The Burly Guide to Valentine's Day
You can't avoid it. Valentine's day is next week. If you rock the love game then you've probably already got something incredible lined up. If that's the case, bravo. But if not, and let's be honest, that's probably most of us - don't worry, we've got some stuff pulled out for you that can save the day. So read on, faithful members of the Burly crew, because we've got your back.
Dude, we're begging you. Do NOT get flowers from the supermarket. They might look okay, barely, but they don't show any thought, and they'll die in a day or two. There's still enough time to get your significant other some flowers that will Rock. Their. World.
Farmgirl Flowers - we can't recommend them enough. They're doing something almost unheard of in the flower world (don't ask us how we know) - sourcing as much as possible from US growers, and local whenever possible. Their style is loose & casual, and they're not going to waste your time with dozens of weird variations you could care less about - simply a good, honest selection that we can promise your other half will love. They ship, but hurry.
French Broad Chocolates
- an incredible selection. They're a huge step up from the mass produced crap you grab at the mall. These folks KNOW their chocolates. Trust us - go for the caramel collection. They ship, but hurry.
When in doubt, go for a nice bottle of red. But there's no need to spend a ton of money - great wines can be had for less than $30... hell, even less than $20. Some of our go-to wines
Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay
Kendall Jackson Reserve Chardonnay
Sea Glass Sauvignon Blanc
Apothic Crush Red Blend
You REALLY want to win the night? Make dinner. You don't have to go crazy, just get one of those roasted ovens from the supermarket, put some potatoes in the oven at 425° for an hour (you do now enough to prick them with a fork, right?), and get a bag of salad. I know it's not perfect, but it really is the thought that counts. Bonus points if you do the dishes.
Netflix & Chill:
There are thousands of romantic movies available for you to choose from. Everyone watches Love, Actually or Pretty Woman... why not find some that are a little off the beaten path?
One of my top 5 favorite movies of all times.
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, John Goodman & Audrey Hepburn
IMDB Synopsis: Pete Sandich and buddy Al Yackey are daredevil aerial forest-fire fighters. Pete finds true love with Dorinda but won't give up the job. When he takes one risk too many, Dorinda faces deep grief and cannot easily put her life back together
50 first dates:
Also in my top 10 of all time. Drew Barrymore is great in this.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore
IMDB Synopsis: Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry thinks he's finally found the girl of his dreams until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.
One of my new favorites - it's got an incredible 80's soundtrack.
Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Kelly Thornton
IMDB Synopsis: A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.
To Catch A Thief:
A classic, for good reason.
Starring: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly
IMDB Synopsis: When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence.
A great LGBT love story.
Starring: Tom Cullen, Chris New
IMDB Synopsis: After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time, he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.
There you have it, folks. Hopefully this helps. Happy Valentine's Day, and remember - Be Burly!
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