Romantic food/music

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yumbo
Cheeseburger
2003/07/14 00:47:43
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?
EliseT
Filet Mignon
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 02:36:13
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".
yumbo
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 03:09:21
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.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 04:02:17
A good steak and giant baked potato, salad and red wine. Nora Jones.

Puts me to sleep now

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Linda Gebhardt
Hamburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 08:20:38
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
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 09:25:56
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.
hawkeyejohn
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 09:52:45
Hell, BBQ, cold Old Style and The Allman Brothers can be romantic with the right person, setting, etc.
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 10:59:17
Champagne,warm chocolate syrup and Barry White. And that ALL im saying!
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 11:21:35
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.

EdSails
Filet Mignon
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 13:25:29
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!
yumbo
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 17:49:47
quote:
Originally posted by tiki

Champagne,warm chocolate syrup and Barry White. And that ALL im saying!

Barry White. RIP.
meowzart
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 18:13:57
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
jessicazee
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 18:33:54
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!)
BBQ Barney
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/14 20:49:58
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.

Mayhaw Man
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 08:31:27
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)
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 09:05:44
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)
CheeseWit
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 10:16:03
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.
Alirush
Hamburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 10:44:58
quote:
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
Knoxville, TN


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...



Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 12:19:55
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
hawkeyejohn
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 13:18:30
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.
VibrationGuy
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 14:52:13
quote:
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
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 17:18:03
Gee, thanks.
VibrationGuy
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 18:47:59
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)
EdSails
Filet Mignon
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 19:13:00
Shall we open a thread of discussion------bottle vs. can vs. glass?


BigGlenn
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 19:15:57
With 4 Kids running around the house, if we get some quiet time It ain't food we are thinking of! LOL
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 19:26:29
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
EliseT
Filet Mignon
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 19:48:28
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.
VibrationGuy
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 21:31:11
Elise, you may never convince my grandmother, but you've certainly convinced me.

Eric, Blushing At #s 9 and 10.

BBQ Barney
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 21:44:03
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!
FlattedFifth
Junior Burger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 22:49:33
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.
EliseT
Filet Mignon
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/22 23:37:43
quote:
Originally posted by VibrationGuy

Elise, you may never convince my grandmother, but you've certainly convinced me.

Eric, Blushing At #s 9 and 10.




Tha't OK, your grandmother probably doesn't go to the same kind of clubs that I do.

-Elise, who always saves the best for last
TANFANRN
Junior Burger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/23 04:25:22
IT WOULD START WITH MOZZERELLA DE BUFFALO SLICED WITH FRESH TOMATOES, BASIL, GARLIC AND OLIVE OIL. PENNE IN A RUSTIC SAUCE WITH CHERRY TOMATOES, GREEK OLIVES, HERBS AND MORE OLIVE OIL. FRESH ITALIAN BREAD AND A BOTTLE OF PINO GRIGIO. HOMEMADE CANNOLI AND ESPRESSO FOR THE FINALE. I'M WITH CHEESEWIT. IT'S ANDREA BOCELLI WHO SETS THE MOOD. AHH, AMORE.
hawkeyejohn
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/23 09:04:04
quote:
Originally posted by BBQ Barney

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!


At least the Bulldog's now have the best basketball coach in the state.
Lone Star
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/07/23 09:52:23
The #1 reason for beer in a bottle, no lipstick on the glass.

Also, Shiner Bock just doesn't taste right in a glass.
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/09/15 22:48:59
Barry White. Ice Cream. Mackeson XXX Chocolate Stout.
redtressed
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/09/16 23:49:23
A silver tray full of finger foods(crab stuffed artichoke hearts, coconut shrimp, raclette cheese slices, stuffed mushrooms,strawberries etc) , asti spumante......candles......egyptian cotton sheets.....freesia essential oils.......Boz Scaggs on the box singing , "we're all alone"............sighs


(ok....so my most likely occasion has entailed a "I forgot my wallet can you pay for the pizza" kind of deal.....a girl can dream can't she?)
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/09/17 02:21:21
As much as my wife and I like the Norahs and Nats, and the candlelights and wine, we've never really been conventionally "romantic" people, and our most romantic dinners have always been in more idiosyncratic circumstances, and therefore both more memorable and more demonstrably "us." Let's see...very early on, I remember beef stroganoff, garlic bread, green salad and ice cream, all made by me in my tiny little off-campus apartment's poorly-appointed kitchen, with the Television Personalities and Stereolab in the background. Most recently, there was an impromptu picnic of takeout barbecue in a park, close enough to the car to hear a disc of what some people have termed "outsider music" in its CD player.
EliseT
Filet Mignon
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/09/17 03:10:18
quote:
Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

As much as my wife and I like the Norahs and Nats, and the candlelights and wine, we've never really been conventionally "romantic" people, and our most romantic dinners have always been in more idiosyncratic circumstances, and therefore both more memorable and more demonstrably "us." Let's see...very early on, I remember beef stroganoff, garlic bread, green salad and ice cream, all made by me in my tiny little off-campus apartment's poorly-appointed kitchen, with the Television Personalities and Stereolab in the background. Most recently, there was an impromptu picnic of takeout barbecue in a park, close enough to the car to hear a disc of what some people have termed "outsider music" in its CD player.


Good thing you were listening to it outside!
Howard Baratz
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/09/17 10:27:37
Luther Vandross on the CD player and something light (heavy food seems to work against romance with my wife) like a platter of asssorted fruit, cheeses, and breads served with a nice Pinot Noir. We usually have something sweet (cake or ice cream) "after".
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/09/17 11:09:51
My first college girlfriend and I used to get ravenously hungry, as Howard delicately put it, "after," and our relationship was regularly punctuated by after-midnight runs to the Town and Country store for jalapeno corn dogs, Pringles and Mrs. Baird's cherry pies.

Of course, these attacks of the munchies could also have had something to do with, erm, a certain misdemeanor that we'd often get up to over the course of the evening, usually to the accompaniment of Rahsaan Roland Kirk (if my girlfriend was picking the records) or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (if I was).

Sometimes I really miss college...
lleechef
Sirloin
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/09/17 11:53:29
Sunday night we had a memorable meal and good music: crab-crusted halibut (just caught hours earlier out of Prince William Sound), tomato-basil beurre blanc, grilled asparagus, green salad with champagne vinaigrette. Bottle of DeLoach OFS chardonnay. Eva Cassidy in the background. Ah, living well is the best revenge.
KimChee43
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/09/17 12:08:33
Any dinner becomes romantic here if I set the table with fine linens, the "good" china and silverware, some fresh flowers, and candles...but the music that cements the mood for us has GOT to be the "Jazz 'Round Midnight" CD featuring Errol Garner (no substitutions).
Howard Baratz
Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/09/17 14:30:23
quote:
Originally posted by Lucky Bishop

My first college girlfriend and I used to get ravenously hungry, as Howard delicately put it, "after," and our relationship was regularly punctuated by after-midnight runs to the Town and Country store for jalapeno corn dogs, Pringles and Mrs. Baird's cherry pies.

Of course, these attacks of the munchies could also have had something to do with, erm, a certain misdemeanor that we'd often get up to over the course of the evening, usually to the accompaniment of Rahsaan Roland Kirk (if my girlfriend was picking the records) or the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (if I was).

Sometimes I really miss college...


Lucky:

Perhaps "Favorite Foods To Eat When You've Got The Munchies" could be a whole new topic?
Lucky Bishop
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/09/17 15:34:53
Howard:

Only for those of us for whom the statute of limitations has expired! Who knows, John Ashcroft may have nothing better to do with his days than trolling Roadfood!
improviser
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/10/03 00:47:46
Southern cooking and Johnny Cash. Heck, Johnny Cash and every food known to man. The Man in Black had quite a romantic soul. Especially love the albums where you can tell he's singing directly to June. They'll both be missed.
EliseT
Filet Mignon
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/10/03 04:55:01
Johnny Cash RIP...my boyfriend wrote me the words to "I Walk The Line" in a love letter, and I'd never realized how romantic that song was before. My mother's name is Delia, so she didn't ever find Johnny cash too romantic.
Kristi S.
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Romantic food/music 2003/10/03 08:28:50
Hubby is picky about both food and music, but we've gone down this road before, so:

Food: a lusty lasagna accompanied by crackly, spicy garlic toast and Italian green beans in a butter-lemon sauce
A manhattan cocktail, expertly mixed by yours truly

On the CD player: Roxy Music's "Avalon" or some nifty mid-60s Oscar Peterson Trio.