10 Romantic Things to do in Paris

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Hey, Happy Valentine’s Day! Do you have something fun scheduled with your special someone, with your friends, with your kids? I want to hear all about it!

For our first Saint-Valentin as newlyweds, Maxence and I had an advance dinner at a new Italian restaurant in our neighborhood, Il Cuoco Galante (“the gallant cook,” named after an 18th-century book of Neapolitan cuisine), where I had a marvellous dish of fresh-made fusilli.

I also surprised him this morning with a cloud-shaped collage of pictures from our recent wedding on one wall of our living room, plus (going all out, people!) I’ve hand-lettered a card for him, directly inspired by one I featured in my Valentine’s Day gift guide. (Can you guess which one?)

And since I write to you from the city of love, inarguably, my gift to you is this mini-guide I put together with 10 Romantic Ideas in Paris, free to download!

PS: Short on time but still want to mark the occasion? These five last-minute recipes for Valentine’s Day are for you!

PPS: Need help getting into the spirit? Jacques can help: (He always gives me the chills.)

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Last-Minute Chocolate Recipes for Valentine’s Day

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There is no shortage of chocolate recipes in my repertoire, but seeing as Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, I’ve handpicked these 5 recipes for you based on their effort-to-chocolate ratio: with these very easy treats, there is no excuse not to show your special someone how much you chocolove him/her.

Of course, a well-chosen present won’t hurt; check out my Valentine’s Day Gifts for Food Lovers, and all my other gift guides.

Also, if you’re in Paris, you can submit a love message to be displayed on the billboards of the city on V-Day! Doesn’t get much more romantic than that.

Three-Ingredient French Hot Chocolate (Vegan)

Can you guess the unusual ingredient that makes this vegan hot chocolate as velvety as you will find in Parisian tea rooms?

Pouring hot chocolate

Chocolate Mousse (Vegan)

I mean, look at this rich, fluffy chocolate mousse! (Another secretly vegan recipe.)

Aquafaba Chocolate Mousse

Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

A box of these in pretty tissue paper, and his/her heart will melt.

Raw Chocolate Truffles

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chocolate Cake

My most popular chocolate cake, truffle-like and intensely chocolate flavored.

Melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cookies (Gluten-free)

These crisp and crumbly cookies are made with just 4 ingredients. Perfect if you need just a touch of chocolate after dinner. Or lunch. Or with coffee. Or tea. You get the idea.

Gluten-free Chocolate Sablés (Just 4 Ingredients!)

Join the conversation!

What’s your favorite chocolate recipe to make on Valentine’s Day, especially if you haven’t had much time to plan?

Need more ideas or just like staring at gorgeous pictures of chocolate? I have a Pinterest board dedicated to chocolate cravings!

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