Holidays

Valentine's Day in South Florida: Everything You Need to Know

So, knowing what we do about about the Catholic Church, saints, Christianity, and religious types in general, getting people laid on February 14th probably wasn't what St. Valentine had in mind - nor the Vatican when they beatified him.

The story of St. Valentine is complicated, vague, and steeped in mysterious history. There is also more than one St. Valentine, but the story connected with romantic love is the Valentine who was imprisoned for performing marriages for Christians who were being persecuted by the Romans. Even from his cell, he kept marrying folks.

How that evolved into red heart boxes full of chocolate, chalky little candies, and scandalous lingerie... Well, that was probably our fault. But, hey! It sure is fun.

Here at Clean Plate, we love Valentine's Day. We love romance. We love love. We even love to hate on happy couples and their stupid unfair happiness and their rubbing it in our faces once a year!!!

...Anyway...

For that last few weeks we have written one post after another about V-Day events, deals, happenings, dinners, chocolates, and more.

We even have a list of events for those, err, lucky single types who still have enough hope lingering in their withered hearts to want to find some love.

Since romance is complicated enough, we have compiled all of our compilations into one beneficent post here for your convenient reference. (Surely this will be the act that gets us beatified like ol' Val.)

V-Day To-Go: Where to Pick-Up Holiday Treats for Your Sweetie

Valentine's Specials for That Special Someone: More Deals in Palm Beach and Broward Restaurants

Valentine's for Singles: Where to Pick-up in Broward and Palm Beach

12 DIY Valentine's Sweets for Your Sweetie From Pinterest

Valentine's Day To-Go: Five Best Chocolates in Broward and Palm Beach

Valentine's Day in Palm Beach County: Where to Find the Specials

Valentine's Day in Broward County: Where to Find the Specials

Five Valentine's Day Cocktails to Romance Your Sweetie at Home (Recipes)

You can contact Rebecca Dittmar, Arts & Culture Editor/Food Blog Editor/Hopeless Romantic at rebecca.dittmar@browardpalmbeach.com.



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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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