“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
-Virginia Woolf

Nothing inspires romance like an evening of attention bestowed on your loved one in the form of sushi, chocolate, and champagne. Okay, I am a little biased as I have an obsession with sushi, but I am sure I am not alone.

To aid my fellow readers who share in my love of all things sushi, chocolate and champagne, here are some tried and true recipes and ideas to inspire you for an evening of romance. Valentine sweetheart not included.

First up is the sushi and champagne dinner. Sushi is the perfect romantic dinner as it is visually seductive and comes in bite size pieces that can be shared. You can also approach dinner at a leisurely pace since the sushi is meant to be eaten at room temperature. There is no need to hurry the pace of conversation or whispers of sweet nothings in a race to catch the dinner while it is still hot.

The next piece of inspiration is the  ‘Love and War’ Molten Chocolate Cake which is the perfect finish to any Valentine Day dinner. I made this dessert on Clint’s first dinner over at my place when we were dating and frankly, the poor guy didn’t have a chance after that. If the way to a man’s heart is through the stomach, then this is the ultimate artillery for the job.

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!
Lucy Van Pelt in Peanuts
by Charles M. Schulz

Loni Stark
Loni Stark is an artist at Atelier Stark, self-professed foodie, and adventure travel seeker who has a lifelong passion for technology’s impact on business and creativity. She collaborates with Clinton Stark on video projects for Atelier Stark Films. It’s been said her laugh can be heard from San Jose all the way up to the Golden Gate Bridge. She makes no claims to super powers, although sushi is definitely her Kryptonite.