Look, unless you’ve got some sort of relationship death wish, there’s no reason whatsoever to subject yourself and your significant other to the offerings of commercialized, pre-packaged Valentine’s Day romance. You’re both better than that.
Become Your Own Restaurant – We’ll make this easy. Go to your butcher counter, grab 4 lamb loin chops (not the lollipop rib chop style – these look like mini t-bones). Sprinkle with salt and pepper, a little tarragon, pop into a hot non-stick pan to get a sear on both sides and then transfer to a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven until it reaches desired done-ness (8 minutes will give you a solid medium). Pair with potatoes, green beans or other veggie of choice and a nice smooth cabernet (also goes excellently with champagne). Cook it together for a nice activity, and enjoy without all the pretentious restaurant crap that comes along with Valentine’s day. Want more of a challenge and more glory afterwards – start with the same lamb loin chops and try this phenomenal recipe courtesy of the Food Network and Bobby Flay.
Your Own Private Spa – We know you have no desire to walk around in little matching robes and paper flip flops, but your lady almost definitely does. Do the next best thing by hiring a professional team to come give you a couples massage in the privacy of your own home. They’ll bring the tables, oils, and all the essentials – and clean it up afterwards too.
Host a Party – So you don’t need the one-on-one time, but you DO want to celebrate in a big way. Great! Gather up your likeminded friends who want to skip the greeting-card version of valentine’s day and throw an awesome party instead. Serve Cosmo Bubbles for the ladies... start with this basic cosmo martini recipe... and add a floater of champagne as a finisher. For your guy friends, break out the expensive scotch and order some tasty appetizers from your local market to pick up in advance.