Thursday, October 28, 2021

Hearts, Flowers and Chocolate



By Chef Anne Feinman

Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day, is a holiday celebrated on February 14th. It is a day of tradition steeped in chocolates, flowers and cards. In the tradition of courtly love in the Middle Ages, the name was associated with romantic love among numerous early Christian martyrs of the name Valentine.

Some love stories are immortal. And one of my most memorable is that of Antony and Cleopatra. The true story of these two historical characters has been dramatized by William Shakespeare and is still staged all over the world but the relationship between Antony and Cleopatra was a true test of love.

I look forward to the hearts and roses and pinks and reds of Valentine’s Day and to share in the love and smiles of those whom I cherish. A night out for dinner, a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates… I don’t ask for much, and neither should you.

I look back to 21 years ago, when Rick and I were married. It seems so long ago, but then again, it sometimes feels like it was just yesterday. (Until my body reminds me… the hips, the knees, the back, etc., don’t always want to cooperate.) I still cherish the feelings of, “wow, this man loves me, and wants to spend the rest of his life with me!” The gifts, the dinners, the conversations… we have always shared so much.

Look to that special person in your life, remember each day is a gift, and say Happy Valentine’s Day, dear, I LOVE YOU!

Call your favorite restaurant, NO COOKING TODAY! Make a reservation, purchase flowers and enjoy this special day.

Happy Valentine’s Day to All

Chef Annie and the Mangos Family

Chef Annie and daughter Lauren began their journey together at The Chefs Express in Olde Marco in 2004. After 6 years of developing strong customer relations and a solid name in the restaurant and catering business, they have moved to the forefront of Marco Islands’ service business at The Esplanade. The new venue called for a new name…thus Mangos Dockside Bistro at The Esplanade. Our family invites you to experience the best food, the best views, the best drinks…with THE MOST FUN!

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