Best Valentine’s Day Dinners

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.

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Veal

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).

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Unique Valentine’s Day Dates

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.

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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.

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Simple Ways To Cut Calories While Eating Out

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.

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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.

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Best Kids’ Toys Of 2012

Toys are cool. Really, really, really cool. And it doesn’t matter if your 4 or 40 – playing around never loses appeal. But, as you know probably all too well, not all toys are created equal. Those that are trendy aren’t always the items you want to be buying for your tykes. This year however, we’ve been really fortunate. Designers’ collaborations resulted in some of the greatest toys to date. So, here’s a list of favorite toys that came out in 2012. Each one offers learning opportunities creatively disguised by being immensely fun. (If I’ve neglected your favorite 2012 toy, let me know!)

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1. Classic Derby Car

Vroom, vroom! Rev those engines, little racers, here’s derby car that really couldn’t be any cooler. An FAO Schwarz original, this sweet hot rod is crafted of solid steel with a working steering column and allows any kid from 3-7 an opportunity to ride retro style.

2. Gourmet Kitchen Set

Step aside, Ina Garten! With this realistic wooden kitchen set, any young chef can whip up greatness. With slots to hang pots and pans, working knobs, and an oven window to check dinner’s progress, this gourmet kitchen is the perfect place for little chefs to create culinary art! (And it’s also created 100% from sustainable materials.)

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