We've already told you to avoid dining out on Valentine's Day at all costs—nine times out of 10, it just isn't worth it. But if you're taking our advice, that leaves you and your date with one of two dinner options: ordering delivery (LAME) or enjoying an elegant home-cooked meal (totally hot).
'Valentine's day' on Serious Eats
We've given you romantic main dishes for two. We've given you sweet treats for the end of your meal. But don't worry—we haven't forgotten about a little liquid courage.
Whether you're a vegan or an omnivore, the menu you choose for Valentine's day can say as much about the state of your relationship as deciding whether to go out or stay in (hint: don't go out). But no matter what you're looking for, there's a menu here for you.
Cheese fondue is one of the great melted-cheese dishes of the world, and it couldn't be simpler. But getting it right requires paying attention to a few key points. Here's what you need to know.
Batman has his Joker, Christmas has its Grinch, and Valentine's Day? I won't point any fingers, but you know who you are, snarling at love poems and ripping doilies to shreds in your dark, soulless lair of disdain. But whether you're dining alone, hunkering down with friends, or sharing the evening with an equally cliché-averse partner, there's no reason why you can't have your gloom and eat it too.
We're hard-pressed to think of a holiday that doesn't come with some signature sweets, but Valentine's Day trumps each and every one. After all, nothing says romance quite like stuffing your face with rich, sugary, high-calorie desserts. (Seriously, nothing.) From fudgy brownies and truffles to heart-shaped cookies and homemade conversation hearts, we've got 21 decadent recipes to help spread the love.
Restaurants may be busy pushing their Valentine's Day menus, but when we asked servers, restaurant managers, and chefs, they all argued that going out to eat on Hallmark's favorite holiday is a terrible idea. Here's why.
Looking for the perfect Valentine's dessert? This gooey chocolate cake, loaded with whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate, and caramel sauce more than delivers. And it couldn't be easier to make.
In the off chance that you've managed to miss the fact that everything everywhere has been decked in pink and red hearts, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. And, as they say, the way to someone's heart is through their stomach. We've got 16 home-cooked ways to get there.
Made with London Dry gin, fresh tangerines, white balsamic, and a touch of chamomile, this tangy Valentine's Day cocktail can be prepped in advance for a no-stress cocktail hour.
It's Valentine's Day! Still looking for sweets for your sweet? These super easy frosted brownies are fun to make and more fun to eat.
Easy chocolate brownies are dolled up with tinted buttercream for Valentine's Day.
Let's say you left your Valentine's Day shopping to the last minute and your only options are a heart-shaped box of Russell Stover or Whitman's chocolates. Which should you choose? We found out.
As a food writer, I am legally required to post about eating out on Valentine's Day. Honestly, it's in the bylaws somewhere. Which is fine, because as a husband, I have to admit that I am actually all for the tradition, even if I have very definite opinions about the specifics.
If your favorite part of Valentine's Day is a conversation heart that says, "Bite Me," try drowning this month's syrupy banter with a bit of (delicious) bitterness.
Candy hearts are a centuries-old, endearment embossed sweet that have become synonymous with shoeboxes full of Valentine's Day cards and a chalky, (potentially tooth-shattering) texture. Learn what candy inspired them, what flavors the colors are supposed to mean, and more!
My boyfriend and I are coming up on our six-year anniversary, and though we love each other dearly, we seem to have left the honeymoon phase of our relationship back in college. Would a single aphrodisiac be powerful enough to combat our five-plus years of accumulated farts, burps, and dissipating sense of mystery? I did some highly scientific calculations and concluded that our chances of, erm, success would be exponentially improved if we force-fed ourselves all the aphrodisiacs.
See how the Serious Eats community is celebrating Valentine's Day.
From boozy truffles to intense single origin bars, San Francisco's chocolate scene has never been better. Here are some ways to impress your valentine (or heck, or yourself.)