Say “I Love You” — With Food

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and while the shelves are lined with infinite inspiration for gift ideas, some of us are looking for new ways to tell our loved ones that we care. So, how do we go about making this year’s Day of Hearts memorable and unique, without falling into the same old exhausting annual Valentine’s Day slump?

You’re in luck— there are sneaky little ways to send a message via cuisine (everyone’s favorite thing!), and Roma’s has everything you need in order to do this perfectly. From start to finish, there’s nothing better than a day full of delicious foods lovingly hand-crafted by someone special.

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, you have the luxury of doing things at your own pace, or getting someone else (ahem, kiddos/beau) to spoil YOU. Rather than waking up at the crack of dawn to make red velvet pancakes for your family before a busy weekday, talk your partner into (talking your children into) making you a hearty (no pun intended) V-Day breakfast in bed, instead.

As for dinner, we all know that’s the most exciting part. Roma’s Valentine’s Day Specials are the perfect starting point. Two cold water lobster tails and two 12-14 oz. New York Prime Strip steaks for just $49.95— a surf and turf dish guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. Whether you’re cooking for just the two of you or for the whole family, we recommend broiling the lobster tails and grilling the steaks (here’s how):

Cold Water Lobster Tails: Preheat the broiler and place the lobster tails on foiled baking sheets, slicing the top of the shell open lengthwise. Broil the tails for 5-10 minutes or until the shell is slightly browned. When finished, the meat should no longer be translucent. Melt some butter to dip the meat in while the “surf” portion of your meal is sizzling away. Garnish with heart-shaped lemon rounds and enjoy!

New York Prime Strip Steaks: Start up your grill, and take your steaks out of the fridge about 45 minutes prior to cooking them so they warm to room temperature. Rub with your favorite seasonings and let the steak absorb the flavor while you wait for the grill to heat. The time it takes for the steak to cook will depend on how thick the steak is. A good rule of thumb is 4 minutes per side per one inch of steak thickness (be sure to measure beforehand!). Depending on your personal tastes, you may want to leave it on longer.

And for dessert? Roma’s white and milk chocolate covered strawberries are all you need. Just a few will be satisfying enough, but it’s fruit— how bad can it be?? Indulge all you want on this special day, and continue to indulge in any leftovers tomorrow. You deserve it!

So, this Valentine’s Day, keep the heart-themed gifts to a minimum and focus on something that will truly make for a special memory. Make your loved ones a dish to remember (and be sure to tell us all about it!). Buon Appetito!