Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Valentine Adventure for Two that Doesn't Break the Bank

Valentine’s Day is a day that prices on flowers, chocolates and restaurant items seem to increase dramatically. Year after year we all manage to get sucked into the holiday and pay exuberant prices despite our better judgment. At least our significant other knows our intentions are good and heck it's only once a year. That’s our usual reasoning, right?! Well this year Alex and I took a different swing on things and because of it we experienced 4 different places for the price of one meal at one of NYC prestigious restaurants.

First up Franny's in Brooklyn. Franny is a restaurant serving Italian dishes and pizza. We had the Olive Oil and Sea Salt pizza and even yummier, the Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella and Sausage pizza! That paired with two glasses of a delicious full bodied red wine made our lunch perfect! (And under $55)
Second my favorite tea shop, Alice's Tea Cup. A charming tea shop offering 2 scones and a pot of tea for $10!!! The tea list is very long so it will satisfy every tea drinker and the scones are flakey, moist, fresh and delicious!
Third, Taste Good Malaysian. A small "hole in the wall" offering absolutely delicious Malaysian dishes. We indulged in the home-style tofu with mushrooms, chicken satay with peanut sauce, beef rendang and roti canai. Dinner cost least than 40 bucks! And tea is served.

Lastly, dessert again! This time at Cannelle Patisserie—an excellent pastry shop offering a large variety of French pastries. Think child in a candy store! Definitely worth the trip to Queens. Did I mention it’s owned by the former pastry chef of the Waldorf Astoria?! Price of 3 almond croissants, 2 cheese danishes, 1 chocolate mousse cake, one mini chocolate mousse cake, a small tiramisu, a mini pear tart and 3 cappuccinos? A bit under $52 and of course we had dessert for 2 days after!

Needless to say we had a very wonderful Valentines weekend....feeling a bit fat today, but it was so worth it! And so cost effective too, to think rather than wine and dine at the usual establishments (and nothing wrong with that either!) But this time we made our own culinary adventure.......cost of that................Priceless!

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