Ever notice how Easter moves around a lot on the calendar? Yeah. So did my boss. While trying to come up with Easter topics to write about, he posed this one. I scoffed. How did people not know it was because of the equinox? I thought. As it turns out, my sarcastic enthusiasm on the matter quickly came back and slapped me. The subject of why Easter is where it is on our schedules just so happens to be a pretty complex affair.
To solve the mystery, I started with the calendars. I knew we use the Gregorian but that was the extent of my knowledge on the subject – and it is a subject. Seriously, don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the word “calendars” – the history of them and how they’re figured out could easily be an entire college course. In 1582 CE, the Gregorian calendar was made official by Pope Gregory XIII. As you well know, this lovely system neatly organizes our years into increments of 365 days with the exception of leap years, which have 366. The Gregorian is a solar calendar, meaning that the dates indicate the position of the Earth on its revolution around the sun.
Fondue for two? Real original, Valentine. Instead of plating something that’s completely cliché, treat your crush to a decadent meal that proves you care about them. That said, check out these ideas. Each one is perfectly romantic and creates a swoon-worthy dinner that’ll be love at first bite.
Alright, alright – you may have a hard time eating veal but you should try to shelf your guilt. Besides being absolutely delicious, veal’s pretty good for you, as it’s packed with vitamins and minerals. As long as your date doesn’t mind the ethics of it, veal presents itself as a dreamy dinner contender, especially a recipe like this one. It pairs the tender meat with asparagus, which is an aphrodisiac (meow).
Whether you’re going out on a first date or just finished celebrating your silver anniversary, February 14th is really important. It’s an entire day dedicated to being sweet, to showing your other half that you care, and to proving that you can be romantic. So, this year how about actually giving your crush a day to remember. Ditch the syrupy clichés and try one of these date ideas for a Valentine’s Day date they won’t forget.
There’s No Place Like Home
Nothing’s cuter than watching classic movies in the park on Valentine’s Day. But, depending on where you live, being outside for hours in the middle of February might really freeze any shots at romance. While a beautifully landscaped lawn sounds slightly classier than your couch, you can still make movies in your living room special. Lay out a blanket, light some candles, and enjoy a delicious picnic (with champagne) as you two watch An Affair to Remember.
Paint the Town Red
When was the last time you two got all gussied up for a night out? (If you can’t remember, it’s high time you did just that.) Start with cocktails at a hotel bar and make your way with your sweetheart to a swanky restaurant for dinner. And, since you two look so dapper, be sure to preserve the moment with some photos.
With the hum of soft music, the lure of a beautifully designed menu, and the aroma of delicious foods wafting to your nostrils, a restaurant’s ambiance can sometimes blind you from what you’re eating, elegantly arranging a caloric death trap. But before you put the nail on your calorie coffin, check out these astoundingly simple tips that allow you to enjoy your meal without worry.
1. Skip the Bread.
Sure, bread tastes great, but the calories it contains aren’t. While a single breadstick from Olive Garden only contains 150 calories, let’s be honest and admit that one isn’t going to cut it. They’re just so good! But eating 2 or 3 breadsticks makes you quickly rake in the calories and leaves less room in your stomach for vegetables that show up with your entrée. Best bet: avoid the bread and enjoy your whole meal.