A cynical co-worker once confessed to me that his favorite holiday was Valentine’s Day. He said that despite the consumerism associate with this hallmark holiday, at the core, V-Day celebrates love, the most worthy of all things to celebrate. I have to confess my heart melted when he told me this and I’ve been a big fan of February 14th ever since.
This year, I hosted a valentines crafting party and brunch with my girlfriends. After blood-orange mimosas and an assortment of food, we got creative and made valentines for our loved ones, ranging from sweet to sexy. I would post a photo of my valentine to Alex, but then it wouldn’t be a surprise, so you’ll just have to wait to see how I incorporated menswear into the holiday.
As for the day-of, most of the time Alex and I celebrate by enjoying a romantic dinner, although one year we mixed it up with a Bacon and Bourbon Expo. For our first Valentine’s day in Rochester, we made reservations at Edibles on University Avenue. Edibles accommodates both vegetarian and gluten free diets by having separate menus available.
If you are still looking for a way to express your love this Thursday, here are some ideas that are romantic and gluten free!
- Go to the Owl House for their Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner
- Save room for dessert and go to Chocolate and Vines for a wine and chocolate pairing
- Pick up some Valentines Day treats at local bakeries like Dolce, Ellie’s or Donna Marie’s
- Stay at home and whip up this heart shaped gluten free pizza