It’s almost Valentine’s Day! If you love the holiday as much as we do at Sur La Table, you’re in luck: this year’s collection of V-Day gift ideas might be our sweetest yet. This cherry red French press or heart-shaped waffle plate for lazy Sunday brunches at home? Yes, please! These conversation heart cookies? Cute and delicious. This ultra-luxe, made-in-France champagne bucket for all the toasts you and your Valentine will make together? A thousand times oui! Two tickets to paradise to a “Date Night” cooking class at one of our stores? So much fun! This candy heart-red fondue set? I think we know how I feel about fondue.*
Although you’ll find no shortage of great items to choose from this Valentine’s Day, my solo (and, full disclosure, completely self-assigned) mission to find the Most Romantic Gift led me down an unexpected, hearts-and-flowers-free path: it led me to a big pasta serving bowl. I know; it surprised me, too.
Why a pasta serving bowl, you might ask? Well, because romance. In the humble opinion of this part-time blogger and full-time romance enjoyer, sharing a big bowl of pasta with your crush or significant other is next-level stuff. No separate plates**, just one big bowl and two forks. It’s different, it’s exciting, and it’s close. Case in point: Lady and the Tramp. While technically those crazy kids shared their spaghetti off a platter, their ground-breaking dining move made for one of the most iconic date scenes ever. And they were dogs!
Another favorite: Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson in Heartburn, digging into a big bowl of carbonara in the early, heady stages of their characters’ relationship. “When we’re married, I want this once a week,” he says. SWOON. Sure, one of them ends up being a dog, too, but let’s just set that aside for the purposes of me proving my point. Romance!
So, if you’re looking for something a little different to give that special someone this Valentine’s Day, might I suggest a trip down the dinnerware aisle? Grab the biggest bowl you can, add some pasta and your favorite sauce, and call it a holiday. I guarantee they won’t see it coming. It’s something that says, simply and from the heart, “We don’t need much more than this.”
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
*Regarding fondue: I feel good about it. I feel very, very good about it.
**But if you insist on separate bowls/plates, here they are!