OK, OK, I know: Valentine's Day is a totally lame, corporate holiday, manufactured to suck money out of unwitting couples and depress singles into irresponsible shopping sprees. But, for me, it is also an excuse to have a really good meal.
As a 20-something writer, I choose most of my common haunts for their value. Great food, low price. But as a food-obsessed eater who eagerly anticipates every special meal, I can't help resist the excuse of birthdays, special occasions and, yes, Valentine's Day, to splurge at one of Nashville's finest.
Last year we went to Margot, ate short ribs, drank wine and spent the rest of the evening nestled like round little (blissful) doughnuts on the couch, able to muster nothing more lustful than some very tender hand-holding. It was awesome.
So, this year we considered our options again. City House? We went there for his birthday. Café Nonna? Sylvan Park is just impossibly far away from East Nashville. When I called Margot, they could only squeeze us in at 9:30 p.m.--doable but not ideal.
Then I remembered that Marché was doing a wine tasting dinner for Valentine's. It's on Wednesday, which would save us the Saturday couple onslaught, and then I looked at the menu. Goat cheese! Scallops!?! Short ribs!?!? We were sold.
Anyone else doing anything exciting? Or is Valentine's Day just too lame for your blood?