Valentine’s Day for SINGLE Foodies & A ManCakes Giveaway!
I’ll have a Valentine’s Day for ONE please.
While everyone’s talking about the best Valentine’s Day menus, most romantic places to eat, best places for chocolates, cutest heart shaped cookies, candygrams and couple retreats, I’m going the opposite route. Go figure.
Don’t worry I’m not going to get all Beyoncé on you, although the song is totally in my head right now. But let’s face it. Why should couples have all the menus? There are single people who need to eat too, and here are a few of my celebrate yourself tips. That sounds really arrogant, but who’s judging you when you’re ‘alone’ anyways? Sure the Valentine’s dinner for 2 menus can be enjoyed by anyone, but here are some things that are just a bit better either alone or with a big group.
Dirty Talk < Dirty Burger.
Forget the dirty talk and get your dirty burger. If you’re dining solo, take advantage of leaving the manners at home because burgers are meant to be messy.
ReFuel offers a “dirty” Dry Aged Beef Burger with cheddar bacon and fries for $15.50, and it’s on special with a beer from 11:30am-6pm and after 9pm (closed M-F from 2:30pm-5pm). Sit at an open kitchen bar on a first come, first served basis.
The Oakwood Canadian Bistro offers their medium rare Burger - sesame bun, buttermilk fried onion, and smoked cheddar served with fries or salad for $15, and there’s also bar seating. First come, first served.
La Brasserie has their medium rare Burger – Aged white cheddar, bacon, tower of crispy onions, truffled aioli, and frites for $17. Sit at an open kitchen bar on a first come, first served basis.
And if you want to get really dirty then you might consider the Everest Burger at Hilltop Cafe Diner – 3 – 5 ounce burger patties, baked ham, cheddar cheese, mozza cheese, bacon, farmer sausage, mushrooms & onions, lettuce & tomato, Hilltop burger sauce, Mayo & Pickles, TALL on a Kaiser bun with fries for $19.95.
Who needs a love story when there’s Takes of the Cocktail!
Tales of the Cocktail is the world’s premier cocktail festival and it’s coming to Vancouver February 12-15. The festival is made for cocktail professionals and enthusiasts and it is open to the industry and public alike. It’s essentially a 4 day celebration of the cocktail with a calender of events and dinners. I don’t think you’ll have a problem finding entertainment here. It might even be better if you’re single too. Ticket info and details here.
Go for family style dining.
CRA Gold Award Critic’s Choice – Sautéed B.C. Dungeness Crab & Mixed Mushrooms with Amoy Premium Soy
There are certain cuisines that are just better enjoyed in a group such as Chinese, Korean and Indian. It’s all about family style dining and big portions. Generally speaking, if it’s a traditional restaurant in any of those categories, you’ll still get reservations on Valentine’s Day. Things like Peking duck, whole crab or lobster work better when there are more people, so gather a group for a full on gourmet feast.
Double Boiled Winter Melon Soup with Mixed Seafood is another dish that requires group dining.
Host an Oyster Potluck.
Sure wine and cheese are good, but why not switch things up? Instead of getting everyone to bring their favourite wine and cheese get everyone to bring a different kind of oyster and champagne… or wine. Oysters are aphrodisiacs so what better way is there to fall back in love with yourself?
**Follow Me Foodie Tip: If you’re shucking them at home you can throw them in the freezer for 10 minutes. The shells will relax and open a bit making it easier to shuck.
Who needs breakfast in bed when you can have it delivered and in cake!
Wait. What?! Yes. It’s all about the ManCakes = Cupcakes for Men. Boys, it’s okay to admit you like desserts, especially when they come with bacon and chicken skin sprinkles. Get your Night Pack: Buffalo Wing, Breakfast, Rum & Coke, Whiskey Lime, Tequila Pineapple and Chocolate Red Wine Mancakes or your Day Pack: Buffalo Wing, Breakfast, Pink Peppercorn, Apple Brie, Bacon Chili Chocolate, King Kong Mancakes. Ladies these mancakes won’t disappoint you either, and even better is that they’ll come delivered to your door. Let dessert come to you! Sharing is caring, unless your single… so don’t.
Follow Me Foodie’s Mancakes Giveaway!
If you’re attached most likely you’ll get something anyways, and if you don’t… that kind of sucks. Anyways, I can’t control this, but this contest is intended for SINGLE people.
How to enter:
1) “LIKE” the Follow Me Foodie Facebook Fanpage
2) Comment on this post with the food you hate to share.
3) RT the following:
I entered the @followmefoodie #VDay #contest to win @ManCakesBakery cupcakes… & I’m single so I won’t share http://bit.ly/wBdLg7
Oh look at that! I found a way to kind of control the winner being single!
Winner will be selected at random. Contest closes February 12, 2012.