People are so boring and cliche during Valentines day so I sexed it up a bit and made ours Beyonce-themed. If you missed it, you can read the fab menu linked in the first sentence.

This was the first time I wasn’t traveling during Valentine’s. In 2011 we were in Malta channeling Haruki Murakami’s The Wind Up Bird Chronicles. In 2012 we were eating burnt chicken BBQ in Panglao Island in the Philippines. In 2013 I was in Borneo with my high school best friends. I caught a really bad case of food poisoning and I was trying to control my bowel movement while hiking a mountain and crossing a treetop canopy walk in Kota Kinabalu. FUN. This year I was too lazy to go anywhere. I’m getting old.

Unsurprisingly, I received a bouquet of flowers from my hot hot date. (Yes, that’s our living room! I will be posting more pics of the apartment when we are done furnishing it.)


valentines flowers


So how did it go? Fabulous. Here’s how the food looked like in real life.


Meet Who Run the World? (Shrimps) and Dangerously in Love salad. The buttered garlic shrimps with mushroom was delish and so was Dangerously in Love salad. The cucumber was stuffed with egg salad. Delicious, fresh and healthy.


garlic shrimp

mushroom with egg salad



Main Dish

Beautiful Chicken is baked chicken breast on a bed of zucchini, carrots, mushrooms and bell peppers topped with mozzarella and cream to keep it wet. Then I’ve seasoned it with thyme, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. The burnt stuff on top of the chicken meat is actually the mozzarella. It melted beautifully to cover the chicken meat and it was my favorite part of the dish. It looks unappetizing on the photo below but it was really tasty and creamy. I’ve also cooked seasoned potato rings as our main carbohydrates for the main dish. Yes, that’s Put a Ring on It.


baked chicken mozzarella

potato rings


Dessert and Drinks

Instead of vanilla ice cream, I used egg-liquor-flavored ice cream. It sounds weird but it’s actually really really delicious. My number 1 ice cream flavor was pistachio until I tried this one. It has been my favorite ever since. I topped it with crushed salty pistachio to achieve “I am Pistachia Fierce”. I mean favorite ice cream + favorite snack? How could I not love this. Champagne and other wine are not seen in the photos.


egg liquor ice cream



There was so much food. I was so full and couldn’t finish eating my plate of baked mozzarella chicken. Next time I’ll try to keep the servings smaller. This is why they don’t serve a whole baking pan of food when you eat a five-course dinner.

What did you do last Valentine’s Day?

DJ Yabis is the poster boy of Dream Euro Trip and a modern day renaissance man. Originally from the Philippines, he loves throwing dinner parties and stalking rock stars in music festivals. Subscribe or follow his adventures LIVE on Facebook or Instagram. Learn how to plan your own eurotrip.

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6 Responses to “Our Valentines Dinner is Beyonce Themed – The Food” Subscribe

  1. Jean | Holy Smithereens February 20, 2014 at 5:23 PM #

    Very creative! I like the “run the world” shrimps 🙂 mukhang masarap!

    • DJ Yabis February 20, 2014 at 10:04 PM #

      Haha thanks Jean! Masarap talaga 😀

  2. Diane Yabis February 20, 2014 at 2:24 AM #

    I love the mushroom thingy salad! Sobrang cute please di ko kinaya hahaha. and I bet it’s delish! I miss your cooking!!

    • DJ Yabis February 20, 2014 at 2:39 AM #

      So kelan yung cooking post pa talaga yung mapapacomment ka ha? Miss you too! Come visit soon.

  3. Nicole February 19, 2014 at 9:53 PM #

    I LOVE the attention to the details, DJ.
    Great idea for a dinner party or just an intimate meal for two! 🙂

    That ‘Beautiful Chicken’ sounds so good. You might have to bring some to Berlin 😉 haha.

    • DJ Yabis February 20, 2014 at 1:04 AM #

      Thanks dear. Will you be in Berlin? If you have an oven I can prepare this 😀

      See you there!

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