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Valentine's Day Mash-upHappy Valentine’s Day weekend! Or as a parent with small children see it – another nonevent day. Life is just too exhausting when you have a young child to celebrate Valentine’s Day. However, it seems most people disagree with me because Valentine’s Day spending is approaching $19 billion! Wow, that’s a lot of money.

I can believe it because going out on Valentine’s Day is getting to be a very expensive proposition. Many restaurants in Portland now only offer prix fixe dinners for the special evening, starting at $65 per person. Of course, wine pairing will cost $50 extra. I don’t feel the need to shell out that type of money just to go out on Valentine’s Day. Restaurants will be jam packed and noisy. That’s not the environment I’m looking for. I’d rather go out on normal days when the waiters aren’t slammed and the full menu is available.

Valentine’s Day Dinner

So instead of going out this weekend, we’ll splurge by cooking a nice meal at home. We’ll go shopping on Sunday and pick up a few luxurious ingredients that we usually don’t buy. Hopefully, we can make some of these dishes.

  • Oysters Rockefeller – Yum. I’ve been meaning to learn how to cook this dish. (Mrs. RB40 knows how)
  • Steak – We haven’t had steak for quite a while.
  • Lobster tail with clarified butter – I haven’t made this in a long time. RB40Jr loved it the last time we cooked this.
  • Dungeness crab – If we can’t find lobster, then we’ll go with Dungeness crab. The price is pretty reasonable this year.
  • Dessert? Maybe Mrs. RB40 can go pick up a few treats from Saint Cupcake for us. I don’t know how to make dessert.

I’m skipping gifts on Valentine’s Day. Actually, it would be nice if I can go get some nice dark chocolate for Mrs. RB40, but I don’t think I’ll have time to do it. Maybe we’ll all take a field trip to Cacoa, a local chocolatier, on Monday.

If you’re the gift giving type, here are some budget friendly Valentine gift ideas from Kristi.

Presidents Day

Monday is also Presidents Day. I hope you get the day off to rest a bit. It’s going to be a long while until the next 3 day weekend. Presidents Day is a bit more interesting this year because we’re in the midst of the presidential primaries.

Normally, I don’t pay much attention to the presidential primaries because the race is usually decided by the time Oregonians vote in May. This year is quite interesting, though. Bernie Sanders is doing well at the early stage and I wonder if he can keep it up.

The train wreck on the Republican side is fun to watch as well. Can Trump really win the GOP nomination? I don’t buy his “too rich to be bought” rhetoric. People like him never have enough. I’m pretty sure his main priority is to enrich himself. I don’t trust him to represent the regular people at all. Anyway, the next few weeks will be interesting to watch.

What about you? How are you planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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