One Table: A Menu for the Heart


“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”
Harriet Van Horne, ‘Vogue’ 10/1956

Nomad Luxuries; flat lay photo of a hand frosted pistachio cake with rose petals for a finishing touch.

{Persian Love cake by Manger. Too beautiful to eat…}

I absolutely love eating at a restaurant; surrounded by the chatter of intimate conversations, being waited on from start to finish and never having to wash a dish. There’s something about the ambiance and prestige of dining out that I so enjoy.

This Valentine’s however, we have chosen to stay local. At this small yet international kitchen, also close in proximity and conveniently situated in our apartment. We wanted more of a comfortable feel with our own intimate conversation…of two. Drinking wine and swaying to music as we cook together sounds absolutely perfect to me.

For this week’s one table, I’ve put together a menu to spice up the night and get things stirring.

Pour Commencer:

Snails with garlic cream sauce

Warm kale, beet and balsamic salad

Pour Continuer:

Filet Mignon with roasted baby potatoes with herbs

Paired with: my favorite wine, Nero D’avola from Sicily.

Pour Terminer:

Persian Love cake

Chai or Mint Tea and Coffee

Photos of Moroccan tea cups placed on a dainty metal tray.

{Why not serve your tea in ornate Moroccan glasses on a brass tray? Photo via here }

This Valentine’s Day, try something a bit less “traditional and cliche”? I went with a Moroccan inspired theme. While the colors still remain festive for the holiday, the decor gave it an exotic and sensual feel.

A Moroccan inspired styled table set with brightly colored trimming and table runners.

{While not all of us get to enjoy warm temperatures at this time of year, this setup can still be brought indoors. Photo via Camille Styles }

Persian pillows placed strategically to bring a pop of color to brighten up the decor.

{Enjoy dessert and tea on a couch full of pillows and beautiful, colorful textiles. Photo via here }

Colorful hanging paper balls for a bright and fun decoration option.

{ Still following the color scheme, love these hanging paper lanterns. Photo via The Glitter Guide }

Hope you all enjoyed this week’s One Table!





  1. February 6, 2013 / 6:40 pm

    Oh my goodness!! Love the bag, love the shoes… love everything. A Moroccan theme? Holy YUM!!

    My only regret is that I did not know this sooner, as I would have planned for an elaborate Vday celebration with a Moroccan twist. I mean, who wouldn’t want to make a reservation at the small “chef’s kitchen” style restaurant with an international flair such as the one in your OWN HOME!!! Haha.

    I may or may not need to rethink EVERYTHING for a little dessert party I’m throwing for a few gals. I. Am. Totally. Doing. This.

    PS – Serving tea in miniature glasses like these fab gems is genius. Is it weird that I am thinking of rose petals standing as “fondant” on chocolate cakes, alternatives for tea cups such as 6-ounce red tunis glasses, and/or majestic fabric wall-coverings instead of managing my P&L? I. Think. Not.

    • Yana
      February 6, 2013 / 8:54 pm

      Oh, this made me laugh! This cake keeps taunting me- it’s beautiful and mesmerizing and I just want to bake it so that I can look at it! I think rose petals as fondant is an excellent idea, not to mention a small “re-adjustment” is never a bad idea. Just add some small pops of red, orange and fuchsia and you got yourself a party. Can’t wait to try all the delicious desserts!