Valentine's Day is the best worst holiday ever.
Now hold up, I know what you're thinking: Sarah that is silly because you honestly have to pick one side. Well, while I do not really feel comfortable with the idea of dedicating one day to professing your love to one (I'm more a love your person all the time kind of person), I am all about the commercial availability of copious amounts of chocolate. Valentine's Day, in my experience is the most polarizing holiday known to man. People either love it or they hate it (and it might have something to do with being single or taken)
Correlation? You better believe it. And now you've seen me in my "day job" element.
I've never had a Valentine (boyfriends never were around for the holiday). However, most of the time, my single lady (and men) friends and I would go to the most dessert-centric cafes, pick the most decadent thing we could find and go to town. In college, there was one cafe around school we did this and kids, let me tell you: it was OLD school. No wifi, cash only, and writing all over the walls. Something about the Beat Generation, Alan Ginsberg people writing all of their great works here or something. Well, that did not matter so much because their flourless chocolate cake was the stuff of LEGENDS, people.
To be honest, It could convince anyone it was your partner.
So while I have never spend a Valentine's Day with a Valentine, I can only imagine that this kind of meal would be a perfect thing. One of my favorite date ideas is to go out for mediterranean food (I know aren't you shocked). Mezze, for me, is the highlight of the meals. It is usually a few small appetizers that are generally shared among the table, with copious amounts of pita bread and wine. Hummus, yup that's one. Babaganoush, you better believe it. It is the epitome of sharing a meal together, because if you plate hog, you will get some weird looks.
Therefore, this Valentine's Day, I urge you to save your money (are those tasting menus really worth it anyway) and cook for your partner at home! Or not even your partner (I'm probably using this idea on my mom). You don't even have to make all of the stuff. I mean, if you want go for it, but there is no shame in setting out some bowls of good quality store bought hummus, roasted red peppers, dolmas (grape leaves), israeli salad, and sliced veggies. But this salad, please make this salad. You can (and should!) make it the day before, as it gets better as it sits. Serve it on top of greek yogurt and it makes the perfect dip! If you have leftovers (or want to do the whole traditional dinner thing) it also pairs fabulously on top of mixed greens.
Snacks for dinner: totally down with this plan.
Moroccan Chickpea and Carrot Salad
Plus healthy meal = more dark chocolate. Or that flourless cake. Ugh I miss you.
23. Recent Grad. Human Vegetable Disposal. Putting the Chic in Chickpea.