Every year on Valentine’s day, fine dinning restaurant are much more busy than usual. I suspect they are even busier than X’mas day or New Year. It seems going out to have a nice dinner with your love one is a fixed program to celebrate the Valentine’s Day. There are more dining options for other festival days. But for Valentine’s day, it gotta be a romantic candle light dinner. Due to the high demand and limited supply of dining space, restaurants know how to rip off their customers on this special day. They will schedule the seating into as many slots as possible. Limit the menu to a few fix dishes to streamline the cooking process. They will also mark up the price in menu to squeeze extra money from the poor guys who have to pay for the meal. That’s why this year I have the Valentine dinner with Pat the day after Valentine to avoid the crowd. Just by shifting the dinner one day, I got better service and the same money can buy a greater value of food. Unfortunately, this tactic only works on your wife or long time girlfriend. For the new couple just started or wanting to start a relationship, delaying the Valentine’s day dinner would make you look really cheap. Or even worse, the girl may raise suspicion that she is only the backup lover, so that you can have dinner with another girl on the Valentine day.
February 14 is the Valentine’s Day. We all know what Valentine’s Day means to the couples. We all criticize the over commercialization of Valentine’s Day. I guess not many people car about the origin of Valentine’s Day. The are quite a few versions, here is the version I like most. Valentine’s Day is named after St. Valentine, who is a Catholic priest in ancient Rome. In his day, Rome is on war and the emperor draft young men into the army and send them to battle field far away. The emperor forbid marriage so that he can draft more single men to be soldiers. St. Valentine break the emperor’s order and secretly perform wedding for the young couples. He is arrested and killed by the emperor, and he became the saint of lovers. So, Valentine’s Day should be really be St. Valentine’s Day. It is not merely about boyfriend/girlfriend but about marriage. Only those couples who are intend to get marry should celebrate this day.