There’s no need to buy extravagant gifts or make a swanky restaurant reservation. By Deborah Lin
Ditch the overpriced set meals and have an intimate Valentine’s dinner at home. (Photo: Dmitriy Shironosov / www.123rf.com)
If you forgot that Valentine’s Day is less than 24 hours away, you’re not alone. Men are twice as likely as women to forget about the romantic occasion, according to a recent poll by food delivery service Foodpanda. How many? An estimated 48 per cent of the lads will get caught unawares on February 14.
The findings, which were released earlier this week and surveyed over 150 attached respondents in Singapore, showed that women are less likely to feel guilty if they forget about Valentine’s Day. Some other interesting stats:
– 41 per cent of respondents have not made Valentine’s plans yet
– But 70 per cent say that Valentine’s will be ruined if their partner forgets to plan something
– 75 per cent rank food and atmosphere higher than everything else on V-day, including gifts and flowers
– 100 per cent consider gazing into each other’s eyes over dinner to be the most romantic Valentine’s Day act
– Home is the number two most romantic place in Singapore (after Marina Bay Sands)
Easy ways to dress up the home for a romantic Valentine’s. (Photo: Violeta Chalakova / www.123rf.com)
So instead of trying to squeeze in a reservation at bae’s favourite restaurant at the last minute, just dress up your pad for an intimate date. Some simple ways to make the home romantic for Valentine’s: Draw the curtains, put up fairy lights or light candles to set the mood, and set out a picnic on the floor with loads of soft, fluffy cushions. Most importantly, turn off your mobiles and save Netflix for later.
As for the menu, you can’t go wrong with Italian dishes, Japanese cuisine, or red velvet cake – all voted the most romantic foods. Try these low-calorie pasta recipes or prepare a sashimi feast. (Tip: Skip the oysters. These mollusks might have aphrodisiac properties, but they are considered the least romantic foods.)
Relax with bae at home, and order in sushi for dinner. (Photo: Foodpanda)
Not Masterchef? Just bring out the fancy plates and cutlery, and get the restaurant delivered to you via Foodpanda. The food delivery service promises to send your order within 30 minutes, or less! Plus, just for the lovebirds, enter the promo code LOVEPANDA during checkout to enjoy $15 off your meal. A minimum spending of $35 applies, and the promo code is only valid on 14 February 2016.