Be my Valentine
Share the love: Five ways to celebrate Valentine's early
Oh Valentine’s Day, the day of love, greeting cards, and overpriced chocolate-covered strawberries. Since it’s on a Monday this year, you have more time to share the love this weekend.
If you are looking for a gift or activity to do with your sweetheart, here are some things we’re excited about. And if you forgot about the holiday or choose to forget about it, you can sulk in a box of cupcakes instead of store-bought bon bons. We won't tell.
Yoga One’s Partner Yoga
Yoga by yourself is a workout and a checkmark on your to-do list. Yoga with a partner is a more fun way to pass the time. You come with a partner (recommended rather than going stag) and the instructors lead you through poses that rely on your partner’s hands, feet, and body weight. No date this weekend? Bring a friend, it would be just as fun and probably less awkward. It’s a great way to get your sweat on and have a unique daytime date. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. 3225 Milam. $50 per couple, $25 per person.
Central Market’s Chocolate Festival
Now really, do we have to explain this? The store features chocolate specialties at every corner, even in the produce! Find unique gifts like Vosges Mo’s Bacon Bar, or find chocolates to bake with like the Little Big Farm Brownie Mix. Not to mention the prepared Valentine’s Day dinner if you don’t want to cook, long stem chocolate covered strawberries or red and white chocolate covered pretzels (personal favorite for all year in various holiday colors). Just going to Central Market with your honey to shop and eat lunch would be enough of a date for me. Feb. 9-15, 3815 Westheimer at Weslayan.
Crave Cupcakes Breakfast in Bed
Hold your horses before forwarding this story to your man. Have breakfast delivered to your house on Valentine’s Day morning. Think not eggs and bacon, but breakfast cupcakes (!), two I CRAVE U coffee mugs, a bag of ground coffee, and a greeting card. If you want to share with the kids, order the Sweetheart box of six cupcakes including red velvet, dark chocolate, vanilla and chocolate. Nothing says love like a Crave cupcake all to yourself. Pre-order Feb. 7-14. Uptown Park and Kirby Drive. 713-62-CRAVE.
Houston Aboretum's Tapas on the Trail
If you want a more laid back Valentine’s celebration in sync with nature, food and wine, The Arboretum is where you want to be. Enjoy tapas with wine pairings throughout the grounds of the Willow Oak Trail and end on the Meadow Deck for dessert. Saturday. Must pre-register. $75 for members, $95 for non-members. Arrive between 5-7 p.m., finish by 9 p.m.
Pizza Night in from Dolce Vita
If you’re truly a homebody on Valentine’s Day, keep it simple and pick up pizzas, salads and cannolis and open some wine at home. It's plenty romantic, delicious, and with easy cleanup. Take out guarantees no wait at the bar, not that that’s a bad place to hang. 500 Westheimer.
If your activities aren’t on this list and are appropriate to share, let us know how you’re spending the weekend with your Valentine. If nothing else, let the city be your valentine.