we are thinking of! LOL
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 19:26:29 (permalink)
    Unfortunately, my romantic dinners which consist of a Porterhouse, salad, baked potato and red wine fill me up and then I tend to focus on sleep. Wish I was not so dadgum old

    Paul E. Smith
    Knoxville, TN
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    EliseT
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 19:48:28 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by EdSails

    Shall we open a thread of discussion------bottle vs. can vs. glass?





    Cans will never do. It doesn't taste right. I drink out of glasses for black and tans or good draughts. Otherwise:

    TOP 10 REASONS WOMEN SHOULD DRINK OUT OF BOTTLES INSTEAD OF GLASSES

    1. It's much more difficult to spill your beer on people in a crowded bar when it is in a longneck instead of a glass

    2. Have you seen those bar rags they "clean" glasses with?

    3. It can be a useful weapon if need arises

    4. You can carry an open bottle of beer in your purse without spilling it

    5. It's hard for someone to slip a mickey into that narrow bottle

    6. When the music is loud, you can just wave your bottle at the bartender and a fresh one will reappear without trying to scream your order over and over.

    7. Drunk people spit when they talk and it gets in your beer if it's in a glass

    8. You can pick at the label when you're bored

    9.When it's warm, you can run the cool glass bottle sexily over your neck, thighs, or someone else's similar parts

    10. Go see Madonna's TRUTH OR DARE documentary

    -Elise, who would feel even more like a real woman if she could open the bottle with her teeth.
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 21:31:11 (permalink)
    Elise, you may never convince my grandmother, but you've certainly convinced me.

    Eric, Blushing At #s 9 and 10.

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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 21:44:03 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by hawkeyejohn

    quote:
    Originally posted by BBQ Barney

    quote:
    Originally posted by hawkeyejohn

    Hell, BBQ, cold Old Style and The Allman Brothers can be romantic with the right person, setting, etc.

    As hard as it is for me to agree with a Hawk, change the beer to Boulevard Pale Ale, and you've got it! Otherwise, we go for pizza, onion rings and beer to set the mood.




    God, don't tell me you're a Clone.


    Married one--I'm a Bulldog! Food transends college loyalty!
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    RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 22:49:33 (permalink)
    One year on Valentines day I made my girlfriend (a chocoholic) a meal where every course contained chocolate. I started with chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. Followed it with a chicken mole, and then white and dark layered chocolate mousse.

    The music was Nina Simone and Ella.
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