Sexy Valentine’s menu, the end of business lunch etiquette, burgers become recession-proof

Sexy Valentine’s menu, the end of business lunch etiquette, burgers become recession-proof

Tempting chilies (Photo by Giorgio Di Iorio) 

Valentine’s Day is usually a godsend for florists, chocolatiers and restaurants across the city. But not this year. [Globe and Mail]

More bad news for chocolate purveyors: chili peppers are gaining on chocolate as the most craved food in America. [Seattle Times]

Can’t justify spending big this Valentine’s Day? All the Best Fine Foods’ head chef, Chris Klugman, reveals his tricks for whipping up an aphrodisiac-rich meal at home. [Sweetspot]

We knew that beer sales soar during a recession but hadn’t heard that sub-par burgers also benefit. McDonald’s sales increased seven per cent last month. [Chicago Tribune]

The politics of the business lunch are disintegrating as awkward exchanges over who gets the check are replacing dessert. [New York Times]