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.
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.
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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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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 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."
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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