5 Foods That Say “I Love You” This Valentine’s Day

The sweetest and sappiest day of the year is just around the corner. Question is, are you ready? Valentine’s Day is formally Thursday, February 14, but in Lebanon, both the few days leading up to and trailing the holiday fall under Cupid’s dominion. Indeed, Lebanese love to love Lovers Day, so they extend it elastically in both directions. And what’s not to like about the astronomical surge in prices of flowers, chocolate, and plush teddy bears? Who wouldn’t enjoy forking over hundreds of dollars for a couple’s dinner and cheesy entertainment?

Here at Bitfood, we genuinely care about your happiness, and that means keeping your wallet padded! Read on for a list of five foods you can prepare yourself (or order in!) to spell “I love you” without breaking the bank.

  • Jumpstart the day with a lovely breakfast the entire family will relish. For an easy and effortless activity, make “egg in a heart.” The idea is simple: shape your fried egg sunny-side up into a heart frame carved from a piece of toasted, sliced bread. You’ll need a cookie cutter for this, but the rest involves those two basic ingredients and a knob of butter.
How about a heart-y Valentine’s breakfast? (photo source: sugarmamacooks.com)
  • For those with a sweet tooth in the morning, opt for a stack of fluffy golden pancakes, or tint them pink with beetroot puree! Deck them with a selection of tart strawberries and raspberries, and either drizzle maple syrup or top with a dollop of whipped cream. If you have a waffle maker, recreate that sumptuous Belgian treat crowned with confectioner’s sugar or molten dark chocolate.
Stack those pancakes high! (photo credit: pumpkinnspice.com)
  • When you think romantic getaway, doesn’t Italy immediately come to mind? Dean Martin’s lyrics ring true: “When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!” Nothing says “we’re in this together” or “sharing is caring” better than that iconic round dough, complete with crispy cornicione, zesty tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and your choice of toppings. We recommend pepperoni, or technically salami, to give it a beautiful crimson hue.
That’s amore! (photo source: beirutista.co)
  • While we’re visiting passionate Italian cuisine, don’t overlook the power that can be imparted by a big bowl of creamy pasta. Anyone remember the spaghetti scene in “The Lady and The Tramp” where two dogs from different sides of the tracks nuzzle over a plate of noodles? That’s exactly what we’re talking about. Whether it’s an indulgent carbonara with egg and pancetta, or a bold rigatoni swimming in a tomato-based meat sauce, pasta is love incarnate.
Pasta is soul food! (photo source: christinascucina.com)
  • A steak dinner is classic romantic fare. Just ask the French, who are indescribably fond of their meaty variations, namely steak-frites, steak haché, and raw tartare. Grill up a juicy tenderloin to share with your tender loved one, and pair it with pommes forestières or sautéed spinach. Wash it all down with a bottle of spicy red wine, and we guarantee your night will hit all the right high notes from “Je t’aime” to “Je t’adore!”
Filet mignon blushing pink! (photo source: dambrisifoodsnj.com)

Contributed by Danielle Issa.

About the Author


Danielle was born into a Lebanese household in Southern California. Growing up, she constantly found herself living between two realities: outwardly, she was an American girl who loved swinging on the monkey bars and reading The Baby-Sitters Club. Inwardly, she was Lebanese, speaking Arabic at home and forbidden from attending sleepover parties. With age comes awareness and self-confidence, and Danielle learned to embrace these differences. She accepted that she'd forever be suspended between two worlds, and that she'd be like a tapestry, one culture woven into the other. As she grew older and worldlier, Danielle promised herself she would one day settle in Lebanon. And here she is. Three college degrees and a few consulting gigs later, she is now in her parents’ homeland, working in strategy management, fleshing out her blog Beirutista, and contributing to Bitfood. Danielle gets her hair coiffed several times a week, like any proper Lebanese girl, and she loves the traditional mezze. But she still prefers peanut butter to Nutella. And her American accent is unmistakable.