Originally Posted by jpmcgrew
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
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.