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Anti-Valentine’s Day in Dallas: What Are You Doing?

I’ve got a hot date for Valentine’s Day!

Do you hate the hype of Valentine’s Day? Or do you like paying triple the regular price for a dozen roses and mediocre chocolate? Yes, I know it’s great for the restaurant business and I encourage all  lovers–young and old– to dine out. Get engaged. Spend hours making love. Make Hallmark happy.

But what about those of us without a date? Why don’t we get a night? Restaurateurs and barkeeps, I see a niche with an burning itch. Call me a hopeless unromantic but I do the same thing every year for VD: Two nights of pure bliss. And you, what do you do?

  • Darren

    Since most of my friends are coupled-up, I usually don’t hang out with them. I try to avoid the nice restaurants, since most of them will be too busy. So this year, I think I am going to grab my few single friends, go to a dive burger joint (Maple & Motor Burgers maybe??), then hit the stripper bars. I’d rather put cash in the hands of a college kid trying to pay tuition than Hallmark.

  • DGirl

    I’m completely uninterested in this forced celebration of love. I’m going to spend the long weekend in the country burning brush and roasting a pig.

  • http://sidedish.wpengine.com Nancy Nichols

    Do I know the pig?

  • DGirl

    Possibly. It was a fixture on the club scene in the early 80s.

  • luniz

    Same thing I do every Sunday, minus the football :(

  • http://www.rabbitfoodrocks.blogspot.com amee

    We don’t really celebrate Vday. The restaurant dinner scene takes the fun right out of it and it seems so forced! Maybe this sunday we’ll go out for breakfast at Dream Cafe (breakfast out might be light years better than dinner out on vday) and then in the afternoon, I’ll start planting some seeds with Spring just around the corner!

  • http://www.thedallascookbook.blogspot.com Amy S

    Watching the dog show on TV – great.
    Traveling to NYC to see it live – unforgettable.

  • Liz

    Heck, I have a date and I’m still spending the night at home watching the WKC! I hate going out for Valentine’s Day because it’s always crowded and overpriced. We’d rather just go out for a nice dinner when we feel like it than suffer the whims of Hallmark.

  • http://sidedish.wpengine.com Nancy Nichols

    Amy S, I’ve been twice. It is the best people watching ever.

  • Mike

    Go wait with the lemmings for a forgettable meal with jacked up prices? No thanks!

  • DesignBoy

    We’re staying home and cooking recipes out of The French Laundry cookbook. In other words: it will be an exhausting three days of making stocks before Sunday even arrives.

  • Margaret

    Couple’s Dinner at someone’s home on Saturday night and … on the actual day?

    It is the Daytona 500 baby! We will be watching that, having some adult beverages and relaxing.

    The dog show is the 15th and 16th… that is my trade off for the Nascar. 😉

  • Scagnetti

    I spoil Mr. Buckles, my cat, by cooking his favorite dish: faux foie gras of parakeet in sweated yak’s milk with wild forest nettles served in a pewter champagne bucket.

  • SDM

    be careful picking up “single” women this weekend, especially at the trendy places since there will be a lot of hookers in town for the All-Star game

  • MP

    SDM – you could have left out “for the All-Star game.”

  • whatever

    SDM- Pretty easy to tell the difference between a “hooker” and a “single” girl. The hooker will be the one asking for payment up front for services. lol

  • Tink

    @whatever – they both ask for it, it’s the timing of said request that differentiates them. The hooker asks for it up front, the Dallas single girl asks for it later.

  • http://sidedish.wpengine.com Nancy Nichols

    Just found out that Cowboy Chow and Twisted Root Burger are offering a free drink to “ALL single Dallasites on Saturday, February 13 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.”

  • whatever

    Tink, like i said, the hooker will ask for “upfront” payment, thus making them pretty easy to spot, or they’ll be the one’s in handcuffs, lol.