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While most chefs are busy putting together aphrodisiac menus of oysters, lobster and chocolate for Valentine's Day, chef Mark Spagenthal of The Library Bar, located in New York's Paramount Hotel, has another kind of menu planned. Spagenthal has crafted an “Anti-Valentine’s Day Menu" consisting of stinky, sticky, messy and otherwise not very kissable items, including garlicky spinach ravioli, super saucy barbecue spare ribs and a molten chocolate cake served with black pepper ice cream. All of these dishes are guaranteed to do a number on your breath, if not get stuck between your teeth or possibly stain that special Valentine's Day dress.
But a little spinach between the teeth is no match for true love, and we're sure that there are plenty of guys out there who would take barbecue ribs over seared foie gras any day. And of course, garlic's aphrodisiac powers have been touted since the days of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Combine all of these fun to eat and tasty dishes with a flute of Champagne and you're looking at a wonderful spread for Valentine's Day, whether you're dining with your favorite ladies or your main squeeze.
Can't get to The Library Bar? Try making your own anti-Valentine's Day dinner with these recipes:
Garlicky Spinach Dip with Hearts of Palm: Bad for your breath and sure to be stuck between your teeth
Sticky Pork Ribs: Guaranteed to make a mess of your dress
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