12 Ways To Make Sure Your Valentine’s Day Is Brilliant

What To Do, Gift, And Eat This

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year giving you the whole weekend to celebrate. However, you do not need to officially celebrate Valentine’s Day to enjoy any of these ideas, Chinese Lunar New Year events are included as well. Have fun!

Do

Visit the solarise: a sea of all colors exhibit at the Garfield Conservatory to experience various art installations and the “amazing relationships between two remarkable forces of nature – light and plants!”  Free and open daily 9:00am – 5pm.

Image via Chicagoist.com

Image via Chicagoist.com

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Orchid Show begins on February 13th. Surround your senses with fragrant blooms and vivid colors with over 10,000 orchids.

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey on Sunday, February 14th a the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade. Have dim sum at one of the many restaurants in Chinatown then head to the parade at 1pm.

Also part of the Chinese New Year, Art Institute Chicago Gallery Talk given in Mandarin February 13, 2016 from 12pm – 1pm, included in museum admission.

Late night laughs at Second City’s Fool Me Twice, Déjà Vu. The 11pm showing is still available on Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th, Feb 14 is sold out.

Gift

Etsy has a great list of Editors’ Picks for him, her, kids and even pets. I’m loving the Romantic Cocoa and Mallows gift set.

Image via CitrusAtelier Etsy.com

Image via CitrusAtelier Etsy.com

For the travel lovers the scratch map is the perfect gift. Have fun scraping off the places you’ve visited and get inspired for future destinations.

Image via Scratchmap.org

Image via Scratchmap.org

Fields & Forest Grooming Set that includes beard balm for the facial hair inclined person in your life.

Eat

Image via RM Champagne Salon

Image via RM Champagne Salon

The Chicago Tribune compiled a list of 120 restaurants with information on prix fixe menus and Valentine’s Day specials.

An ultra romantic Parisian-chic spot is RM Champagne Salon, they also deliver macaroons V-Day weekend.

Show your love with a homemade meal – you can never go wrong with breakfast in bed. Here are 5 Valentine’s Day pancake recipes.

Dinner more your speed? Try this lemon gnocchi for two menu.

 

Valentine’s Day Ideas – What to Give, Do, Drink and Eat

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GIFTS:

Funny Valentine cards from Etsy

His and Hers highball set. Cheers!

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Via Kate Spade – His and Hers Hiball Set

Valentine’s Day macarons, who doesn’t like to receive sweets? RM Champagne Salon will send the Chef’s favorite macaron flavors to that lucky someone. Delivered by RM or you can pick-up.

EAT:

Forgot to make dinner reservations? Check out what is still available in Chicago. You can also go a little rogue and see if your favorite restaurants have openings on Friday or Sunday instead. You might get to skip the obligatory Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu if you opt for a different day.

So you want to steer clear restaurants here are some ideas for cooking at home. A decadent menu and a casual menu.

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Image via Bon Appeit

DO:

The Tinkerlab has a nice round-up of 30 Valentine Activities for Kids.

DRINK:

Drink some beer at the Brew of Hearts. The Chop Shop will host several brewers such as Soma Ale Works, Goose Island Beer Company, Transient and more.

The 9th Annual Hideout Makeout Party. Drink, laugh and maybe…makeout.

What To Eat/Do/Make on Valentine’s Day in Chicago

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Valentine’s Day is two short weeks away and most people have their reservations made and flowers picked out. But for those of you who are looking for something different here are some fun things that anyone can enjoy.

Make

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Image via foursided

How fun is this? Make your own Valentine’s Piñata Bar! Twosided’s Valentine’s Piñata Bar let’s you pick your a piñata and candy to make a gift anyone will appreciate. I might even gift myself one.

Deca Restaurant Whoopie Pies

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Make some Whoopie pies with this cooking class at Deca restaurant on February 14th & 15th.   For more information and reservations check out their website.

Eat

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Why not skip all the restaurant hassle and make a meal at home? Meez Meals has your back delivering pre-chopped and pre-measured ingredients. The special Valentine’s Day menu includes orecchiette with tart cherry alfredo and arugula risotto. Available to order from Feb. 2 – 7 for a Feb. 10 delivery

Do

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Image via oldtownschool.org

Get your dance on at Global Dance Party at Old Town School of Music with Yuyo Verde. Yuyo Verde is a Tango-based band of Argentinian and American musicians.

Lincoln Park Conservatory

Talk a walk among orchids and palms for free at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. It’s cold outside so stepping inside the warm conservatory will feel like stepping into an exotic locale.

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Image via ticketfly.com

St. Valentine’s Day Massacree at The Hideout. This year’s lineup are honky tonk heartbreakers featuring tributes to Patsy Cline. So there might be a tear in your beer but you’ll be in good company at the Hideout. Fri, February 14, 2014 10:00 PM – $10.00

If your just not feeling it at all Timeout has a list of Anti–Valentine’s Day movies.

What To Eat/Drink/Do/Make on Valentine’s Day/Fat Tuesday

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Whether you are a fan of Valentine’s Day or not it is a good excuse to get out and eat some good food and enjoy some good company. Or stay in and invite a date or friends over and share some food and drink. In fact, none of this requires a holiday to do but it’s always fun to take a theme and customize and celebrate how you want. And if you absolutely hate Valentine’s Day then just go with celebrating Fat Tuesday. Recipes at the bottom of the post! Continue reading

Chocolate Meringue Tart from Floriole Cafe – Even Martha Stewart Loves It

My first trip to Floriole was for lunch, which you can read here.  I wanted to come back to try their sweets and I am glad I did. Perusing the many options the Chocolate Meringue Tart was a new item they are featuring and was told that it would be featured on the Martha Stewart show this week. My friend and I joked, well if it’s good enough for Martha it must be good.

This dessert is as good as it is cute. Don’t let the size fool you, it should be shared. The chocolate ganache inside is very rich (in the best way possible) and the meringue  was light, airy and crisp (yes, all three!). Pretty much a bite of heaven.

This is the perfect treat for anytime but is also a nice idea for Valentine’s Day. Pick up one up and bring it home to share. This is way better than a cliché box of chocolates. Trust.