Valentine’s Day Drink & Dinner Recipes For Your Very Special Day

Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating the people around you. The following recipes are the icing on the cake for making your day extra special.

PENNE PASTA WITH PINE NUTS

PENNE PASTA WITH PINE NUTS

PENNE PASTA WITH PINE NUTS (Courtesy of IBERIA**)
4 servings

Ingredients
16 ounces of penne pasta
2 cloves of grated garlic
1 cup of Iberia Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon of oregano
¼ cup of grated Romano or parmesan cheese
1 ounce of pine nuts sautéed in Iberia Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon of salt to boil the pasta
1 tablespoon of Iberia Extra Virgin Olive Oil to boil the pasta
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Boil 2 liters of water with a teaspoon of salt and olive oil, then add the pasta and cook for 10 minutes. Drain and add grated garlic, oregano, cheese, pine nuts and salt/pepper to taste. Prior to serving, add the cup of Iberia Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Simple and delicious!

BISTROMD’S GRILLED CHICKEN WITH ROASTED GARLIC VELOUTE SAUCE

BISTROMD’S GRILLED CHICKEN WITH ROASTED GARLIC VELOUTE SAUCE

BISTROMD’S GRILLED CHICKEN WITH ROASTED GARLIC VELOUTE SAUCE
Ingredients (makes Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Roasted Garlic Veloute Sauce 4 servings):
For the chicken:
4 5oz chicken breast fillets
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. dried oregano

For the sauce:
1 ½ cups chicken broth
½ cup white wine
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. corn starch
1 tbsp. water
Pinch of white pepper
Preparation:
1. In a bowl, marinate the chicken with the spices and then set aside for 10 minutes.
2. Heat up your grill to a medium-high heat and place the chicken on the grill with the skin side down and mark for about 3 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350’F and place the grilled chicken on a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and set aside.
4. In a sauce pan, heat the oil over a medium heat and add the chopped garlic and sauté for 3 minutes until the garlic starts to turn light brown.
5. Add the wine, chicken stock and white pepper and then bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, add the corn starch with the water and allow the sauce to thicken.
6. Cook for 1 more minute and remove from the stove and serve over chicken for a delicious and hearty meal. Continue reading

MEGAN FOX AND AVON GET READY FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

On this special holiday, take a cue from one of the world’s most desirable women and entice someone special with a scent that brings passion to life.

Actress Megan Fox, the face of Avon Instinct, a duo of fragrances for him and her

Actress Megan Fox, the face of Avon Instinct, a duo of fragrances for him and her

This Valentine’s Day, Avon launches the new sensual fragrances Avon Instinct for Her and Him with actress Megan Fox as the face of the scents. When asked about her perfect Valentine’s Day, Miss Fox reveals she’s not much for flowers or candy. Instead, she says she melts when her husband gives her sentimental gifts like a handmade card, personalized jewelry or a sexy fragrance that reflects her confident, sensual nature.
Fox has been in the spotlight since she was a teenager. She first became a household name when she starred as Mikaela Banes in the first two Transformers movies. She has since had roles in films including Jennifer’s Body, Friends With Kids, Jonah Hex, Passion Play and This Is 40. Most recently, she wrapped production on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Paramount which will be released in 2014. Fox regularly graces the covers of fashion and beauty magazines internationally and is renowned for her distinctively individualistic iconic looks.

On the most romantic holiday of the year, Fox will celebrate with Avon Instinct, the brands most wildly seductive fragrances yet. “Avon Instinct fragrances are a must-have Valentine’s Day gift. The for Her scent is perfect for women who want to feel confident, beautiful, and sexy,” says Fox. “If you need a gift for the special man in your life, I would recommend Instinct for him. When I met my husband, the chemistry between us was magnetic. I love Instinct for Him because it captures that powerful moment of seduction—electric and intuitive—that sparks overwhelming passion without even saying a word.Continue reading

Oscar® Nominees to be Honored at Academy Luncheon

The Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.

The Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.

More than 150 Oscar® nominees will come together at noon on Monday, February 10, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.

Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey and Meryl Streep are expected to attend the pre-Oscars® event. Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Barkhad Abdi, Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts and June Squibb also will join in the celebratory lunch.

All five nominees in the Directing category, Alfonso Cuarón, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, David O. Russell and Martin Scorsese, are expected to attend as well.

The Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.

The Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.

Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Valentine’s Day 2014: Lindt Continues Its Rich History Of Premium Chocolate Innovations With Introduction Of New Signature Products

The Master Chocolatiers at Lindt Unveil the Latest Creations to Expand Consumer Chocolate Offerings in time for 2014 Valentine’s Day

As a pioneer in the premium chocolate industry, Lindt continues to innovate by creating new and unique gourmet chocolate products. The brand controls all aspects of the chocolate making process, from the selection of the highest quality ingredients, including cocoa beans that Lindt roasts to perfection, to the finished product.

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With today’s consumer increasingly driven to try new flavors(1), premium chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli is satisfying that appetite with the introduction of its latest product innovations. The new products include LINDOR Coconut truffles, CLASSIC RECIPE Caramel with Sea Salt bars, unique additions to the Lindt Chocolate Specialties line, and the first ever Lindt Brownie Mixes. From sweet and salty flavor combinations, to delicate milk chocolate with the tropical essence of coconut, to new ways to experience premium homemade indulgences, there is something for everyone this year.

With the addition of the Lindt Baking Mixes, Lindt is now delivering premium chocolate and satisfying chocolate lovers in a whole new way. All of the new products were expertly crafted and perfected by the Master Chocolatiers at Lindt to offer consumers chocolate beyond compare and work together to analyze the latest flavor trends, monitor new manufacturing process developments and combine the highest quality ingredients to create innovative products that are unlike any others. The newest creations include:

LINDOR Coconut truffles

LINDOR Coconut truffles

LINDOR Coconut Truffle – Created by the Lindt Master Chocolatiers, the secret recipe for LINDOR truffles combines a delicate chocolate shell with an irresistibly smooth melting filling. LINDOR truffles are available in 18 different and exquisite flavors, including the new Coconut truffle, which has a milk chocolate shell with a white chocolate center, featuring a subtle tropical essence of coconut (SRP $3.99 for a 5.1 oz. bag).

Lindt CLASSIC RECIPE Caramel with Sea Salt Bar – The Lindt CLASSIC RECIPE line delivers the world’s most exceptional, premium chocolate for extraordinary richness and creaminess. The new Caramel with Sea Salt bar features creamy, smooth milk chocolate combined with crunchy caramel pieces and sea salt crystals (SRP $2.59 for a 4.4 oz. bar).

Lindt Brownie Mixes – With the introduction of the gourmet, easy-to-use Lindt Brownie Mixes, Lindt has created a new way to enjoy premium chocolate in the kitchen. Each mix features Lindt EXCELLENCE chocolate from the Lindt Master Chocolatiers and yields approximately 16 brownies:
Classic Chocolate Brownie Mix – This classic mix features dry brownie mix and two Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa bars that create moist, delicious brownies bursting with intense cocoa flavor (SRP: $12 for a 17.6 oz. box).
White Coconut Brownie Mix – This mix features dry brownie mix and two Lindt EXCELLENCE White Coconut bars that create mouth-watering brownies with a delicate infusion of coconut that bake to a golden buttery finish (SRP: $12 for a 17.6 oz. box).

Lindt Chocolate Specialties Collection – This line of hand-crafted, delectable recipes, including Lindt Chocolate Bark and Lindt Chocolate-Covered Fruit & Nuts, combines the highest quality ingredients with layer upon layer of silky smooth Lindt chocolate to create an unforgettable chocolate experience:


Lindt Chocolate Bark – Lindt Chocolate Bark is a new addition to the Chocolate Specialties line and is available in four unique varieties: White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio, Milk Chocolate Blueberry, Dark Chocolate Almond, and White Chocolate Peppermint (SRP: $12 for a 6.4 oz. bag).
Lindt Chocolate-Covered Fruit & Nuts – New from the Master Chocolatiers at Lindt, these exquisite, petite-sized morsels are now available in the following varieties: Milk Chocolate Covered Raisins, Milk Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts, and Milk Chocolate Covered Almonds (SRP: $12 for a 6.4 oz. bag).

The LINDOR Coconut truffles and CLASSIC RECIPE bar are now available at retail locations nationwide, Lindt Chocolate Shops and http://www.Lindt.com. The Chocolate Specialties products, including the Lindt Chocolate Bark, the Lindt Chocolate-Covered Fruit & Nuts, as well as the Lindt Brownie Mixes, are available exclusively at Lindt Chocolate Shops and http://www.Lindt.com. For more information on the latest product innovations from Lindt and to stay up to date on the latest Lindt news and exclusive offers, visit http://www.Lindt.com, the Lindt Twitter handle, or the Lindt Facebook page.

2014 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Beautiful You Today and Every Day

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Hamper yourself and/or that very special person in your life with the following beauty and grooming products. Keep your pout nourished and kissable for Valentine’s Day with Le Couvent des Minimes’ natural lip treatments. The softening, nourishing Smile Lip Balms come in deliciously scented Pear, Orange Blossom, and Mint flavors ($11 each). With natural ingredients such as rich and deeply moisturizing Shea Butter, protective Apricot Seed Oil, and softening Marshmallow Extract, each Smile Lip Balm leaves lips conditioned and irresistible even in the winter. The Smile Lip Balm Honey, Rich Formula ( $13.50) is an extra repairing and nourishing version of the beloved Smile Lip Balm and comes in a petit pot and features softening and nutrient-rich Honey Extract, Shea Butter, Beeswax, and reparative Royal Jelly. They will guarantee dramatically softer lips and won’t disappoint your Valentine.

The Loving Care Body Balm Lotion (13.5 fl. oz, $36) is created with Le Couvent des Minimes’ own preparation of Galen’s Wax and helps protect and repair dry skin and is safe for the entire family, even a baby’s delicate skin. Calendula extract soothes as Mallow extract prevents dryness, gently repairing and restoring skin. Dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic, the formula leaves skin supple, soft and balanced. Available at http://www.usa.lecouventdesminimes.com and ULTA Beauty

Let LUSH help you plan the most LUSH-ious Valentine’s Day. This year the brand is introducing new products as well as bringing back a couple of fan favorites that are sure to please you and your love, or just you!

Love Locket Bath Bomb ($12.95): Full of surprises, simply “unlock” the yellow center to reveal the secret hidden within. The outside of the locket is full of paper hearts that will float on the surface of the water, and the hidden heart inside will create a spectacular bath time display to make hearts a flutter.

Neon Love soap ($7.85 for 4oz): This soap contains bergamot and rosewood oils to create a rich fragrance, and a blend of fresh figs, passion fruit juice and soya yogurt to nourish and soften skin. Cut a sliver to reveal a “heart” felt surprise inside.

Prince Charming shower gel ($9.95-29.95): A shower gel made for princesses or anyone who needs a Prince Charming in their life! With a marshmallow root and Fair Trade vanilla base along with almond oil to moisturize and refreshing fresh pomegranate juice.

Tender Is The Night massage bar ($10.95): This sensual and sexy massage bar is here to stay as an all year round product, with a blend of softening shea butter and murumuru butter. Tenderly melt this bar on to the skin, and be seduced by its intoxicating blend of jasmine, ylang ylang and vanilla.

The Kiss lip tint ($9.25): A delightfully whipped up mixture of moisturizing butters such as Fair Trade shea and cupuaçu with a very tasty organic agave syrup. This tint easily smoothes onto lips leaving a high shine finish, boosted by PET-free sparkles. Organic mandarin and almond essential oils create an uplifting fragrance, and guarana seed powder, a natural lip plumper to make your pout simply irresistible.

Toucan Love Gift ($16.95): This is a gift with two products to share and enjoy with a loved one. Its vibrant paper was inspired by the 1980’s film Cocktail, and Tom Cruise’s gorgeous Hawaiian shirts. Contents: Neon Love soap, Close To You massage bar

Neon Love Gift ($39.95): Neon Love showcases a host of luxurious finds to be enjoyed and shared, including Neon Love soap in an extra special heart-shaped mold; Red Fun to inspire the gift recipient to leave messages for their loved one in the bath or shower. Also included are Turkish Delight shower smoothie and From Dusk ‘Til Dawn massage bar for romantic antics during and after showering and Bubblegum lip scrub.

Lots of Love Gift ($55.95): The design of this luminous reusable box was inspired by this year’s limited edition Neon Love soap. We’ve also included our seductive, jasmine-scented Sex Bomb Bath Bomb to set the mood, Prince Charming shower gel to sweep you off your feet, Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner to keep you smooth and, of course, our Tender Is The Night massage bar for the ultimate romantic treat. We’ve also included Chou Chou…I Love You toothy tabs and Rose Jam bubbleroon.

FOR EXTRA WARMTH AND COMFORT… Give your Valentine the ultimate treat for their feet with these cozy, 100% cotton Hästens Down Slipper Boots ($80) that are filled with a blend of 75% white down and 25% sea bird feathers, and feature a ribbon in the Hästens’ signature blue check pattern. Available at Hästens Stores nationwide; for more information, please visit: http://www.hastens.com Continue reading

JOIN L’OCCITANE AND RICHART CHOCOLATES FOR MOST DELCIOUS VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION

Join L’OCCITANE and RICHART to kick off Valentine’s Day weekend and the launch of the L’OCCITANE’s Red Cherry Fragrance. Guests who shop at L’OCCITANE’s 86th Street flagship boutique(between 3rd Avenue and Lexington) on Thursday, February 13th can indulge in RICHART confections as well as cherry-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. This selection of mini gourmet French macarons is perfect for great occasions as it gathers all of Richart’s permanent collection’s flavors. Ideal to share between friends or to offer, this selection will take you on a sensory journey to enjoy textures, tastes and wonderful aromas. The flavors presented in this selection were chosen among the following ones: Raspberry / Blackberry, Salted Butter Caramel, Vanilla from Madagascar, Blackcurrant, 82% cocoa from the Dominican Republic, 82% cocoa from Madagascar, Pistachio, Roasted Hazelnut, Roasted Almond, Milk Chocolate, Blood Orange / Lemon, Grapefruit / Rose and Almond / Arabica Coffee

Also, guests are invited to get a little pampering with complimentary signature L’OCCITANE beauty rituals such as hand massages, mini-facials and fragrance layering.  Throughout the day, L’OCCITANE will be offering two exclusive gifts with purchase for all customers:

·         My Little Delights Gift Pouch: Featuring favorites like Almond Shower Oil, Almond Supple Skin Oil, and Pivoine Flora Eau de Toilette with any $49 purchase. 

·         RICHART Mini-Macaroons: with any $75 purchase.

Can’t make it to L’OCCITANE 86TH street? Visit any of the L’OCCITANE NYC boutiques on Thursday, February 13th to pick up either exclusive gift with purchase while supplies last!

So stop by L’OCCITANE and celebrate Valentine’s Day the Provençal way!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Entenmann’s Sweet Valentine’s Edible Bouquet

Entenmann’s lovers can enter the Entenmann’s Sweet Donut Sweepstakes on the Entenmann’s Facebook page

Entenmann's Sweet Valentine's Edible Bouquet

Entenmann’s Sweet Valentine’s Edible Bouquet

Entenmann’s Bakery, part of Bimbo Bakeries USA and 115-year-old brand, has delicious plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Entenmann’s Sweet Valentine’s Edible Bouquet and Entenmann’s Sweet Donut Sweepstakes. Entenmann’s fans won’t want to miss out on this mouthwatering celebration!
ENTENMANN’S SWEET VALENTINE’S EDIBLE BOUQUET

  • Consumers can create the Entenmann’s Sweet Valentine’s Edible Bouquet, using the recipe card with simple step-by-step instructions and easy-to-find ingredients. Click here for the recipe card.
  • With chocolate, sprinkles and a pinch of creativity, readers can the most delicious bouquet their loved ones have ever received!

ENTENMANN’S SWEETDONUT SWEEPSTAKES

  • Entenmann’s lovers can enter the Entenmann’s Sweet Donut Sweepstakes on the Entenmann’s Facebook page starting January 3, 2014 and ending on February 28, 2014 for the chance to win one of ten prize packages that include $35 worth of Entenmann’s coupons, a Mr. Rich Frosted and Ms. Crumb plush toy, a $75 1-800-Flowers gift card and a $30 AMEX gift card for the supplies to create an Entenmann’s Sweet Valentine’s Edible Bouquet. Entenmann’s fans can also enter to win one of 40 Mr. Rich Frosted and Ms. Crumb plush toys. No purchase is necessary. Details can be found on http://www.Facebook.com/Entenmanns or on 8-pack boxes of Rich Frosted Donuts and 8-pack boxes of Crumb Donuts.