So…Valentine’s Day. I have thoughts. This is going out more for the gentleman, because let’s be honest here, ladies: we got it easy. Slap on some cute lingerie, maybe give in to a few kinks and viola! His day is made. But guys? I feel ya. Besides ball sweat, Valentine’s Day is the main reason I am glad I am not a dude; there is a lot of pressure. I am a woman, a generally reasonable, fairly typical woman, and I am here to help. Do this and she will pay you back in kind; I guarantee.
Most men claim they cannot cook which I find a tragedy and a damn shame, but that is a rant for another day. Let’s say you are one of those guys who cannot cook…still try to cook for her. I guarantee you it is ten times more romantic than picking up the phone for a reservation. It shows effort and forethought. Keep it simple. There is no shame in spaghetti and meatballs with some garlic bread (garlic ain’t bad if you both eat it). Pick up a baguette, some cheeses, assorted olives and some cured meat, as well as a bottle of wine, and lay out a picnic. Or maybe breakfast in bed? For real, french toast is about the easiest thing ever. Serve it with some fresh fruit and mimosas and she will be puddy. Even if you screw up (you won’t…promise) she will still find you incredibly charming.
If you actually do know your way around a kitchen, I say knock her socks off. While I have talked to a few women recently who said they would love a steak for Valentine’s Day (really, don’t date a woman who is afraid to eat in front of you), I would advise keeping it light. You don’t want to fill too full for later activities if ya know what I mean. Nothing is hotter than a bloated, distended belly. Stick to fish (maybe a seared tuna) or chicken (perhaps with olives and artichokes).
If all else fails, get her drunk. It can be as simple as some prosecco with a few frozen raspberries or a really great bottle of wine. Served with some chocolate fondue, you cannot go wrong. Yes, I know fondue and bubbles are played out, but guess what? Some things never get old. It is like telling a girl how pretty she is or how much she makes you laugh…MORE IS MORE.
I have done all I can do. Go forth and be brave gentleman. I promise you that this will get you much farther than a dozen roses. Just put in an effort and treat her like she deserves; it isn’t that hard.