If you’re staying in this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered with romantic movie and food pairings that are perfect for date night.
Sometimes it’s such a hassle to go out on Valentine’s Day. Getting a reservation, having to dress up and paying for overpriced food and not-so-great service can get anyone to prefer staying at home with their loved one. Whether you decide to have breakfast in bed, a picnic in the living room or a romantic movie marathon, we’re here to help.
Some of the most romantic movies always have food involved or take the stage in foodie states. Here are our top romantic movies you should be watching on Valentine’s Day — with the recipes to go with them.
When Harry Met Sally
A movie known for the relationship between best friends turned lovers, When Harry Met Sally is one you can watch and rewatch a million times — specifically, the orgasm scene at Katz’s Deli in New York City. It’s been recreated by everyone, and the deli even has a sign pointing down to the table where Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal were sitting during the scene. To honor that scene (and everyone who’s ever faked an orgasm), we’re putting together a deli menu that’s sure to be simple enough to whip up at home.
On the menu: As your main dish, a pastrami sandwich is the real deal. Plan ahead and make DIY pickles three days before date night so you can enjoy them with your pastrami.
Gone With the Wind
The love story between Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler, set during the Civil War, is a story of a selfishly crazy woman who won’t admit feelings for the man who loves her. It was the first color film to win an Oscar for Best Picture.
On the menu: Start off by sipping on a Southern Comfort punch cocktail, and continue on to a classic Southern menu of fried chicken with collard greens.
Southern Comfort punch cocktail
Look back into the past by checking out the authentic Titanic menu. A story of love between people of two very different social statuses, Titanic might just be one of the most famous romantic movies of all times.
On the menu: It’s not so ironic that it includes iceberg wedge salad as your appetizer, roast beef as a romantic entree and for dessert, floating islands!
Iceberg wedge salad
An American romantic drama that came out in 1942, Casablanca has stood the test of time as one of the most romantic movies of the century. Packed with wartime adventure and action scenes, it takes the cake for being a movie that can be watched over and over again. It’s the source of popular quotes such as “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” and “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
On the menu: Moroccan cucumber salad is a great way to start your meal, leading into a Moroccan-style shrimp with pomegranate dipping sauce main dish and ending with a classic French dessert, Oeufs a la Neige.
Moroccan cucumber salad
Oeufs a la Neige
As a romantic comedy, Love Actually tugs at your heart because you’ll surely feel sentimental about at least one of the relationships in the story. It includes everything from falling in love with your best friend’s wife to falling head over heels with a coworker.