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Old 02-08-2008, 07:31 AM   #11
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buckytom,
Make that dress a two or three pieces suit, I think a 6'3" guy on a dress doesn't look very appropriate in an Austrian 5 star hotel (I was there in business, can't afford those type of places) LOL
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Old 02-08-2008, 07:37 AM   #12
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6"3"!!!!

you'd better wear a slip!
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:48 AM   #13
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Doesn't matter, just don't forget the breathmint.
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:32 AM   #14
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It really depends on the lady in question. I have generally found something that appears to have taken time and thought and is tasty really gets their attention.

I made a big hit with Cornish Game hens, split at the breast buttered, seasoned then broiled. Asparagus, broiled (it's already on!!) with olive oil and sesame seeds. A nice mixed green salad with a light balsamic vinegar dressing, fresh bread from the bakery. I also had a couple of nice pineapple tarts which I served with whipped cream and a bit of chocolate sauce(home made)..

A nice chardonnay(Rodney Strong, Chalk Hill) served chilled went great with the meal.. Coffee was served with the dessert along with a small glass of Port, (Graham six grape).
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:39 AM   #15
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I would casually bring up the subject of food and cooking even DC and find out what her favorite foods are not to give away what you are up to. Then go from what she tells you and surprise her. She will be quite impressed by how far you went to make her favorites.
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:56 AM   #16
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I would casually bring up the subject of food and cooking even DC and find out what her favorite foods are not to give away what you are up to. Then go from what she tells you and surprise her. She will be quite impressed by how far you went to make her favorites.
My thoughts exactly. Find out what his/her favorite food/meal is, & go from there. I've prepared elaborate dinners - only to find the guest would have been happy with meatloaf or a steak & mashed potatoes.

I would pick a romantic secluded outdoor location - beach, roof, sundeck, park - weather permitting. An indoor or outdoor picnic can be romantic. I made a stuffed cornish hens dinner (will try to find and post a link). But, overall, from my personal experience, men are happy with a good steak (meat & potatoes). Music, candles, champagne/wine, flowers always appeal to the senses/help set the tone/mood. For the most part, it's the company & being together. If it's indoors - tidy up the place first

I'm a seafood lover (but hate sushi)... A suggestion is salmon en papillote

salmon-en-papillote-recipe.htm

Paella or ciopinno.

But, not everyone likes fish. In my experience many men still don't like veggies. I would keep the dinner light - no heavy dessert, & go easy on the alcohol.
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:05 PM   #17
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First, you find out what she likes best...
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:20 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the suggestions boys and girls. I appreciate it!
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MilKii,
It isn't always what you cook as the circumstances around it. I think sometimes it is just doing something different, or going out of your culinary "comfort zone".

I remember my first birthday after my DH and I started seeing each other (romantically, that is, we were business partners for a long time before that but that's another story) and he decided to make a romantic dinner. You have to realize that at this point all he knew about food was that it usually was served to you in a brown paper bag from a window . Anyway, he fried chicken breasts (no seasoning) to char, had canned creamed corn and frozen french fries that were still frozen in the centre. I had to force down every bite and yet it was the best meal I ever had.

That, I think, was the night I knew I loved him.
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