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Eat Your Heart Out: Foods to Share With The Ones You Love

Illustration by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

Illustration by Elizabeth Brown/Foghorn

I have a tendency to feed those I love. I’m a feeder. I have always been a feeder and will find any reason to bake or cook.  A birthday coming up?  I will bake a cake.  An anniversary? Chocolate fudge. Last day of class? Muffins. Funeral? Quiche.   There’s always a reason to feed!  And what better excuse than Valentine’s Day?  Here is my guide to the most nourishing aphrodisiacs to make for your Valentine.  And if you’re not a savvy chef, or are a dorm dweller living sans kitchen, there are plenty of prime dining out opportunities that invite romance and happiness.


Bring a romantic touch to breakfast by investing in a heart shaped waffle iron.  I typically reserve this handy kitchen devise for Mother’s Day, but may be dusting it off this Sunday (for someone whose name just so happens to be Sunday.) Decorate your waffles with red berries and a liberal amount of homemade whipped cream.  If your Valentine is not into the sweets you can get a heart shaped mold for eggs sunny side up, which would look nice next to heart shaped toast. You can also get a heart shaped butter mold for the toast. You can use the same mold to make ice and put hearts in their OJ.  Don’t be worried about going overboard with the heart shaped foods.  Valentine’s Day is about excess.


At the end of the day when you are nestled with your sweetheart, you will realize that a nice way to wind down is to eat fondue by the fire on a deerskin rug.  Chocolate and cheese: choose one or both, go crazy!  It’s the perfect activity for a couple.  As you passionately stab your fondue fork into chunks of fresh bread, your Valentine will be sure to take notice and will most likely fall deeply in love with you.  You can also make a romantic game out of it.  Each time a piece of bread falls into the cheese, or a strawberry falls into the chocolate, that means you must kiss one another.  Those are the rules of fondue.


My childhood of Nickelodeon taught me that beets are nature’s candy, and the vibrant reddish purple variety look top notch in a salad.  Remember the lesson I taught you for breakfast?  Excess.  Cut the beets into hearts before tossing them on a bed of mache with goat cheese and walnuts.  A fabulous appetizer for your loved one.

The Diner

You know that cliché image of the couple at the diner splitting a milkshake with two straws?  You should do it.


I enjoy eating family style and see it as a way for friends and lovers to bond.  Ethiopian is the ultimate experience in sharing food.  You and your lover will be eating from the same large and in charge plate.  At Ethiopian all dishes come on top of a bed of injera (a spongy crepe-like bread made from the teff grain.)   The bread it used as your utensil to scoop up the various meats and vegetables.  As you share your meal you and your loved one will become instantly closer and the spiciness of the food will leave you and your Valentine breathless and runny nosed.

Melissa’s Mix Tape: Say “I Love You” With A Song

Ah, Valentine’s Day. While the holiday surely has faults (no days off of school, obligatory purchasing of gifts for significant others, horrendous loneliness for those without a “special someone”), it also has perks: on Valentine’s Day you can listen to love songs all day without feeling like a dope. Many of the greatest pop songs of all time revolve around romance and there’s no better time to pull out your records, CDs or MP3 player and swoon. Whether you want songs for cuddling with your snuggle bunny or a soundtrack for gobbling down a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, this mix is sure to have what you’re looking for. XO.

1) “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond off of “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show”

2) “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” by Diana Ross & The Supremes and the Temptations from

“Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations”

3) “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys off of “Pet Sounds”

4) “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder off of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

5) “Your Song” by Elton John off of “Elton John”

6) “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5 off of “Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5”

7) “Build Me Up Buttercup” by the Foundations off of “Build Me Up Buttercup”

8) “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James & the Shondells off of “Tommy James & the Shondells: Anthology”

9) “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell off of “Untitled”

10) “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney off of “McCartney”

11) “She’s Got A Way” by Billy Joel off of “Songs in the Attic”

12) “I Say A Little Prayer” by Dionne Warwick off of “The Windows of the World”

13) “Dream Weaver” by Gary Wright off of “The Dream Weaver”

14) “Love the One You’re With” by Stephen Stills off of “Stephen Stills”

15) “She’s the One” by Bruce Springsteen off of “Born to Run”

Melissa’s Mix Tape

A few weeks into the semester the first few instances of campus romances and flings can progress to campus love. Perhaps he sat next to you at orientation to your major, or maybe it was love at first sight when she sauntered out of the Koret Center. The giddiness begins – tender text messages through writing and composition, holding hands in Harney Plaza, sharing pasta in the dining hall. For freshman, it’s the first love away from mom and dad. For the rest of us, the first of many potential romances this year. Here they are, the songs that say what you wish you could:

1) “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates off of “Voices”

2) “Lady” by Styx off of “Styx II”

3) “Open Arms” by Journey off of “Escape”

4) “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS off of “Kick”

5) “Head Over Heels” by Tears for Fears off of “Songs from the Big Chair”

6) “Take A Chance on Me” by ABBA off of “The Album”

7) “Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon off of “High Infidelity”

8) “You’re the Inspiration” by Chicago off of “Chicago 17”

9) “Invisible Touch” by Genesis off of “Invisible Touch”

10) “Every Breath You Take” by the Police off of “Synchronicity” (Be careful, this one can get creepy.)

San Francisco Foghorn Personals

Chelsea Sterling

Avid Russian enthusiast and literary genius seeks James Dean (or Franco) lookalike to traipse through New York City with dark clothing and a vintage single lens camera. B.A. from Ivy League school required, no business or science majors need apply. A Beauty and the Beast-style library with a plethora of dusty books is a big plus. If you meet the physical and educational requirements listed above and your idea of a perfect dinner is cheese and wine- you are hired! Contact news@sffoghorn.info.


Laura Plantholt
Exotic animal enthusiast and novice jigsaw puzzler seeks companion to share the 45 mins of free time she has a week. Ideal candidate enjoys browsing thrift stores for antique animal figurines, taking long walks through the Tenderloin, and scavenging through the piles of free stuff people leave on the sidewalk. Consumers of Swedish Fish are encouraged to apply, as are those who enjoy the occasional dish of ice cream. Must be an avid Foghorn reader, and must not be over 68 years old. Contact manager@sffoghorn.info.


Melissa Baron

Bookworm, sci-fi enthusiast and Star Wars fanatic seeks comic book lover of her dreams. Are you slightly overweight and bearded? Channeling essence of Silent Bob? You’re the man for me. Must prefer Marvel to DC, Star Wars to Star Trek. Have the inside scoop at Skywalker Ranch? You’re my man. Just looking for a man to talk “Walking Dead,” Nerf Herder, Wookies, Blade and super heroes with. Let’s be Jedis together. You love me? I know. Contact scene@sffoghorn.info.


Melissa Stihl

I lead a terribly impressive life, you better be able to keep up. I enjoy climbing mountains, drinking copious amounts of coffee, finger-painting and long walks on the beach (but only at midnight). I like to hypothesize about how to solve the world’s problems; North Korea and global poverty are on the to do list this morning. Oh yeah, and when I am not single-handedly fighting global warming, I also enjoy defending small villages in West Africa and Southeast Asia from malaria by offering them a glass of water and some crayons. Contact photo@sffoghorn.info.


Hunter Patterson

MISSED CONNECTION: Last Wednesday night around 7 p.m. you were on the Bill O’Reilly Show, passionately assailing the liberal media and its leftist rhetoric, and I was at home on the couch, crunching Doritos. You were wearing a black skirt that would make Sarah Palin jealous and I had on my Periodic Tables and Chairs T-shirt. You were making intense eye contact the entire time. It was a special moment; I hope somehow you felt it too. I’ve read all of your books and I completely agree liberals are assaulting America. Contact editorinchief@sffoghorn.info.


Brenna McCallick

SII nerd seeking shaggy-haired boy with artist’s soul to fetch libations, turn book pages and provide insightful and fulfilling conversations beneath shady trees. Willing to help me practice ballroom dancing. Perhaps the occasional stroll through Golden Gate park. Trekkies need not apply. Feel free to guiltlessly Facebook stalk me. Contat mccallick@sffoghorn.info.


Matt Steinbach

Smart, sexy college student seeking someone to cuddle with. I like curly-haired girls with beautiful faces. Being smart and funny is a plus. I like to wine and dine so if you are looking to get spoiled I’m your man. I like sports and food so if you can cook then you’re perfect for me. And if you like sports and can down a beer than that’s a bonus. I’m just a man who wants a lady. Contact sports@sffoghorn.info


Closet geek seeks nerdy guy for late night D&D and LANs. Warcraft obsession a plus. Dungeon Masters preferred, must have own dice. Magic cards a necessity, must be willing to trade. n00bs need not apply. 1337 programming skills a plus. If you think Star Wars pwns Star Trek, you’re my man. Have Twitter? Tweet me: binaryis4lovers. Contact webeditor@sffoghorn.info.

Nicholas Mukhar

I like girls who have a good sense of fashion and a good sense of humor, but there’s nothing sexier than a girl who can dance. If you can dance, it’s nearly impossible to be unattractive. My hobbies are going to clubs and being the center of attention, so I like girls who enjoy the spotlight as much as I do. If you’re a wall flower you’re not the girl for me. Contact opinion@sffoghorn.info


Sky Madden

Andro-boi seeking sleek, fast, sensitive automaton complete with external mother board design and oak wood finishing who loves glitching, thumping and oscillating. Recently heartbroken by a Roland so a Korg or a Moog would be ideal. Authentic tubular warmth is hard to come by these days unless you’re analog in which case, I’m interested. Must be compatible with giving and receiving. No rebooting, crashing or Smart Cards please. MIDI interface and 11 octave plus arpeggiators are always a plus. A major plus. Contact richmedia@sffoghorn.info.


Daniela Ricci-Tam
I’ve been longing to meet my soulmate for so long, it’s like I already know him. In fact, I do. His eye color. His beliefs. His social security number… Babe, last night you were in my dreams. You were also in the Starbucks on Fulton , ordering a tall mocha without the whipped cream. You used the bathroom in the UC (you’re a middle-stall person too, huh?). You spat out your chewing gum outside Cowell (doublemint, I think, but the flavor’s mostly gone). And last night you left your window blinds open…yum. You know who you are. Make my dreams come true. Contact copy@sffoghorn.info.


Michael Villasenior

@anygurl… like love at its best/ i seek nothing more than 140 characters or less/ a dtweet or a dm is more than enough/ i can’t say that i’m that buff/ or that i don’t live in front of my computer, month-after-month/ but come join me and follow my friends/ my name is michael and my twittername is @pacotacomike. Contact onlinemanager@sffoghorn.info

Sound Bites

Sound Bites

Valentine’s Day is ideal for jamming to old school tunes. This week we abandoned our quest for new music and asked some USF students what they thought of the classic love song, “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain & Tennille.

Sound Bites 2

“I really liked the rhythm and it’s definitely something I would listen to. I could dance to it.” – Linda Szabados, sophomore, politics major

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“It kind of reminded me of Stevie Wonder. If Stevie Wonder was a girl I could get intimate with.” – Chris Moore, sophomore, media studies major

Sound Bites 4

“It has a lot of the word “love.” It was common. Formulaic. There are a lot of songs that sound like that.” – Matt Chalabian, freshman, undeclared

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“It made me think about how naïve I get when I fall for somebody. The beat made me wanna move. It’s sexy.” – Sam Finger, sophomore, performing arts and social justice major

Little Saigon Offers Date Spot

Little Saigon

Brave and adventurous diner Margot Kenney ordered the exotic Bun Cha Hanoi, marinated broiled pork served with vermicelli noodles, herbs, sauce and lettuce at Little Saigon’s Bodega Bistro. The romantic restaurant is a perfect Valentine’s Day locale. (Margot Kenney|Foghorn)

The temptation to stay in the USF bubble can be overwhelming for the typical broke student. I know that when I lived on campus the thought of bussing to another part of the city seemed like an unnecessary hassle. I have come to realize that our fair city is arguably one of the best cities in the world with one of the most incredible food scenes out there. Four years are all that some of us get here, so it is important to make the most of them and eat our way through the city.

This Valentine’s Day you may be looking for that special spot where you won’t run into the rest of the couples at USF. I am here to help! Bodega Bistro is a beautiful and delicious French Vietnamese restaurant.

The restaurant is located in Little Saigon, off the 31 bus line at 607 Larkin St. (at O’Farrell). The ambience is very cool, with a moped in the front window and beautiful, brightly colored walls. It gives off an air of casual romance, but there’s no need to dress up for Bodega. An absolute favorite dish of mine is Bun Cha Hanoi ($13.60), marinated broiled pork served with vermicelli (rice noodles), a fragrant pile of herbs, a delicious sauce and lettuce leaves to wrap it all up. The combination is breathtaking. Chef Jimmie Kwok has created a dish with flavors that go together in a perfectly exotic way. There’s something incredibly sexy about eating with your hands! My date ordered Chim Quay, a glazed roasted squab (toothsome little game bird) served with caramelized onions and raisins ($16). This French inspired dish was juicy, tender and full of flavor.

The waiters are very sweet and helpful, but at times I felt a little bit rushed. Overall I felt well taken care of and relaxed. Bodega Bistro offers cuisine showcasing the colonial hangovers left on Vietnam from the French Colonization. It is a cuisine which is completely contradictory: light Vietnamese food alongside heavy French offerings. The contradiction makes the food memorable and delicious. Bodega Bistro is full of romance and excitement, a perfect affordable Valentine’s date for the adventurous USF couple!