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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 02/11/2011

Valentine's Day: Places to go, things to do and ways to ignore it

By Katie Rogers
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We are contributing to the madness. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post).

Dear adorable public,

Valentine's Day -- and we say this without cynicism -- is a lot like taking that annual trip to the doctor: It either gives us the reassuring tuneup we need, or it helps us confront all the bad habits we've developed over time. In the end, some of us are better insured against disaster than others.

Whatever your feelings are about Valentine's Day, we've compiled a list of all things romance. Take your pulse, then let this list be your guide.

WINING AND DINING
FUN TAKES
GOOD READS
D.C. VALENTINES


Smooches,
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WINING AND DINING

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The Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse is one of Going Out Guide's unconventional picks for Valentine's Day. (Sarah L. Voisin/For The Washington Post)

» Searching for the perfect Valentine's Day cocktail? For those of you not drinking bottles of Andre, writer Jason Wilson hunts down the perfect (classy) drink for the occasion.

» Going Out Guide's best bets for an unconventional Valentine's Day: Checking out new bars or fondue restaurants? Typical. Catching 'The Princess Bride' at Arlington Cinema 'N' Draft House for $8. Awesome. Check out GOG's V-Day archive for complete coverage.

» Best bets for 'bromance': Yes, we went there. If you're flying solo with your bros this year -- therefore ignoring all that is Valentine's Day -- check out GOG's best bets for a lady-free Valentine's Day.

D.C. VALENTINES

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» Send a D.C.-centric valentine. Celebrate Valentine's Day like only nerds can with gems like "You're the only monument in my life." Do you have a good idea for another one-liner? Use #OnLove on Twitter to submit yours. Or, you can check out this randomizer, which will spit back the appropriate nerdy love not. (We're partial to "Filibuster Me." Precious.)

Some we like:

@postlocal You are the sneakers to my pantsuit. Be my mayor for life this valentines day! #OnLove.less than a minute ago via web

Our love is like the end of a metro line - It took a while for it to come, but it got us to the right place in the end. #onloveless than a minute ago via web

Independence from you would be bad for my Constitution. #onlove #DCless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

FUN TAKES

» What's the most romantic city in America?: An Amazon.com survey says it's Alexandria, Va. This very scientific survey took into account purchases of romance novels, Barry White albums, sex and relationship books, romantic comedies and sexual wellness products. Virginia: totally for lovers. Tell us about your favorite romantic spot using #DMVDAY on Twitter.


GOOD READS

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Casa Nonna executive chef Amy Brandwein and her husband, Jeremy. (Michael Temchine/For The Washington Post)

»Married to a chef? When the rest of the world is at play, they're cooking, even on the day so many couples hold sacred: Valentine's.

»What will you be reading on the most romantic day of the year? Whether it's Boy Meets Girl or Boy Meets Married Woman you're looking for, book reviewer Yvonne Zipp will point you in the right direction.

»The pickup artist. James Norton wants to take guys on an epic journey of personal growth ... and picking up chicks. View photos of his classes here and we'll have a Q&A with him Monday.

»Pickup tips from the pros: A video from -- yes, this exists -- the Global Pickup Conference.

»Date Lab: Can this date survive their low expectations?

»Are you a do-gooder? This Valentine's Day, show a little love to your local food pantry.

»First Person Singular: Yukia Walker of Curvaceous courture, which sells plus-sides wedding gowns.

»The feminine mist. Gene Weingarten explains why men fear the tears


How will you celebrate Valentine's Day?

Tell us how you plan to acknowledge -- or ignore -- Valentine's Day by using #OnLove on Twitter. We'll post some of your responses throughout the week on this blog.

By Katie Rogers  | February 11, 2011; 11:40 AM ET
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Comments

The very first date my future wife and I took was in 1987 at the Arlington Cinema N' Drafthouse. At the time, unbeknown to me, they didn't take credit cards. In other words, she was warned early on.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 9, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

And ProFlowers is still offer free delivery on their Valentine's Day bouquets! I sent three! Feel free to use my link, every little bit helps!

http://www.proflowers.com/free-flower-delivery-fwd?ref=organicotherbrand_sara

Posted by: jenlynnette32 | February 9, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

That's my girlfriend with, "Filibuster Me." We're operating under a Continuing Resolution of love.

Posted by: SonOfBarfentine | February 14, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

To my better half that posted, "Filibuster Me." - we're operating under a Continuing Resolution of love.

Posted by: SonOfBarfentine | February 14, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

...and double-posts.

Posted by: SonOfBarfentine | February 14, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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