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What to do this Valentine's Day

Photographer: Simon Howden
Photographer: Simon Howden

If you haven’t thought about what to do for Valentine’s Day yet, now is probably a good time to start. While most of us will wait until the last minute to find a restaurant, any restaurant, that can squeeze us in, here are some ideas for those enthusiastic little go-getters who are already planning.

This year Sample Restaurant is offering an aphrodisiac menu. $48 for two people gets you their chocolate covered strawberry martini; a sample trio of Oysters Rockefeller, Beef Bernaise, fennel and leek soup; a small plate entrée of seared kobe beef petit strip steak; and for dessert, pineapple upside down cake.

If you’re feeling fondue, The Melting Pot is offering a Valentine’s Day special for two which includes a 4 course meal, a souvenir photo in a custom frame, a $20 gift certificate for your next visit, and a free champagne toast with dessert. The cost is $139.

A different kind of gift
It’s no secret that lesbians love animals. We’re known for having cats and dogs and parading them around like furry children….but elephants? Why not? For Valentine’s Day this year the Buffalo Zoo is offering the opportunity to adopt an animal for a $10 donation. And boy does that $10 stretch. Not only do you get an adoption certificate, you’ll also receive a pair of guest passes to the zoo and a chocolate heart from Fowler’s Chocolate. For more details (and order deadlines) refer to their website,

Looking for something free?
On Sunday, February 14th at 3:00pm violinist Noe Inui will be performing at Kleinhan’s Music Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Staying in? Inject some aphrodisiacs into your evening
Oysters, probably the most famous aphrodisiac of all, should be labeled the official food of the LGBT community. Not only are they delicious, but some oysters are known to continuously change sex from male to female and back again. The theory is that this constant switching of genders allows the oyster to experience love from both a male and female perspective. How evolved are they!

If shellfish isn’t your thing, chocolate is a pretty safe standby. Containing both sedative and stimulant properties, chocolate has the dual effect of relaxing you (lowering your inhibitions) while increasing your desire for physical contact at the same time. It also contains phenylethylamine, a chemical released naturally in the body when in love.

Freedom to Marry Week
Freedom to Marry Week is February 8-14, 2010. You can sign the Marriage Resolution (in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide) at


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