As food (and drink) are the way to a man's heart, we've taken it upon ourselves at iLoveMyGrub.com to rustle up this batch of great-tasting gifts for the discerning gent.
Stumped on which gift to get the fella in your life? Even if he has hinted at what he might like, it's probably an Aston Martin and let's face it, there's no room on the driveway because of the power boat. As food (and drink) are the way to a man's heart, we've taken it upon ourselves at iLoveMyGrub.com to rustle up this batch of great-tasting gifts for the discerning gent.
**1. Harveys Pedro Ximénez (50cl £19.99), from all good liquor suppliers**
This mind-blowingly delicious sherry will win over the most cynical of hearts. This isn't the stuff your granny hoards in her drinks cupboard, it's the stuff you pour into a glass and seduce your man with. A delectable dessert wine, and simply incredible over vanilla ice cream, it’s made from sun-drenched Spanish Pedro Ximénez grapes. PX has a full, rich and luxurious mouthfeel “with a lovely sweet balance, together with a long persistent finish.” It's reputed to be the sweetest wine in the world, so this is definitely a buy for a sweet-toothed beau.
A classy way to celebrate any outdoor adventure, this little flask set will become a favourite posession. Fill it with a hot beverage to share after an invigorating romantic ramble and he’ll be putty in your hands. The stainless steel flask is covered in a hard-wearing, dark tan leather. It comes with four sleek stainless steel cups held in place on the top of the flask, for those outdoor social occasions.
Ah, nothing say’s love like Cornish Yarg. Well, nothing says love quite like a handmade, heart-shaped Cornish Yarg cheese. Have a 750g Yarg delivered to your cheese lover's door and then share the creamy, nettle-wrapped artisan speciality in the evening with some water crackers and good bottle of English wine.
As there's a cut of lamb known as a Valentine steak, what could be more appropriate on Valentine's Day? In fact, seeing as it's heart-shaped you could get away with buying this cut of lamb for any romantic occasion. This prime cut is guaranteed to be a hit with the carnivore in your life. Let Donald Russell carve and butterfly four fine lamb loin steaks for your Sunday supper. The lamb is grass-fed and naturally reared.
**5. Mini Retro Popcorn Maker (£24.99 plus postage and packaging),
from Giles & Posner www.gilesandposner.com
There’s nothing quite like curling up on the sofa, in the arms of your beloved, with some popcorn and a good flick. A 50’s retro addition to his countertop, this popcorn maker uses hot air instead of oil to pop the corn for a healthier snack. If you're feeling naughty, the popcorn maker has an inbuilt butter tray to melt the butter while the corn is popping. Awesome.
This is the ultimate seafood feast for two, delivered to your door fresh from Corwall’s MSC certified fish monger. Fish for Thought send out their own boats daily, The Manx Ranger and The Resolute, that bring catch into the Cornish fish markets. Their Valentine’s box contains the freshest seafood including dressed crab, filleted sea bass and Fowey oysters, but if you prefer something different, all you have to do is ask. All the fishy fiddly stuff is done for you to ensure that all you have to do is enjoy the feast.
Is your man the oh-so-proud owner of a productive alloment garden? The personalised veg box is the perfect way to properly appreciate and store all that tasty and hard won produce. The planta is made from F.S.C certified pine and comes with a loose Hessian liner to give keep things fresh through the remaining winter months.
**8. Brunch at Browns (£20 for 2),
at 13 of the 14 Bar & Brasseries across the ****UK****.**
Book a brunch for you and your lover at Browns Bar & Brasserie on February 14th and enjoy a relaxing and indulgent outing. Browns are offering a choice of smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, toasted ciabatta and fresh strawberries with Greek style yoghurt or traditional English breakfast and more. This, accompanied by your choice of either a glass of Piper Heidsieck, a Browns Bellini, Bucks Fizz or a Bloody Mary. Brunch also includes complementary tea and coffee and is available between 10am
and 12 noon
. For locations visit www.browns-restaurants.co.uk
**Written by:** Anne Giacomantonio