Most people focus on the evening as the most important part of February 14th, but why be like most people? Wouldn't it be better to start the day off as you mean to go on? Share an indulgent breakfast together instead of the usual rushed cup of coffee, bowl of cereal and dash to get to work on time: it's the perfect opportunity to exchange the cards and gifts you've chosen so carefully. After all, there are plenty of places to choose from for breakfast in Dublin and they're making an extra special effort for Valentine's Day too. So go a little further afield and take a look at our brekkie suggestions – you'll be sure to make this one of the most memorable Valentine's Days ever, right from the very start.
1. Creamy Porridge With Mixed Berry Compote - Fallon & Byrne
You'll have had porridge before, but never the way that Fallon & Byrne make it. They simmer it slowly with creamy milk until it's so perfect that even Goldilocks wouldn't complain. Then they add their own special compote of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries to give it an extra sweet and fruity touch. Healthy and filling yet indulgent and unusual at the same time: this one's as special as your loved one.
2. Banana Pancakes - Staple Foods
If you've still not had enough pancakes after Shrove Tuesday then these delicious versions from Staple Foods are certain to satisfy. Plus, they're flour free so you can enjoy them even if you or your date is gluten intolerant. You can also choose to have them served three ways. Keep it fresh and fruity with compote and yoghurt or go for some American classics: there's crispy bacon drenched in slick maple syrup or crunchy peanut butter contrasted with sweet honey. Talk about a difficult choice!
3. Peanut Butter & Jam French Toast - The Woollen Mills
Let The Woollen Mills treat you to some of the most delicious French Toast you'll ever have had the pleasure of eating. The thick crusty bread is fried in egg until crispy before being loaded with Peanut Butter and Jam – call it French-American fusion, if you will. And if you loved-up doves have a proper sweet tooth on you, it's also served with High Bank Farm Syrup.
4. Mars Attack - Donuters
If you want to head into the day on a real sugar high then the Mars Attack doughnut from Donuters could well be sending you straight into orbit. It's a super-sweet combination of milk chocolate, caramel, flake and pieces of Mars Bar and it's part of the widest selection of doughnuts in Dublin. If you ever needed an excuse for a morning chocolate dose, surely Valentine's Day is it?
5. Valentine's Special - The Dublin Cookie Co.
At The Dublin Cookie Co. they're pulling out all the stops for Valentine's Day with their special cookie collection, ready to be dunked into lovers' cups of tea all over Dublin. It's a box full of heart-shaped shortbread biscuits including many of the signature icing flavours they're so famous for in Dublin. There are also plenty of shortbread treats in the collection so it's a breakfast surprise that can last all day.
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