Believe it or not, but Valentine’s Day is just around the corner already. Optimists like to highlight that the day is about being with that special someone and going the extra mile to show how much you care for them. Contrarily, this holiday has been criticized by others as a superficial day that only exists for the sake of retailers and florists to make extra money.
In the restaurant world, Valentine’s Day as their second busiest day of the year. (Mother’s Day being the busiest) So there may be a hint of truth to the cynics perspective. But what is wrong with wanting to take the time to enjoy a wonderful meal with someone special to you? Regardless of your view of the 14th of February, there are some unique trends that have been picking up speed over the past several years.
Google also showed that people were more interested in ethnic restaurants as their choice for that romantic feast, with French and Italian topping the list. Fortunate for some, this year’s calendar places the big day on a Wednesday, meaning there will be less of a problem getting that superior table with a view. Estimates show there will be 25% less people dining out on the actual holiday, but this could be offset with couples sharing that memorable night on either the Saturday beforehand or afterwards. Many of those who view the day as just another Wednesday are single. Google trends also indicated another concept that is gaining momentum all across the country. Large groups of singles have been getting together and celebrating the day with each other, instead of just calling it an early night in. This is a fun idea.
With the day being so festive for many, Google trends has shown that people are much more likely to research their restaurants before making that reservations. As potential patrons clicked away on Yelp reviews of restaurants, there was naturally a spike in searches for romantic, intimate or candlelit venues. I have a question – why bother? You can go the extra mile by cooking at home, subsequently giving you access to that romantic, intimate candlelit dinner you envisioned. Showcasing your skills in the kitchen making that amazing dinner everyone loves is a far healthier option, and not only do you save money but you show your lover a level of attention that no restaurant could top.
Whether you are cooking for your special sweetheart or are hosting your group of closest friends, I find that Shepherd’s Pie fits the bill perfectly. One thing I would like to clarify is throughout the years, people have started making this dish using beef instead of lamb; that is properly known as cottage pie.Honestly, how often do you find yourself eating lamb throughout the year? So right off the bat, there is a special component to the meal. What I find to be t