passport to romance

The Palms Hotel & Spa invites you to take a culinary journey to the world’s most romantic cities this Valentine’s Day. On Thursday, February 14, join Chef Julie Frans as she captures the magic of places that grab hold of your heart. Essensia’s four-course Passport to Romance Menu will explore the culinary pleasures of some of the world’s most romantic cities, including Paris, France; San Sebastian, Spain; San Francisco, California; Fez, Morocco; and Istanbul, Turkey. Each course on the Passport to Romance Menu will be expertly paired with a wine from the same enchanting city. Private dinner service is also available in the hotel’s garden gazebo and in the Tiki Cabanas.

The first stop on Essensia’s Passport to Romance Journey is universally known as the City of Love and Lights – Paris, France for a special Amuse Bouche.  Next, diners will visit a seaside paradise notable for its pioneering Michelin-starred restaurants and beautiful beaches on the Bahia de la Concha. The Basque town of San Sebastian, Spain inspires the first course featuring a Pintxos Trio of Tortilla Espanola with Romesco Sauce, Serrano Ham Wrapped Date with Manchego, and The Gilda, San Sebastian’s most famous pintxo. 

The third stop is San Francisco, California for a Soup and Salad Duo featuring Cioppino, a petite version of Fisherman’s Stew with Tomato, Fennel Broth, Baby Scallops, Dungeness Crab, Laughing Bird Shrimp and Venus Clams served alongside a California Farm Salad with saved Beets, Carrots, Fennel, Wild Flowers, Fresh Herbs and Pistachio. One of the most romantic cities in the U.S., San Francisco offers gorgeous vistas and artisanal food.

Next jet set to an ancient city with maze-like alleyways, tiled mosques, tea gardens and open-air marketplaces overflowing with fruits spices and nuts. Fez, Morocco seduces diners with a choice of Moroccan Swordfish with Saffron, Capsicum, Mint and Coriander or Tagine Moroccan Braised NZ Lamb with Raisins, Almonds and Honey. Both dishes will be served with Traditional Moroccan Couscous, Sautéed Purslane and Chermoula.

The final stop takes guests to Istanbul, Turkey with a Love me in Istanbul Shared Dessert Plate featuring Sütlac Dried fruits and Nuts Risotto Rice Pudding, Turkish Coffee and Figs Bonbon, Turkish Delight with a SOFL Twist. A mix of art galleries, boutiques, nightclubs, gorgeous Ottoman Mosques and tea gardens makes the legendary Turkish destination deserving of its nickname, the City of the World’s Desire.

The Passport to Romance Menu will be available Thursday, February 14, and is $95* per person or $135* per person with wine pairings. Private dinner service in the hotel’s gazebo is an additional $200 and an additional $150 for the Tiki Cabanas. Space is very limited and reservations are required. (*Prices do not include tax or gratuity.) For reservations, please call 305.908.5490.

About Essensia
Essensia Restaurant follows a farm-to-table philosophy, offering a seasonal selection of wholesome global cuisine with emphasis on premium local and sustainable ingredients.  Working with local farmers and carefully selected purveyors, Essensia’s menu features healthful and flavorful dishes made with produce, meats and seafood primarily sourced from within the State of Florida. Essensia’s exclusive wine list is committed to being sustainable, organic or biodynamic and has been selected for sharing Essensia’s mission to be good for you and the environment.   Essensia is open 7 days per week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. For restaurant reservations, please call 305.908.5458 or visit www.essensiarestaurant.com.

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