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Valentine’s Day is a little over two weeks away, and one of the sweetest ways to show your love is to plan ahead by doing something special. Time together is always the best gift and the options vary widely. You can plan a quiet evening in comfy clothes with a take-out picnic set up in front of the fire or tell her to get ready for a night on the town. Please note: If you have children and want to take her out, stop everything now and contact your babysitter. I’ll wait.
Cool. Now that you have reserved your sitter, it’s time to pick a restaurant. There is nothing wrong with going to her favorite place, but I love trying new restaurants. I’ve compiled a list of some of the most romantic restaurants in Connecticut with links to their website so you can see the menu. I’ve eaten at many of them and can highly recommend: Paci, Bar Bouchee, The Schoolhouse at Cannondale & Artisan. I’d suggest contacting the restaurant to make a reservation, Valentine’s Day is not the time to “wing it.” Whenever I make reservations for a special occasion, I ask the restaurants to have a chilled bottle of bubbly waiting at the table. It’s such a festive way to begin the meal and makes everyone at the table feel special.
SURPRISE GIVEAWAY TIME!
To my local CT readers (or anyone that will be visiting Connecticut) I’m happy to announce that I’ve partnered with Shell & Bones Restaurant in New Haven, CT to help make someone’s Valentine’s Day even sweeter. Shell & Bones was recently selected as one of the best new restaurants in CT and are providing a $100 gift certificate to their restaurant for one of my readers! I’m not posting this giveaway on Instagram, only readers and visitors to my blog site will be able to enter. I’ve included their Valentine’s Day menu at the very bottom of this post, just in case you need any incentive to enter the giveaway. Good Luck!
The giveaway runs from Monday, January 30 – Wednesday, February 1. A random entry will be selected and the winner will be announced on Friday, February 3rd. To enter, simply tell us who you would bring with you to the restaurant and why this person is special to you!
The Most Romantic Restaurants in CT
Bar Bouchee, Madison
Le Petit Café, Branford
The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, Wilton
Union League Café, New Haven
Golden Lamb Buttery, Brooklyn
Bernard’s and Sarah’s Wine Bar, Ridgefield
More about Shell & Bones:
To whet your appetite, below is Shell & Bones Valentine’s Day Three-Course Menu running from Saturday 2/11 – Tuesday, 2/14. It includes a bottle of Zardetto Private Cuvée Brut for the table. It’s priced at $69 per person (Regular à la carte menu will also be available). You can choose from one item from each category, I am sure you’ll agree that everything looks ah-mazing! YUM.
Shrimp-Butternut Squash Bisque
Créme Fraiche Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Truffle Edamame Potato Dumplings
Lobster White Bean Cassoulet
Chicken Sausage, Parmesan Crust
Baby Roasted Beet Salad
Goat Cheese Croquettte, Blood Orange Segments, Shaved Brussel Sprouts, Pomegranate, Raspberry Vinaigrette
Passion Fruit Seafood Ceviche
Red Snapper A La Plancha
Pesto Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Tomato Foundue
Two Way Duck Breast & Leg Confit
Ginger Honey Glazed Baby Sweet Potatoes, Bok Choy, Plum Sauce
Prime Tomahawk Steak
Roasted Bone Marrow, Wild Mushrooms, Celeriac Truffle Potato Au Gratin, Black Peppercorn Butter
Winter Vegetable Risotto
Sunchokes, Cauliflower, Turnips, Porcini Mushrooms & Meyer Lemon
Chocolate Banana Semi Fredo
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries, Coconut Chocolate Chip Gelato
Shell & Bones Oyster Bar, located on the waterfront in the history City Point area of New Haven, Connecticut, offers the finest in seafood and steak, receiving accolades from Connecticut Magazine, New Haven Living Magazine and a “Very Good” review from The New York Times since opening in July 2015. Acclaimed Executive Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho incorporates fresh and sustainable ingredients to present new takes on classic dishes, including his award-winning New England Clam Chowder, with all soups, stocks, sauces and desserts made in-house. In addition to its cuisine, Shell & Bones offers an extensive wine and beer list and creative cocktail menu, with several beers, liquors and wines sourced locally in Connecticut.
The restaurant features both indoor and outdoor waterfront dining with an indoor fireplace and outdoor fire pits, complimentary parking and private event space. Shell & Bones is open for dinner seven days a week, and offers Brunch Friday-Sunday beginning at 11:00am. For more information, visit shellandbones.com
Where ever you go, I hope that the meal and atmosphere exceed your expectations. But I have to let you in on a little secret. Despite how delicious the food is, she won’t remember what she ate. Instead, she gush to all her girlfriends that you planned the entire evening, booked the babysitter and even had champagne waiting at the table. It is always the effort that will mean the most.