Table for Two: Valentines Day Meals for Every Relationship


Over the past years I have spent Valentine’s Day in numerous relationship statuses: happily single, in love, broken hearted, and various states in between. Regardless of where my love life is, every Valentine’s Day has had one thing in common: I eat a lot of food. Whether celebrating or wallowing, it’s important to indulge a little on V Day. Right?

So whether you’re single and ready for a night on the town or in a 3-year relationship and are watching TV on the couch with your beloved, here are meal  ideas to feed your belly (and heart) on Valentine’s Day 2012.

**What to Eat on Valentine’s Day 2012**

If you’re single, eat: Cupcakes.
Because: You can’t imagine having a significant other at this stage in your life, but all that chocolate sure smells good! You are not worried about impressing anyone so why not indulge in these?

If you’re going on a first date, eat: Sushi.
Because:
It’s the standard first date meal—though you might fumble a few times with the chopsticks, you are sharing a plate of food with that cute guy or girl you made out with a few times at Sigma Tao.

If you’ve been dating casually, eat: Pancakes.
Because:It’s not official, but you sure have been spending a lot of time together. Waking up and eating these makes you feel like a couple.

If you’re in a relationship, eat: Oysters and Champagne.
Because: It’s finally official and you can’t spend enough time with each other. You are excited to spend a romantic evening together sipping on bubbly.

If you’ve been dating forever, eat: : Sprouted Quinoa Tabbouleh.
Because: You’ve gotten really comfortable with each other—so comfortable that you’ve each put on 10 pounds. You have also started a diet, together.

If you both know it’s over, eat: A sandwich.
Because: You both are still trying. But one person had rehearsal all day and the other has an exam the next morning; and the following two weekends are already overbooked. You grab a sandwich, split it if there’s any romance left, and head to the library.

If you just broke up with someone, eat drink: Gin.
Because: Let’s face it, your stomach is turned upside down and you haven’t been eating much lately. That doesn’t stop you from drinking this.

Alex Milling is a recent graduate of Northwestern University and wishes everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Originally posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

7 Responses to “Table for Two: Valentines Day Meals for Every Relationship”

  1. Megan

    February 7th, 2012

    You’ve just inspired me to spend my February 13th making cupcakes to prepare for the big holiday… If you’re lucky, I may not even eat them all by the time you get home!

    - The roommate who gets to try all of Alex’s delicious cooking endeavors

  2. Terri

    February 8th, 2012

    Alex does this mean we will be sharing pancakes together next week? :)

    -The friend of alex’s who secretly wishes they were eating oysters and drinking champagne

  3. Alex

    February 10th, 2012

    Megan–I can’t wait for some cupcakes!

    Terri–If I was in Chicago, I would like nothing better than to make pancakes with you ;)

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  5. Johanna

    February 14th, 2012

    I was just broken up with, which means I get to have gin and cupcakes. Heartbreak sucks, but this will definitely help.

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