Food on Friday: A spicy suggestion for Valentine’s Day


By Julia Westhoff

Every year Valentine’s Day is an afterthought for me, and every year Valentine’s Day is a disappointment. On the one hand, I love the idea of a day indulging in chocolate, flowers, fancy dinners and sweet sentiments. On the other, Valentine’s Day comes sandwiched between my birthday and our anniversary. And we’ve got two kids and a budget. And those popular prix-fixed restaurant meals are usually a disappointment.

So I don’t plan anything. Then on Feb. 14 I realize I want to do something a little more special than quesadillas and reruns of The Wire. But it’s too late – the restaurants are booked and they don’t do take-out on Valentine’s Day. So I run to the hot bar at Whole Foods and buy some overpriced roast chicken and mashed potatoes and shove it in my face like a grump.

But not this year! This year I’ve thought ahead and settled in on the perfect Valentine’s Day meal, even if it won’t be at an expensive restaurant over candle light: Ethnic takeout.

Holidays are a great time to try out new ethnic cuisines, because many ethnic restaurants don’t partake in the holiday hoopla. One of my favorite New Year’s Eves ever was spent at Korma Sutra in Overland Park where there was no set menu and no worry about reservations – just lots of incredibly delicious Indian food. Another one of my favorite Kansas City restaurants is Hot Basil on 119th and Metcalf. A big order of Thai takeout – now you’re speaking my love language.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Prairie Village! Make it a spicy one.