It's Valentine’s Day!
How many of you remember the special chalky hearts that you could give to people that said things like “Hug Me, Kiss Me, I Love You, Be Mine”? I just found out they are no longer making them, which made me a little sad. I did not eat them often but they were a staple in Valentine’s Day gift giving and a fun way to spread a little love. What are you doing this year to show your loved ones how much you love them? Dinner, Flowers, Chocolates, Chocolate covered strawberries (my favorite) or just simply having a cup of coffee together. My husband and I don’t go crazy on the gift giving of this romantic holiday but we do get each other a card and a special small item. I feel it’s important to make the time daily for your significant other and Valentine’s Day is a good reminder to stop and say I love you. We all get so busy with our daily work lives and/ or our children’s lives that sometimes we forget how important romance is in a relationship. Valentine’s Day does not have to be about fancy gifts or dinners; just let it be about spending quality time with your loved ones, and chocolate of course.
Although chocolate is not the way to everyone’s hearts, health experts are now saying quality dark chocolate has many health benefits of being nutritious and is the best source of Antioxidants as it’s made from a seed of a cocoa tree. This summer I did a walking tour of the North End and learned about the history of chocolate, as well as how it’s made at Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop, right outside the Old North Church. This historic chocolate shop was owned and operated in the North End by Captain Newark Jackson starting in 1740’s. If you get a chance to do a walking tour in the North End make sure you stop, for now here are some great local places.
Delicious Local Chocolates:
Ovedia Artisan Chocolates - Amesbury
New England Chocolate Co – Salisbury
Winfrey's Fudge & Chocolates- Rowley
Simply sweet- Newburyport
Some fun at home ideas include;
Making dinner together
Make cards for each other with old photos or memories
Watch a Movie
Enjoy a beverage of your choice together in a quiet space
Go for a walk
If you want to enjoy a restaurant, but don’t want to spend the money on the Valentine’s Day menu, try going out the day or weekend after. Some delicious fancy restaurants I have really enjoy around the area are;
Phat Cat Bistro
The Coop Rotisserie
Ceia Kitchen & Bar
CR’S – Hampton
Atlantic Grill- Rye
Ron’s Landing – Hampton Beach
Martingale Wharf - Portsmouth
Cafe Mediterraneo – Portsmouth