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Dates around the world (right in your city): France

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The French are known for their fine cuisine and perfected wines. It is easy to understand how they also happen to be well-versed in romance. Approach your next dating adventure a la francaise with this guide to French finds around the city.

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Find a little of the City of Love in St. Louis by igniting your taste buds at a local French restaurant. Choices abound in a city named after a French king (Louis IV). If you’re starting the date early in the day, you may wish to pick a place that specializes in crepes and other light French food. Crepes Etc. is located in the Central West End and has a wide variety of crepes and sandwiches to salivate over. This restaurant also offers exquisite coffee choices, including the Mayan Mocha (chocolate and cinnamon). Get there early so you have first choice from the menu because you’re out of luck on an item once they run out of it for the day.

Take your lover to appreciate some of the fine visual pleasures France has brought to us by visiting the Saint Louis Art Museum’s current exhibit, “Impressionist France.” Define France’s national identity through these stirring paintings and photographs. Let this exhibit set the scene and help you two to visualize the lavish French countryside and cityscape all around you.

A crème de la crème of dinner choices includes Café Provencal in downtown Kirkwood. This place prides itself on only offering French cuisine and imported French wine. The soft lighting and warm surroundings will put you and your date at ease. Be adventurous and opt for the scintillating garlic-drenched escargot appetizer. Choose from a specialty item, such as the delectable lamb dish currently being offered, or stand by a classic like the Steak Frites. Whatever your fancy, Café Provencal will serve it up just right.

Finish your French-inspired day with a selection of choice wine from the country. Pick up a bottle of Chateauneuf de Pape at a place like Friar Tucks liquor stores and trust that you’ve selected a highly-praised wine to top off the night. Even famed wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. holds this Provencal-based selection in fond regard for its bountiful flavors. Toast to your love and share in the delights a French-inspired date can offer you two!

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