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Tapas for Two

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Tapas for Two

Tapas is the trendy art of small-plate dining, setting the stage for a tactile evening of romancing your food

Tapas is the trendy art of small-plate dining, setting the stage for a tactile evening of romancing your food. These small plates are for sharing, tasting, and trying a variety of different foods, many of which can be eaten with fingers instead of forks.

These fragrant aromas and palpable textures will get your head spinning and your heart thumping—a must when celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Tapas is a staple in Mediterranean cuisine, often touted for its heart-healthy benefits. Unlike a typical North American diet, the Mediterranean diet is based on whole grains, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and plenty of fish. It limits unhealthy fats and uses meat sparingly as more of a flavour enhancer than the main course. Moderation is the key.

Research from the Mayo Clinic indicates that a traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease. All those antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables lower cholesterol, a substance that builds up in the arteries and causes heart problems.

Tapas is a social, sharing event. It involves conversation, engagement, and dedicated time spent with one another. This type of wellness mindset is a big part of Mediterranean culture. Luckily, under the guise of Valentine romance, we make an effort to eat together, quietly and without the usual distraction that can dominate daily life. A tapas-inspired dinner couldn’t be more appropriate (or romantic) for Valentine’s Day—heart-smart food combined with tender moments shared with those we love.

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