A Valentine’s Night In: Nibbles & Netflix | AD*

I don’t know about you but I’m such a stay-at-home girl nowadays. I love nothing more than putting some fluffy pyjamas on and getting into bed to watch Netflix. Gone are the days when I used to stay out until gone 5am and then be able to get up to do a shift at work a couple of hours later. Luckily, my partner Jesse loves to be lazy with me and gives me good recommendations for TV shows (hint hint, we’ll be suggesting some in this post). Can you ask for any better than that? I don’t think so. So, when I was given the opportunity to share what I would typically do on a night in with Jesse, I jumped at the chance as we love a good night at home.

I was very kindly sent a hamper from eShores* that was described as the perfect accompaniment to a romantic night without having to leave the house. I was very curious as to what the hamper would include and I was over the moon when I opened it to find an assortment of Italian foods. Italian food is definitely one of my favourite types of cuisine; anyone who knows me well enough will know that I eat bowls of pasta way too often, especially smothered in cheese.

I would love nothing more than to just spontaneously jet off to Italy with Jesse for a little romantic getaway, in fact it’s currently number one on my places that I want to visit most. Although I don’t currently have the funds to do this at the moment, it doesn’t stop me longingly scrolling through different vacation itineraries and dreaming about being there. If you are looking for a break to get away at the moment, eShores* have put together a 10 day ‘Ultimate Romantic Holiday’ itinerary that I would book in a hot minute if I could. This is the perfect Italian package holiday that takes you to two of its most-loved cities as well as stopping off at Paris, France with plenty of incredible experiences in each place.

Although we were sat in my bedroom on a rainy day in Birmingham rather than exploring the beautiful canals of Venice (in our defence, Birmingham has more canals), we still made the most of our evening together by enjoying the Italian hamper. The first thing I pulled out of the hamper was a Jute bag decorated with a map of Italy which was absolutely filled with different Italian foods. I cooked the bag of Dalla Costa Gigli Tricolour Pasta and mixed in the jar of Mutti Passata to create a really simple but tasty pasta dish. The pasta was coloured with semolina, tomato and spinach to create the colours of the Italian flag, can you get any more true to the country than that? Much to my absolute delight, there was also a big block of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese that naturally, I had to grate excessively over my bowl of pasta because cheese is life. There was also a little bottle of Drogheria & Alimentari Porcini & Truffle Flavour Infused Oil which I didn’t put into this dish as I was worried about not liking it; I do however have an Italian housemate who sampled some for me and she gave it the stamp of approval, so I definitely need to give it a try in the near future. I also decided to throw some Valledoro Garlic Croutons on top of my pasta to change up the texture a little bit. These croutons have become my addiction, I won’t lie – I really need to stop snacking on them so much.

I already know that I love cheese and pasta but what I was most excited about was trying all of the different Italian sweet treats that I pulled out of the hamper. First I tried a small sliced of the Tedesco Panettone with Chocolate Chips; panettone is basically sweet bread and is often filled with chocolate or different fruits, something that quickly became love at first bite. This would be perfect paired with a cup of coffee and went down an absolute treat. The next thing I tried was some small crunchy biscuits called Gadeschi Amarettini Classic. I wasn’t personally a massive fan of these as I don’t like the smell of Amaretto, never mind the taste which was very prominent in these biscuits. If you’re more into alcohol in your desserts though, these will be right up your street. However, there was another box of biscuits called Gadeschi Biscotti with Candied Lemon Peel and I’m honestly going to need a lifetime supply of these. They taste quite creamy and sweet, pretty similar to shortbread with the slight bitterness of lemon coming through and I’m sad to say that I’ve already demolished the whole pack.

I was very excited to also pull out a box of handmade macarons from the hamper. These came fresh from Macarons and More; although the flavours weren’t listed on the box, I’m pretty sure that they were praline, strawberries and cream and lavender from a look on their website. I’ve never been one for floral tastes in my food so I didn’t try the lavender one (Parma Violets are the only objection to that rule) but the other two flavours were absolutely heavenly. The cookies and cream one reminded me of chocolate brownie, it was a lot more chocolatey than I was expecting but tasted incredible nonetheless. The strawberries and cream one was my favourite of the three, it tasted so fresh and sweet and I could’ve shamelessly eaten about five of them.

Now, what better thing to pair with a night of eating tasty food than with a good old Netflix binge? The traditional thing to do on Valentine’s Day would probably be to watch something like The Vow or the Notebook so I thought I’d suggest something a little bit different. Here are some of my favourite Netflix picks that I think are perfect for binge-watching sessions as a pair. They’re not necessarily the most generically romantic of suggestions but entertaining all the same. Grab some snacks and settle down with your loved one, a friend or a fluffy blanket – singles will love these suggestions too. Enjoy my picks, you won’t regret it (as long as you favour a little bit of trash TV every now and again).

Back with the Ex

This is a series set in Australia where four ex couples reunite to spend several weeks together – sounds like a terrible idea, right? After all, there’s a reason why you broke up in the first place. The series sees each former couple meet after years apart to find out if their love can be rekindled or if it’s a dead case. There’s so much drama in this show and each person has a very strong character about them. It’s very easy to form opinions about each couple and whether you want them to work or not. Without revealing any obvious spoilers, some people on the show definitely don’t deserve the unconditional love they’re receiving which sparks some heated debates. It’s fun to discuss the tribulations of each couple and have discussions about it. This is definitely one of those trash-TV type shows, a complete guilty pleasure that we can’t help but watch.

Grimm

Detective Nick Burkhardt is the latest Grimm in a long line of guardians who are sworn to keep the balance between mythological creatures and humans. A lot of the episodes and characters are inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales; it’s a great cop show with mysterious, creepy and often violent twists. Jesse has seen this series multiple times and it’s one of his all-time favourites. He’s been trying to get me to watch it for absolutely ages and I finally caved a few weeks ago. I’m glad I did because I’m completely hooked; I’m only just coming to the end of series one so I don’t know anything that’s happened past that but Jesse has assured me I’m in for some shockers and emotional times. We love discussing who our favourite mythical creatures are as there’s so many different ones that get introduced each episode. If you’ve seen Grimm before, isn’t Monroe just the best?

Zumbo’s Just Desserts

Zumbo’s Just Desserts is an Australian baking competition where twelve amateur bakers are given different dessert-based challenges. There are different themes within each episode such as under the sea, Australian favourites and fairy tales. It’s really interesting to see what different creations each person comes up with. Zumbo also gives them technical tests to see how they cope with challenging tasks which turns out to be pretty hilarious to watch some of the failures. Jesse and I both ended up having a different favourite contestant and rooting for them to win so it was fun to have a bit of competition going on between us. I’m still mad that they kicked out my favourite so early on.

Dexter

Dexter Morgan works for the Miami Metro Police as a blood spatter analysist but he also leads a double life as a serial killer. You might think those are two very contrasting paths but Dexter doesn’t kill just anyone; he targets other serial killers that have slipped unnoticed through the justice system and takes matters into his own blood-covered hands. This is such a gripping series with eight seasons altogether, I never wanted it to come to an end. It’s something that I’ll definitely be re-watching when I get the chance, I love the elements of dark comedy mixed in with gore and mystery. Plus, it’s obviously common knowledge that Michael C. Hall plays the perfect lovable creep. What could be more apt for Valentine’s Day than that? Haha.

Have you ever been on a romantic getaway?

I was gifted the hamper included in this post from eShores in exchange for a blog post talking about a cosy Valentine's night in, featuring eShores' Ultimate Romantic Getaway Itinerary. All opinions are my own.
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18 Comments

  1. February 5, 2019 / 11:10 am

    I was sent this hamper too and loved it! The biscotti biscuits were lovely and I really liked the pasta as well. I’m also a stay at home kinda girl. Big nights out are definitely past me now!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

    • February 5, 2019 / 11:22 am

      Ooh I can’t wait to read your post on it! I’ve been so excited to see everyone’s creative ideas with it. I’m so gutted that I don’t like anything booze flavoured like that but I’m obsessed with the lemon biscuits for sure. I completely agree! I’m always in my pyjamas as soon as I get home haha x

  2. February 5, 2019 / 3:11 pm

    Oh my goodness, this has got to be the hamper of dreams!! I absolutely love Italian food, cheesy pasta has been a regular occurrence in my life recently. Also, cookies and cream maracons, I never knew these existed but now I feel it is my mission to track some down and try them!! 🙂 You can’t go wrong with a cosy Netflix evening either, that’s the perfect kinda night in. I’m always looking for new things to watch so thanks for the recommendations Alice.. Back with the Ex sounds really entertaining, trashy TV can be so addictive, ha ha. Great post lovely <3

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • February 5, 2019 / 3:32 pm

      I completely agree, every time I think about cheesy pasta I want it all over again. It’s a definite addiction, haha. It’s honestly SO yummy, they have other flavours on their website too like cappuccino and chocolate orange! Trashy TV is my favourite haha, you can always count on me to hunt down the trashiest of shows. Thanks Bexa! xx

  3. February 6, 2019 / 7:55 pm

    Oh my god I would L O V E this hamper!! I love Italy, I love pasta, I love cheese, I love truffle oil, I love macarons, also I SO would’ve eaten that lavender macaron, dammit. I’m very much like you in the fact that I am a homebody and much prefer nights in so this would be so perfect for Jake and I, too! We are just going to stay in on valentines night with a takeaway, hehe. I’ll definitely bring you some foods back from Italy if you want some so I can pretend you’re there exploring with us. Italian is by far my favourite cuisine, especially the authentic dishes like arancini – to die for!
    Alice Xx

    • February 8, 2019 / 9:55 am

      I literally thought of you straight away with the lavender macaron because I just knew you’d love something like that! It’s a shame it wouldn’t have kept long enough, I could’ve mailed it over hehe. I think we’re going to do exactly the same thing, get a fat pizza in or something and just chill, we don’t make any fuss over the day at all. Ooh yum!! Now I’m excited. Can you just cram me in your case? xx

  4. February 7, 2019 / 12:17 am

    Ooh this hamper sounds wonderful and a great way to spend a romantic night in for people that love Italian food! The treats all sound so good as well – I think they would have been the first thing I tried in the hamper.

    Thank you for sharing this post and the Netflix recommendations!

    Jess xxx || http://littlepinkduckblog.blogspot.co.uk

    • February 7, 2019 / 4:48 pm

      So much yummy food! Italian food is definitely one of my favorites so it felt perfect for me, mind you I love most food haha. You’re welcome, I hope you find them useful! x

  5. February 7, 2019 / 2:53 pm

    I absolutely love the idea of this hamper, perfect way to have a cosy night in. My lazy self prefers that most of the time too. Good to know your housemate approves of the truffle oil, I think I’d be nervous to try it too x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • February 7, 2019 / 4:47 pm

      Being lazy is just the best to be honest, haha. I just need to bite the bullet and give it a try, I’m sure I’ll love it once I have x

  6. February 7, 2019 / 8:44 pm

    What an amazing hamper! Aaron and I spend a lot of nights in together as we’re saving the pennies, so this is deffo right up our alley! I also had to come back to comment after I got straight onto Netflix and binge the entire season of Back with the Ex 😂😂
    Major fan of Grimm (that was mine and Aaron’s fave and we were gutted when it finished!), Dexter was brill but they should have ended it a season before they did and we haven’t tried Just Desserts!
    ❤️❤️

    • February 8, 2019 / 9:49 am

      It was delicious! Haha did you enjoy it?! I’m loving Grimm, it’s just gonna take me so long to finish it all haha. I agree with Dexter, the ending felt so rushed x

      • February 11, 2019 / 6:15 pm

        I bloody loved it – just wish there were more episodes available 😂😂❤️

  7. February 20, 2019 / 9:12 am

    Um that eShores hamper looks bloody delicious and I looove Italian food too!! I could literally eat it all and it sounds like an absolutely wonderful hamper. I obviously haven’t had a proper look, but I didn’t you could get Panettone without fruit in!? I despise fruit in cake, but I’ve always been desperate to try Panettone – so I’ll have to hunt out that chocolate version! Also, great Netflix recommendations. We started watching Dexter, but Kieran got bored (standard….) so I am really wanting to get back to watching it, cos I loved it! Fab post Alice 🙂 xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

    • February 20, 2019 / 9:44 am

      I enjoyed it so much, the pasta was super yummy! Ugh I would hate one with fruit in too, I’m not very keen on that but the chocolate one is honestly so good. I hope you can find some to try! Noooo Kieran, Dexter is amazing. I was constantly on edge watching it and wanting to know what would happen next. Thanks Char 🙂 xx

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