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2009: The Great Valentine Restaurant Rebellion

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Hey Chowhounds, My non-scientific survey of friends and co-workers indicates a quiet Valentine Day rebellion against restaurants that overbook and turnout total dreck on Valentine's Day. In fact, I know of NO ONE who going to a restaurant this Saturday, February 14th! I personally am joining the movement having had several years of consistently bad food and service on cupid's birthday. It will be crab and champagne at home while others naively experience an abysmal dining experience that is certain to threaten their relationship and envoke the frightening possibility of forever tainting their future as Chowhounds sharing a sacred culinary journey reduced to a never ending nightmare of Olive Garden breadsticks and salads. Chowhounds, save yourselves.

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  1. We thought about going to a winery to have a great dinner and we would also have to book a hotel. Best husband really wanted to do this for Valentines. We talked about it and I estimated our dinner at over $400 and to me it made no sense. We are having a roasted duck ( I got 3 ducks at Christmas for .99 per lb) and wild rice at home for about $10. We will have very good wine for $10 or so a bottle instead of $40 for the same wine and we won't have to wait for a table or put up with noise. We will have our own music.

    1. I generally agree with the "stay at home on VD" sentiment. However, I note that, almost always, the proponents of "stay at home" fail to account for the labor involved with buying ingredients, cooking them (which many of us enjoy), and cleaning up.

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      1. re: filth

        I'm also in the stay at home camp, but shopping for the ingredients is also part of the fun of preparing a meal. I also think you can come up with interesting ways of cleaning also to make it less tedious. Maybe I'm crazy, but lately, I've been enjoying cleaning my kitchen as I cook. I get a sense of accomplishment when after a full day of cooking & baking, that my kitchen is clean.

      2. I pretty much boycott V day anyway. It is a totally commercial "holiday" that has outlived its purpose ( whatever that originally was). I've finally convinced DH NOT to spend $75 on roses that will die in a few days, and I refuse to go out to dinner on that night because the restos are so overcrowded. We will be grilling steaks at home and enjoying each others company, as we normally do on weekends. :)

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        1. re: jujuthomas

          I'm in the same camp. I've never been a fan of the "holiday" myself and talked my husband out of the flower thing years ago (I am going to buy some pretty flowers at the market though, which is something I rarely do.) It'll be a nice dinner at home, me cooking, and DH doing the clean-up. Works for me.

        2. I think a lot of people will be passing on restaurant meals this year due to the economy. I know that I personally am not willing to spend what little spare money I have on a meal that I know probably won't be the restaurant's best effort. And, sadly, Valentine's Day usually isn't.

          1. DH and I have been married 8 years now. We spent the first year or two going out to restaurants; one of those had a grand piano parked in the corner, I like piano music, but I don't like it so loud that I can't hear my date.

            This year I'm working Valentine's Day (the fact that amidst cutbacks I ended up with an 8hr shift leads me to think a lot of my coworkers asked for it off) I'm planning a Valentine's Day brunch with DH & the kids and the two of us will go out for a nice dinner another night.

            The other gong show coming up is Mother's Day. DH & the kids usually "save" me from kitchen duty and take me out for brunch, but like VDay, the lines are long and the food is mediocre at best. I'm hopeful DH continues the trend and we celebrate the week before/after :)