February 5th, 2010
Planning for V-Day: The Procrastinator Turns a New Leaf
Guess what guys and gals, Valentine’s Day is coming up quicker than you realize. Usually we write the Procrastinator’s Plan as your last second scheduling option. This week we’re turning over a new leaf in honor of that cherub, Cupid that we’ve grown to love/loathe. You’re nine days away from V-Day… It’s time to grab yourself a partner and ready woo and wow them. Yeah, we know, Valentine’s Day is just a greeting card holiday designed to increase sales in our capitalist nation, but you can save your neo-socialist diatribe. We here at The Loop Scoop want to keep it corporate.
Buzz over to the Love Bug Mixer at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences. Whether you want to check out the Cockrell Butterfly Exhibit, down some cocktails or jitterbug to the sounds of Grupo Ka-Che, the Love Bug Mixer has got you covered. Grab your tickets here and for a romantic way to invite your own love bug, check out @hmns on Twitter for a #tweetyoursweet suggestion every day at noon – or click here to see all the suggestions so far! Follow up the mixer with a late dinner at Sambuca, which is serving dinner until 11. For reservations, call 713-224-5299.
Let’s Stay Home Tonight
Not everyone is looking for a night out on the town. For those of you who might be more inclined to stay in, why not check out The Lancaster Houston’s Valentine’s Day Package. The package includes either a suite or a deluxe room, overnight valet, Strawberries and champagne and breakfast for two the next morning. Of course, without any distractions, you might just want to stay in bed and take advantage of the alone time. The Lancaster, a downtown landmark, is a charming boutique hotel in the heart of the Theater District. On Valentine’s Day, The Bistro Lancaster, the hotel’s cozy and genteel restaurant, is serving a special four course dinner (pdf) for $75 a person. Located alongside the restaurant, the hugely popular Bistro Bar has been rated one of the top ten bars in the country by Food and Wine Magazine. Take advantage of the Valentine’s Day package and spend the night in, just not at home.
Can’t Buy Me Love
If you have to be budget conscious this Valentine’s Day, take the “Staying in” theme a bit further and plan a romantic picnic on the living room floor. Think red checkered table cloth candles. What’s your sweetheart’s favorite food? Try your hand at preparing it. They’ll appreciate the gesture and if you’re worried it will come out inedible, I would recommend having a take-out joint on speed-dial. Go all out with salad, bread and dessert. You can even grab a cheap bottle of wine to go with your meal. Good wine doesn’t have to be expensive! To cap off the evening, rent one of the recently released chick flicks or revisit one of the classics. You can’t go wrong with An Affair to Remember (role-play with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr) or Casablanca (”Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”).
Addicted to Love
Get a jump-start on your Valentine’s Day and celebrate with the Alden Hotel a day early with the “Addicted to Love” package. The pampering starts on arrival, when you and your date are presented with long-stem roses. The package also includes a four course dinner at the Alden’s award winning *17 restaurant. The first three courses will be served in the restaurant, while the fourth course, chocolate bites and a glass of champagne, will be served on the Alden’s elegant second-story veranda, where you and your partner can dance the night away to the music of jazz singer Danielle Reich and a five piece orchestra. Don’t worry about driving home, as you’ll be able to just ride the elevator up to your room and valet parking is included. Sleep in late the next morning and have breakfast in bed, the Alden is extending a 2PM late checkout.
Go old school. Remember the dates when you first met? Relive them by heading out to a fun and casual dinner. For Italian, try Romano’s or Fred’s Italian Corner. Burger Joint? Prince’s is a great place for a burger and a shake or go the mini route with Little Bigs. If your in the mood for Mexican food, there’s El Tiempo or Lupe Tortilla. If you’re in love with pizza like I am, you can head to Barry’s Pizza or Star Pizza. After dinner, have some playtime at Joystix Classic Games and Pinballs. It’s not your conventional romantic evening, but it will definitely put the fun back in your relationship.