Valentine’s Day Your Way

Valentine’s Day always comes too soon. If you’re single, you’re wishing you weren’t and if you’re taken you’re probably stressed planning. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be dreadful. Maybe the day itself will be, with classes and daily to-do’s, but embrace this Valentine’s Weekend. If you strip the holiday of its cupids, candy and consumerism, you may find it’s really about two things: food and love. So grab someone you love, single or taken, and enjoy the night out in the name of love. And maybe indulge yourself with a heart-shaped box of chocolates while you’re at it.  Here are some Frugal Foodie tips for your V-day:

The outdoor seating at Pan e Vino. Can it get more romantic than this? (Photo courtesy of Heavy On The Veggie)

  •  If you’re going out with your girls…two words: happy hour. Find a place downtown with both drink and food deals during happy hour. Oku will have happy hour from 5-7 PM this Friday, with all rolls half off! Nothing says single and loving it like a Firecracker Roll.
  • If you’re single…forget love and celebrate the undead instead. Mellow Mushroom’s Annual F-Cupid Valentine’s Day Party is zombie-themed this year and is FREE admission. February 14 at 9 P.M. (21+)

The single crowd at last year's F-Cupid Party (Photo courtesy of Mellow Mushroom)

  • If you’re looking for the perfect candle-lit dinner…I can’t promise you candles, but I can promise romantic lighting. Pan e Vino on Warren St. delivers pure romance with its twinkly lights and outdoor patio (heaters included). If you’re on a budget and he/she’s not treating, try an antipasti paired with a cheese plate or soup ($20 plus tip and tax).  Cru Café is worth the walk down to Pinckney St. if you have a little more to spend. The historic interior feels elegant yet homey, and each dish I’ve tried has been delicious.
  • If you want to try something different….skip the tried V-day dinner and go on a Charleston day excursion Saturday or Sunday. Stop by Goat. Sheep. Cow on Church St. for a baguette and cheese and picnic in Battery Park. If you’re on a budget, purchase Brie or Camembert and a baguette at your local grocery and have a picnic at home.
  • And if you just want a little something sweet… nothing says V-day like a sugar rush. Instead of packaged candy hearts try a homemade cookie ($1) or brownie ($2) from Sugar bakeshop.
– FF



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Christina D'Antoni is the Features Editor at Cistern Yard News, and an intern at the food culture magazine The Local Palate. She is a CofC senior, a writer, and above all, a foodie looking for any and every excuse to hit up Xiao Bao Biscuit.

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