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Olive Branch Offering Valentine’s Day Special

Looking for a romantic evening out on the town this Valentine’s Day?  The tapas style restaurant known as the Olive Branch is offering up some Valentine’s Day specials just for you! Olive Branch has perfected the art of sampling cuisine through small, shared plates and they will be pulling out all the stops on February 14, 15 and 16. For just $55 per person guests can enjoy the menu below. There are five shared courses, live entertainment, plus complimentary wine & champagne all evening! For reservations, call 610-431-7141. You can read more about the special offering by visiting www.westchesterdish.com or by clicking here.

1st Course: Soup 

Seafood Bisque

French Onion

2nd Course: Salad

Tossed Savoy Spinach
Mandarins, Bacon, Mushroom, Candied Walnuts, Red Onion. Creamy Vidalia Onion Dressing

Poached Pear Salad
Field Greens, Shredded Carrots, Gorgonzola, & Toasted Almonds.  Orange Vinaigrette

Caesar Salad
Heart of Romaine with Fresh Baked Croutons & Roasted Garlic Caesar Dressing

3rd Course: Beginning 

Thai Shrimp Skewers
Thai Chili Glazed Shrimp over Brown Rice

Mediterranean Flatbread
Roasted Garlic, Kalamata Olives, Red Onion, Grape Tomato. Topped with Melted Feta Cheese

Lump Crabmeat & Artichoke Crostini
Lump Crab & Marinated Artichoke topped with Asiago Cheese on Toasted French Baguette

4th Course: Tapas 
“Made for you and your Sweetheart to Share”

Beef Wellington
Filet Mignon, Mushroom Duxelle. Wrapped in Puff Pastry

Red Snapper
Mango Salsa, Vanilla Scallion, Pineapple Rice

Grilled Eggplant & Portobello Napoleon
Layered with Zucchini, Squash, and Tomato
Topped with Marinara and Fresh Mozzarella

Dijon Encrusted Lamb
Pureed with White Bean Spinach

Atlantic Salmon
Topped with Crabmeat in Lemon Caper Sauce

Stuffed Chicken Breast
Spinach, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Fontina Cheese, & Artichokes

Homemade Vegetable Lasagna
Roasted Cauliflower, Bechamel, Ricotta

5th Course: Couples Dessert
Chef’s Choice


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The Insurance Beer Snob: Valentine’s Day Review

Bill Jeppe and I created a new beer review video specially for Valentine’s Day, however just because Valentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this amazing beer. So take a look and the review below and leave us some feedback!

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's day!

Happy Valentine's day! (Photo credit: DonnaGrayson)

Just a friendly reminder to everyone that tomorrow (February 14th) is Valentines Day! Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. Incase you have forgotten about the gift giving holiday here are 5 last minute gift ideas!

1. Movie Night

Pop on one of your sweetie’s favorite Valentine’s Day movies, make some popcorn and snuggle up on the couch with your sweetie. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, throw in a bottle of wine and you’ve got yourself a good night. These days, Netflix, On Demand or whatever movie service you use will have special a special category for V-Day movies for you to pick and choose from.

2. Chocolates, treats… and lots of them!

Everyone has a sweet tooth. Why not spend some time with your loved one indulging in chocolate, cupcakes and cookies. You can either pick some ready-made treats or if you have a little time, buy boxed mixes. If you’re up for a real challenge find a recipe online and make it from scratch!

3. Write A love letter

When was the last time you got a love letter? These days it’s all about sexting in a lot of cases. Kick it old school – grab a pen, some fancy stationary and write down all the reasons why you love your sweetie. Trust us, this is way sweeter than a Happy Valentine’s Day e-mail or text.

4. Gift Certificates

This may not be the most romantic option, but if you’re sweetheart loves to shop this could be a good option. Pair it with a single rose, bouquet of flowers, etc for an added special touch.

5. Flowers

You may think this is a boring, played out gift. But there’s no doubt that every girl feels special when she gets flowers. If you’re really down to the wire there’s no better option than flowers and some chocolates. You can grab these pretty much anywhere on the big day.

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Sweets by Samantha: A Custom Cupcake Every Time!

Rarely do you find many cupcake shops around the Chester County area. I think this is because people don’t really think about going out to a specific shop to buy a cupcake or cupcakes; I thought the same thing. Until I took a recent trip to the West Coast; Arizona in particular. I found myself seeing numerous local cupcake shops all around the area, I was very curious what these cupcake shops had to offer, so I decided to stop into one. What I found was a shop that offered a wide array of gourmet elegant cupcakes in all different shapes and flavors; Who knew there could be this many different flavors and looks of a cupcake. I was simply amazed and had to get my hands on one of these handcrafted works of art. It was nearly impossible to choose which cupcake I wanted as the employee explained each cupcake, After a tough decision I went with what the employee said was a favorite of many customers “the red velvet cupcake.” As I took my first bite my eyes immediately bulged out of my head… I was astonished with how amazing a cupcake could taste. (Before this experience I only had cupcakes that were pre-made/packaged and purchased at a grocery store).

At this point you may be asking yourself what’s the point of this story? Well here it is…. After my cupcake experience in Arizona, I was determined when I got home to West Chester to find a local cupcake shop! As I began my research I came across a custom cupcake shop right outside West Chester! It is known as Sweets by Samantha and they are located in the Olde Ridge Village shopping center in Chadds Ford, P.A. I knew I had to stop into Sweets by Samantha because I was in dire need of another cupcake since my last experience. Therefore, I stopped into the shop last week. As soon as I walked in I noticed they had a red velvet cupcake (pictured at the top) immediately I knew I had to get one in order to compare it to the one I had purchased in Arizona… to say the least it was extraordinary! It was even better than the one I experienced on my visit to Arizona. Therefore, I thought I would share my local cupcake find with everyone so you can go experience a wonderful gourmet cupcake for yourself. You can visit Sweets by Samantha website at www.sweetsbysamantha.com

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