Love on, Lovers!

Ladies, put on a pair of great heels. Men, bring the swag. Love is in the air and whether single or married, Valentine’s Day is life’s sweet spot. We all have incredible people in our lives in which to raise a glass, to enjoy good  food, drink, and music with in the spirit of romance and gratitude. We encourage you to take the time to love and be loved on
this day – don’t be lame (especially you, urban card Members, you have no excuse)!

Each year my husband and I alternate the leading role of planning our V-Day celebration. This year I’ll be planning our evening….IN. That’s right, fantastic food, wine, music, AT HOME – fireside. And with a recently reno’d kitchen at the Lantz house, preparing dinner together is a treat!

What I’m up to…

  • Cocktails & hor d’oeuvres
  • Breakout dance session
  • Surf and turf menu-inspired by Epicurious.com
  • Great bottle of wine (with a little guidance from my go-to girl Abbe of Gateway Market)
  • Post wine dance session
  • Dessert-compliments of Chef Ryan of Sweet Binney’s

Needing some last minute inspiration for your sweetie? I’ve put together a list of urban card Merchants who have me excited about what they have to offer the lovers in this fine city.

BOS // Excited by:
Wild (truffle) Mushroom Soup… anything truffle-related typically makes my A-list! Entree: Lime Grilled Cobia served with quinoa / creamed fennel and leek. I’d hope to see a little sauce here…if so, this is sure to be out of this world! Since Iowa Restaurant Association named Chef Andres “Chef of The Year – 2012” I’m guessing it will be on point. View menu.

Tartine // Excited by:
Strawberry & Balsamic Salad… arugula + aged balsamic + goat cheese is always a winning combo for me. Perhaps what has me most excited, however, is the Skate Wing. If you’ve not experienced this delicate white fish, definitely consider this opportunity. Also, Chocolate Espresso Terrine. View the entire menu.

Cache Bake Shoppe // Excited by:
Not only do these girls make great tasting goodies, but this time around they have dashed the nummies in adorable style. This is the cutest cookie on a stick I’ve seen thus far. If you’re not down for cookies, the almond cake balls top my list for tasties.

Boesen // Excited by:
Umm…flowers. Ladies LOVE getting flowers and these folks know what’s up. So men, don’t sweat all the choices…just share a few tidbits about your lady’s style and interests with this crew and you’ll end up with the perfect set of stems. Bonus: delivery!

Heartland Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery // Excited by:
Beauty products and out-of-this-world facials delivered by one of my favorite ladies in the beauty industry, Ms. Stephanie Brown. She’s a rock star and the products involved are uber-luxurious and transformative. Treat yourself (no man required for this one)!

Love on, Lovers!

~ Kari

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