There are many mysteries regarding the origins of ‘Saint Valentine’s Day’. Some say it originated from the Roman era with ‘Lupercalia’, a pagan fertility celebration from Ancient Rome which took place in the middle of February. This involved men stripping naked to sacrifice a goat and a dog, with the younger men taking strips off of the sacrificed animals to chase and whip young women to promote fertility. More recently, it may have derived from writers such as Chaucer & Shakespeare, who were some of the first to make romantic connotations around the time of the celebrations of Saint Valentine’s Day.
In the ‘Symposium’, the Greek philosopher Plato writes on love that “two are struck from their senses by love, by a sense of belonging to one another, and by desire, and they don’t want to be separated from one another, not even for a moment.” A tender thought indeed. What would help cement these bonds of desire if not for gastronomy, famed for its powers in bringing people together.
At Kuzina, a small slice of Greece in Valencia, the restaurant will be curating a special tasting menu for you and your special someone to fall in love with the wonders of Greek cuisine. The menu will consist of prawns in a rosemary and garlic sauce followed by Squid with black garlic skordalia amongst other dishes with a finale to finish off, a dish known as ‘Las Ruinas Greigas’ which means The Greek Ruins, consisting of meringue, cream and array of fresh fruits. Reservations can be made at their website: www.kuzinavlc.com/reservar
The Saint Valentine’s Day special menu of is charged at 55 Euros per person, with the option of adding a wine pairing for an additional charge.
Report by Sebastian Garraway
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