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AND IF YOU'RE LUCKY Take your sweetie underground. Don't kill him or her, of course, or sully any morals, but do bring your sweetheart to the Wabasha Street Caves (215 Wabasha St. S., St. Paul) this Valentine's Day. Enjoy the dark, sultry atmosphere perked up with roses, champagne, and dinner. Afterwards, dance to the sweet music of Sonny Bryant and his band. Call 224-1191 for reservations.... Another destination for you young lovers, whoever you are, is the St. James Hotel in Red Wing (that's about 40 miles south of the Twin Cities). They are offering a Valentine's Dinner in their Victorian Dining Room this Friday and Saturday. Feast on shrimp with sauce royal, oyster bonilla, baked brie, lobster with Newburg sauce, citrus sorbet, strawberries and cream, and other delights. The cost of this lush dinner is $44.95 per person. Call 227-1800 for reservations.... If you're planning on staying at home, you'll need some nourishment to sustain your adulations. From Karen Mangum's new cookbook, Life's Simple Pleasures: Fine Vegetarian Cooking for Sharing and Celebration (Harvest Press), comes this recipe:

Sweetheart Strawberry Mousse:

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Tao Natural And Organic Foods

2200 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Category: Restaurant > Health

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

* 2 pints fresh strawberries

* 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin

* 1 cup water

* 1 cup sugar

* juice of 1 lemon

* 1 tsp. vanilla extract

* 1 cup nondairy whipped topping

* 2 egg whites

Wash strawberries. Blot on paper towels. Hull and puree in blender.

Add gelatin to cold water in saucepan. Stir constantly over low heat until dissolved (about five minutes). Remove from heat and stir in sugar.

Combine mixture with berries. Add lemon juice and vanilla. Chill in freezer or refrigerator until mixture forms a ball when dropped from a spoon.

Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold whites into whipped topping. Fold in berry mixture. Transfer into dessert glasses or mold. Chill until set (at least two hours). Garnish with fresh strawberry fans (that's a strawberry cut to look like a fan. You'll get no help from me on that one. Now a strawberry cut to look like the Eiffel Tower I could do, but you're on your own here).

SMOKE UP JANIE: In conjunction with Beaulieu Vineyard wines and Paddington and Hiram Walker liquors, Morton's of Chicago (555 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.) is pleased to announce their Second Annual Women's Cigar Dinner on February 21, 6:30 p.m. If you've got burning questions about fine cigars and fine wines, and if you are the right gender, then this is the event for you. You'll have to spring for whopping $125/chick tix ($25 per ticket donated to NCADV), but won't the "free" gift bags provided by Chanel and Saks Fifth Avenue be worth it? The mingling and the jingling of jewelry and business cards? Well, if not, there's always the food, which starts at the reception with asiago sharp cheddar and brie cheeses with assorted crackers. From there, move on to the grilled jumbo shrimp with caper beurre blanc served with Beaulieu Vineyard's Careros Chardonnay, then onwards again to herb-crusted double filet mignon with a red wine shallot demi glace with tomatoes, plus onion and asparagus with basil vinaigrette, and polish the meal off with chocolate velvet petit fours with fresh berries. And if you haven't sucked down every last drop from your wine glasses, maybe you'll have room for an after-dinner drink--maybe a little Amaretto di Saronno or Godet white Belgian chocolate liqueur? Call Morton's at 673-9700 for reservations.

S'MORE SMORGASBORD: Who couldn't love a museum that serves food? This Sunday, Feb. 16, the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave., Mpls.) is serving up a genuine Swedish smorgasbord. Try things you've previously only dreamt of, such as aquavit herring, baked salmon served with cold herb mayonnaise sauce, apricot-stuffed pork roast with mushroom sauce, and Lenten buns stuffed with almond paste and whipped cream. Then snack on things you might have dreams about after you've tried them, like Jansson's Temptation, which might be a potato, anchovy, and onion casserole and might be something so much more than that. All this and live Scandinavian music to boot. Afterwards, take a turn around the museum's Turnblad mansion setting: just don't sit in any of the chairs. You break it, you buy it, and after eating all of that delicious food, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the furniture could be in jeopardy. The all-inclusive cost of this event is $17.95 for adults, $7.95 for kids 6-11, and free for kids under 6. Call 871-4907 for more information/reservations.

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