I do not celebrate Valentine's Day. I don't see the point, really. Even when you're in a relationship, the pressure to be romantic is often times overwhelming. Going out to eat on Valentine's Day is usually a bummer, too.
If you're not in a relationship, it's even worse. When I was in college, my boyfriend lived four hours away. So, my roommates & I would make Valentine's Day a girls' night out. Being surrounded by couples oogling each other did not help our dinners go down easily.
So, when I was planning my winter cooking classes for Kitchen Conservatory, I had an idea to do an anti-Valentine's Day Girls' Night Out class. My menu was inspired by my frustration at my boyfriend, now fiance, for not giving me a birthday gift in October. (It's all good now; he was saving up for the engagement ring he'd already designed.) I tried to incorporate flavors that mimic feelings--sour, bitter, salty--and that you normally wouldn't eat on a date--garlicy & spicy.