Let's cut right to it. Food needs no introduction... I actually have a long story attached to shrimp scampi and my first Valentine's Day with my girlfriend. There was an icy mess and a car stuck on the side of the road. There was a rose in a blender. There was cold shrimp scampi. I don't wish to bore you with all the details but we ate the shrimp scampi the day after Valentine's Day and it's still one of my favorite memories/meals.
Butternut squash in general is crazy awesome. But did I mention that one of my Valentine's Day meals consisted of very overpriced butternut squash ravioli? It was to die for, but there were only a few smaller than I had expected, scrumptious raviolis. I'm still torn as to whether this was a good meal or not. It was a good experience, it tasted good, but it just didn't fit the description. However, I highly recommend trying this dish at least one time in your life.
I don't eat red meat. But that's just me. Although, I do know plenty of women who love a good steak. And if you pair it with just the right wine, you'll be sure to get a kiss.
I do eat sushi. I eat it like it's my job. I love it like it's my soulmate. If you haven't watched the documentary Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, then you should. It might be the minimalism or the tasty combinations of avocado, eel, roe, octopus, cream cheese, peanuts, cucumber, carrots, fish-o-choice, and rice that really gets my sushi juices flowing. It's a wonderful meal for Valentine's Day. Pair it with a small sake and you'll be golden.
Calamari is a perfect side for the lady – or not. The creepy crawlies deserve a chance if you've never had them. They don't slither all the way down. They are rubbery and chewy, but if cooked to perfection, they are crispy and tender. A sprits of lemon will suffice.
Presentation is everything. You can make pizza seem like a four course meal at a five star restaurant if you serve it just right. Sprinkle some oregano on the side of a white plate, use a nice serving peel, and couple it with wine. Pizza will have you two flapping lips all night until you kiss her goodnight or good morning.
The Cardigans - Lovefool
I heard "Lovefool" for the first time in second grade. It's my all time personal favorite love song and even until this day it remains super catchy.
All-4-One - I Swear
I'm almost certain that if you start singing "I Swear" to somebody in their late twenties, they'll instantly start singing with you.
Paula Abdul - Opposites Attract
The animated cat for the win.
Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
Mr. Gaye just wanted an excuse to talk about making love and he did a great job doing it.
Valentine's Day wouldn't be a proper celebration of love without a romantic film. Dudes either sit through them just to get some dinner or because they are actually enjoying the hot, steamy romance. And there's nothing wrong with enjoying a good film. It's totally cool to like The Notebook as long as you are liking it with someone special.
I haven't seen this movie but I hear it's pretty bad. I do recommend it because of the title and because of the cast. Also, it might not sting so badly if you watch it around the real Valentine's Day.
You've Got Mail
I'm a dude, but man, do I love You've Got Mail. It's penned by Nora Ephron and she can really write a story. I remember watching this film in 8th grade and liking it, mostly because of the Internet cool factor. By today's standards, what Tom Hanks is doing in this film (which I won't spoil) would be considered creepy and controversial rather than romantic.
If you just so happen to know a girl then you might have heard of this one. That is all.
How many iconic moments can one movie have? "Here's looking at you kid" and all the romantic montages you can eat are here. There's a depressing love song. There's danger (war). Booze (booze)! Cuddle up next to your significant other and marvel at the gorgeous black and white presentation and the soft, close up shots of two people deeply in love.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
You'll probably never forget about Sarah Marshall after watching Jason Segel and Kristen Bell struggle in a love triangle with Russel Brand. Once Mila Kunis is added to the equation, the claws come out. So does someone's junk.
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
If you've ever struggled with a relationship you might like this one. Crazy, Stupid, Love. won't depress you, however, it might actually make you feel a whole lot better about yourself. I've the pleasure of watching this with a special someone which proves that happy couples can enjoy it too. We also like it because it stars, Michael Scott!