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Welcome to delicious Destinations, a GourmetStation blog. Through the charater of T.Alexander and occasional real-life guests, our aim is to share with you light-hearted fun ideas about food, gift giving, entertaining and culture. At the same time we would love you hear from you. Please share your experiences from home or abroad.

Valentine Dinner Gifts - Free Shipping

Posted: February 8, 2010
by: T.Alexander

Valentines is one of our busiest and most exciting holidays at GourmetStation. Without the influence of organized religion or government we are left with two essential ingredients to a happy life – romance and fun. Something everyone can related to! While this message is directed to both genders, we’d like to remind our gentlemen readers that you can be a star chef and prepare a gourmet dinner for two without going to chef school. Go ahead and impress that special Valentine with only 30 minutes in the kitchen.

Order a romance dinner from GourmetStation and select from 5 delicious menus…Parisian, Tuscan, Cajun, Fusion & Americana. Our romantic dinners are delivered in complimentary gift packaging to set the stage. All Valentine Dinners delivered include a heart candle and white cloth dinner napkins – an elegant touch for any special dining event. To sweeten this Valentine Dinner Gift, we’re offering free shipping. Doesn’t get much better than that!

Valentine Appetizer


Valentine Dinner Gift from GourmetStation

Posted: January 23, 2009
by: T.Alexander

Valentine Day gives us the chance to celebrate love and romance, but it can be a stressful event if a little planning is not done in advance. For example, consider the Valentine dining experience, restaurant reservations, long waits and high tabs plus tip. There is an alternative you know, GourmetStation Valentine Dinner For Two delivered.


The Valentine menu is exquisite, French of course. Start your Valentine dinner with a tasting of bistro mushroom soup & tomato basil soup and don’t forget the traditional French baguettes. Entrees include salmon en Croute, chicken Montrachet – both served with creamy spinach & artichokes. Delicious! Best for last – dessert is chocolate truffle cheesecake and St. Ives coffee. The Valentine Dinner Gift includes 3 complimentary gifts: a Valentine candle inscribed with “love”, a Valentine poem including history and best of all, an MP3 download from Rui Serodio, romantic new age music “straight from the heart of Europe.”


Now for the price: $89.99 for two plus shipping. Visit our menu page and receive a coupon for 50% off 2nd day shipping. All this value and convenience is going to leave you with more time for romance. Bon appetit! Happy Valentine’s Day.


A Gift Of Poetry

Posted: April 6, 2008
by: T.Alexander

Are you a hopeless romantic? Do you love poetry? Would you like to express your emotions in poetry to someone special but don't have the writing talent? Well, I have a website for you. A Gift of Poetry. The next time you are preparing to celebrate a special occasion - like an anniversary, or a birthday - or just because, consider A Gift of Poetry.

The poems are personalized to each individual and their situation. As an example, this web page describes how a woman on her 1st wedding anniversary expressed love for her husband. As you can see, the profile of the individual was taken into account with real life examples of how the relationship had enriched each other's lives. The end result - My Lifetime Lover.

I can see other applications as well. In trouble with your significant other and need a little humor to break the ice? Consider a gift of apology along with a personalized poem from A Gift of Poetry. Let your imagination go. You may not be Edgar Allen Poe, but A Gift of Poetry is the next best thing!

GourmetStation, Provider of Upscale Food Gifts & Gourmet Dinners, Announces Valentine Dinner Delivered

Posted: February 1, 2008
by: T.Alexander

New Valentine Dinner Delivered - GourmetStation

GourmetStation, the leading national merchant for gourmet dinner gifts, upscale gourmet meals and fine food gifts delivered nationally, announced the introduction of the Eiffel Tower Menu for Valentine dinners delivered.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) January 24, 2008 -- Valentine's Day is a booming event for restaurants. Finer establishments provide multiple seatings and are sold out weeks in advance. Long waits and the hassle can cause much stress. GourmetStation believes Valentine dinner is the last event that should be ridden with stress and proposes to send romantic Valentine dinners directly to romantic couples. With only 30 minutes preparation, romantics across the US can enjoy fine French cuisine in the comfort of home.

The Eiffel Tower menu sets the stage with elegant gift packaging featuring old world postcards from regions like Paris, Tuscany and New Orleans. Inside the elegant packaging is delicious cuisine starting with artisan bread, creamy soups, entrees like Chicken Montrachet and Salmon en Croute and chocolate truffle cheesecake with Euro blend coffee. 4 complimentary gifts include a heart shaped candle, Valentine poem, and bonus dessert & beverage. The price for this Valentine dinner delivered is $89.99 for two plus $19.99 shipping. Additionally, the company is offer 50% off 2nd day shipping.

The French are romantic by nature and this romance is reflected in their elegant en Croutes and rich sauces. Our goal is to bring the elegance of a fine French restaurant to our patron's home.

"We selected French cuisine when developing the 2008 Valentine dinner delivered" says founder & President, Donna Lynes-Miller. "The French are romantic by nature and this romance is reflected in their elegant en Croutes and rich sauces. Our goal is to bring the elegance of a fine French restaurant to our patron's home."

About GourmetStation
GourmetStation delivers a delicious in-home dining experience complete with the flavor of travel to an exciting cultural destination. The online retailer offers the unique opportunity to give or receive a unique gourmet food gift to mark a life-cycle occasion or just to take a night off from cooking. GourmetStation offers multiple regional menu options including Parisian, Tuscan, Cajun, Fusion, Americana as well a Romance menu and seasonal menus like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine dinners delivered. The wide variety of destination themed food gifts is designed to spark the imagination of both the giver and receiver. Each chef-inspired dinner is intended to provide a dining experience similar to that of its regional inspiration.

Internationally themed three and four course gourmet meals are delivered anywhere in the United States. Deep-chilled gourmet dinners require only 30 minutes preparation include European blend coffee or organic tea, after-dinner candy, floating candle and matches. Prices for multi-course dinners for two range from $69.99 to $89.99. Gourmet gift certificates, including Dinner of the Month certificates and Soup of the Month certificates are ideal for birthdays and anniversaries. For more information, visit www.GourmetStation.com or call 1-888-944-9794.

Contact Information:
Donna Lynes-Miller
Founder & President




Posted: January 27, 2008
by: Mark Stine

I love biscotti, as I am sure many of you do. Especially, the kind of biscotti that is dipped in dark chocolate on one end and served with a very strong dark coffee…ahhh…what a way to spend an afternoon in repose...meditating over a nice strong cup of coffee, with chocolate biscotti.  Just my preference…or so I thought.

I recently received a large gift basket of homemade “Rosemary Biscotti” from my friend “Rhubarb Barb”…a recipe contributor and comrade in arms go anywhere dining companion from a past gourmetstation blog on pies. Rhubarb pies to be specific.


The wonderful thing about the rosemary Biscotti was that it wasn’t overly sweet…or really sweet at all, but had a wonderful earthy natural flavor of rosemary and currants. An exceptional flavor profile as we used to say in the fast food business when sampling some new food offering that exceeded expectations...”yes a wonderful flavor profile.”

Well…as I thought more about it, where did biscotti come from? So I did a little research.

Well, obviously from the spelling, it had Italian origins and that much I knew. So after a little online digging I uncovered that “biscotto” means cookie and getting into the structure of the word reveals that the latin bis and coctum later becoming the Italian cotto means something like twice baked…the original process to prepare the traditional biscotti we are all used to eating. The twice baking gave the cookie the “finish” and crunch and provided the consistency. It was also used in those early roman times as a long shelf life baked good for easy transport and flavored with almond.

Well I am all for convenience and I also discovered online a device to allow for a faster baking process for those who have to worry about time and labor and energy costs. (It’s called Pipe and Bake System…google it under biscotti if you want to know more) They have figured out a whole new way to achieve the same results in a faster time frame then twice baking. Hmmm...does that then make this new product an “unacotti”??... once baked or from a traditionalists view point “half baked”…a subject no doubt for a future episode of Rachel Ray.

Well, even though biscotti is supposed to last a long, long time, at least from a perishable stand point, the rather large amount of rosemary biscotti that Barb sent me was gone in a week. What can I say… alone…with no shame and a hot beverage to wash it down, why the biscotti became my nightly and afternoon snack…and best new friend.

So if you would like to try some very tasty rosemary biscotti, Barb has included the credited recipe below.

Wedding Biscotti
Recipe courtesy Katie Lee Joel

Wedding Biscotti
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried currants

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and 
rosemary. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer and a large mixing bowl, beat butter and 
sugar together until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs, 
1 at a time, incorporating each egg fully before adding the next. Add 
the vanilla. and gently stir in the flour mixture until just 
combined. Stir in currants.

Cut dough in half and shape into 2 logs. They should be about a 12-
inches long; and 1-inch thick.

Bake until just starting to brown at the edges, about 35 minutes. Let 
cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets. While the biscotti logs 
are still warm, cut each log into 1/2-inch wide slices on the 
diagonal. Place the slices back on the baking sheet (using 2 baking 
sheets if necessary to fit all the slices). Bake for 7 to 8 minutes. 
Remove the baking sheets from the oven. Turn the biscotti over and 
bake for an additional 7 to 8 minutes, until the biscotti are crisp.

Let the biscotti cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet(s). Serve 
when cooled to room temperature, or store in an airtight container 
for up to 2 weeks.

There you have it. A great afternoon of baking and enjoyment and keep your friends in mind as it makes a great personalized gift……I know!

Mark Stine


Valentine Poem

Posted: January 22, 2008
by: T.Alexander

According to legend, St. Valentine actually
sent the first Valentine greeting himself.
While in prison Valentine fell in love
with a young girl who often came to visit.
Before his death he wrote her a letter
signed "From Your Valentine."

I have searched my heart
For the words to say
Just how much you mean to me
This Valentine's Day.

You are All of God's Blessings
Rolled into one
My dreams, my desires
My nightfall, my sun.

My every waking moment
My hopes and my fears
My disillusion, my contentment
My joy and my tears.

But most important of all
I thank God when I pray
Because you make every moment
My Valentine Day.

For food gifts, Valentine dinner delivered, gourmet dinner gifts or gourmet meals delivered, please visit GourmetStation.com


Valentine Dinner Delivered From GourmetStation

Posted: January 21, 2008
by: T.Alexander

Valentine's Day is prime time for most restaurants. Reservations are difficult to secure. Waits are often long. Valentine's Day is one day we do not need more stress. Let GourmetStation take the stress out of Valentine 2008 by sending the restaurant to you.

Our Eiffel Tower menu is French cuisine at it's best - 4 delicious courses in this exquisite romance dinner for two. We are including 4 complimentary gifts plus offering 50% off 2nd day shipping. Details for our Valentine Dinner Delivered are a click away. Plus we have a full line up of romantic dinners delivered from our Parisian, Tuscan, Cajun, Fusion & Americana menus. Bon appetit!

If you're seeking food gifts that are a cut above the crowd, try our gourmet meals delivered. These exquisite gourmet dinner gifts are delivered in free packaging nationwide.


Romance & Anniversary Dinners Delivered

Posted: July 14, 2007
by: T.Alexander

It’s July and hot in the south. Some might say, “not very romantic.” Gone are the red roses from Valentines Day and here we are in the dog days of summer. So how do we put a little zip into these days – a little romance and intrigue, so to speak.

I have an idea…..of course, it relates to food. Maybe you’ve having an anniversary this month and you’re thinking about anniversary dinner ideas. Or maybe you just want to show love and appreciation for no reason at all. Try planning a small intimate dinner party for two for your significant other. Make it a surprise if you wish and pull out all the bells and whistles. If it’s not too warm outside, consider dining out doors. If you can find flowers growing naturally in your yard or area, consider these flowers instead of pricey arrangements from the florist. Don’t forget a nice wine – if you need help in this category, check out wine consultant Susan Anderson’s suggestions.

Now for the menu. Let GourmetStation do the work for you with their gourmet dinner delivery. All you need to do is heat & serve and the cuisine is extraordinary. For a romantic occasion or an anniversary dinner idea, I recommend the Parisian anniversary dinner delivered – or the Tuscan Romance meal delivered. I recommend lamb shank and salmon en Croute from the Parisian menu and chicken Saltimboca and baked salmon with sundried tomato alfredo sauce from the Tuscan menu.  Priced at $110 for two including shipping, you won’t be able to shop, chop and serve cuisine of this quality and beat the price. Both menus are delightful and give you the time off to relax and get on with the romance of your evening. Good luck.

For a food gift they will long remember, bookmark GourmetStation.


Happy Valentine's Day

Posted: February 14, 2007
by: T.Alexander

To all you hopeless romantics across the world, Happy Valentine's Day!

To all our loyal patrons that supported GourmetStation by purchasing our romantic dinners delivered this Valentine's Day, a heartful "Thank You."

If you've let the day slip your mind, here is a beautiful e-card site that has unique and top quality e-greeting cards.


Cool Party Accessories For Valentine Dinner Delivered

Posted: February 4, 2007
by: T.Alexander

Valentine Day count down is on for you hopeless romantics with only 11 days left to plan your Valentine dinner and party. I’ve already given you tips on how to boycott cooking Valentine dinner with a gourmet dinner delivered from GourmetStation. My recommendation is the Eiffel Tower menu. Not only can you whisp them away to France with a taste of Paris, you’ll also receive free shipping, leaving you with dollars to spend on other aspects of your Valentine Day party.

So what can you do with those extra $. Where can you spend them? I’ve got the perfect solution thanks to my friends Mark Deutsch & Cathryn Barmon of Undici.com. Mark & Cathryn are consultants with for a cool company called Plum Party. Plum This web site lets you take any party or event to the next level with unique party supplies. Pretty serving plates and coordinated table accessories are just the beginning. What caught my eye was party accessory themes – after all, we’re all caught in a creative drought from time to time. Just go to Plum Party and let them help you select a unique theme. What about a 1950’s theme party with rock & roll accessories. They even have retro sunglasses. Or an Elvis party – the king lives at Plum Party.

What caught my eye was one particular offering – a Valentine Day romance kit to go with your romantic dinner delivered from GourmetStation. Here’s what you get:Val_kit

Set of 6 Sweetheart Badges, Lacy White Heart Banner - 7" by 12", Heart Centerpiece - 8" by 11"/Two-sided, Shiny Hearts - Package of 40 assorted sized shiny foil hearts, 'Be My Valentine' Banner, Valentine Loot Bags - 5.5" by 9"/Pack of 12/Six designs/2 of each style, Cupid Cut Outs - 6 Piece Set/3 sized cupids/2 of each, White Fun Fringe - 25' of tissue festooning, and Pink Fun Fringe - 25' of tissue festooning.

Talk about doing it right. This Valentine’s Day a dinner from GourmetStation with party accessories by Plum Party will put your event over the top. Go for it!