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.