Nothing says “I love you” like chocolate. It’s the universal way to melt your valentine’s heart. It’s also good for your heart. Thanks to flavanols, antioxidants also found in berries, red wine and grapes. So in small amounts, chocolate is good for you. Many health experts recommend eating a 1-ounce square of chocolate a day. And the darker the chocolate (which is higher in antioxidants), the better.
Today is Fat Tues-day, the day before Lent starts. It’s the day when you have permission to eat everything rich and fatty in the house, before the traditional big fast, which starts tomorrow on Ash Wednesday. But tomorrow is also Valentine’s Day, which creates a conundrum: start an austere fast, or celebrate a day set aside for the foods of romance, such as steak, lobster, chocolate, and champagne. So if we can choose a two-day pass to indulge our palates as we celebrate these culinary feasting days back-to-back, are you with me?
BOSTON — At a crowded, downtown bar one recent Saturday night, the lights were dim, hip-hop music played and most everyone had a drink in hand.