Here we go again.
It's nearly Feb. 14, that faux holiday every year when the birds sing, the sun shines, and rainbows peek out of the clouds ... just for couples.
For single people, it's often not quite as cheery.
Loving twosomes get great widgets like Epicurious's Valentine's Day Menu Planner, Valentine's Day-themed chocolate extravaganzas, and special Valentine's Day wine events. heck, even White Castle 's getting into the act, with reservations-required seating at the "Love Castle" for you and your honey.
Singles, on the other hand, tend to get happy hours at cheesy clubs, or several rounds of whiskey with the boys/girls.
Thank God, then, for dedicated singles who host Anti-Valentine's Day dinners for a bunch of their single friends. Even better, they can work with all the ingredients nuzzling couples avoid on V-Day, like garlic and squid ink.
Here are what I think are a couple prime candidates for an anti-Valentine's Day dinner:
- Sometimes romantic Valentine's Day dinners for two are impossible because the family now consists of three or more. Kid-friendly meals like spaghetti and meatballs and sloppy Joes fill up the wee ones with a minimum of fuss until you can put them to bed or pack them off with the babysitter. Or maybe you're just one of the many, many perfectly rational American adults who still love sloppy Joes.
- Fun dishes that might turn your teeth black, like something with squid-ink vinaigrette.
But I'm curious what you all think. What would you all recommend for an anti-Valentine's Day dinner? Are any of you hosting or attending one?
By Michael Y. Park