Valentine’s Day Guide for the Stylish Man
Where to Go
Photo Courtesy of Deuxave, 2012
There’s nothing more timeless than a Valentine’s Day dinner at a romantic French restaurant, and Yelp Boston has named our pick the #1 Date Night spot for Valentine’s Day! Deuxave (pronounced DOO-auve), conceived by Mr. Sid client Chef Chris Coombs and restaurateur Brian Piccini, is known for its modern take on traditional French cuisine that is prepared with the finest ingredients from the best local sources.
Located at the trendy corner of Commonwealth and Massachusetts Avenues, Deuxave offers a unique dining experience complete with an excellent wine program, impeccable service, and an elegant dining room. Enchante. http://www.deuxave.com/
& What to Eat
As George Bernard Shaw once said, “there is no sincerer love than the love of food.” Mr. Sid believes truer words were never spoken. To begin the night’s affair, we recommend the “Duet of Prime Beef Tartare & Wagyu Carpaccio”, featuring an Herb-Encrusted Wagyu Beef, Hanley Style Prime Tartare, Quail Egg Yolk, Mushroom Escabèche, Potato Gaufrettes, Cornichons, and Rosemary-Mustard Aioli. For the main, we suggest ordering the “Pan-Seared Scallops”, served with Grilled Grapefruit, Crispy Pork Belly, Fennel Pesto, Parsnip Purée, and a Meyer Lemon Emulsion. You can’t skip dessert on Valentine’s Day, so go ahead and order the “Chocolate Souffle”, featuring a Grand Marnier Anglaise and Vanilla Glace.
Whether it’s your first date or your twentieth, a good drink keeps the conversation flowing. And because Deuxave’s drink menu is so vast and inspired, it’s hard to just order one…Pick your poison: “Matcha Belafonte” with Matcha Infused Vodka, Lime, Egg White; “Two Avenues” with Rye Whiskey, Calvados, Passion Fruit; or, “Le Pomme Tombe” with Mad River Rum, Vanilla, Lemon, Apple Cider.
Photos Courtesy of Deuxave
What to Wear
Photos Courtesy of Mr. Sid: Zegna, Fratelli Rossetti & Pantherella
Most of us equate “dressing up” (i.e. wearing a suit and tie) with romance; however, we’d like to suggest that you skip the suit this V-Day. Instead, impress your date with an outfit featuring fresh, unexpected colors and patterns like this textural shawl collar sweater over a vibrant purple checked button-up. Keep your bottom half neutral with a trim, flat front cotton pant in tan. Finish it off with a colorful shoe and fun sock and you’re romance-ready–just don’t forget the flowers and chocolates!
Where to Stay
Photo Courtesy of The Mandarin Oriental
Throw clichés to the wind and book a romantic couples massage at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental during your stay in one of the Mandarin’s luxurious rooms. The Mandarin Couple’s Suite features a private stone sauna, oversized soaking tub, two treatment tables and a sumptuous daybed for relaxation. It’s Valentine’s Day after all, so why not splurge on the Mandarin Experience? The indulgent upgrade includes your choice of a personalized Time Ritual or Signature Spa Treatment with the option of a herbal body scrub, body treatment or massage, and one-hour of relaxation time made complete by a refreshing assortment of seasonal fruit. http://www.mandarinoriental.com/boston/