Gifts That Are Better Than Candy

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February is an amazing month for romance readers, because Valentine’s Day is considered the epitome of romance. Hearts and flowers and romantic candlelit dinners. And speaking of candlelit dinners, food is a great way to romance someone, no matter what time of year it is. In my newest release, As I Am, one of my heroes romances his partner with an in-home candlelit dinner of lasagna and wine, and it’s a huge turning point for the couple. So for my post, I wanted to do a list of (in my opinion) the top five romantic foods.

5. Italian food (bet you saw that coming). Maybe it’s childhood memories of watching Lady and Tramp share a bowl of spaghetti while being serenaded with a love song, but to me something about this type of cooking hits my romance buttons.

4. Strawberries. Cover them in chocolate. Dip them in mascarpone cheese. Make a lovely salad with a balsamic reduction and torn basil leaves. Strawberry shortcake. The possibilities are endless with this versatile fruit. Plus, they’re somewhat heart-shaped and red!

3. Fondue. Because what’s better than dipping bread into hot, melty cheese? Feeding it to your significant other, that’s what. You can also do chocolate fondue and dip fruit/cake pieces.

2. Oysters. While I’m personally not a fan of raw seafood, oysters are considered one of the most popular aphrodisiac foods out there.

1. Chocolate. No, not those cheap, super-sugary boxes of chocolate you used to get in grade school. Sensuous dark chocolate truffles. Chocolate bark sprinkled with crystallized ginger. White chocolate with almonds. Splurge on the high-end stuff. The flavor combinations are endless.

What’s your favorite romantic food/meal to share with your significant other?

A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories. A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, SMP Swerve, and Briggs-King Books.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

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