Valentine's Day 2013 in South Florida: From Pricey Prix Fixe to DIY Dates

Whatever your budget or personality, chances are good that your Valentine's Day plans will incorporate food and/or drink at some point in the game. There's no one-size-fits-all definition of romance, so the New Times' 2013 guide to V-Day in Broward and Palm Beach counties covers the bases with everything from over-the-top, high-end dinners in fancy-pants restaurants to a sweet, low-key picnic on the beach. Hell, there's even something in it for the Cupid haters.

See Also:

- Valentine's Day in Palm Beach County: Restaurant Prix Fixe Options

- Foods Not to Order on a Valentine's Day Date

- Romance Your Sweetie With Riverwalk's "Love in the Park" Valentine's Dinner in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Most of the restaurants and special activities included in the New Times guide require advance reservations -- you do not want to wing it on February 14 -- so you'd better get down to the business of shoring up plans, like, immediately.

Other suggestions, like curating a collection of sweet treats from local specialty shops including Cupcake Couture in Delray Beach, will require a bit of legwork and shouldn't be left until the night before. In short: Do not procrastinate.

While the gastronomic delights vary wildly on Valentine's Day, here's some universal food/holiday advice to consider (it's something that will be immediately familiar to fans of Dan Savage). To paraphrase the seminal sex columnist a bit, get busy before getting down to that heavy, five-course meal and multiple bottles of wine. You'll thank Dan later.

Read the full Valentine's Day guide.

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Tricia Woolfenden