Valentine’s Day

Halfway

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Anyone else relieved we’re halfway through February—and thus, another month of winter?

V-Day red wineDespite the snow, I can’t complain so far about this winter. I also actually had the first enjoyable (aka conflict-free) Valentines Day I can recall since, well, ever. After an amazing, headache-clearing massage, I spent the afternoon working in my favorite coffee shop before meeting up with a girlfriend for a glass of wine.

There was a lady at the bar teaching her clueless man-friend how to eat oysters. It kind of made my night.

I’ve been working a lot of Saturdays at the hospital, so a mellow Friday evening with an early  bedtime suited me just fine. Besides, full moons make me tired.

Speaking of full moons, have you heard about the lunar/werewolf diet yet? Or excuse me, Moon Diet. Though I can get on board with the idea that our bodies might be more inclined to retain—or get rid of—water during a particular phase of the moon, I don’t really see why fasting is necessary. You could do just as well being mindful of sodium intake and filling your plate with bloat-fighting foods that are rich in potassium. Also, losing 6 pounds (of water weight that you’ll probably just gain back) in 24 hours isn’t exactly healthy. Just my professional opinion, of course…

Anyway, happy weekend.

How did you spend Valentines Day? What’s the craziest diet you’ve ever heard of? 

 

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A Few Good Things for Valentines Day

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Rather than post a chocolate recipe for two with witty little comments about having better things to do than the dishes, I thought I’d just share a few random good things on this Valentines Day.

Like this virtual Valentine from Women’s Health:

(I don’t want to admit that yesterday’s monster headache was likely related to inadequate caffeination in the setting of intense weather, but what can I say? #addicted)

10 Creative Ways to Eat More Beets.

The Getty Images “Lean In” Collection. As one of my Facebook friends put it, “Surprisingly awesome.”

This hilarious Serious Eats post debunking aphrodisiac food myths.

What it sounds like when a foodie and a non-foodie have a meal together. I think my favorite part is the description of the Sangiovese. I want to sip an adulterous wine, dammit.

In the spirit of my post on 10 Ways to Love Yourself this February, I’m cashing in a Christmas gift card for a massage. This is basically all I want ever.

What are you up to this Valentines Day? 

A Few Random Things for Sunday

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1.) Last week at work I spent almost an entire day on orientation computer modules. The more fire safety education I do, the more random information my brain retains about the nature of fire. This particular time, I was most struck by all the different Classes of Fire. Why is this not a Buzzfeed personality quiz yet? I’m totally a D (combustible metal). Or maybe a C (electrical)?

2.) The other night, whilst assembling furniture and drinking bourbon, I found myself thinking of a favorite quote from Gloria Steinem, on women becoming the men we wanted to marry. Not that all men—or only men—assemble furniture and drink brown liquor, but in some settings that are not my apartment, this Friday night home-improvement might garner a raised eyebrow. When I told my mother about it the next day, she laughed and said, “I love that, becoming the men we wanted to marry—someone has to do it.” Seriously.

Another old photo I couldn't part with
Another old photo I couldn’t part with

3.) The cleaning jag continues. In an effort to free up space on my computer, I trashed a bunch of old photos and music files. Like that EP from that awful guy in that awful band circa 2006 or 7? Why was that even still there? Please don’t ask me which awful guy or which awful band…

4.) This book. If you just got engaged or just a signed a lease with your boyfriend/girlfriend, you probably shouldn’t read it unless you’re prepared for some deep thoughts to wake up your morning commute, but if you’re game for a little positive reinforcement about enjoying and appreciating your independence, you’ll enjoy it. Love the NYPL for making e-books so easy to borrow. 

5.) Elaborate Valentines Day dishes? Meh. Who needs to wait until February 14th to make this chocolate soufflé? I love how sane Mark Bittman’s recipes are. I also can’t believe this one is from 5 years ago. Of course, 5 years ago I was shacked up with someone who hated eggs so much he felt compelled to make gagging sounds when I fried one up for myself, which explains why it wasn’t on my radar. Live and learn.

So…which class of fire are you? What was the last book you read? Do you like chocolate soufflés? 

Happy February 14th!

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Hey, hey hey—Happy loooove

So spill, do you dig Valentine’s Day? Hate it? Neutral? I may not be the biggest February 14th enthusiast, but I do love chocolate.

I think the Valentine’s Day that ruined it for me was the year my then-boyfriend bought me a chocolate pig and got mad when I didn’t immediately, like, get on my knees. I’d love to say I’m exaggerating, but, well, I often refer to high school as Tales from the Dark Farm…

Say hello to my invisible boyfriends...
Say hello to my invisible boyfriends…

I don’t really hate Valentine’s Day—I’ve actually had a few really awesome ones! Like last year, when I hosted diner for some of my best lady-friends. I’m looking forward to seeing some favorite faces again this evening, but I’m relieved not to have any high-pressure plans for the holiday.

Speaking of pressure, if anyone feels like those high-pressure goings-on lead to any situations you want out of or are just putting up with “because it’s Valentine’s Day,” just put on this song. You’ll be too sad to want to do anything. Works way better than “Queen of England”-ing oneself down (Does that actually work for anyone?). Goodness, my college experience would have been so different if I’d just kept some Bright Eyes on hand for emergencies.

That said, it’s also important to do something nice for yourself on Valentine’s Day, whether it’s to balance any less-than-awesome feelings or just because you deserve it (duh). I think Woody Allen said it best when he said, “Don’t knock masturbation—it’s sex with someone I love!” So wherever you are in your love life, be happy to be you.

On a semi-related note, analytics tells me that a lot of people find my blog by googling “fake vagina,” “homemade fake vagina,” and “fake vagina recipe.” This is somewhat confusing, as I’ve never posted instructions on how to make one of these things, and even if I did know how one goes about creating a fake vagina, I definitely wouldn’t write about it on a food blog! So maybe it’s this post? Either that or this recipe for not-so-subtle soft pink dessert tacos from 2010.

Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day? What’s your favorite—or least favorite—part of February 14th? 

Valentine’s Day Chocolate

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Hello hello, and happy Mardis Gras! For all you brave folks vowing to give up chocolate for Lent (which inconveniently starts the day before Valentine’s), today is your chance to indulge in something special before those forty days of pious deprivation  (or whatever the appropriate term is). Rather than go wild, why not treat yourself to a piece or two of something truly fabulous? Way better than the well-intentioned waxy stuff we tend to associate with February 14th.

Chocolates from Kee’s

Yesterday, Serious Eats posted a great slideshow of places to buy chocolate in NYC. Though I have no plans to give up chocolate for Lent, I’m tempted to do a little shopping for future PMS emergencies.

The other day, I tweeted to Lauren of Foodtrainers that my taste in chocolate says a lot about my heart: dark & bitter but a little bit sweet…

Do you like chocolate? What does your taste in chocolate say about you?