Valentine’s Day: A day that represents love, love of money, flighty holiday flings, and commercialism. Basically just a whole lot of definitions. Usually, there’s about 3 kinds of people up and about on this day – the lovers, the players, and the anti-valentiners (yes, I just invented a word.). Figured I’d put a spin on this For The Weekenders, and share with all three of those categories some excellent Valentine’s Day ideas – whether you love it, loathe it, or just plain don’t care about it. Enjoy. 😉
Valentine’s Day Ideas. Rego Style.
For The Anti-Valentiner. I remember one of my anti-Valentine years. It was the year Chinese New Year fell on the same date (take a guess). A handful of my friends and I were single that year, and we decided to rock it unconventional. Before Valentine’s Night began (and things got…crazy) I hit the town during the day with a friend of mine, and we decided to go for Chinese buffet – in celebration of Chinese New Year, and a big fuck you to Valentine’s Day.
It went alright.
Besides the stares.
In retrospect, I now understand why there were so many older dudes looking on with mouths agape…considering we were in a restaurant. Eating family style. Sharing food. An interesting day indeed.
To avoid any friendly outings turning into *ahem* “misunderstandings,” I recommend bringing two or three friends to this next place I’m going to suggest. Which is also a place that both houses and serves my second two favorite things – donuts and alcohol. Everyone loves donuts. My first? Gummie bears and alcohol. Side note – is it gummy bears, or gummie bears? I’ve lost track over the years… Anyway, cue Glazed Donut Bistro. Donuts for Grown-ups – which is conveniently their slogan.
What can I say about this place – it’s awesome.
Their menu? One of a kind.
Their donuts? Artisan quality – no, scratch that – Artisan. If you’re on the road to fitness cover your eyes – food porn alert in 3..2…
Yeah. Three I recommend? Bourbon Pecan Pie, Tres Tres Leches, and S’more Please.
As for their alcohol options…heaven sent. So this is my suggestion:
For starters, order up the 24 donut hole special with 6 sauces – y’know. to get the palette ready. Wash that down with a bit of Almond Iced Coffee or Craft Hot Chocolate. Savor this while waiting for the main course…
Fried Chicken Beignets; lightly sweetened boneless (win) chicken with a maple dip. Salty and savory in one explosive flavor. Proceed to then cleanse that from the palette with your choice of red or white wine – or if you’re really feeling fancy, some Dom Perignon, then bask in that bliss for about 5-10 minutes.
It’s not over yet.
Proceed to dessert – because now’s the time to ready that half full stomach of yours with various donuts of your choice – shoot for the Cherry Amaretto and a dessert wine, if it suits your fancy. After all – it’s anti-Valentine’s Day – you have a right to be anti-something-healthy. Ask for the check with pride and strut out not entirely sober and readying yourself for the dentist next week.
For The Lovers. For those of you who aren’t anti-Valentine’s Day this year, you’re probably going to want to pull away from the norm of things. You know – chocolates. Typical dinner at that favorite place your S.O. always likes. Heart shaped balloons or dust collecting animals. *shrugs* Meh. Typical. Could be better. Could be worse.
Let’s shoot for better though. Here’s a way to look adventurous without suggesting sky diving and champagne. Unless you’re into that. In which case by all means – go for it. If not, how about making this Valentine’s Day….intimate.
The place? The Place.
No that…that’s the name of the restaurant. The Place. Christ. Keep up.
All jokes aside though – unless you purely suck at the art of seduction, you seriously can’t go wrong here. It’s a great spot to go when things are getting serious, when things already are serious, and when you want to try your hand at things getting serious.
Unlike most sterile looking “hot spot romantic restaurants” it has an aesthetic appeal that pulls you in, during any time of the day – but especially at night – and is sure to make both you and your S.O. feel like you’re in a world all your own.
Plus they’ve got great wine. *nods* if all else fails, wine prevails. The food menu is diverse enough where you can choose to eat light, or if you and your S.O. have been in it for the long haul these past [insert any number greater than 2] years you can both stuff your faces.
The best part? It’s all organic. Meaning a truly different and non-run-of-the-mill dining experience. I recommend making a reservation now, in case you’re still running around trying to figure something out last minute.
Life lesson: Never leave things last minute when it comes to things in relationships. Apparently a Hershey’s Bar and Valentine’s Day meme is not considered funny. Plus….no one wants to be this person:
For The Players. It’s a New Year. Meaning it’s time for a new kind of fun. Living the single life has many glorious, un-punishable benefits – like, I don’t know, not having to “remember” to tell your S.O. that you’re having a night out on the town with friends.
You answer to no one. You needn’t worry about pleasing anyone. You do whatever you want, when you want, how you want.
It’s basically awesome. Plus – it has the obvious financial benefits.
Though this Valentine’s Day, if you really wanna treat yourself to something special, you may not be saving all that much money…but the experience ahead? Well worth it.
I won’t lie – I like awesome experiences. And traveling. And more awesome experiences. And great, tucked away, hidden spots that no one else knows about. And awesome experiences. And crazy unique parties.
But mostly awesome experiences. On which note I’d like to say Miami never ceases to deliver. The place? E11even Miami. A place where you can safely order drinks that are on fire, without being ridiculed (Cocktail Factory memories.). It also reminds me of Ageha.
If Dionysis (Greek God) started a Nightclub, he would’ve named it this.
What makes E11even Miami so special? Oh you know, nothing to big, except it’s open 24/7. Literally. As in, it never closes.
What is E11even Miami? Well…
Let the video speak for itself. During the day it’s a day club – bars, cool mechanical roofs, unique food, a very loungesque (yes, I invented another word) feel to it. You can eat. Drink. Zone out with the big TVs. Be merry.
During the evening? Wear your high roller outfit – you’re about to step into another world. Think DJs and center stage what looks to be hydraulic platforms, cabaret girls and contortionists twirling around on something similar to your last penthouse’s drapes. You can drink. Zone out with good music. Be on Mary (see what I did there? Yeah.)
The place is massive – 25,000 square feet massive. They don’t just serve you drinks, but put on a show while they’re at it. This is a place you want to go to really enjoy.
Is there beauty? Yes.
Is there a certain vibe of exoticism? Yes.
Is there near borderline nudity? Find out for yourself.
I recommend bringing a few friends along – unless you really want to fly solo…but really, this place is so massive your group can split, fly solo, then meet up again if you get bored. Which I highly doubt you will but still – it pays to have figurative insurance policy.
The main thing here is this is one experience you don’t want to pass up, if you’re currently rocking the single life. I’m all about aesthetics…and why shouldn’t I be? There’s so much beauty and sexiness in this world it deserves to be admired. Come to E11even Miami and you’ll get just that.
Sometimes it’s nice to slow down and really enjoy the moment.
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