Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Whether you are celebrating with that special someone, close friends, family, or perhaps a long lost connection, I have curated a list of some of my favorite sweets to enjoy on Cupid’s Day and even all winter, from local sweet treat to a specialty food favorite.
*Red Maple: Conversation Heart Petit Fours
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at one of my favorite East End restaurants, Red Maple, a cozy American restaurant on Shelter Island. In addition to an exquisite Valentine’s Day menu, diners can indulge in sinfully delicious desserts including the not-to-be-missed evening special: Conversation Heart Petit Fours made of white cake with layers of apricot and raspberry. Pair with their sexy, new cocktail Aphrodite’s Spritz. This passionate drink features aphrodisiacs like dark chocolate, pomegranates and sparkling wine, making it the perfect concoction for Valentine’s Day.
Tate’s Bake Shop
Tate’s Bake Shop is a landmark in Southampton. I visit this famous bake shop at least twice a month for their cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches, brownies, and of course their cookies (my favorite: whole wheat dark chocolate chip). Now Tate’s cookies are available to purchase in stores nationwide and order online. It is so fun to see their fabuously crunchy cookies in grocery stores in Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado, and everywhere in between. And what a better way to celebrate than with Tate’s on Valentine’s Day. Learn more about their variety of gift basketsthat are so sweetly irresistible and say ‘I Love You.’ Receive 20% off your first order when you sign up for their newsletter! Plus, take advantage of their free shipping offer with code FEB14 (may not be combined with any other offer). The gift basket was received by me courtesy of Tate’s Bake Shop.
Salem Baking Co.: Heart Shaped Moravian Cookie Tins
I originally discovered Salem Baking Co. at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Exclusively for Valentine’s Day, the company released a limited edition of their Moravian Cookies: Raspberry Heart Shaped Cookie Thins. It took just one cookie for me to get hooked. Every Friday evening, my husband and I spend the evening with a small plate of tea cookies and a hot cup of our favorite black tea. We both liked that these cookies paired lovingly with the tea, not too sweet, and were just the right size with thin layers of fresh (very fresh) raspberry taste. We could instantly tell these cookies were crafted with great care and attention to detail. We are very much looking forward to having them again on Tuesday evening to compliment one of my husband’s surprise dishes he’s whipping up! The cookies were received by me courtesy of Salem Baking Co.
*Red Maple Credit: The Chequit, Shelter Island