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WHAT IS THE MEANING OF VALENTINE’S DAY?

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Over the years (and centuries), Valentine’s Day has been a religious celebration, an ancient ritual day, and a commercial holiday. All that change means that Valentine’s Day is whatever you want it to be.  Skip the celebrations completely, buy yourself some chocolate or flowers, or express your love and appreciation for the people in your life, whether they’re co-workers, romantic partners, friends, or family members. Some people love Valentine’s Day, and some people just love to hate it; Galentine’s Day is a relatively new way to celebrate, as women stock up on Valentine’s Day ideas for her and celebrate their love for their closest friends.

 

If you’re trying to figure out what to do on Valentine’s Day, just know that there aren’t any rules.  February 14th is a day to show your love for your partner, family, friends, and everyone you love!

 

 

TOP 5 FLOWERS TO GIVE ON VALENTINE’S DAY

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According to Town and Country Online Magazine. These are the most popular top 12 flowers to give on Valentine’s Day. Here are some of the top 5,

 

  1. Long- Stemmed Roses

Fun Fact- If you mix red and pink roses it represents poetic love and admiration

  1. Purple Orchids
  2. Sunflowers
  3. Rose Lilies

Fun Fact- Lilies represent Joy

  1. Pink Tulips

Fun Fact- Pink ones represent care and affection

 

 

THINGS TO DO IN PITTSBURGH FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

 

Pittsburgh has many things to do on Valentine’s Day.Below are just a few ideas whether you’re having a date night with your significant other, spending time with family, going to a restaurant for some delicious food, or getting together with your gal-entine for a night out in the town.

 

  1.  Pittsburgh CLO – World Premiere of THE PERFECT MATE - https://www.pittsburghclo.org/shows/the-perfect-mate

 

It’s the rom-com of the future!

 

WHAT IF WHEN YOU'RE READY FOR TRUE LOVE YOU COULD DESIGN YOUR PERFECT MATE? Joan Sweete has always been drawn to the old-fashioned idea of true love with one person, which puts her at odds with the wild west of romance in 2063. When she's chosen to try out the Perfect Mate, an emotionally savvy humanoid partner, she thinks she has found her match – but it turns out perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. An original musical rom-com of the future born from Pittsburgh CLO's SPARK Festival. This show contains adult content.

 

Showing at the Greer Cabaret Theater now through March 17th.

 

 

  1. The Gateway Clipper - https://www.gatewayclipper.com

 

 

 

  • Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruises - Celebrate with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day aboard a grand Gateway Clipper Riverboat Cruise. Come aboard our Valentine’s Dinner Cruise and enjoy fabulous views of Pittsburgh, a delicious dinner buffet and romantic music and dancing courtesy of our house DJ. It’s the perfect date with your love, so make your Valentine’s Day reservations in advance!

Saturday, February 10th at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, February 14th at 6:30 pm

Time: Boards: 5:45 p.m.; Sails: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

 

  1. Valentine’s Day in Downtown - https://downtownpittsburgh.com/valentines-day-downtown/

 

No matter how you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, don’t forget to give some love to your favorite Downtown restaurants and retailers by shopping, dining, and supporting local businesses.

 

  1.  Pittsburgh CLO – Greer Cabaret Theater – THE PERFECT MATE

 

Friday, February 2 – Sunday, March 17.WHAT IF WHEN YOU'RE READY FOR TRUE LOVE YOU COULD DESIGN YOUR PERFECT MATE? Joan Sweete has always been drawn to the old-fashioned idea of true love with one person, which puts her at odds with the wild west of romance in 2063. When she's chosen to try out the Perfect Mate, an emotionally savvy humanoid partner, she thinks she has found her match – but it turns out perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. An original musical rom-com of the future born from Pittsburgh CLO's SPARK Festival. This show contains adult content.

 

  1.  Pittsburgh Glass Center – https://www.pittsburghglasscenter.org/

 

Take a class at the Pittsburgh Glass Center for a one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience with some truly talented artisans. Classes are offered for all skill levels and with varying ranges of interest.

 

  1.  Paint Monkey! - https://beapaintmonkey.com/

 

Be a Paint Monkey! Fun for private parties, groups or a romantic evening, this class makes it easy to be an artist! Guests are welcome to bring wine, beer and snacks.

 

 

  1. We ❤ Veg Week – Phipps Conservatory - https://www.phipps.conservatory.org/calendar/detail/we-love-veg-week

 

Starting on Feb. 9, the Café is holding a plant-based pop-up called "WE ❤ VEG WEEK" to celebrate Valentine's Day! From Feb. 9 – 15, the Café will be preparing meals that emphasize a plant-based diet.

 

  1. Carnegie Science Center – 21+ Night:  Seductive Science

 

On Friday, February 9th from 6 – 10 pm, celebrate love in many forms at the Science Center. See a beating gallium “heart”, learn about the messy brain chemistry of romantic thoughts, and explore relationships throughout the animal kingdom. Experience a night under the stars in the Buhl Planetarium or enjoy our other science demonstrations. Whether you bring a date, a platonic friend, or are going solo, there will be something for everyone.For tickets and more information, go to https://bit.ly/3Sgqbmq

 

  1. Hand and Stone Massage & Facial Spa

 

 

 

 

PITTSBURGH RESTAURANTS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

 

 

If you’re looking for a special place for you and your love to go on Valentine’s Day, Visit Pittsburgh has a list of the best overall restaurants in the city for all to enjoy. You’ll find them here: https://bit.ly/3vRrzkD

  

TOP 5 VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS

 

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 In Store Gifts:

  1. Flowers
  2. Jewelry
  3. Going Out to Dinner
  4. Candy 
  5. Greeting Cards

 

Online Gifts: (Amazon):  https://bit.ly/3GX9Uyg

  1. Personalized We Fit Together Puzzle Paper Cut Art
  2. Colored Blush Pink & Gilded Rim Coupe Glass
  3. Lip Sleeping Mask
  4. Date Night Ideas cards
  5. Leather Toiletry Bag for Men

 

 

VALENTINE’S DAY RECIPES

 

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Filling

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup hot brewed coffee

STRAWBERRY FILLING:

  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened.
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

GANACHE:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 fresh strawberries, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Sift flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt together twice, place in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk, egg, oil, and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour mixture. Drizzle in hot coffee, beating until smooth.
  3. Fill prepared cups three-fourths full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Place freeze-dried strawberries in a food processor; process until a fine powder. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in confectioners’ sugar, cream, vanilla, salt, and strawberry powder until smooth. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry bag; insert a very small tip. Fill with strawberry filling. Push the tip through the bottom of paper liner to fill each cupcake.
  5. Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour in the chocolate; let stand for 2 minutes. Stir with a whisk until smooth. Dip tops of cupcakes in ganache, let stand until set. If desired, garnish tops with slices of fresh strawberries.

 

Black Forest Tart

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted.

FILLING:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped.
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • topping:
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped.

 

Directions:

  1. in a small bowl, combine wafer crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a lightly greased 11-in. fluted tart pan with removable bottom.
  2. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt until thickened, about 4 minutes. Blend in chocolate mixture. Stir in flour and mix well.
  4. Pour into crust; spread evenly. Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Spread pie filling over the top.
  5. In a microwave, melt chocolate and cream; stir until smooth. Cool for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drizzle over tart. Chill until set.

 

Asparagus ‘n’ Shrimp with Angel Hair

 

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Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 1/2-pound uncooked shrimp (16-20 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided.
  • 8 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces.
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms.
  • 1/4 cup chopped seeded tomato, peeled.
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced.
  • 2 teaspoons chopped green onion.
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil.
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano.
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley.
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme.
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Lemon wedges

 

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, sprinkle shrimp with salt and pepper flakes. In a large skillet or wok, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add shrimp; stir-fry until pink, 2-3 minutes. Remove; keep warm.
  2. In same skillet, stir-fry the next 5 ingredients in remaining oil until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add wine and seasonings. Return shrimp to pan.
  3. Drain pasta; add to shrimp mixture and toss gently. Cook and stir until heated through, 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve with lemon wedges.

 

Goat Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Chicken

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups fresh spinach, chopped.
  • 1/3 cup julienned soft sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil), chopped.
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese.
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced.
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided.
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided.
  • 1/2-pound fresh asparagus, trimmed.
  • Aged balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze, optional

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a small bowl, combine the spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  2. Cut a pocket horizontally in the thickest part of each chicken breast. Fill with spinach mixture, secure with toothpicks.
  3. In an 8-in. cast-iron or ovenproof skillet, heat 1-1/2 teaspoons oil over medium heat. Brown chicken on each side. Place in oven; bake 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, toss asparagus with remaining 1-1/2 teaspoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt; add to skillet in oven. Bake until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165° and asparagus is tender, 10-15 minutes longer. If desired, drizzle with vinegar. Discard toothpicks before serving.

 

45 Fun Things to Do on Valentine's Day to Help You Celebrate

 

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Cozy indoor and exciting outdoor activities to enjoy with your partner, friends, or entire family.

 

The classic dinner for two and late-night romantic movie makes for a lovely Valentine's Day, it's fun to change things up with new activities and date ideas. But whether you're spending February 14 with your spouse, friends or family, there are a lot of amazing things you can do on Valentine's Day that can take the holiday from good to great. Luckily, we have ideas for every budget and every kind of Valentine.

 

If you're someone who does the same thing year after year, try shaking things up this year by going outside your comfort zone with these Valentine's Day ideas. You can participate in a cooking class, go stargazing, bake holiday cookies or even just make your indoor date a little more special with some props (pro tip: candles make all the difference!). Some of them will bring you out of your comfort zone, others are completely free, but all of them will make February 14 even sweeter.

 

Now all that's left to do is pick out a Valentine's Day gift (or go the homemade option) and let your special someone know just how much they mean to you with a sweet Valentine's Day message.

 

  1. Go to an Amusement Park

Funnel cake, popcorn, roller coasters and big stuffed animals to be won? Talk about the best Valentine's Day date ever.

 

  1. Watch Your Wedding Video Together

Watch your wedding video together and reminisce about the big day. Nothing gets you in the romantic Valentine's Day mood more than looking back on the momentous day that you said, "I do!"

 

  1. Bottle Your Own Wine

Looking to try something new? Certain vineyards and organizations let you stomp your own grapes and then will bottle the wine for you to take home. Talk about a treat specially made just for you — by you!

 

  1. Take a Tropical Trip

Take that trip you've been putting off for the last few years because you "didn't have enough time." Even if it's only for a weekend, a sweet escape to somewhere warm is the perfect mid-winter pick-me-up.

 

  1. Slow Dance to Your Favorite Song

Cue up the song that you danced to at your wedding or a ballad that you both absolutely love and let the music move you.

 

  1. Dinner with Friends

You can always plan a romantic dinner for two, or you can get your friends in on the fun and host a group dinner. Make it a potluck to cut prep work in half and have everyone bring a dish they absolutely love.

 

  1. Have a Photoshoot

Have you recently gotten engaged and have been meaning to take some engagement photos? Perhaps it's been a while since the entire family took a group shot together? Dedicate time on Valentine's Day to create photo memories and check something off your "To-Do" list with a photoshoot by a professional photographer.

 

  1. Visit a bookstore

Have a favorite song that you both love? Obsessed with the same band? A concert is a perfect place to enjoy some great music and quality time with your Valentine.

 

  1. Sign Up for a Cocktail-Making Class

Why go to a bar to grab drinks when you can take a cocktail class to learn how to make your favorites yourselves? Use it as a chance to show off your skills and at the end, you get to enjoy all your tasty creations — win, win!

 

  1. Make Fondue

Calling all foodies. Have some fun with food by making cheese or chocolate fondue and see what combos’ pair perfectly with whatever you serve up.

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