By: Ian Landau
Tom SchierlitzPeople get passionate on Valentine's Day-long before the evening winds down and, if all goes well, the clothes come off. Some love the day, reveling in and dispensing as much heart-shaped, gooey sentiment as they can fit into 24 hours. Others view it as an unnecessarily pressure-ridden faux-holiday and would rather hide under the covers until the clock strikes midnight and it's officially February 15th. If you're like us, you buy into the idea that it might be nice to do something special with your significant other, but you'd rather not go through the motions and trot out the same tired tricks. So this year, try one of our alternative ideas that'll make you look inspired-and also happen to be very easy to pull off.
The Cliché: Dinner at a romantic restaurant
The Alternative: Cook for your mate, you lazy bastard
The Details: You don't have to be a genius in the kitchen to knock the socks (and other items of clothing) off your lover. In fact, it's best to