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By Maryann James and Maryann James,maryann.james@baltsun.com | February 8, 2009
Last year was the first Valentine's Day for me and my boyfriend. Never one to fuss over the holiday - it's purely a commercial holiday, in my mind - I casually mentioned to him that I didn't want a big deal made over Valentine's. He agreed, and not another word was said of it. But my casual attitude turned out to be easier said than kept. Since I was covering Valentine's Day for Baltamour, the Baltimore Sun's dating and relationships blog, it was all Cupid, all the time. As I crafted gift guides and picked out card suggestions for those who chose to celebrate the holiday, I fell under its spell.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and For The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2013
Last night, Isaac, who's 4 1/2, gave me the Valentine he had made for me at school. "I love my Mommy because sometimes she lets me watch shows in the morning. " Eeep, really? I mean, it could have been worse ("I love my Mommy because usually she says she's sorry after she yells"), but this basically means, "I love you because you recently stopped enforcing that rule I hate. " Yes, we were strictly show-free in the mornings (OK, well, at least most of the time) for quite a while.
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By Elaine Tait and Elaine Tait,Knight-Ridder News Service | February 10, 1991
As my favorite holiday approaches, thoughts turn to the candy-filled Valentines so dear to my own heart and to questions on the buying and giving of these frankly sentimental gifts. They begin with:*When is Valentine's Day?That's a man's question. Every woman born knows that Valentine's Day is, was and probably always will be Feb. 14, which happens this year to fall on a Thursday. For reasons that are probably genetic, a great number of men can't hold this date in their memories, annoying the women in their lives who can't understand why they can't.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2013
A sunny and relatively mild Valentine's Day is in the forecast Thursday in the Baltimore area, according to the National Weather Service. After a mix of snow and rain was expected to taper off in the early morning hours, temperatures are expected to rise from the mid-30s to the upper 40s by the afternoon. Clouds are expected to clear out early, allowing sunny skies throughout the day. Slight winds of 5-10 mph are forecast. Clouds could begin moving back in overnight Thursday, with partly cloudy skies expected Friday.
FEATURES
February 14, 2005
It's the Day of Wreck-oning. Valentine's Day continues to be marked by all the finer characteristics of romance: anxiety, mixed signals, unrealistic expectations and almost unparalleled thoughtlessness. But roses are always nice. Men could get in trouble today. They got through the holidays, they enjoyed the Super Bowl, but now, how to handle this most delicate of days? We brought together one confused married guy and one smart single woman for mutual enlightenment through a meaningful dialogue of the heart.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,Staff Writer | February 14, 1993
Heart-shaped boxes of chocolates. Arm-in-arm strolls through city parks. Passionate kisses over candlelit dinners.Ah yes, Valentine's Day. God's gift to the private eye working an adultery case.Aside from Christmas and birthdays, the experienced gumshoe will tell you that no time is better for catching that cheating spouse in flagrante delicto than today, Valentine's Day. "People that are running around are obviously going to run around on that day," said Barbie Bunch, a private investigator in Severna Park.
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By Phil Perrier | February 14, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Women love Valentine's Day. It's all about feelings, emotions, romance - things men know nothing about. Oh sure, we play along. We know that women want a card and flowers and chocolates, so we get them. Sometimes women cry when we give them these things. This reaction confuses men: "Why is she crying? Isn't this supposed to be a good thing?" She is crying because you thought about her. Your sweet actions proved that you love her, care for her, understand her and want her hopes and dreams to be your own. At least that's what she thinks it means.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2012
On Valentine's Day, customers who purchase an entree at any Baltimore-area Qdoba restaurant will receive a second entree of equal or lesser value for free when they share a kiss with "a significant other, friend, family member or even an understanding stranger at the cash register. " The promotion is called BOGO for a Kiss. (BOGO is industry talk for "buy one, get one free. ") This is the second time around for Qdoba's Valentine's Day kissing promotion. According to a company press release, "all guests need to participate is a pair of lips and a willing kissing partner.
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By Stephanie Simon and Stephanie Simon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 14, 2003
AMES, Iowa - The ambience is not exactly ideal: The room smells of microwave popcorn. The decor is beige-and-floral, hotel-suite bland. The fluorescent lights buzz persistently. But - amid the crusts of onion pizza - romance is in the air. Jim Coppoc taps out a lusty iambic pentameter with his thumb. Colin Rafferty chews his pen furiously, then scribbles a rhyme of sly seduction. Molly Jo Rose, pushing aside her greasy napkin, fills a pale-pink page with passionate longing - for a man she has never met. They're Cupids on commission, cranking out trembling confessions of ardor for five bucks, cash.
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By Kevin Cowherd | February 10, 1993
Valentine's Day used to be a wonderful time in the heady days before romance entered into its sordid relationship with Big Business.Back then a man could dash into a drug store after work and pick up a sappy Hallmark card and cheap box of candy, and be relatively certain that the woman in his life would just about turn cartwheels at this incredible thoughtfulness.Then, I don't know . . . something happened.Suddenly, it wasn't enough to burst into a Rite-Aid 10 minutes before closing time and bark at the startled Whitesnake freak with the nose ring behind the register: "The little, y'know, chocolates in the, uh, sampler thing . . . YOU GOT ANYMORE OF THEM?
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By Jon Sham, jsham@tribune.com | February 13, 2013
It might not come as a surprise that Valentine's Day is the busiest day of the year at A. Kirchmayr Chocolatier in Timonium. The gourmet shop on Deereco Road that makes its own chocolate in-house even extends its hours on Feb. 14. "It's the busiest day because men are usually, in general, procrastinators," said owner Albert Kirchmayr. "When they leave work they remember they have to bring something home so we are open then. " For the holiday, the shop has a few specialties, including assorted chocolate candies encased in a chocolate shell and chocolate-covered strawberries.
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By Jordan Bartel, assistant editor, b | February 12, 2013
Septimius somehow remains mysterious even though he puts a lot of himself out there. First, he goes by Septimius the Great, a Roman emperor who conquered the Parthian Empire, which, we assume, is a lot to live up to. Septimius (the singer, not the emperor) says he is influenced most by "diversity and adversity," which is simulatenously confusing and intriguing. A few minutes spent on his website, septimiusthegreat.com , and you're deeply immersed in striking fashion, tunes such as "Iam Fashion" and "Zodiac Lover," and a photo of him sitting on a "human throne" (pictured here in all its glory)
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
Baltimore will have to content itself with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, because according to Open Table, Baltimore is an also-ran in the romance department. The most romantic cities are, in order: San Antonio, Texas; Austin, Texas; Providence, R.I.; La Jolla, Calif.; and Columbus, Ohio. Baltimore comes in at No. 17. You can see the full list here . Headquartered in San Francisco, Open Table is a provider of online restaurant reservations. Its Most Romantic Cities Index was calculated, the company said, using three variables: the percentage of restaurants rated "romantic" according to Open Table diner reviews, the percentage of tables seated for two and the percentage of people who dined out for Valentine's Day last year.
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By Sloane Brown and Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2012
Wedding Date: June 23, 2012 Her story: Christina Schoppert, 30, grew up in Homeland and now lives in Hampden. She is a lawyer with Community Law Center, Inc., which represents organizations working on neighborhood revitalization efforts. Her father, Gary Schoppert, is a retired general dentist. Her mother, Joan Schoppert, is a recently retired assistant professor of English at Notre Dame of Maryland University, although she is still teaching there part-time. His story: Andrew Devereux, 38, grew up in Charlottesville, Va., and now lives in Los Angeles, where he is finishing a post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA.
NEWS
by Annie Linskey | February 14, 2012
The House Judiciary Committee and the House Health and Government Operations Committee will meet jointly at 4:30 p.m. this evening to vote on Gov. Martin O'Malley's bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland. The two panels heard the bill jointly in a nearly 11 hour hearing last Friday evening. It is unclear at this point how the voting will work. Each panel could take a separate vote, or they could take one mega-vote as a joint committee. O'Malley said yesterday that he's still a few votes short of passage on the House floor, though he said that members will have to make their decisions soon.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza and Wesley Case | February 14, 2012
So you've slaved all day to cook your main squeeze a nice Valentine's Day meal, or, you worked really, really hard at calling your favorite Thai place for a dinner for two. But in all that work, you forgot to put together a playlist to play over your romantic dinner. Well, we're here to help. Our Valentine's Day playlist has some musts - you can't go wrong with Sade people - and some surprises - Ghostface Killah! It spans from euphoric pop anthems to sappy-sweet to dumped-in-the-rain yearning.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mike Himowitz | February 7, 2000
Gentlemen, we'll start this column by stating our major premise: Valentine's Day is important. Not to you, maybe. But to your spouse, girlfriend, significant other or some person who's not in one of those categories yet but could be someday if you're smart and lucky enough, Valentine's Day is a National Holiday, big time. To half the human species, it's the day that the other half has to prove that it's sensitive, caring and affectionate enough to be considered worthy of the first half's notice during the other 364 days of the year.
NEWS
By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | February 5, 2003
In the mood for love If you're planning to celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one at home, here are suggestions from Nextdaygourmet.com for making a romantic meal: Set the table by a fireplace or a window with a view. Use candles and fresh edible flowers to decorate the table. If you really want to splurge, buy a mold to create a tabletop ice sculpture for $56. Set the chairs side by side to give you the chance to get close with your valentine. Keep the food light; stick to tender, lean meats and avoid heavy pastas.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2012
Mango Grove will open its new Columbia location on Stanford Road on Valentine's Day. The news of the opening was posted late, late Sunday night on the restaurant's Facebook page. The keeper of the How Chow blog, who has been assiduously following the journey of Mango Grove to its new location, posted the news early Monday morning. Mango Grove is calling this a soft-opening, with a limited menu. A vegetarian mainstay in Columbia known best for its dhosa , a kind of Indian crepe, Mango Grove closed its original location inĀ  August 2011 after 15 years to make way for new development.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2012
Victoria Gastro Pub has posted its Valentine's Day menu. It's an a la carte affair with a handful of items added into the regular menu. Those special items include cornmeal-fried oysters; Madeira onion soup gratinee with braised short rib; roasted sea scallops pancetta; leeks and Beluga lentils; veal tenderloin and, for dessert, raspberry truffle cake. Victoria Gastro Pub is also debuting a few items on its regular menu, starting Friday, Feb. 10. They include sauteed shrimp with crispy speck ham, spaghetti squash and rosemary tomato; a Camembert pizza with balsamic cremini mushrooms and marinated roasted peppers; escargot with roasted garlic lemon brown butter; roasted Duroc pork loin with winter vegetable and Yukon potato hash and a grilled Creekstone Farms fillet.
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