Top 10 Valentine’s Day films paired with romantic dishes

Oh yes, I love romantic comedies and sometimes even romantic dramas. I love a good cry, sigh and kissy-kiss scene – it warms my heart. And while I know that real life ain’t always as romantic as those fluffy rom-coms I don’t care. I just sit back and enjoy watching people fall in love over and over again. And that, my friends is what Valentine’s Day is all about; falling in love with your beloved again. Any excuse for romance, right? So here are my all time favourite top 10 romantic movies that I could watch over and over again. Share yours!

Top 10 Valentine’s Day films paired with romantic dishes

10. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

I was a teenager in the 90s so I watched a LOT of Rom-coms etc in that decade, so I have a soft spot for Mr Tom Hanks. This movie was inspired by the classic, An Affair to Remember (1957) and both films are great. Tom plays a widower whose son is trying to set him up with a new woman via the radio (remember the radio?). He finds a woman (Meg Ryan) who is perfect for his dad but the problem is that she is taken and living in Baltimore. How will the two lovebirds get together? You’ll see…

9. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

I’m a sucker for fluff sometimes and this is pretty fluffy, with a hint of heart. Reese Witherspoon stars as an up-and-coming fashion designer, Melanie, from Alabama. Son of the mayor and super-important dude, Andrew (Patrick Dempsey) get engaged and Mel heads back to Alabama to divorce her secret first hubby, Jake (Josh Lucas). Andrew has no idea about this connection and Mel starts rediscovering why she married Jake in the first place and there you have a love triangle, people. Enjoy it!

Entree:

Valentine’s Day is all about special treats, food that you wouldn’t usually serve up to each other. Seafood is the perfect ‘special’ treat as it’s expensive and oh-so delicious. So our entree is going to be amazing! It’s a fancy Seafood Platter from Lifestyle Food.

8. The Princess Bride (1987)

If you haven’t seen this movie, then why not? It’s a classic that is great for both men and women cos it has fights and love, kissy-kiss scenes. Sigh. The central story revolves around Buttercup (Robin Wright) and Westley (Cary Elwes) who are madly in love. Separated by oceans, time and strange characters, the two lovers must save each other from the clutches of evil kings, kindly giants and vengeful Spaniards before it’s too late. Oh you must see this one. It’s funny and lovely and action-packed!

7. Pretty woman (1990)

Julia Roberts, Richard Gere and prostitution. This film has it all. It’s a kind of Cinderella tale where the poor, lovely prostitute meets her prince charming who is a rich businessman. He hires her to be his companion while he’s in LA and, you guessed it, they fall in love. It’s romantic, funny, full of famous one-liners and a fantastic soundtrack. It’s one of my favourite films from my teenage years. Why my mother ever allowed me to see such a movie about a prostitute is beyond me but I thank her. Cos it rocks!

6. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

If you like quirky films with heart, you will love this one. Lars (Ryan Gosling) is a lonely young man who lives with his brother and sister-in-law. Grieving the death of his parents, Lars falls in love with a lifelike doll that he ordered on the internet. He treats her like she’s real, pushing her around in a wheel chair and introducing his community to her as his girlfriend. This is a funny, sad, poignant movie that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. Check it out.

Main meal:

Another ingredient you probably don’t cook a whole lot is Quail. These tiny little birds are so delicate and scrumptious especially with some tasty sauce and veggies. This is our main meal – Glazed Quail and Potato-Turnip Puree from Cooking in Sens.

5. The Notebook (2004)

I had to have this on my Valentine’s Day list. It’s not a rom-com but a moving, tear-jerking film about true love, baby! It’s the 1940s. Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) fall in love but it’s not all smooth sailing, literally. Parents, love rivals and time is not their friend. Meanwhile an old couple in the future struggle with the deterioration of woman’s mind but, after all these years, their love proves strong! Beautiful movie.

4. Charade (1963)

Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn make this movie one of the funniest, most loveable rom-coms around. Yes, it’s a classic but don’t let that put you off. If you’re to see one movie from the 60s it’s got to be this one. It’s a mystery, action, romantic film filled with twists, turns and criminals. The fabulous fashion of the 60s is fun to see as is the chemistry between our two stars. You must see it!

3. Dirty Dancing (1987)

This is another favourite from my heady teenage years. “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) is on Summer vacation with her family at a resort when she meets the handsome dance teacher, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). A show is coming up and Baby has to fill in for Johnny’s partner who is recovering from ‘surgery’. So they dance, or she tries to then they lock eyes and fall in love. There’s trouble a-brewing when Baby’s daddy finds out and Johnny gets falsely accused of a crime. Eeek! Check it out.

Dessert:

Valentines always love their sweets. You Google Valentine’s Day recipes and 99% of all the results will be dessert. So it’s a big task to pick one but pick one I did. It’s Raspberry Brownie Parfait recipe from `Good Life Eats. How did I do?

2. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Oh I love this movie. It’s so raw and real and funny. Pat (Bradley Cooper) has just been released from a mental health facility and has moved back in with his parents. But he struggles to adjust to life without his cheating wife and with his ailment. He meets quirky Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who chases him down and helps him see the light. They end up in a dance competition where they find love and salvation. It’s a great movie! Check out my comprehensive review with food – Silver Linings Playbook movie paired with homey food.

1. Amelie (2001)

And the number one spot goes to Amelie. It’s a French movie about life, love and justice. Amelie is a single lady who is a little different. One day she finds a special box filled with old toys behind one of her bathroom tiles and vows that if she finds the owner, she will spend the rest of her life helping people. And that’s just what she does. It’s inspirational, lovely and set in Paris. What could be more romantic? Here ’tis…

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