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A romantic dinner with little effort

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If you haven't made that Valentine's Day reservation yet, there is another way to impress your sweetie. Head over to The Fresh Market (995 N. State Road 434, Altamonte Springs; 407-786-1801) and get the fixin's for your own romantic dinner.

Open with an appetizer of Carolina crab cakes. Try the phyllo-wrapped "chicken Paris" as a first course, then rotisserie pork loin and white asparagus drizzled with blood-orange vinegar. Wash it down with a $132 bottle of Mondavi Cabernet Reserve. Then chase it with a "chocolate nightmare cheesecake" and a soupçon of Red Ice Canadian dessert wine, and prepare for fireworks.

Most everything in the very impressive Fresh Market is organic, with the sexiest wine section I've ever seen, a deli island that serves the Russer brand (Boar's Head, beware), and all-around gorgeous meats, fish and premade foods.


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