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Artsy Smartsy NuLu Valentine
(a) Track down Lil’ Cheezers and eat some gourmet grilled cheese. If your date gets snippy about your frugality, remind him/her that this is a recession and it is the thought that counts. Then fill his/her mouth with gooey cheese.
(b) Wander around Joe Ley’s antiques and try not to get creeped out by all the clown stuff. Joe’s will keep you occupied for hours and hours, plus you can probably pull off a totally romantic gesture by buying him/her something on the spot. Or you can just pretend to be creeped out by the clowns and hold hands really tight.
(c) Head over to Ghyslain and have some dessert, coffee, perhaps a sandwich. If you need more to do, you can walk up and down market and visit some of the galleries and whatnot, or you can go take a visit to Haymarket Whiskey bar and see what the crazy proprietor is stirring up.
2. Be Mine, Bardstown Valentine
(a) Start the evening off by heading to the music/book exchange and picking up something meaningful for your lover, whether it’s a stack of books from his/her childhood or a stack of disney movies for the two of you to bring home.
(b) Head over to Oishii Sushi or the Queen of Sheba for some interesting cuisine, expect lots of conversation about Japanese or Ethiopian food. If you’re going to Bardstown for Valentine’s and you’re less adventurous, try Avalon for a classic American Valentine’s day, and get yourself some lobster mac n’ cheese.
(c) Go order a white russian from the back door—trust me on this one. Like an alcoholic, white chocolate wonderland straight from mother Russia. Play some pool. Laugh a lot, then walk back to your apartments and watch some netflix, or you know, don’t watch netflix. If you know what I mean.
3. Downtown Date for an Uptown Girl
(a) First stop: I highly recommend Hillbilly Tea. Hillbilly Tea is offering a Valentine’s deal that serves two people for seventy dollars for a four course meal—RSVP only so get your spot FAST!
(b) Proof. Get gelato, if they have it, if not, get some dessert anyways because it’s the best dessert in town. Proof makes this salted peanut gelato I’d probably do illegal things for, no kidding. Try a gin and tonic, they make their own tonic water and their drinks are famously lovely.
(c) Oh yes, go to the museum in proof. The art is interesting, and you will have a wonderful time with the various interactive installments. Don’t forget to visit the bathroom—just tell me what you think of it.
(d) Surprise her with a posh hotel room, or tickets to a play at actor’s. Better hurry, I’m sure both of these things are selling out soon.
4. Frankly Frankfort Avenue
(a) Start out at the Zen Tea garden for some amazing lemon chiffon tea and some vegetarian treats. You could also swing over to Margaret’s and Carmichael’s books, (if you’re there earlier than five) and try to squeeze into the Silver Dollar for a Gold Rush. Nothing says “I love you” like whiskey.
(b) Head over to the Irish Rover for some hearty fish and chips, possibly a Welsh Rabbit—the most amazing grilled cheese outside Little Cheezers in Louisville.
(c) Go to the Comfy Cow, and finish the night off with some iced cream. The maple nut is sinful, positively sinful.
Fucking yes. These are all totally wonderful suggestions if you live in the ville.
(Also: Red Tree and Dragon King’s Daughter <3 <3 <3)