Anyone who has read Like Water for Chocolate (one of my favorite books), or seen the film (one of my favorite movies) undoubtably remembers the classic scene in which Gertrudis eats the meal of quail in rose petal sauce prepared by Tita for Pedro and becomes the vessel, through which all of the passion Tita put into the creating the dish, that only running off naked with a soldier on horseback can quench.
Julie Powell mentions that seeing the movie with her husband (then boyfriend) is what prompted her to cook in the first place. She wanted to make that dish for him. (Who wouldn't?) The meal did not turn out as planned. It never even made to Eric's mouth after Powell and her brother gave it a taste test. Powell seems to believe that it was because she did not understand that the recipe was "largely literary, i.e. fictional." However, I have made the dish, twice, and I can attest to the fact that it can be made to be quite delicious, and with the aphrodisiac qualities that made it famous. My recommendation for a perfect Valentine's day date: make the dish together, then watch the movie. I sent this idea to theRomantic.com website where you can find the recipe, along with thousands of other romantic ideas.