Valentine's Day Is Only Good For Food

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Every year, Valentine’s Day rolls around, and I’ve got but one thing on my mind—food.

Outside of the sadness, self-loathing, and all around questioning of your worth and your ability to ever find love, Valentine’s Day is actually pretty fun. You get to gorge yourself on chocolates, and, whether you’re single or in a relationship, you get to justify spending an inordinate amount of money on a super fancy meal.

This year, I’ve engineered what promises to be an incredibly delicious, albeit perhaps uncomfortable, meal for everybody involved. I’ve invited the man who I’ve been seeing for only a couple of weeks, and my best friend, to join my parents (who will be in town for the weekend) and my surrogate parents (who live on the Upper West Side).

Commence Best Valentine’s Dinner Ever.

I anticipate quite a bit of awkward smalltalk, as well as a number of questions without answers; Are you thinking about graduate school? Where do you want to be in five years? Are the two of you getting serious? However, I’m willing to bet that the amount of free wine and scrumptious superfluous appetizers that we’ll all get out of it makes the whole thing worthwhile.

We’ll see.

So, even if you don’t have that special someone to celebrate with, do your best to finagle an elaborate meal nonetheless. Because even if there’s nothing else to love, there’s always, always, always food.