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RL Entertaining: The Breakfast Club

Ditch the wine and roses and surprise your honey with a cozy breakfast for two

Photography: Toto Labrador Styling: Issa Villar

It's always a great idea to do something nice for your significant other every now and then. For starters, why don't you surprise your honey first thing in the morning? Prepare breakfast for two, right in your own home. No candles, no expensive wine, no overplayed emo music. It's just no-fuss food, a relaxed setting, and the two of you enjoying each other's company.  

Read the original article ("The Breakfast Club") in the January 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

The Space

Turn a part of your living or dining area into an intimate breakfast nook for two: 

Place a small table by a window. Your regular dining table might be too large for intimacy! The sunlight streaming through the window is a fresh alternative to candlelight.

Make use of tableware and accessories in white and other neutral colors to create a relaxing ambiance. 

Add rich pops of color through blooms—instead of using roses, opt for pretty, cheerful flowers like mums and daisies.

Get creative when it comes to your centerpiece: Instead of a flower vase, we placed a pedestal used for pastries. On the first level, we set out an assortment of muffins and other goodies; on the second, we placed flowers in an old box wrapped in crepe paper.

Melt your honey's heart as you fill his or her stomach by writing a love letter. Set one plate on the table, place the letter on top, and place a clear plate on top of the letter so the recipient could read it as he or she polishes off her food.

Strawberry and Nutella French Toast


The best thing about breakfast? The food is no-nonsense! You don't have to be a master chef to whip up something delicious. Try this simple recipe.


(Serves 2)


1 egg

½ cup fresh milk

4 slices white bread

½ tsp cinnamon powder

Fresh strawberries, quartered


Confectioner's sugar

  1. Beat the egg, add milk and cinnamon, and mix thoroughly.
  2. Soak bread slices in mixture.
  3. Place some butter in a pan and melt in low heat. Place bread slices and cook one side until lightly browned. Turn over and cook other side.
  4. Place bread on a plate and cover with chocolate-hazelnut spread.
  5. Place strawberry slices on top.
  6. Using a sifter, drizzle confectioner's sugar over the French toast.
  7. Serve with champagne. Make the drink extra special by dropping a whole strawberry into the glass. 
Breakfast in Bed

You can also choose to surprise your honey in bed by making a small-scale version of the setting on a breakfast tray, and serving him or her in bed. We placed a couple of blooms in a smaller container—it's sure to bring some sunshine into your spouse's Valentine morning!


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