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Kakamega hotels enjoys lucrative business following CECAFA games

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Kakamega town based hotels are experiencing one lucrative business that has never happened in their history. The season’s blessings have been brought by the CECAFA games that will take place at Bukhungu Stadium starting tomorrow at exactly 2.00 P.M with Kenya’s Harambee stars opening the ground with Rwandan soccer team.

Preparations ahead of the soccer tournament have been met ushering in various teams from countries like Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda among others. Golf Hotel, Kakamega’s most world class hotel is hosting Harambee stars team among other visitors whereas Western Star Hotel is hosting Burundi based team.

 

Kakamega Sports Club and Diamond Resort & Guest House just like any other hotels around, have every reason to smile after all their accommodation rooms are fully occupied. According to Kakamega Sports Club Manager Mr. Dismus Wafula, more business is expected within and outskirts of Kakamega County following enormous entry of various visitors.

“Kakamega County based hotels expects bigger economic boost following the CECAFA tournament challenge, we are expecting all hotels and guest houses to enjoy this opportunity ranging from accommodation, foods among other services.” Said Mr. Wafula

Despite huge business expected in Kakamega, there is a shortage of hotels and guest houses to achieve the larger number of people coming to watch the games. Kakamega county has about 65 hotels, a number that cannot sustain large number of visitors especially in an event of international games. It is being said that a good number of visitors will be communiting from as far as Eldoret, Kisumu, Bungoma among other neighboring towns. This is said to be as a result of a few and less standardized hotels and guest houses for accommodation among other hotel related services.

CECAFA tournament is set to begin tomorrow and will take a couple of weeks before its end.

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Millions of shillings to shower among Kakamega Hotels ahead of CECAFA games

Summary

  • Kakamega County to host major events
  • Kakamega County has 50 registered hotels under Association of Hoteliers
  • 65 is the number of hotels across the county

For the next coming months, Kakamega County has been favored to host several events that will be a blessing to  the hospitality industry. To name but a few Kakamega is set to host CECAFA tournament from 3rd to 17th December this year, musical and cultural festival from 1st – 7th December and later Masinde Muliro Univesity’s Graduation ceremony which is scheduled to take place on 15th December this year.

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Diamond Rock Resort & Guest House Kakamega. Photo: Courtesy

For the hotels to reap maximum benefits and give a worthy service, unity of purpose is paramount. The Kakamega Forest Tourism Group – an association of Hoteliers in the county comes in ready to bring in all players together for mutual Benefit. Currently the Association has more than 50 registered members under the Chairmanship of Rev. William Owiya, Organizing Secretary John Nyongesa, Secretary Edith Induli and Treasurer Geoffrey Likeli.

The Association is aimed at bringing together all hoteliers in Kakamega County in quest to bring a unified growth of hospitality industry, Says Rev William Owiya, Chairman of the Association.

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Sheywe Guest House, Kakamega. Photo: Courtesy

He also adds that interested parties can enroll with the Association by getting in touch with the Secretary on 0712572954. In total Kakamega County has about 65 hotels in and around the county to name but a few Golf Hotel, Shieywe Guest House, Friends Hotel, Diamond Resort and Guest House, Kakamega Guest House, Siaya Guest House, Milimani Resort, Mutengene among others.

 

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No matter if you’re a coach, manager, parent, player or supporter; especially in more competitive settings, you’ve likely had to travel out of town to go to a game or two, or even a tournament.

Just like you’ll need to travel out of town to go to games, other teams will have to travel to your own home city to visit at home games on your turf. This is great news – sports tourism, even on the small scale, can give small towns and cities a great economic boost especially for hotel industry. Kakamega town based hotels will be this year’s biggest beneficiaries of the upcoming Cecafa Senior Challenge from 3rd December  to December 17th which are scheduled to take place at Bukhungu Stadium which is at it’s first phase verge of completion.

Bukhungu Stadium: Photo Adolwa Milinza, Stetcline 

Despite Phase one of the new Bukhungu Stadium which includes the main stand, the main dais, changing rooms, doctors rooms, VIP Lounges, VIP toilets, referee rooms, offices and a hotel which is projected to cost the county Sh399 million to be complete Kakamega based hotels like Golf, Diamond Rock Resort & Guest House, Sports Club, Western Star, Kammadep among others will be rolling unusual businesses ranging from food, accommodations among other services to large prospected vistors who includes players, fans among others.

The teams (12) which are expected in the tournament includes Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, , Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Zanzibar and Somalia.

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Kakamega’s renown crying stone no longer ‘weeps’

Anyone talking of Kakamega County must think of it’s renown features and phenomenon that differentiates it with the rest of the country. The county is well known for it’s unique and most striking feature that resembles a gowned figure with ‘tears’ flowing from ‘head to ‘toe.’ This gives rise to many varied local myth and folkfore. The ‘weeping stone’ commonly known as cyring stone is one decent tourist attraction site within Kakamega County circuit located in Ikolomani SubCounty. The natives describe the stone as a great cultural and spiritual mogul among Luhya community, Isukha sub-tribe in particular.

The historical site has not only attracted locals but has also appealed to world tourists visiting the site to witness the stone ‘weep.’ This has given Kakamega County an enormous reputation both nationally and internationally. Despite this tourist site forming an income integral part of the society surrounding it, the community has resisted to relinguish the cyring stone to the government or private developers to develop a resort that could make the place more attractive. The place has remained a whopper story since the days of yore as the locals have never realized how important the place could turn their dreams to success stories.

Throughout our research we have realized that the number of tourists visiting the site has drastically reduced following poor management of the natural resources around, ignorance by either the government or people involved as the leading road towards the historic site lies in the ‘forest.’

Depletion of the natural resources around is currently costing the authentic face of the site, there is no proper fencing, measures to ensure the site remains a safe place for visitors aren’t in place. We are also informed that the site has witnessed wrangles among families, a spirit that has seen the place look horrible for decades.

One reason that the community has been unsease to release the site is because of the cultural practices attached to it. The locals believes that when the stone cries they expect good omen, signalling a bumper harvest, for instance. When there is drought, the community carries out rituals here to persuade the gods to bring rain. Other rituals are performed to allay disasters. There is a symbolic meaning when the stone ‘cries’ when it has not rained, villagers say. This could be one big reason to why the community has remained adarmant to release the site for development in fear of loosing their cultural authenticity.

The area if well managed is likely to gallop into a much earning tourist attraction site. Before Kakamega- Kisumu road was well constructed, several foreign visitors used to visit the site on average between 300- 500 foreign tourists a year. Now that the road construction is almost complete the site is likely to attract more visitors hence pulling up Kakamega’s economy.

It is my appeal that Kakamega County Government swifts in quickly to save the drying eyes of the crying stone and give it a boost by either partnering with the locals or buying the area for development. Chances of recording high numbers of tourists both locally and internationally are high due to the high emergency of hotels within Kakamega county for hosting.  I believe with improved roads linking Kakamega with other towns and Hotels for accommodation within the Western Kenya region, more visitors can flock Ilesi and improve its revenue.

 

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Kakamega turns into a city of slay queens and kings

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As the sun goes down over Kakamega, a new rich set of balloon like trousers wearing Kenyans with both men and women frying their hairs, most of them black (but plagiarized their skins to burgundy) in their late twenties, growl with mirth as they quaff whiskey’s and smoke colossal cigars in the capital clubs far away from the civic business hub, the county’s latest shrine of drunkards and misguided generation I don’t see something unsurpassed to smirk at.

Everything here seems totally faulty; no one bothers to bring back our long eminent cultures where you were able to differentiate a chap from a lady.
My co-correspondent at the county’s first growing e-Paper Trussips News watches English premier league on one of four large television screens alongside a wall of surrounded by faux- lost cultural co-viewers, he is unable to differentiate who sits next to him as all members are seen dressed in taut trousers, sauté hairs, divergent colored earrings, other rings as many as Saturn’s rings engulfed their necks.

I sometimes fail to understand why all these is happening, young ladies were to sit next to their ‘gukhus’ or mamas to learn some core chores like preparing sumptuous meals to the husbands, how to keep their husbands faithful forever, how to build a prospective family integral without much peril et cetera. But it seems our ladies have totally lost their ways, all niggling, really competing men in their resting points where they smother weekly craving and try to judge against their notes.
Bars were meant to aged papas who at times set their time to respite with folks and keep their sights away from their foes, bars were not meant for young men and women who of recent have lost their authentic distinctiveness and comings and goings, in the olden days, I recall bars amalgamated working class, people who had coin bargaining powers especially Mumias Sugarcane headmen and heads of schools. In my home village town centre called Isongo, I only used to see men who used to work in plum industries and institutions seen in bars like Wekoye or the one owned by Nanzushi empire (a legendary educationist), Mumbinga bar in Makunga was also a supping point. You were not allowed to loom to such a ‘sacred’ siphoning points especially if you were a teenager or in 20s whether married or not.

 

The ‘xaxa’ generation
Concur or disagree with me the ‘xaxa’ cohort is the nastiest of all the generations from the creation theory, sometimes I feel we’re lost, sometimes especially on weekends I visit one of the tranquil hotels in my village market called Rose Gardens just to masticate some chopped ‘Chapatis’ engrossed in beans soup as I watch the world go lunatic. You find a newly married duo in an ingot both drawing off snifters in the name of love, call it a tormented tornado or whirlwind love.

They get smashed, bamboozled and end up fighting in public because love no longer rules their spirits but tipples have taken over their attenuated wits. Ladies and gentlemen reading my short article, there is a way you can astound your aficionada, through sweet words while in your abode, do all a man is required to do, do all a woman is required to do without much hullabaloo.
My witty peak for you
Taking your lovebird to plum and suburb places is not errant but the place should be a hallowed to help you pick blessings for your subsequent generations. Some places are not worthy especially for married natives. If you mean to live as a married one, cease from such life nuisances, it is unholy and ungodly.

Source picture: Mpasho

 

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Kakamega based hotels to enjoy lucrative business ahead of Cecafa games

No matter if you’re a coach, manager, parent, player or supporter; especially in more competitive settings, you’ve likely had to travel out of town to go to a game or two, or even a tournament.

Just like you’ll need to travel out of town to go to games, other teams will have to travel to your own home city to visit at home games on your turf. This is great news – sports tourism, even on the small scale, can give small towns and cities a great economic boost especially for hotel industry. Kakamega town based hotels will be this year’s biggest beneficiaries of the upcoming Cecafa Senior Challenge from November 26th to December 9 which are scheduled to take place at Bukhungu Stadium which is at it’s first phase verge of completion.

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Bukhungu Stadium: Photo Adolwa Milinza, Stetcline 

Despite Phase one of the new Bukhungu Stadium which includes the main stand, the main dais, changing rooms, doctors rooms, VIP Lounges, VIP toilets, referee rooms, offices and a hotel which is projected to cost the county Sh399 million to be complete Kakamega based hotels like Golf, Sports Club, Western Star, Kammadep among others will be rolling unusual businesses ranging from food, accommodations among other services to large prospected vistors who includes players, fans among others.

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Western Star Hotel Kakamega: Photo Courtesy

The teams (12) which are expected in the tournament includes Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, , Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Zanzibar and Somalia.

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Land in Kakamega more profitable than gold and Sugarcane farming

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Land business within Kakamega has overshadowed the then gold mining in Ikolomani constituency of Kakamega county and Mumias sugar planting zone. The business has became one profitable form of investment in the county. This is according to Rich-Jo Investmment, a Kakamega based real estate firm.

The recent research  also shows that the return on investment in land is more impressive than investing in livestock and other forms of farming.

Land in Kakamega town has drastically hiked at an average of Kshs. 1.7 Million a 50 by 100 plot within Amalemba, Lurambi and Joyland estates.

Commercial and high-density housing are driving the pricing, with the town’s most expensive land in Milimani estate. However, land is still cheap in some parts of the county like in Mumias, Kwisero and Butere sub counties. This is according to the latest research with an average price of Sh. 450,000 per acre.

Fast growing smaller towns like Malava, Matungu have shown the highest return of all assets in the past four years since the inception of devolved government due to dire need of offices and residential houses for government officials.  Generally Land prices within Kakamega county has in the  past four years risen at twice the rate of cattle, and four times the rate of property.

Land prices have shown no signs of slowing down. This is now a concern to developers, who feel that the prices are now making the houses within Nairobi a rich man’s affair.

Where to invest much in Kakamega town

Most of Kakamega town’s upmarket land purchases are for commercial purposes, with investors putting up hotel chains and office blocks to accommodate high rising number of tenants seeking for accomodations. Forexample if you drove along Kakamega – Mumias Road, you will be able to see knew hotels and restaurantsbeing put to meet the high growing number of both residents and non residents to use the facilities. Ikonyero area has been named as one potential area to invest more as it’s houses Mount Kenya University and one acre fund which has called for investors to set housing to accomodate the rising number of tenants in the area.

Photo: Siaya Guest House, Kakamega

 

 

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Kakamega’s Bukhungu stadium is at the verge of completion

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The reconstruction programme of Bukhungu Stadium is set to be completed in a few months time, Kakamega County government has disclosed.  The stadium which is pocketing millions of Kakamega taxpayers money is set to be Western Kenya’s leading sports hub that is laid on international standards and capable of accommodating over 40,000 people.

The programme which was initiated by the county government of Kakamega under the leadership of governor Wycliffe  Oparanya will not only foster sports and recreation services but also attract both local and international investors. This will translate into massive job creation, open business opportunities and long lasting business networking between Kenya and the rest of the world as discussed herein below:

Kakamega county, Western Kenya’s economic hub is set to host local, national and international games hence improving the locals team skills, attitudes and create more sporting activities. The stadium which is designed with special rooms is set to provide hotel services and accommodations.

Economically, Bukhungu stadium will increase aggregate demand of the economy, creating new jobs, thus increasing employment. Based on the multiplier effect, this could lead to an economic growth. In the long run, this may lead to economic development. The stadium will also increases competition among native teams like AFC leopards,Home Boyz etc, opens new business opportunities. Therefore there’ll be an increase in investment, which also helps increase the total income of the county and the entire Western Kenya region. The stadium will lead to an increase of exports, because people will want to come to Kakamega town and watch games (tourism).

Social benefits are qualitative. It may increase marginal utility of the population (happiness). It will boost a moral of the town if a team wins a championship. It could even motivate the younger population to become superstars, thus perhaps increasing the need for education?

Do you have any idea of improving Kakamega and Western Kenya counties? If yes don’t hesitate to call us on +254724986646, let’s share our thoughts.

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The ‘Good’ & ‘Bad’ of Interracial Relationships

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One of the disadvantages of being an interracial couple is the fact that you have to bite your tongue so often in order to get by unscathed.  There is so much more that can be said on this blog, but I can’t help feel like I’m always holding back on certain topics…stuck in “bite your tongue” mode.  Yesterday, I got a couple comments from a reader who’s had to deal with a lot in her interracial relationship.  Hearing her share her story really got me thinking about all the things that I don’t share here…and why I don’t share them.  It’s not because I’m afraid exactly, but I guess there is this knee jerk reaction that comes with “learning your place” in order to prevent the onslaught of attacks that come with being committed to someone of another race.  Guaranteed, racism doubles when the offending races are in close quarters and being in an interracial relationship means that you’re in the “line of fire” every time there’s a dispute.  You can count on your family acting out…with your partner there…and even more so when they get you alone.  To all the interracial couples out there, I just want to say…I know where you’re coming from.  Our experiences might not necessarily be the same, but I can definitely relate. Here’s a bit more of mine and my husband’s story…

Before I met my husband, his parents gave him the talk…you know…the one where they tell him that a woman who isn’t Mexican (or at the very least, Latina) isn’t suitable for marriage.  He was told that he could only marry a Latina…period…and it was preferred that she be Mexican.  His mother would harp on him again and again that he’d better NEVER marry a black woman (that’s saying it politely).  And of course, I got the same speech from my mother (at age twelve no less!) and with very graphic language.  So, when it came to the point that his heart chose me, he was nervous that his mother wouldn’t accept me…and she didn’t in a lot of ways, but I think she was relieved that at least I wasn’t black.  I was a “good” white girl, as she called me…”not like most Anglos”.  So there was always that stigma there about my being white. She would point out all the time about how funny their family would look to other Mexicans now that there was a ” little white girl” in the group.  “All the other Mexicans are going to wonder what this white girl is doing with us” she would add with a chuckle.  I think she was kind of proud in a way…that she felt her associating with me meant that she was better than other Mexicans.  It always struck me as odd and I felt kind of guilty to discover that she thought of me as “higher class” than Mexicans in a way.  I hated that my presence had this quality to it.  There was always this lingering sense that I was different or that I thought myself superior.

Imagine her surprise when my family turned out to be “low class”.  We weren’t professionals, we didn’t have money and yes, we were often crudely unrehearsed in our social etiquette.  For her, this was like a double blow…now, not only did she have a white girl in her family to “water down” the genes, but the girl had no status and was completely useless in any plans she might have to elevate her appearance amongst Latinos.  My status within the family dropped day by day and I was constantly reminded by her and my sister-in-law that I was an outsider.  They never trusted that I wasn’t racist and they always pointed out how “Latinas are more beautiful” and would tell me all the ways in which I didn’t measure up as a woman. It seemed they always had to “remind” me that I wasn’t better than them…as if I wasn’t aware.  They would encourage my husband to see me as less than a whole woman, simply because I wasn’t Latina.  It hurt…it still hurts.  In the end, we had to cut ties with them and move out of state to feel like we could breath because they were always trying to control my husband’s life and judge every decision that he made.  When it came to the point that they questioned our daughter’s racial identity and said that I wasn’t fit to raise her because I wasn’t Mexican, we’d had enough.  That was the breaking point.

For my husband, it was a very similar response from my family, but I would venture to say that there was no romance period for him.Many of them were upset at my choice from day one and he has never felt the sense of acceptance that I felt in the beginning. There have been brief intervals where he’s felt partially accepted, but the constant scrutiny he lives under always seems to muck it up.  No matter what happened, it seemed that he was always to blame.  From my family, the conversations were more like, “Mexicans are drunks who cheat on their wives and beat them” or “They can’t hold jobs.  He won’t be able to provide for you.”  Yeah, this amplifies when your husband is discriminated against at work, denied promotions, reprimanded at every turn, becomes the first to have his hours cut and has no choice but to listen to, and to some degree accept, racial stereotypes and slurs at work.  Is there any good way to explain this to a family that already sees your husband as “flawed” because he’s “Mexican”?  I add Mexican in quotations because it has become a word tinged with prejudice and sometimes feels more like a slur, than a badge of identity.

Having a husband who deals with discrimination is frustrating enough on it’s own, but having a family that doubts racism as a possibility can become downright infuriating.  Instead of realizing the real problem of job discrimination (Yes, it’s real!), my family would prefer to discredit my husband by assuming that he must be at fault for the mistreatment.  This is one of the biggest sources of frustration for me…the fact that people who aren’t directly affected by racism just don’t understand how it could possibly be an issue. Nothing leaves you feeling more hopeless than a family who puts stock in their uninformed and irrational perceptions that racism flat out doesn’t exist!  According to many, it’s something that ended with slavery!  Interesting how so many many disparities exist between minorities and whites…just wondering how that’s possible if racism is a thing of the past?!  Really, the only way that this can be rationalized is by ignoring the facts and I think that as whites we are taught to ignore from a very young age.  Part of it comes out of our prejudice, but mostly, it seems that a lack of awareness grows this idea that we don’t talk about the things that we don’t understand.

Nurturing Diversity & Multiculturalism

There needs to be more transparency and education about true diversity…not just the ‘token’ acknowledgement.  Throwing a black character into a television show does not create diversity or multiculturalism.  In order to find understanding, we must be clued in to the experiences of people of color. For me, that meant films, books, history courses, direct interaction and becoming part of a new community.  I always knew that our family existed outside of the typical American experience because we lived in poverty, so it made sense to discover that Latinos, African Americans and other races were also segregated by society.  The sad part is that this de facto segregation is what prevents us from proceeding as a fully inclusive society that equally regards all individuals.  It prevents “saints” from accepting “sinners”, the rich from accepting the poor and one race from accepting another.  For me, this practice is the main element that prevents understanding and acceptance of those who are different from ourselves.

I believe multiculturalism is the answer.  A multitude of cultures, living in close quarters with each other and learning to accept and appreciate their differences and similarities.  As another blogger puts it, “…people in an interracial marriage or bicultural marriage [can be] ambassadors or diplomats…I think we have a responsibility to use our marriage as a teaching tool for others who haven’t had the learning opportunity that we’ve had“.  Well said!  This should be our goal as interracial couples. ♥

This article was originally published in May 2011.

Source: biculturalfamilia

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2018 Is Going To Be A Good Year For Kakamega County’s Property Market

It looks set to be a bumper year for Kakamega county and it’s environs in 2018 when it comes to real estate and the economy as a whole. That makes a marked turnaround for a persistent underperformer in Western Kenya.

The county has shot to the top of the list of preferred destinations for real-estate investment in the eyes of major institutional investors. It is also the fastest-growing major economy, set for growth of 7.0% next year after this year’s projected 7.2%, according to Rich-Jo Investment Ltd, a Kakamega based real estate firm.

The inception of the devolved government has seen the county run down and up to equip the drastic growing population with Kakamega town among it’s sub counties. The devolution aspect has brought the idea of building of Government offices and houses to carter for the looming number of both county and central government employees.

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Western Kenya’s gigantic institution has kept real estate investors on toes to carter for the growing number of university students and lectures being admitted after every four months. Statellite or rather branch universities of other major universities in Kenya like Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, Kenyatta University, Mount Kenya University and just to name a few have also brought dire need of housing and hostels for their students.

The inception of Western Community Health Association (WECOHAS), a non governmental organization dealing with health is set to establish an ultramodern cancer (oncology) centre in Lurambi constituency a few kilometres from Kakamega town, a project that is expected to cost KES 150 million interms of land among other facilities. This project is expected to employ hundreds to thousands of locals which is likely to call for shortage of housing.

Real estate investors are expected to make use of the opportunity to develop more housing that will accomodate high expected number of the centre’s employees.

Another lovely scene that is likely to call for real estate investors in Kakamega town is the Mwale Medical and Technology City (MMTC), a modern medical and technology complex is located in Lunza, Butere Sub County, Kakamega, Kenya. The city is set to be Western Kenya’s leading economic hub as it contains a multibillion- shilling shopping and residential complex and a 5,000 bed medical hospital. The city is also set to call for more housing within Kakamega county.

If all these projects were to be completed in two years coming, where do you see Kakamega county interms of housing? Send your comments herein below.

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5 Deliciously Romantic Meals To Cook For Him

They always say “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” and it’s definitely true.

So, instead of trolling around adult stores or booking a romantic dinner at a restaurant, prepare for a romantic night in and cook a delicious meal.

1) Spaghetti with meatballs

Spaghetti pasta with meatballs and tomato sauce

While this is a simple meal in terms of skill and taste, it’s a favourite among men.

There’s something about the simple slurp of a spaghetti noodle that makes a man want his lady to be slurping at the other end.

If you’re both sharing from the same plate, then that’s a romantic bonus…especially if you’re feeding each other.

Don’t forget, it’s also the very same dish that united our favourite Disney Lady and her Tramp.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz dry spaghetti
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes (28 oz each)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz)
  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

1. To make the meatballs, sauté onions, parsley and garlic in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil. Cook, stirring often, for 8-10 minutes or until the onions are soft. Remove ¼ of the mixture and set the remainder inside.

2. In a bowl, mix bread crumbs, milk, egg, Italian seasoning, salt and the ¼ cup of the onion mix that was just made. Use your hands to stir in the ground beef and pork, and then form them into 2 inch balls.

3. Warm a tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven or stock pot. Add the meatballs and cook, turning often, until browned on the outside. (5 minutes or so)

4. To the pot, add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, minced garlic, pepper, and salt. Add in the remainder of the sautéed onion mix. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.

5. Cook pasta according to the directions given to you on the package. Place in a serving bowl and spoon the sauce and meatballs overtop. Enjoy!

2) Roast chicken for two

When it comes to keeping a meal simple, roasted chicken comes to mind. It is an easy, uncomplicated dish that can tantalize his tastebuds and keep his belly full.

Pair it with a nice, fruity wine (such as a Riesling or even a flirty Rose), some mashed potatoes and his favorite veggies to make it complete.

Ingredients

  • 1 150g roasting chicken
  • ½ tsp sage
  • ½ tsp savoury
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • ½ a lemon
  • 1 tsp olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.

2. Grease the roasting pan with the olive oil and then place the chicken in.

3. Sprinkle the sage, savoury, rosemary, salt, and pepper all over the chicken.

4. Place the lemon half inside the lower cavity, along with the two cloves of garlic.

5. Place the roasting pan in the oven and let it roast for an hour and 20 minutes, or until juices run clear. Must have an internal temperature of at least 170 degrees Farenheit.

6. Serve with mashed potatoes and your choice of vegetable. Enjoy!

3) Grilled Ribeye steak

Sliced medium rare grilled Steak Ribeye with rosemary

Men are all about meat and potatoes, aren’t they? As long as there’s a nice cut of meat and a starch on their plate, any man will be satisfied with the meal, right?

When it comes to cuts of beef to grill, the Ribeye is the most popular.

It’s tender, well marbled, and absorbs flavour a lot better than some of your usual choice cuts.

Grilled, buttery garlic shrimp is a great topping for a Ribeye if you want to make dinner extra special.

Ingredients

  • 2 8 ounce ribeye steaks
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 12 de-veined, shelled shrimp
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

1. Heat the butter in a skillet on medium high heat.

2. Place the shrimp in skillet, along with the minced garlic and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Cover both steaks with the Worcestershire sauce and the remainder of salt and pepper.

4. Heat oil in another skillet over medium high heat. Place steaks in skillet and cook for varying times, depending on degree of wellness preferred.

5. Remove steaks from heat and place upon plates.

6. Top each steak with the garlic shrimp.

7. Serve with boiled baby potatoes and corn.

8. Enjoy!

4) Coq Au Vin Blanc

Coq au Vin

The French are a notoriously romantic people. It only makes sense that their cuisine is a match to their personalities.

Coq au Vin Blanc is a simple, tasty, romantic dish that is sure to please your man and your taste buds at the same time. It’s a perfect dinner for two!

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup white wine (works best with zinfandel)
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 1 bulb fennel, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped pancetta (regular bacon works well as a substitute)
  • 2 parsnips, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil

1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or stock pot over medium high heat.

2. Season chicken thighs with salt, and pepper. Place them in hot oil and cook on each side until browned.

3. Remove thighs and set aside.

4. De-glaze pot with the white wine and chicken stock. Stir until all bits are removed from bottom of pot.

5. Return the chicken thighs to the pot.

6. Add the chopped fennel and parsnips and stir until well distributed.

7. Cook over medium heat until chicken is cooked. Internal temperature must be at least 170 degrees and the juices run clear.

8. Serve in a bowl with a sliced baguette.

9. Enjoy!

5) Pork chops in Port wine sauce

Pork chop with beetroot leaves garnish and cream sauce on white plate

Not many people associate pork chops with a romantic night in, but this port wine sauce these chops are paired with will be an instant favourite with your man.

He might want you to put this sauce on anything and everything he can…perhaps you should make a stash of the sauce!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium shallot, chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup port wine
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup plum preserves, strained
  • ½ tsp salt, divided
  • ¼ tsp pepper, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 bone-in center cut pork chops (1 ¾ pounds)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

1. Bring the shallots, Port and sugar to a boil in a medium sized saucepan. Boil until the mixture is reduced to ¼ cup.

2. Add the broth, return to a boil and reduce again to ¼ cup.

3. Reduce the heat to medium, stir in the plum preserves, half of the salt, half of the pepper, and cook for two minutes. Cover and keep warm on low heat.

4. Combine the coriander, garlic powder, remaining salt, remaining pepper and sprinkle over the pork chops.

5. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chops in a single layer and cook on each side for about 5-6 minutes until cooked through and juices run clear.

6. Serve each chop with the sauce spooned over top. Serve with roasted asparagus and gruyere polenta. Enjoy!

Making a romantic meal for your favourite man isn’t too difficult if you use one of these delicious, decadent recipes.

Not only are they straightforward to make, but they also make any time you spend sharing a meal an unforgettable pleasure.

Keep in mind that men are easy to please when it comes to food, so keep things simple!

Source: YouQueen

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