Morning-after breakfast with a 'hole' lot of love
February 13th, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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Paul Qui’s cooking has wooed diners at Austin, Texas, restaurant Uchiko. Now, the Philippines-born executive chef is also currently winning hearts and minds across America on Season 9 of "Top Chef: Texas."

In homage to the most romantic day of the year, Chef Qui suggests his version of egg-in-the-hole as the sweetest way to feed your Valentine. It’s even a little bit tastier if it's served as breakfast in bed.

"If this dish isn't perfect for that cause, it makes a hell of a hangover cure too," says Qui.
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Anatomically correct hearts, edible insects and other sweet Valentine's Day delights
February 13th, 2012
12:30 PM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

See all our best Valentine's Day dining advice

Residents of Knoxville, Tennessee, you are lucky this Valentine’s Day. Amazon.com just released a list of the 20 most romantic cities in the country, and you’re number one! Ranked second is Alexandria, Virginia; Springfield, Missouri, is third. This list is based on a mash-up of key signifiers, including sales of romance novels, romantic comedy DVDs and Barry White albums.

If you don’t live in any of those cities, and especially if you’re based in New York City, Paterson, New Jersey, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, or El Monte, California - ranked the country’s least romantic cities - you need to start thinking hard about extreme Valentine’s Day gifts. Here, then, is a sampling of super advanced chocolates that say I love you so, so, so, so much, even if we live in New York and aren’t buying enough Barry White albums.

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Box lunch: Chocolate taste tests and Valentine eggs
February 13th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • It's a tough job, but someone has to do it: A Valentine's Day chocolate taste test. - Food & Wine


  • J'adore ... Istanbul? Alan Richman argues the Turkish city is the next culinary equivalent of Paris. - GQ


  • Tell that special someone they're eggscellent by making them heart-shaped hard-boiled eggs on Valentine's Day. - Anna the Red


  • When he's not serving live shrimp, Christmas tree or reindeer at the world's best restaurant, chef Rene Redezepi is at home cooking mussels and chanterelle toast for his family. (This just in: We want to be in his family.) - Bon Appétit


  • How much do you spend on food? Crunch the numbers with this handy-dandy calculator. - Mother Jones
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February 13th, 2012
10:00 AM ET
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Destination U.S.A.: New Orleans

iReport is taking a closer look at what the United States' most vibrant cities have to offer, and we need your help! Over the next year we'll put the spotlight on a different city each month, collecting your insider recommendations for the best those hot spots have to offer. We want to get the nitty gritty of what you like and why. We'll have a few assignments each month asking for something specific about the featured destination.

First stop: New Orleans, Louisiana
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Food for getting in the mood
February 13th, 2012
09:30 AM ET
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Valerie Payne is a media producer at CNN

Food and sex make natural bedfellows, according to C. Nzingha Smith, author of "Lust-Have Recipes: IN-Gredients for Stimulation.” Her cookbook, co-written with caterer Melissa Roberts, is packed with sensual recipes, erotic poetry and sex tips inspired by real-life couples.

According to Smith, "Couples need to find different ways to arouse and turn each other on and translate that into the bedroom." Each recipe in the book contains some type of aphrodisiac ingredient, which she describes as "stimulation thought to arouse sexual excitement."
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Breakfast buffet: National tortellini day
February 13th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Because "belly button pasta" just isn't as appetizing - February 13 is National Tortellini Day!

We sure love everything about pasta, especially when it comes in cute shapes and filled with tantalizing flavors like prosciutto and Parmesan or spinach and ricotta. Tortellini is an instant meal that gives you both in the best way possible.

Tortellini is shaped like little rings, but they are also described as "belly button" or umbellico. This stems from a popular legend out of Modena in Italy that lends itself as an origin story for the pasta.
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Coffee klatsch
February 13th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.

Consider the daily Coffee Klatsch post as your VIP lounge – the primary comments thread for readers who'd like to chat about topics not related to the articles we're running. That way, everyone knows where to find each other, and each post's comments section remains on topic.

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