esquireBy John Mariani
Ask her out at least five days in advance. But since you've got just a few days until Valentine's Day, you're already in the hole. Assuming you've got a date, tell her the reservati on is 15 minutes earlier than it actually is. This way you'll be seated on time.
French restaurants may seem romantic… Often they upstage you with a meal that revolves around an exotic menu and wine list instead of you having a good time. And then there's the snooty factor, where you're judged as much by the service staff as your date. Especially when it comes to the tip.
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esquireOn Chinese and Asian restaurants: They are either pushy, crowded, and frantic or completely empty, ensuring you'll be the only ones in the whole place. In either case, you'll be out the door in a hurry. Think about it: When was the last time you spent more than an hour in a Chinese restaurant?
Mexican restaurants can be amiable. They have lively
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Long ago, on a Valentine's Day which I forgot until ninety minutes before I was due to meet my date, I called my friend Dorothy - the most mechanically adept, least romantically spontaneous woman in the world - and begged for her help. There were three reasons to call her: 1) She had once told me that she wished "every day was Valentine's Day," so I would have her enthusiasm; 2) she liked to brag that she could fix anything in half an hour or less; and 3) she worked in a movie theater where she was known to sometimes offer her friends private, late-night screenings, which were essentially excuses for sexual congress of one sort or another, while Dorothy looked the other way. I had a vague hope that it might not be too late for option number three.
Now let me say, this woman worked. She was not some college kid drowsily shoveling out upsize popcorn in miniature barrels, nor did sheRead More »from How to Nail Valentine's Day
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By Elizabeth Gunnison
While some of you will take on the responsibility of hosting a Super Bowl party this year, many others will have the good fortune of simply attending one. Congratulations! You get all the enjoyment with very little effort. You should still, however, put a little thought into how you approach the game. For the guests, here are some brief pointers to making a good appearance on Sunday.
Plan ahead in combating your Monday morning hangover, as previously reported.
Pace your game-day drinking. Pre-game coverage starts at 1 p.m. EST; kickoff is at 6:30. The game usually lasts four-plus hours. You do the math.
Go ahead and wear a team jersey, if you have one on hand. This is really the only time it's acceptable for a man to wear one outside the confines of his own home, so you might as well take advantage.
Be a good Samaritan and restock your host's fridge asRead More »from 10 New Do's and Don'ts for Super Bowl Party Guests
By Scott Raab
What do we talk about when we talk about chicken wings? The now-classic buffalo wing, a paragon of bar-food excellence and the subject of passionate devotion for purists who, hailing from upstate New York themselves, have little else to inspire pride of heritage and place? One of the countless kinds of chicken wings and chicken-wing-like things purveyed by the fast-food outfits that get much of the credit for producing a nation of folks too fat to see their own toes and who have rarely tasted well-prepared food? The traditional chop-suey-joint chicken wing, a take-out staple dating to an era when Chinese food meant a bland, candified version of Cantonese and nothing else? Or how about them trendy Korean places quietly popping up all over the country, with their newfangled twice-fried wings and drumsticks?
Me, I'm talking about all of the above, because all of the above is what I eat, in the span of an hour and a half and in no particular order. One valiantRead More »from The Best Buffalo Hot Wings in America
Recipe by Chef Brian Poe
The Ingredients, Part 1
24 chicken wings
12 oz. can of beer (Poe prefers Narragansett, but feel free to improvise)
6 oz. can of chipotle peppers with sauce, pureed
1/4 cup garlic chili paste
2 Tbl. chili powder
2 Tbl. red pepper flakes
2 Tbl. ground coriander*
2 Tbl. ground cumin
2 Tbl. garlic powder
2 Tbl. celery salt
2 Tbl. cayenne pepper
2 Tbl. paprika
2 Tbl. onion powder
*Finding ground coriander can be a pain. You can omit this and they'll still taste pretty good.
Whisk together the garlic chili paste, the pureed chipotle, spices and about half of the beer, adding more if the mixture is too thick.Marinate the Wings
Fully coat the wings in the marinade and put in the fridge for 24 hours.
Roast the Wings
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Evenly space theRead More »from Perfect Spicy Wings for the Super Bowl
Hulton ArchiveBy Eric Gillin
Step 1: Spy on HerBefore you buy anything, gather information. Identify one of her close friends who can keep a secret and might already know what your fiancée wants. Examine a ring she already owns. Take pictures, if you don't know what kind it is. (You don't.) When she isn't looking (she isn't), steal the one she wears on a ring finger. But briefly, for sizing.
Step 2: Determine Your Budget
Take your monthly income, subtract your monthly cable and utility bills, multiply that by the inflation rate in your local area, then realize the economy isn't getting any better and neither are any of us. Look, just get her a large-enough piece of metal and diamond that doesn't make you go broke or look like a cheap bastard.
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Step 3: Time Your Spending Well
Once said piece of metal and diamond gets in your possession, you're going to want to get rid of it like week-old sushi. How you propose is personal, Read More »from How to Buy Her a Wedding Ring
Chaloner WoodsBy Tom Chiarella
Step 1: The First Look
Don't stare. Think of it like a video game, where every second you stare at the woman you want - the junior geology major, the senior lawyer, the one with the hair - ticks off tiny slices of your power meter. Your eyes are your reserve.
Staring is always obvious. To someone. She knows, or she will be told. Then she'll be left considering you, before you've even said a word. This is good. Most men should be written off. But you? This is bad. So, take a look. But limit yourself.
If you haven't talked to her after ten stares, reconsider whether you have the stones for this. If you don't, then stare all you want, from the choir-box of the quaking and unresolute. There's always a seat for gapers and mouthbreathers.
If she catches you staring, hold the stare for a three count, and go back to your work. If she stares at you, consider writing her off. If she stares at your car as you drive by, consider writing her off. But youRead More »from The Ultimate Guide to Courtship
By Elizabeth Gunnison
To Mario Batali's ever-expanding culinary empire - Iron Chef America, Eataly, The Chew - add one more project: cookbook numero dieci. Yes, the Orange One's tenth book hits shelves on Tuesday. Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals from My Home to Yours is divided into twelve chapters, each dealing with a different month of the year and incorporating seasonal ingredients and techniques. We went ahead and selected what is undoubtedly the most manly recipe of the whole book: October's Beef Short Ribs Braised in Chestnut Beer, reprinted below.
Braising, for the uninitiated, is the best cooking technique that you never really use. It combines liquid, low heat, and long cooking times to create fall-off-the-bone tender meat. When beer is involved, well, all the better.
"Braises are easy to do right and also have a great ability to sit and rest if guests' eating time needs to be flexible," saysRead More »from Mario Batali's New No-Fail Dinner for Fall
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By Elizabeth Gunnison
As holidays go, Columbus Day leaves me at something of a loss for what to do. There are no fireworks, no parades, no costumes, candy, or obvious incitements to revelry. It's too cool to barbecue and too warm for ski trips. But while it lacks much in the way of usual celebratory tradition, it does in fact have what qualifies as a signature dish: a little-known Italian chicken soup called Mirao.
Mirao is thought to have been one of Christopher Columbus's favorite foods, according to Chef Cesare Casella, the Dean of Italian Studies at the International Culinary Center. Casella is currently recreating the dish at his New York restaurant and meat shop Salumeria Rosi Parmacotta, and he gave us his recipe. If you make it, we're pretty sure you'll be known as the most diehard Columbus Day devotee in your neighborhood, or ever.
It's also pretty unusual as chicken soups go, what with the cloves,Read More »from The Columbus Day Soup Columbus Ate