There’s nothing more romantic than celebrating Valentine's Day with that special someone who inspires us and makes every day feel like a dream. The 14th of February is the day of love par excellence, and that’s why Valentine's Day is a special day on the calendar, and one of the most celebrated by couples. Although it’s important to keep the spark of love alive every day, Valentine's Day provides the perfect excuse to surprise our partner with a romantic gesture.
If you need a plan for this 14th of February, make a note of the following ideas to celebrate Valentine's Day with a true Iberian flavour.
What is Valentine’s Day?
Valentine's Day is a Christian celebration, originally from Anglo-Saxon countries, which over time has become widely-celebrated in other countries. At present, the 14th of February is known as Valentine's Day, the most romantic day of the year, specially dedicated to the celebration of love. But, do you actually know where this tradition comes from?
What is the origin of Valentine's Day?
El origen de la celebración de San Valentín lo encontramos en la Roma del siglo III, cuando el cristianismo se expandía rápidamente por el Imperio Romano sin que sus dirigentes pudieran hacer nada para impedirlo. El Emperador Claudio II, que gobernaba en aquel momento, decidió prohibir el matrimonio entre los jóvenes bajo el pretexto de que los solteros lucharían mejor y estarían más dispuestos a ir a la guerra si no estaban emocionalmente ligados a una familia.
The origin of the celebration of St. Valentine can be traced back to third century Rome, when Christianity spread rapidly through the Roman Empire, with leaders not being able to do anything to prevent it. Emperor Claudius II, who was ruling at the time, decided to ban marriage between young people under the pretext that single men would fight better and would be more willing to go to war if they were not emotionally tied to a family.
Valentine, the bishop of Terni (Italy), was convicted for officiating secret weddings under Christian ritual. The officer in charge of his imprisonment wanted to put him to the test and challenged him to restore sight to his daughter Julia, who had been born blind. Valentine accepted the challenge and worked the miracle in the name of Jesus, which resulted in both the officer and his family converting to Christianity. After she regained her sight, the officer asked Valentine to tutor his daughter; and the bishop ended up falling in love with the girl. But the story didn’t have a happy or romantic ending. The priest remained imprisoned until the 14th of February, 269, date on which he was executed.
In the beheading of St. Valentine in Rome, we find the first sign of the celebration known today as Valentine's Day. On the eve of his execution, the priest sent a farewell note to his beloved with the words “From your Valentine”, words which are now used by lovers in Valentine’s Day cards.
How do you celebrate a special Valentine’s Day?
The best plans to celebrate a special Valentine's Day are those that are designed to be enjoyed in the best of company. Love is shown in the smallest details, therefore, in order to organise a perfect couple’s plan, it’s important to look for ideas and experiences that show our feelings in a simple and personal manner.
Beyond the traditional saying, which promises that ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’, it has been shown that we respond better to romantic cues on a full stomach. Based on this revelation, incorporating gourmet products to your Valentine's Day can become your best ally to surprise your partner in a very special way. Below, we’ll show you the most romantic ideas to celebrate a special Valentine's Day and conquer that gourmet heart.
Romantic dinner with SEÑORÍO DE MONTANERA products
Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner at home with Señorio de Montanera products. Surprising your partner with a romantic dinner with gourmet products is a perfect idea for a special and unforgettable evening.
In order to succeed with an ideal menu that meets the expectations of the most romantic day of the year, you must look after every little detail on the table, create a special atmosphere and select the best Señorio de Montanera Iberian products. We suggest you start the evening with hand-carved Iberian ham or any of our Señorío de Montanera sliced products; which are packaged in a ready-to-eat format.
As a main course, the flavour and tenderness of Señorio de Montanera Iberian meats will be a guaranteed success. And since there is nothing more romantic than you doing the cooking, we suggest our selection of best recipes with pure Iberian meat, simple and innovative proposals that will make you look like a true “chef”. Pure Iberian meat is amazingly tasty and one of the most demanded products in haute cuisine for its exceptional quality and flavour.
Señorio de Montanera Iberian breakfast
Preparing a romantic breakfast is an affordable, easy-to-prepare option with guaranteed success. No need to rack your brains over preparing a laborious modern brunch. The most romantic way to surprise your partner is to enjoy breakfast in bed with healthy products typical of the Mediterranean diet: natural orange juice, toasted bread with tomato and a few slices of Señorio de Montanera Organic Iberian Ham that will provide that exclusive gourmet touch to our Valentine’s Day plan.
Iberian Ham is an exquisite and healthy product that is highly beneficial to our health. Thanks to its high levels of Tryptophan (an amino acid that is a precursor of serotonin), Iberian Ham helps fight stress and reduce anxiety, acting as a natural antidepressant. Therefore, starting the day with this complete Señorio de Montanera Iberian breakfast is a pleasure for all the senses.
Valentine’s Day gift ideas
Receiving a special Valentine's gift is one of the most popular traditions on Valentine’s Day. For weeks now, shops have been filled with hearts and cupids to attract our attention towards the perfect proposal. But often, the lack of original ideas or a tight budget limit our search.
The best surprise for your partner is a gift that you can both share and enjoy, which is why at Señorio de Montanera, we have prepared an enticing selection of Valentine's Day gift ideas.
Señorio de Montanera gift packs
The Señorio de Montanera gift packs offer a multitude of options to surprise the most demanding palates. It is the perfect gift to be enjoyed in company andto let yourself be carried away by the purest Dehesa de Extremadura flavours.
In the Señorio de Montanera online store you can find the best selection of top-quality products, made from 100% acorn-fed Iberian pigs, with a wide range of prices to suit any budget. In addition, all Señorio de Montanera gift packs can be accompanied by a special card and message, which can be customised in the shopping cart after completing the online order.
Señorio de Montanera luxury gift
This Señorio de Montanera luxury gift has been specially designed for the most gourmet palates , and is capable of conquering even the most capricious heart. The Premium Pack: Amanecer en la Dehesa defends the exclusivity, craftsmanship, and expertise that the pure Iberian sector shares with the world of fashion.
With a luxury format, Señorio de Montanera presents in this gift pack its best hand-carved acorn-fed % Iberico Ham DOP Dehesa de Extremadura and a silk scarf designed exclusively by the fashion firm García Madrid. The Haute Couture silk scarf is completely handmade, from 100% natural materials, just like the Iberico Ham piece that it accompanies. An exclusive and versatile accessory that enhances the value of this Limited Edition, and proposes it as the most exclusive gift for a luxurious Valentine’s Day.
Advice to enjoy the best Valentine’s Day
Creating a romantic atmosphere completes our advice to enjoy the best Valentine's Day. A well-dressed table, some candles, a little music and good wine are your best allies to prepare the ideal surprise on a night full of love and magic; but, most importantly, it is essential to select an excellent product to serve on the table. The pure Iberian flavour of Señorio de Montanera products is all you need to enjoy a gourmet experience, keeping it simple in the kitchen.
Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to surprise our partner with a romantic plan to help us escape everyday monotony. From selecting a special gift, an enticing gesture that fills us with love, to simply spending time together as a couple; the intimacy of our home provides the ideal environment to celebrate a happy Valentine's Day without leaving the house. And to conclude, a romantic dinner with Señorio de Montanera Iberian products will provide the perfect finishing touch to a gourmet evening to be forever remembered.