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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

Today is Valentine's Day.

Truthfully, that's never really mattered a whole lot to me, one way or the other.  

On the holiday 'coolness' scale, for me it lies somewhere between Labour Day and Halloween.
(Not so lame as to escape notice every year, but not so cool as to be able to dress up in scary outfits and binge on corn-syrup products.)
Anyway, it is interesting to me that something which is so closely associated with "romance" has also come to be intrinsically related to food.  I guess the way to the heart really is through the stomach for a lot of people???  Or else it's just cleverly marketed that way by the food industry!  Sorry... let's just strike that pessimism right out of there...  

Oh, sometimes I'll go out for supper with my significant other, or do something otherwise special to mark the occasion, but for the most part 'celebrating' Valentine's day basically just consists of sending a some-e-card and making a nicer-than-average meal.  

So, this year it was somewhat of a surprise, and happy happenstance, that I should "get out" of my normal culinary duties.  For whatever reason, this year we decided to grab some take-out!  It sounds un-romantic, but we're certain we've made a pretty good choice!

I enjoy shopping for, and spending some time making, a special version of one of my wife's favourite-ish meals, but I admit that it's nice not to have to worry about it.  And to have a favourite-ish supper for both of us this year.

In any case, to those venturing out for fine dining, to those staying in to create something sumptuous, or any other person involved in the preparing or eating of food this evening (whether that is with heart-warming love or with embarrassingly-tearful shame), I wish you all pleasurable and delectable gastronomy!