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Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

Valentine’s Day – R U Ready?

Posted by gratrueities on February 13, 2010

Are you one of the ones running around looking frantically for the perfect Valentine’s card and gift? That was me about two hours ago.  First I stopped in my local Papyrus store thinking they would have a great choice of really beautiful (i.e., expensive) cards to select from. And, specifically, I wanted a  music card. You know the ones that play a catchy tune upon opening.

Well, big surprise. Nearly all the cards were gone. The pickings were extremely slim. And, no music cards whatsoever. Note to self: Papyrus does not carry music cards. I finally found a card that was not anywhere near perfect but would, at least, do.

I wasn’t the only one waiting until the very last-minute and the register line was about 10 deep. There were two people “working”; one on the phone and one actually helping customers. Turn’s out one of the registers was not working, on probably one of the busiest days of the year for a card shop.

I ended up leaving without buying the card and heading off to Safeway.  There I finally found a way tackier card, at a way less price and the cash registers actually worked 🙂


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Valentine’s–Best or Worse Day for Dining?

Posted by gratrueities on February 15, 2009


Well, now that we are officially past the annual February 14, Valentine’s Day extravaganza (is it real or is it Hallmark?) GraTRUEities wants to know, how was your Valentine’s dining  experience?

 The best evening of the year or one of the worst?

There seems to be a lot of opinon about this. Some maintain that you should absolutely never dine out on Valentine’s evening because of crowds, harried wait-staff and a la carte menus replaced with uninspired prix fixe.

Even servers tend to advise against going out on Valentine’s evening; admitting that they are often way too busy,  as owners over-book  dining rooms with maxed-out multiple seatings.

But, what about romance? Isn’t it more romantic to go out to eat at a special, candlelit restaurant than to stay home and eat in your own, everyday kitchen? And, if you do stay home, who does the cooking? And, the cleaning-up? All of this can be decidedly unromantic.

The Obama’s appear to have it figured out. They choose the dining-out option and chose a hometown favorite, Chicago’s Table Fifty-Two.

I had coffee with a friend on Friday afternoon. She and her husband are self-proclaimed “foodies”. Instead of fighting the crowds for a maybe not-so-good restaurant meal, they had decided to stay home and cook together. She had already created a romantic table setting, and was heading off to the market to stock-up on ingredients. On the menu: stuffed squab with demi-glaze; her husband’s specialty.

What was your pick? Stay in or go out?

And, how did it work out for you and yours?

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