The 10th Anniversary Edition of Thirteen Reasons Why was released

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Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up with a family that encouraged him to pursue all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. He attended Cuesta Community College right after graduating from San Luis Obispo High School. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. After high school, he decided he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. He married Joan Marie on September 7, 2002. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including working as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences influenced some aspect of his writing.

On December 27, 2016, the 10th Anniversary Edition of Thirteen Reasons Why was released. In this edition, the book’s original ending is included. The anniversary edition also includes a new introduction from Asher, an essay from Asher, pages from the notebook that Asher used while writing Thirteen Reasons Why, reader reactions and a reading guide

Thirteen Reasons Why is a 2007 young adult novel written by Jay Asher. The book was published by RazorBill, a young adult imprint of Penguin Books. The paperback edition hit #1 on the New York Times best-seller list in July 2011. The book is the basis of the television series 13 Reasons Why, released through Netflix on March 31, 2017.

Clay Jensen, a shy high school student, returns home from school one day to find that he has received a mysterious package in the mail. It contains seven double-sided cassette tapes used by Hannah Baker, a classmate who has recently committed suicide. Each tape details a reason that she killed herself. The tapes were sent to various other people before arriving at Clay’s door.The first person to receive the tapes was Justin. They kissed once after she developed a crush on him. However, Justin told his friends that they did more than just kiss, which earned Hannah the reputation of a slut at school. The second person to receive them was Alex. Alex violated their friendship when he published a “hot or not” list comparing the girls in their class. He awarded Hannah the title of Best Ass, which only escalated her reputation as a slut. He also awarded his ex-girlfriend Jessica the title of Worst Ass, in revenge for her not having sex with him. The third person was Jessica. After being compared to Hannah on the “hot or not” list, Jessica slapped Hannah and ended their friendship. The slap left a scar on Hannah’s cheek…..

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  • Dylan Minnette as Clay Jensen
  • Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker
  • Christian Navarro as Tony Padilla
  • Alisha Boe as Jessica Davis
  • Brandon Flynn as Justin Foley
  • Justin Prentice as Bryce Walker
  • Miles Heizer as Alex Standall
  • Ross Butler as Zach Dempsey
  • Devin Druid as Tyler Down
  • Amy Hargreaves as Lainie Jensen
  • Derek Luke as Kevin Porter
  • Kate Walsh as Olivia Baker

Hannah BakerHannah Baker is a fictional character created by American author Jay Asher. She is the subject of his 2007 mystery novel Thirteen Reasons Why, and Netflix’ adaptation of the book, 13 Reasons Why. Hannah is introduced as a sophomore at the fictional Liberty High School, characterized by her struggle adjusting to life in an unsympathetic school environment. She is played by Katherine Langford on the television series.On the final tape Hannah recalls the day of her suicide. She decides to give life “one more try”, and visits Mr. Porter, the school counsellor, and asks for his help. She tells him about the rape, but when she refuses to disclose her rapist’s identity, he tells her that the only option is to “move on” with life. This conversation is related on Hannah’s final recorded tape. She then gives her uniform to Clay at the theatre before going to give the tapes to Tony. Hannah return home, fills her bathtub and uses the razors she stole from her father’s shop to slit her wrists. Hannah dies of blood loss and is found by her mother and father who attempt to save her by calling 911; but they are too late, Hannah is already dead.

 

Rape & Assault or Violence

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Rape and Incest National Network (RAINN) Crisis Hotline: 800-656-4673

In addition to its hotline, RAINN works with local rape crisis centers nationwide, providing resources, articles, programs, and events.

National Teen Dating Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or visit www.loveisrespect.org For teens who have been abused.

National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or visit www.rainn.org For anyone who has been raped or experienced sexual violence.

 

 

 

Suicide

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)

This is a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline that is free and available to anyone who is in emotional distress or crisis.

Hopeline: 800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

National Suicide Hotlines: 800-SUICIDE (784 2433)

Teen Hotline Covenant House NineLine: 800-999-9999

SOS Teen Hotline: 800-949-0057

Grief Recovery Helpline: 800-445-4808

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50 Valentine‚Äôs Day Quotes Celebrating True Love in 2019

This Valentine’s Day quotes collection will help you honor true love.

Valentine‚Äôs Day is an occasion to celebrate love, friendship, and¬†admiration. Each year on 14 February, people¬†celebrate¬†this¬†day¬†by exchanging cards, candy, and flowers, or sending messages of love and affection to partners,¬†family, and¬†friends.Image result for valentine√ʬĬôs day quotes

1.) ‚ÄúYour flaws are perfect for the heart that‚Äôs meant to love you.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstTrent Shelton

2.) ‚ÄúBeing deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstLao Tzu

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3.) ‚ÄúThe best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstHelen Keller

4.) ‚ÄúLove is when the desire to be desired takes you so badly that you feel you could die of it.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstHenri de Toulouse

5.) ‚ÄúWhere there is love, there is life.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstMahatma Gandhi

6.) ‚ÄúLove is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstRobert Heinlein

7.) ‚ÄúA heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď ¬†Frank Morgan

8.) ‚ÄúI just think Valentine‚Äôs Day is a day to really appreciate the person you love, no matter who it is, and to spend time with them. I don‚Äôt think it‚Äôs all about fancy presents or whatever. I think it‚Äôs about spending that quality time with that special person.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstPrince Royce

9.) ‚ÄúLove will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstLord Byron

10.) ‚ÄúIt is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstChristian Nestell Bovee

Valentine’s Day quotes to help make it romantic and memorable

11.) ‚ÄúThe hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstGeorge Edward Moore

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12.) ‚ÄúI like doing something romantic with a girl on Valentine‚Äôs Day, like making her dinner and keeping it simple. The more quality time, the better.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstSpencer Boldman

13.) ‚ÄúAlthough I believe affection and romance should be shown all year around, it‚Äôs always smart to have a good plan up your sleeve for Valentine‚Äôs Day.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstMarcus Samuelsson

14.) ‚ÄúDoubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstWilliam Shakespeare

15.) ‚ÄúEach time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstAudre Lorde

16.) ‚ÄúI‚Äôve never been so scared of losing something in my entire life, then again nothing in my life has ever meant as much to me as you do.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstAnonymous

17.) ‚ÄúWhen you know who you want to spend the rest of your life with, you want to start the rest of your life as soon as you can.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstDierks Bentley

18.) ‚ÄúLove is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone ‚Äď we find it with another.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstThomas Merton

19.) ‚ÄúThis fire that we call Loving is too strong for human minds. But just right for human souls.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstAberjhani

20.) ‚ÄúIf you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstA. A. Milne

Valentine’s Day quotes for him or her

21.) ‚ÄúI won‚Äôt give up on us, even if the skies get rough.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstJason Mraz

22.) ‚ÄúA kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstIngrid Bergman

23.) ‚ÄúOn a scale of one to ten, I‚Äôd give you a nine ‚ÄĒ and I‚Äôm the one you need.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstAnonymous

24.) ‚ÄúI love that rush, when he folds me into his arms and I can let out a sign of relief, knowing I‚Äôm safe there. Always.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstMichelle Poelking

25.) ‚ÄúIn a world full of temporary things, you are a perpetual feeling.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstSanober Khan

26.) ‚ÄúLove isn‚Äôt finding the perfect person. It‚Äôs seeing an imperfect person perfectly.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstSam Keen

27.) ‚ÄúI love you not only for what you are but, for what I am when I‚Äôm with you.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstRoy Croft

28.) ‚ÄúLove is a friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It‚Äôs loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weakness.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstAnn Landers

29.) ‚ÄúIf there ever comes a day where we can‚Äôt be together, keep me in your heart. I‚Äôll stay there forever.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstWinnie The Pooh

26.) ‚ÄúLove isn‚Äôt finding the perfect person. It‚Äôs seeing an imperfect person perfectly.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstSam Keen

27.) ‚ÄúI love you not only for what you are but, for what I am when I‚Äôm with you.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstRoy Croft

28.) ‚ÄúLove is a friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It‚Äôs loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weakness.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstAnn Landers

29.) ‚ÄúIf there ever comes a day where we can‚Äôt be together, keep me in your heart. I‚Äôll stay there forever.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstWinnie The Pooh

35.) ‚ÄúLife gives us many things to be thankful for. I give thanks to God for you! A blessing in my life, you are.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstCatherine Pulsifer

36.) ‚ÄúFor every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstIvan Panin

37.) ‚ÄúTo love another person is to see the face of God.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstLes Miserables

38.) ‚ÄúOn Valentine‚Äôs day we think of those who make our life worthwhile, those gracious, friendly people who we think of with a smile.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstAnonymous

39.) ‚ÄúIf I had a flower for every time I thought of you ‚Ķ I could walk through my garden forever.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstAlfred Tennyson

40.) ‚ÄúValentine‚Äôs Day is precisely what the spirit needs. It is hot chocolate for the soul. It is a bright splash of color on a stark white canvas. The day reminds us to reaffirm our love, or perhaps to give voice to that which has remained unsaid.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstDorothy Denneen Volo

More Valentine’s Day quotes to celebrate love and friendship

41.) ‚ÄúNo matter where I went, I always knew my way back to you. You are my compass star.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď ¬†Diana Peterfreund

42.) ‚ÄúValentine. Is the day of love. Many ways to express affection to the people we love. By way of giving a gift that is definitely synonymous with words of love and romantic. Gifts do not have to be very expensive.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstArif Jmsh

43.) ‚ÄúLet loose the sails of love and let them fill with breezes sweet with tenderness to-day; scorn not the praises youthful lovers say; romance is old, but it is lovely still.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstEdgar A Guest

44.) ‚ÄúTake love, multiply it by infinity and take it to the depths of forever‚Ķ and you still have only a glimpse of how I feel for you.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstMeet Joe Black

45.) ‚ÄúRomance is a beautiful experience. that we should all have the pleasure of giving and receiving. Being in Love is one of the most powerful emotions to experience in our lifetime and having the two makes life that little bit more special.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstCassandra M Porter

46.) ‚ÄúLove recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstMaya Angelou

47.) ‚ÄúNo cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstRobert Burton

48.) ‚ÄúGod‚Äôs plans are the perfect plan. He sent me a special valentine when He sent me you. God knew what he was doing when he sent me you.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstTheodore W. Higginsworth

49.) ‚ÄúClouds never get tired of giving rain to us; and you, you must never get tired of giving your love! Valentine‚Äôs Day is day to remember to give more, to love more, it is a day to behave like a heavy rain.‚ÄĚ ¬†‚ÄstMehmet Murat Ilda

50.) ‚ÄúHowever, quality love relationships do not happen by accident. Real love is built the old-fashioned way ‚Äď through hard work.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄstDanny Silk

Valentine’s Day: Top anti-love quotes to celebrate being single in 2019

  • “The course of true love never did run smooth.” –¬† William Shakespeare
  • “By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll”become a philosopher.” – Socrates
  • “A kiss may ruin a human life.” – Oscar Wilde
  • “The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • “Women don’t want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think ‚ÄĒ in a deeper voice.” – Bill Cosby
  • “My love life is like a piece of Swiss cheese. Most of it is missing, and what’s there stinks.” – Joan Rivers
  • “Men should be like Kleenex: soft, strong, disposable.” – Cher
  • “Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.” – Jim Carrey
  • “Today is Valentine’s Day – or, as men like to call it, Extortion Day! – Jay Leno
  • “My love is expansive. Your love is expensive.” – Jarod Kintz

 

Valentine’s Day Recipe 2019

The best Valentine’s Day recipes and tips for your February 14th festivities‚ÄĒincluding how to make incredible chocolate cake, where to find the most romantic travel destinations and a guide to sexy foods.

Paleo Valentine’s Day Menu

Drinks.¬†When preparing a mixed drink, keep in mind that some spirits like tequila, vodka and rum are generally more accepted in Paleo circles than whiskey or other dark liquors derived from grains. Soda water and fruit juice are all fair game, as is wine. So there are plenty of cocktails that can be adapted for Paleo purposes on Valentine’s Day. Swap the sugar in this¬†Pomegranate-and-Tequila Cocktail¬†for honey, maple or another preferred sweetener.

Starters. Most of the world’s sexiest foods are raw or close to it, like oysters. Here’s how to¬†shuck oysters¬†yourself, according to legend Jacques P√©pin. Make a¬†simple mignonette with ros√© wine, shallots and wine vinegar.

Main course. Steak is the easiest way to go here. Cacao-rubbed rib eye or sirloin has a nice ring to it.

Dessert. If dark chocolate and fresh fruit feel too pared down, there are always sorbets, chocolate mousse made with coconut milk or fudgy brownies made with hazelnut flour.

And if it goes well…

Breakfast. Shirred eggs are a sexier way to say baked eggs. Try baking them in little ham cups. Or make a Benedict riff and swap out English muffins for portabello caps. Or deliver some gorgeous runny yolks in the form of sausage-covered Scotch eggs.

Coconut flour also works as a fantastic baking alternative, as in these blueberry-lemon-coconut muffins.

Oysters Rocafella

Mario Carbone tops these freshly shucked oysters with a tangy vinegar-shallot mignonette, plus a Champagne-infused foam and frozen Champagne grapes.

Oysters on the Half Shell with Rosé Mignonette

Active Time
N/A
Total Time
10 MIN
Yield
Serves: 8

Great oysters are delicious “naked,” as¬†Island Creek¬†founder Skip Bennett says, but sometimes chef Jeremy Sewall dresses them up with a mignonette (vinegar sauce) like this one, made with sparkling¬†ros√©. ¬† ¬†Ingredients

How to Make It
Step

In a bowl, combine the rosé, shallots, vinegar, and pepper. Arrange the oysters on a bed of ice and serve with the mignonette

Make Ahead
The mignonette can be refrigerated for up to 6 hours. Serve chilled.
Suggested Pairing
The freshness of raw oysters is a terrific match for effervescent sparkling wine. To go with this ros√© mignonette, pour a sparkling ros√© like the wild strawberry‚Äďscented Ravent√≥s I Blanc de Nit Cava from Spain.
Grilled Oysters Casino

Oysters update the eastern seaboard classic clams Casino. The briny shucked oysters and smoky bacon are enhanced by a sparkling wine or crisp, acidic white.

Active Time
N/A
Total Time
30 MIN
Yield
Serves: 4 first-course servings

“We created this dish as an homage to Jay-Z. He inspires us,” says Mario Carbone about the rapper and co-founder of the Roc-A-Fella record label. “The original dish was named for John D. Rockefeller. He was money back then, and to us, Jay-Z is money in New York City now.” Carbone tops the oysters with a tangy vinegar-shallot mignonette, plus a Champagne-infused foam and frozen Champagne grapes.

How to Make It
Step 1

In a microwave-safe cup, combine the sugar and water. Cook at high power for 20 seconds. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then let cool.

Step 2

In a small stainless steel bowl, combine the sugar syrup, Champagne and citrus juices. Set the bowl over a larger bowl of ice and keep cold. In another small bowl, combine the vinegar and shallot and season with pepper.

Step 3

Arrange the shucked oysters on a bed of crushed ice and coarse salt. Add the egg-white powder to the Champagne-citrus juice mixture and beat with a handheld mixer or immersion blender until thick and frothy.

Step 4

Spoon a little of the vinegar-shallot mixture over the oysters and a little of the Champagne froth on top. Garnish with the frozen Champagne grapes and serve right away.

Egg-white powder is available at health food stores and most supermarkets.

Suggested Pairing
Carbone and Torrisi pair Jay-Z’s favorite Champagne, Armand de Brignac (a.k.a. Ace of Spades), with this dish. Domaine Chandon’s NV Brut Classic is also terrific and much, much less expensive.
Baked Stuffed Clams

In a pinch, have your fishmonger shuck the clams for you.

Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
40 MIN
Yield
Serves : 6

To save time and effort, have your fishmonger shuck the clams for you. Amazing Seafood Recipes

Ingredients
2 dozen littleneck clams, shucked and coarsely chopped‚ÄĒ36 half-shells rinsed and reserved 1 1/4 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs) 2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley 1 garlic clove, minced 2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes Lemon wedges, for serving
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How to Make It
Step 1
Preheat the oven to 375¬į and position a rack in the upper third. Spoon the chopped clams into the reserved shells and arrange on a large baking sheet.

Step 2
In a medium bowl, mix the panko with the parsley, garlic and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until it resembles moist sand; season very lightly with salt and pepper. If the panko seems too dry, add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Spoon the panko over the clams and press lightly. Dot each clam with a small cube of butter.

Step 3
Bake the clams until the crumbs are sizzling and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

Cherrystone Clam Ceviche

This spicy, refreshing seviche delivers a hit of briny, sweet clam flavor. When shucking the clams, be sure to keep their liquor and keep the shells, for serving.

Active Time
N/A
Total Time
N/A
Yield
Serves: 4

How to Make It

Step 1

Shuck the clams over a medium bowl. Scrape and clean 20 of the best half shells and refrigerate.

Step 2

Cut the clams into 1/2 -inch pieces and place them in a clean bowl. Strain 1/4 cup of the clam liquor over the clams. Add the onion, lime juice, jalape√Īos, tomato and cilantro and season with pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or for up to 2 hours.

Step 3

Nestle the clam half shells on a bed of finely crushed ice. Spoon the clam seviche and any clam liquor into the cleaned shells. Garnish with cilantro sprigs and serve with lime wedges.

Suggested Pairing

A bright white with lots of fruit and no apparent oak will tame the kick of the jalape√Īos and the tang of lime in this seviche. Try a Pinot Grigio from Italy or, for a more elegant first course, a Graves from France.

 

Pomegranate-and-Tequila Cocktail

Active Time
N/A
Total Time
15 MIN
Yield
Serves: makes 8 drinks

This festive variation on a margarita is made with pomegranate syrup, silver tequila, and fresh lime juice.

How to Make It
Step 1

Spread salt in a shallow dish. Run a lime wedge around the rims of chilled cocktail glasses, then dip the rims in the salt to coat.

Step 2

In an ice-filled pitcher, combine the tequila, lime juice, pomegranate syrup, and bitters. Stir well. Strain into the cocktail glasses.

Notes

Black lava salt is available at amazon.com. To make pomegranate syrup, whisk together 3/4 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice with 3/4 cup sugar until the sugar is dissolved; you should have 1 1/2 cups.

Cacao-Rubbed Steak

Serves two

2 steaks (rib eye, sirloin, strip, etc)
2 tsp cacao powder
2 tsp kosher salt, divided
1 tsp each paprika and chili powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1 tbsp ghee or coconut oil\

Pat the steaks dry then let them rest for 10-15 minutes to come to room temperature. While they rest, combine the seasonings together (only combine 1 tsp of the kosher salt, set the other 1 tsp aside). Add the cayenne pepper if you want a little extra kick.

Rub the steaks evenly with the cacao mixture, then sprinkle a light salt crust over them using the remaining 1 tsp kosher salt. Set them aside as you prepare your skillet.

Warm a cast iron skillet on med/high heat until hot, about three minutes, then add the coconut oil. Heat the oil until it’s shimmering, about 20-30 seconds, then add the steaks. If you have a lid or splatter screen, loosely cover the skillet to avoid splattering. Brown on one side for three minutes, then flip the steaks and cook them to your liking.

Personally, I use my finger to check for doneness; the firmer the steak the more cooked it is. About three more minutes will get you a medium-rare steak so you can adjust the cooking time from there to get the steaks as you like. Bear in mind that the thickness of your steak will determine its cooking time as well.

If you‚Äôre an¬†internal-temperature¬†kind of person, here‚Äôs a quick guide. Bear in mind that USDA recommendations are much higher, and there is a bit of contention about the correct temperatures. There‚Äôs also a new method of cooking a steak that was first termed in the 1979s, and has gained ground in the past 20 years ‚Äď ‚ÄúBlack and Blue‚ÄĚ steak (seared on the outside, cold on the inside).

~125F = Rare
~130F = Medium Rare
~135F = Medium
~150F = Medium Well
~160F = Well Done

Plate the steaks and then cover the plate with some tin foil and let them rest for five minutes before serving. Mix any accumulated juices with some barbecue sauce and go to town.

Coffee-Flavored Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Serves 4

Protein: 2g / 6%

Carbs: 10g / 29%

Fat: 10g / 65%

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or 1/4 cup dark chocolate squares;
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk;
  • 1 tbsp ground coffee beans;
  • 1/4 cup boiling water;
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract;
  • 1/4 tsp flavored extract (almond, mint, coffee, etc.);

Preparation

  1. In a medium skillet over low heat, melt the chocolate. Stir frequently to prevent the chocolate from burning. Add in the coconut milk and whisk together until blended.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the hot water with the ground coffee beans.
  3. Combine the melted chocolate, coffee mixture, vanilla extract, and flavored extract.
  4. Pour the mixture into 4 small dessert dishes, or two larger ones. Espresso cups are the perfect size to make 4 servings.
  5. Place in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours, or even overnight to allow them to become firm. Bon appétit!
Blueberry-Lemon Coconut Muffins
Active Time
10 MIN
Total Time
30 MIN
Yield
Serves: Makes 12

These crumbly, gluten-free muffins are the perfect balance of sweet and tart. They will keep for up to 2 days in an air-tight container.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400¬ļ. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat together all the ingredients (except the blueberries) until smooth, then fold the blueberries into the batter.

Step 2

Divide the batter between 12 lined muffin cups and bake for 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. Serve warm, or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days

36 Lovely Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day¬†cocktail recipes you’ll¬†fall in love with.

Love Struck

Ingredients 
1.5 oz Reyka Vodka
1.5 oz Passo√£ Passion Fruit Liqueur
1 oz cranberry juice
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
.75 oz La Marca Prosecco

Instructions
Combine all ingredients except prosecco with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe or Nick and Nora glass and top with prosecco.From Morton’s Steakhouse.

Flame of Love

Ingredients:
2 oz Monkey 47
.5 oz dry sherry
3 flamed grapefruit twists

Instructions:
Add ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir for 10-15 seconds. Pour into the glass of your choice and garnish with a flamed citrus twist.Hibiscus Cocktail

Ingredients:
1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
Whole hibiscus flowers, packed in syrup
8 tsps of hibiscus syrup, used to pack the flowers

Instructions:
Place a whole hibiscus flower at the bottom of the glass. Fill the glass with Santa Margherita prosecco, almost to the rim. Carefully spoon 2 tsp of the hibiscus syrup into each glass.Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita

Thus with a Kiss

Ingredients: 
75 oz Grey Goose vodka
.75 oz Chareau Aloe Liqueur
.75 oz Yellow Chartreuse
.75 oz lemon juice

Instructions:
Mix all ingredients and serve over ice with a sidecar vial of butterfly pea flower water.

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Morse Code

Ingredients: 
1.5 oz Bacardi Superior
.5 oz Plantation Pineapple Rum
.1 oz lime juice
2 heaping bar spoons of sugar or .75 oz simple syrup
1 muddled strawberry

Instructions: 
Mix ingredients and shake. Double strain over a Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with a strawberry.Recipe courtesy of Analog at the Hutton Hotel

Moonlighter

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Ketel One Family-Made Vodka
.75 oz chamomile-lavender syrup
.5 oz Cocchi Americano
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz soda water
Lemon twist
Lavender sprigs
Chamomile tea
Lavender tea
Sugar

Instructions:
Combine vodka, chamomile lavender syrup, lemon juice, and Cocchi American in a shaker. Add ice and shake lightly. Over shaking will cause the drink to water down. Be sure to not over dilute, as you’ll add additional soda water. Roll in soda water. Strain over ice into a collins glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and fresh lavender sprigs.

Instructions for chamomile- lavender syrup:

Brew 1 cup of strong chamomile and lavender tea. Allow the tea to steep for 20 minutes, then remove tea bags or herbs. Measure the remaining amount of brewed tea. Stir in equal volume of sugar until dissolved. Chill.Recipe from Ketel One Vodka

Love Potion

Ingredients:
3 oz gin
1 oz lime juice
1 oz elderflower liquor
6 oz rosé champagne

Instructions:
In a cocktail shaker, combine the following: gin, elderflower liquor, and lime juice. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Add your rose petal ice cubes to an empty cocktail glass. Strain cocktail mixture onto the ice. Top with rose champagne and enjoy.From HelloFresh

Hibiscus and Sage Highball

Ingredients: 
2.5 dashes sage tincture
.75 oz house-made grenadine
.75 oz lime juice
1.5 oz Hibiscus-infused Absolut Vodka
3 oz La Marca prosecco
1 dehydrated lime wheel
1 sage sprig

Instructions:
Add all ingredients to a mixing tin with ice. Shake vigorously, strain over ice into a highball. Garnish with dehydrated lime wheel and sage sprig.Recipe courtesy of Harold’s at Arlo Soho

Guilty in Rome

Ingredients: 
1.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz Gonzalez Byass
.5 quartered lime

Instructions: 
Muddle the lime in sugar in a tin, add ingredients, shake vigorously and then strain over crushed ice in a rocks glass.

Created by Ivy Mix at DIEGO at PUBLIC Hotel

Pink Lady

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Monkey 47 Gin
.5 oz apple brandy
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz grenadine
.25 oz egg white

Instructions:
Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker, seal your shaker and shake vigorously for 5 seconds. Then add ice and shake again for another 5 seconds. Fine strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a brandied cherry.

The Honey Bee

Ingredients: 
.75 oz Drambuie
3 dashes walnut bitters
Prosecco to top

Instructions:
In a champagne flute, add Drambuie and walnut bitters. Top with prosecco and garnish with an expressed orange peel.Recipe From Porter House NYC

What/When

Ingredients:
2 oz The Botanist Gin
.5 oz blood orange puree
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
3 oz prosecco

Ingredients: 
Mix all ingredients and serve in a champagne fluteRecipe from W New York- Times Square

Ginger and Jasmine Cocktail

Ingredients:
.75 cup simple syrup
8 slices fresh ginger
6 oz room temperature steeped jasmine tea
3 oz vodka
1.5 oz fresh lemon juice
A splash of Santa Margherita sparkling rosé

Instructions:
Muddle the ginger and simple syrup together. Add the tea, lemon juice, and vodka. Strain over a glass and add a generous splash of sparkling rosé on top. Garnish with a lemon twist.Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita

Raspberry Chocolate Martini

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Chambord
1.5 oz Kahl√ļa
1 oz Heavy cream
80 percent dark chocolate shavings (for garnish)
Raspberries (for garnish)

Instructions:
Add all ingredients except garnishes into a shaker tin and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe. Sprinkle dark chocolate shavings and add a raspberry on top for garnish.From¬†Ayza’s¬†in New York

 

HER (Cosmic Love Valentinis)

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Cranberry-Infused Russian Standard Vodka
.75 oz Cointreau Triple Sec
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz lime cordial

Instructions:
Shake all ingredients in a martini shaker with ice. Double strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe. Garnish with a marinated cranberry and lime wheel.From Logan Ronkainen at Il Mulino Prime

All the Pretty Things

Ingredients:
2 dashes Angostura bitters
.75 oz Cappelletti
.75 oz Carpano Antica
2 oz Laird’s Apple Brandy

Instructions:
Combine liquid ingredients and stir. Serve up and garnish with an orange twist.From¬†Lady’s¬†in Brooklyn

Cupid’s Hope

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Reyka Vodka
1 oz lemon juice
.75 oz rosemary syrup
2 oz pear juice

Instructions:
Pour all ingredients into a Hurricane glass over crushed ice and swizzle.

Instructions for rosemary syrup: Combine equal parts water and sugar. Let cool. Blanch the rosemary for about 30 seconds. Pat dry and remove the leaves. Place the sugar, water and blanched rosemary leave into a blender. Blend to a consist texture. Fine strain and bottle.

Be Mine

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Encanto Pisco
.75 oz Pineau des Charentes
.5 oz Small Hand Foods pineapple syrup
.25 oz one of the following: Framboise (pink), Mandarine Napoleon (orange), blue curaçao (blue)
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz egg white
.75 oz sparkling wine

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients except sparkling wine in a shaker without ice. Shake, then add ice and shake again. Strain into a large cocktail glass. Add sparkling wine.

For Garnish: Cut a stencil out of a sturdy plastic sheet and spray over a cocktail with Angostura bitters.From Trick Dog in San Francisco

Libido

Ingredients:
1.5 oz tequila
.75 oz lime Juice
.75 oz honey jalape√Īo syrup
.5 oz turmeric juice

Instructions:
Mix all ingredients in a shaker over ice, strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with Thai basil and a salt rim.From Freud, NYC

Kiss From a Rose

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Greenhook Gin
.25 oz Simple Syrup
.75 oz St Germain
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Marc Hebrart Champagne Rosé

Instructions:
Add all ingredients minus the champagne rose into a shaking glass. Add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a wine glass with fresh ice. Fill to the top with ros√© champagne.From¬†Seamore’s¬†in NYC

Honey Jacked

Ingredients:
1 oz Applejack liqueur
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz honey syrup
1.5 oz Amber Mead
2 dashes apple bitters
Dried apple slice for garnish

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice, shake and strain over fresh ice in a double bourbon glass. Garnish with a dried apple slice.From The Smith Restaurants

Aphrodite’s Kiss

Ingredients:
1.25 oz cacao-infused Solbeso
.5 oz amaro ciociaro
.5 oz honey syrup
.5 oz lime juice
1 dash angostura bitters
1 dash maraschino liqueur
Prosecco

Instructions:
Pour all ingredients except Maraschino liqueur and prosecco into a shaker fill with ice and shake. Strain into glass rinsed with Maraschino liqueur and top with prosecco. Serve with three broken pieces of 75-percent dark chocolate.From The Third Man in NYC

Rhubarb & Rose

Ingredients:
2 slices cucumber
1 lime
Simple syrup to taste
2 dashes rhubarb bitters
2 oz Hendricks gin
1 dash Rose Water

Instructions:
Muddle cucumber with lime and simple syrup and bitters. Add Hendricks, shake and double strain into a coupe glass, spray with rose water, and garnish with cucumber slice.From The Gander, NYC

Tie Me Up Tie Me Down

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Hangar One Buddha’s Hand Vodka
1 oz rosemary simple syrup*
.75 oz lemon juice

Instructions:
Shake ingredients in a cocktail for 15 seconds, strain over ice, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

*Rosemary Simple Syrup: Combine equal parts sugar and water and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Add several sprigs of rosemary and steep for one hour. Remove rosemary before use.From Amada in NYC

 

My Funny Valentine

Ingredients:
2 oz Koval Gin
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz Aperol
.5 oz champagne strawberry shrub
1 egg white
1 sprig thyme

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients and dry shake for 5 seconds. Add ice and shake 10 seconds then strain into a coup. Rub rim with the thyme sprig and strip thyme leaves into the center of the cocktail.From Rebelle, NYC

Pink French

Ingredients:
5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz pomegranate juice
2 drops rose water
.5 oz simple honey syrup
1 oz gin
3 oz cava

Instructions:
Place in a highball glass with large ice cubes and stir to combine. Serve with preserved rose petals and an orange twist.From at Blake Lane in NYC

Lady Capulet

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Remy VS Cognac
.5 oz St.Elizabeth Allspice Dram
.5 oz Casoni 1814 Aperitivo
.5 oz pomegranate juice
.25 oz fresh lemon juice
Egg whites

Instructions:
Mix all ingredients in a shaker; strain into a coupe glass from Tavern on the Green, NYC

\Saint Chamond

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Prairie Vodka or Broker’s Gin
.5 oz Clear Creek Pear Brandy
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz hibiscus clove syrup
Sparkling wine

Instructions:
Add first four ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a tulip glass on ice. Top with sparkling wine.By Matt Tocco at Le Sel in Nashville, TN

Truffles & Bees

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Grey Goose La Poire vodka
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz truffle honey
2 oz Cava Saint Chamond

Instructions:
Add vodka, lemon juice, and truffle honey in a shaker. Strain into a champagne glass. Float with cava.By Miguel Lancha at Bazaar Meat in the SLS Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Potion D’ Amour

Ingredients:
3 oz TYKU Black Sake
2 oz blackberry purée
1 oz Lillet Blanc

Instructions:
Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a hibiscus-flower rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with a red rose petal.Courtesy of Wilfredo Briceno at Miss Paradis in NYC

Blushing Orchid

Instructions:
1.5 oz Stoli Vanil vodka
.5 oz Grand Marnier
.5 oz Master of Mixes Raspberry Re√°l

Ingredients:
Pour all ingredients in shaker or mixing glass and stir with ice until chilled. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh berries and/or edible flowers.From Seviche in Louisville, KY

Love, Lust, and Wealth

Ingredients:
2 oz gin
1 oz ginger simple syrup
1 oz beet juice
.5 oz lemon juice

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake and garnish with lemon.From the Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Spicy Love Affair

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Reyka Vodka
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz ginger syrup*
3 oz pink grapefruit juice

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients into shaker and shake.

Instructions for Ginger Syrup:Combine equal parts fresh ginger juice and sugar. Add heat to devolve the sugar. Allow to cool before use.

Starry Sonata

Ingredients:
1.5 parts Drambuie
.5 part Hudson Baby Bourbon
.5 part Oloroso Sherry
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Star anise

Instructions:
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled and strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with star anise.

Lady Vixen

Ingredients:
2 oz Suntory Toki whiskey
1 oz lemon grass cordial
Fresh mint and lemons
.5 oz agave nectar
Crushed ice

Instructions:
Muddle three mint sprigs, three lemon wedges, and agave. Add whiskey and lemongrass cordial (substitute fresh lemongrass roots muddled if desired). Shake and strain over crushed ice. From the Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel, New York City

It’s a Match

Ingredients:
2 oz Ketel One Citroen vodka
2 muddled strawberries
2 torn leaves of basil
1 jalape√Īo disk
.5 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 basil leaf

Instructions:
Combine ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with the basil leaf.From Bedford & Co., New York City

 

Valentine ‘s Day Idea 2019

Sultry red cocktails are essential for Valentine’s Day. Here, 7 red drinks with flavors that range from tangy to smoky. 

Sultry red cocktails are essential for Valentine’s Day. Here, 7 red drinks with flavors that range from tangy to smoky.

  1. Red Velvet
    This riff on the Black Velvet replaces the Champagne with Prosecco and the Guinness with raspberry-flavored lambic.
  2. The Savoy Daisy
    This updated version of the classic Daisy cocktail uses muscovado, an unrefined brown sugar with a very moist texture and strong molasses flavor.
  3. Manhattan Ice Cream Float
    Here, creamy vanilla ice cream gets blended with bourbon and a high-quality black cherry soda.
  4. Kentucky Special
    This excellent riff on an old-fashionedincorporates cherry liqueur that has been infused with smoky Lapsang souchong tea.
  5. Caprese Daiquiri
    This ultra-savory daiquiri evokes the flavors of a Caprese salad (tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella).
  6. Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples
    This strong but not overly sweet sangria is nicely spiced with cinnamon, anise, and cloves, and it has just enough crushed red pepper to give it a tiny kick.
  7. Aphrodisiac Margarita
    Mixologist Adam Seger claims that the margarita is the cocktail world’s aphrodisiac. This version combines passion fruit and pomegranate, commonly associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

22 Valentine’s Day Movies to Watch for a Cozy Holiday at Home

“The Notebook”Image result for "The Notebook"

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If you’re searching for a romantic Valentine’s Day movie,¬†The Notebook¬†is one of those films you can watch over and over again. It’s got passion, drama, a whirlwind romance, and an enduring love story ‚ÄĒ what more could you want?

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It doesn’t get more on-the-nose than this film, which follows a group of people whose lives are intertwined (think¬†Love Actually). The cast makes it even more impressive: Everyone from¬†Jennifer Garner¬†to Bradley Cooper to Taylor Swift makes an appearance

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This movie follows childhood sweethearts Monica and Quincy, who both dream of playing professional basketball. Of course, they eventually fall for each other and must find a way to balance their lofty athletic ambitions with their relationship.

 

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This Nora Ephron film explores that question. Come for the sweet tale of friendship and love, stay for the iconic “I’ll have what she’s having” scene.

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Disney’s¬†Lady and the Tramp¬†is the one. It’s about a dog from a refined, wealthy home that embarks on romantic adventures with a scruffy stray dog. There’s nothing cuter than that iconic spaghetti and meatballs scene.

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Anyone who’s gone through a¬†rough breakup¬†will enjoy this raunchy comedy starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, and Mila Kunis. When Peter’s girlfriend, Sarah, abruptly breaks up with him, he heads to Hawaii to heal his broken heart ‚ÄĒ where he runs into Sarah and her new boyfriend.

 

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This tragic story of star-crossed lovers from different worlds, who meet aboard the “unsinkable ship,” will have you crying and cuddling all night long. Talk about a romantic date night.

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If you’re in the mood for a period drama, look no further than this film about family and romance starring Keira Knightley. Based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name, the movie follows the Bennet family as Elizabeth and her sisters look toward marriage ‚ÄĒ and Elizabeth struggles with her feelings for handsome Mr. Darcy.

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This enduring classic follows two lovers, who fall in love while on an ocean liner, and make plans to reunite in six months at the top of the Empire State Building. Tragedy strikes and the two are forced their separate ways until fate brings them back together.

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There’s no better Galentine’s Day pick than this movie about a stripper who dreams of starting his own business but gets swept up in a hard-partying lifestyle. Grab your girls if watching Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey shirtless for a few hours sounds like the perfect V-day.

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There’s plenty of passion and romance on-screen in this 1963 movie about the young queen of Egypt ‚ÄĒ but the true drama was happening offscreen between¬†Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The couple met and fell in love while filming in Italy, and created a scandal when they left their respective spouses in order to be together. Chemistry like that is something we’ve got to see for ourselves

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This film follows students Celeste and Jesse, who decide to spend one magical night together wandering the streets of Vienna. It’ll have you and your Valentine wanting to buy plane tickets immediately so you can recreate the magic yourselves. Pro tip: If you want to make it a marathon, watch¬†Before Sunset¬†and¬†Before Midnight, which follows the same characters later in life.

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Anything starring Audrey Hepburn is bound to be good, and Roman Holiday is one of her best. Audrey plays a princess trying to break free of her confines and ends up swept up with a reporter, played by the incredibly handsome Gregory Peck.

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Everyone fell in love with this sweet film when it debuted¬†on Netflix¬†last year, and it’s easy to see why: High school student Lara Jean has her world turned upside down when her secret love letters are mailed to their recipients without her knowledge. Long story, but she and one of the boys decide to pretend to date ‚ÄĒ and things don’t go according to plan.

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Is there anything more iconic than the scene where John Cusack holds up a boombox playing¬†“In Your Eyes”? Probably not. This movie follows a couple from different sides of the tracks as they navigate that tricky time between the end of high school and the beginning of college

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Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake star as friends who go through rough breakups with their significant others, and then decide to have no-strings-attached sex. The surprisingly sweet film is full of humor ‚ÄĒ perfect for a lighthearted Valentine’s Day date.

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This coming-of-age romantic drama features a young man falling in love with a handsome graduate student who comes to stay with his family in Northern Italy. The tender love story is matched by the gorgeous setting ‚ÄĒ and it’ll have you and your Valentine¬†booking tickets to Italy ASAP.

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Grab the tissues for this one, which is about a young widow who finds out that her late husband left a series of letters for her to help her move on after his death. It’ll make you want to hug your sweetheart just a little tighter.

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This comedy is based on the real-life romance between comedian (and star of the film) Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily Gordon. Very early into their on-and-off relationship, Emily is struck by a mysterious illness. Kumail must figure out where he fits into her life, and whether he can reconcile his conservative family’s wishes with his own feelings.

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If you and your honey like classic films, there’s no better choice. A handsome nightclub owner and his old flame become entangled when she goes to the nightclub in search of documents to help her escape to America ‚ÄĒ with her husband. Plus, it features one of American cinema’s most famous lines ever: “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”

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If you didn’t get a chance to¬†catch this one in theaters, remedy the situation this Valentine’s Day. It’s about a woman named Rachel Chu who goes with her boyfriend, Nick, to Singapore, where she finds out he’s from one of the wealthiest families in the country.

La La Land (2016)

 

 

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Director: Damien Chazelle

Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: A big red Valentine to Los Angeles, and the dreamers who inhabit it,¬†La La Land¬†has gorgeous costumes, dizzying choreography and a singing, dancing Ryan Gosling. What’s not to love?

Favorite Quote: “You could just write your own rules. You know, write something that’s as interesting as you are.” ‚ÄĒSebastian

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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Director: Baz Luhrmann

Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: Shakespeare’s greatest love story, rendered in Baz Luhrmann’s inimitably pop-culture pastiche style‚ÄĒwith teen heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio no less.

Favorite Quote: “And when I shall die, take him and cut him up in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will fall in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.” ‚ÄĒJuliet

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: Sophie considered herself plain¬†before¬†a curse turned her into an old woman; but Howl, a notoriously superficial wizard,¬†falls for her all the same.¬†¬†For the viewer, though, it’s Miyazaki’s dreamlike animation¬†that you’ll be head-over-heels in love with.

Favorite Quote:¬†“He’s calling the spirits of darkness… I saw him do this once before when a girl dumped him.” ‚ÄĒMarkl

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

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Director: Wes Anderson

Why It’s Swoon-Worthy: Wes Anderson turns his stylized lens to a forbidden childhood romance and the results are just as endearing, picturesque, and hilarious as you’d hope.

Favorite Quote:¬†“We’re in love. We just want to be together. What’s wrong with that?¬†‚ÄĒSuz

           Valentine Day Flowers 

 

Sure, roses are the flower of love, but they’re not the only variety that is romantic. Show¬†your valentine¬†how much you really care with a bouquet of peonies, sunflowers, or tulips this year, which symbolize happiness, prosperity, and¬†romance.

1PEONIES

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According to¬†FTD Flowers, these fluffy blooms are most commonly associated with¬†romance, prosperity, and bashfulness. Some even believe they’re a good luck charm of sorts, bringing good fortune to whoever receives them. Peonies also have some roots in Greek mythology: as one¬†myth¬†states, Apollo used to turn beautiful nymphs into peonies if Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, knew he was flirting with them.

2ROSESImage result for roses

Unsurprisingly, this classic bud is “the most popular choice for Valentine’s Day,” says¬†Kate Law, Product Design Manager at¬†ProFlowers.com. It could be because red roses symbolize love, romance, beauty and perfection. The iconic flower is also known for being pricey ‚ÄĒ according to¬†Michael Gaffney, Director of the New York School of Flower Design, “flower growers hold back their rose bushes for months in order to have them bloom in time for¬†February 14‚ÄĒ and then they raise the prices, giving roses that sought-after reputation.”

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The spicy cinnamon and clove scent of this delicate bouquet will be a pleasant surprise to¬†your valentine. Once you tell her they¬†symbolize¬†beauty that doesn’t fade with age and a lifetime of happiness, they’re sure to become her favorite flower.

4RED CHRYSANTHEMUMImage result for red chrysanthemum

According to¬†FTD by Design, these fiery red flowers are all about love and passion ‚ÄĒ so gift these to your lovely lady if you’re feeling¬†romantic.

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These colorful, swirly flowers, also called “buttercups,” symbolize charm,¬†attraction, and radiance. Give a bouquet of these beauties and you’ll be letting the recipient know, “I am dazzled by your charms,” according to¬†Teleflora.

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Named for their star-shaped flower head, asters represent love, charm, and sensitivity. According to FTD by Design, these pink blossoms are the emblem of Venus, the goddess of love.

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Though this variety is technically the 10-year¬†anniversary¬†flower, gifting your special someone this lucky flower on Valentine’s Day will bring 12 months of good luck and happiness, according to¬†Teleflora.

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Daisies are known for symbolizing beauty, innocence, and purity, Law says. The¬†Gerbera variety, recognizable by their large flowering heads, is available in an assortment of peppy hues, which gives them the additional meaning of¬†cheerfulness. The happy buds are “always a favorite to receive,” she says.

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“Tulips stand for perfect love,” Gaffney says. The elegant and easily identifiable blooms are one of the most popular flowers in the world but are most often associated with the¬†Netherlands, where they flourished in the 17th¬†century. They convey comfort and warmth, says Law, and are a good¬†Valentine’s Day¬†pick since they’re classic and affordable.

 

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Otherwise known as Peruvian lilies, these long-lasting, attention-grabbing petals represent friendship and devotion, Law says. According to the¬†Flower Expert, they’re native to South America and feature multiple blooms per stem, which make for voluptuous arrangements. Perhaps best of all, they’re easy to find in most neighborhood¬†supermarkets!

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These white Oriental lilies typically stand for “beauty, class, and style,” Gaffney says. “A man who creates¬†a bouquet¬†with these dramatic ‚ÄĒ and expensive ‚ÄĒ lilies is sophisticated and knows his partner well.” And, Law notes, people love these stunning blooms’ heady fragrance.

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According to Gaffney, these rare blossoms symbolize¬†love, beauty, luxury, and strength. Plus, they¬†send the message¬†of exotic seduction. “If someone gives you orchids, they’re a little wilder than the person who goes for a dozen roses.” Orchids also hold up well over time, says Law, both in bouquets and pots.

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These ruffled blooms stand for fascination and¬†new love. “For some reason, carnations get a bad rap,” says Gaffney. “But I love them; they’re marvelous flowers.” Even better, these cheerful blooms are hearty and very affordable.

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Like the sun they’re named for, these blossoms represent warmth and happiness, Law says. They also stand for loyalty, according to Gaffney. Though the¬†bright yellow¬†blooms scream¬†summertime, these spirit-lifting flowers are available all year round.

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In some parts of the world, dark blue or purple irises indicate royalty, according to Law. No matter their color (they’re most commonly seen in blue, white and yellow), they stand for¬†faith¬†and hope, says Gaffney. Mix them up with red tulips or daisies for a “striking combination,” Law suggests.

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Loaded with fragrance, these elegant flowers signify purity and joy, and connote deep, old-fashioned love, according to Gaffney. “The man who buys these likely has a history with the woman he’s buying them for, Gaffney says.” Because they’re pricey and are sold as single blooms, they’ll definitely make a statement on¬†the holiday.

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Follow¬†Woman’s Day¬†on Pinterest, and save these flower meanings for Valentine’s Day,¬†Mother’s Day, and more.

Avengers: Endgame

 

There are six Infinity Stones: The Space Stone (blue), the Reality Stone (red), the Power Stone (purple), the Mind Stone (yellow), the Time Stone (green) and the Soul Stone (we don’t know yet).

The Space Stone (a.k.a. The Tesseract)

The Space Stone gives the user power over space. Anyone holding the Space Stone can create a portal from one part of the universe to another. In the Marvel films, the Space Stone is hidden inside a blue cube called the Tesseract.

The evil organization HYDRA used the Tesseract to power their weapons in Captain America: The First Avenger, but Captain America crashed a plane containing the Tesseract at the end of that movie. We find out the government agency S.H.I.E.L.D. recovered the Tesseract from the plane during the end credits of Thor.

In the first Avengers movie, Loki steals the Tesseract from S.H.I.E.L.D. and uses it to open a portal to space. An alien army streams through the portal to invade Earth. At the end of the movie, Thor takes the Tesseract to his home planet of Asgard for safe keeping.

In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor realizes he must destroy Asgard to defeat the Goddess of Death Hela. As he and a cohort of sidekicks fight Hela, a supposedly reformed Loki sneaks down to the treasure room where the Tesseract (and therefore the Space Stone) is kept.

The Mind Stone (Loki’s scepter)

The Mind Stone allows the user to control the minds of others. We first see it as a blue orb in Loki’s scepter in 2012’s The Avengers. Whenever Loki touches someone with the scepter, he can control what they do. Thanos gives the Mind Stone to Loki, which places a lot of faith in Loki, a hilarious but not particularly accomplished villain. Weird decision, Thanos.

The Avengers recover Loki’s scepter at the beginning of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Tony Stark and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) use the Mind Stone to create Ultron an artificially intelligent peace-keeping program. Apparently, those two have not read Frankenstein because they’re super surprised when Ultron turns on them.

After some bickering, the Avengers eventually use the Mind Stone to create another android, Vision. The stone gives Vision a lot of powers, including super-strength, the ability to fly and the power to phase through walls and people like a ghost. Curiously, it does not give him the ability to control minds.

The Reality Stone (Aether)

The Reality Stone grants the user power to manipulate matter. In Thor: The Dark World the villain Malekith wants to use this red liquid stuff called Aether to turn matter into the dark matter because he’s evil…and do you really need a better reason? It turns out that the Aether is a manifestation of the Reality Stone.

Two Asgardians give the Reality Stone to The Collector because apparently, they can‚Äôt keep the Space Stone and Reality Stone in the same room in Asgard. This seems to be a huge mistake: As soon as they leave the Collector says, ‚ÄúOne down, five to go‚ÄĚ in a super evil voice.

The Power Stone

The Power Stone bestows upon its holder a lot of energy‚ÄĒthe sort of energy that you could use to destroy an entire planet. Star-Lord accidentally discovers the stone in¬†Guardians of the Galaxy. Ronan the Accuser steals it from him and threatens to wipe out an entire race.¬†Peter steals the stone back from Ronan and almost dies when holding it. (All the Guardians join hands, and together they can manage its power.

The Guardians‚ÄĒyou may start to notice a theme here‚ÄĒgive it to Nova Corps, the space police, for safekeeping. The officers in Nova Corps are pretty bad at their jobs, so Thanos will probably steal it immediately: We see Thanos with the Power Stone in the trailer for¬†Infinity War. The Time Stone grants its owner the power to rewind or fast-forward time. Stephen Strange discovers it in the Eye of Agomoto pendant in the library of Kamar-Taj, where he trains in the mystic arts in¬†Doctor Strange.¬†He uses the stone at the end of the film to trap the villain Dormammu in a time loop so that Dormammu can‚Äôt destroy the Earth.

Doctor Strange doesn’t hand over the stone to a sketchy junk collector or a hapless policeman and decides to watch over it himself. He returns the Stone to Kamar-Taj, where he currently resides, at the end of the movie.

The Soul Stone

We haven‚Äôt seen this stone yet, and the Soul Stone‚Äôs powers in the comics are somewhat vague and ever-changing. Basically, the Soul Stone allows the user to control others ‚Äúsouls,‚ÄĚ both living and dead. Soul Stone users have previously trapped souls in another plane and brought dead people back to life.

Doctor Strange doesn’t hand over the stone to a sketchy junk collector or a hapless policeman and decides to watch over it himself. He returns the Stone to Kamar-Taj, where he currently resides, at the end of the movie.

Here are a few other popular Soul Stone theories:

  • Thanos already has the Soul Stone.
  • Titan, Thanos‚Äô decimated home world that appears at the beginning of the¬†Infinity War¬†trailer, contains the stone.
  • Thanos will have to time travel using the Time Stone to find the Soul Stone. (One of the trailers shows Thanos with what looks to be young Gamora in either a flashback or an instance of time travel.)
  • The Soul Stone won‚Äôt be in¬†Infinity War¬†at all but will show up in¬†Captain Marvel in¬†¬†2019.

 

Cast

  • Robert Downey Jr.as¬†Tony Stark / Iron Man:
    The leader and benefactor of the Avengers who is a self-described genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist with electromechanical suits of armor of his own making.
  • Chris Hemsworth as¬†Thor:
    An Avenger and the king of Asgard, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name. Thor now wields a mystical axe known as Stormbreaker, after the destruction of his hammer Mjolnir in Thor: Ragnarok.
  • Mark Ruffalo as¬†Bruce Banner / Hulk:
    An Avenger and a genius scientist who, because of exposure to gamma radiation, transforms into a monster when enraged or agitated.
  • Chris Evans as¬†Steve Rogers / Captain America:
    A fugitive superhero and leader of a faction of Avengers. A World War II veteran, he was enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum and frozen in suspended animation before waking up in the modern world.
  • Scarlett Johansson as¬†Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow: A highly trained spy, a member of Rogers’ faction of Avengers, and a former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as¬†Dr.¬†Stephen Strange:
    A former neurosurgeon who, after a car accident that led to a journey of healing, discovered the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions and became a Master of the Mystic Arts.
  • Don Cheadle as¬†James “Rhodey” Rhodes / War Machine: A former officer in the¬†S. Air Force¬†and Avenger who operates the War Machine armor.
  • Tom Holland as¬†Peter Parker / Spider-Man: A teenager and Stark’s proteg√© who received spider-like abilities after being bitten by a genetically-modified spider.
  • Chadwick Boseman as¬†T’Challa / Black Panther: The king of the African nation of¬†Wakanda, who gained his enhanced strength by ingesting the Heart-Shaped Herb.
  • Paul Bettany as¬†Vision: An android and Avenger created using the artificial intelligence¬†A.R.V.I.S.,¬†Ultron¬†and the¬†Mind Stone.
  • Elizabeth Olsen as¬†Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch: A member of Rogers’ faction of Avengers who can harness magic and engage in¬†hypnosis¬†and¬†telekinesis.
  • Anthony Mackie as¬†Sam Wilson / Falcon:
    A member of Rogers’ faction and former¬†pararescueman¬†trained by the military in aerial combat using a specially designed wing pack.
  • Sebastian Stanas¬†Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier:
    An enhanced soldier and Rogers’ ally and best friend, who reemerged as a brainwashed assassin after being thought¬†killed in action¬†during World War II.Barnes, who formerly went by Winter Soldier, takes the name¬†White Wolf, given to him by the people of Wakanda, who helped remove his¬†Hydra
  • Tom Hiddleston as¬†Loki: Thor’s adoptive brother based on the Norse mythological deity of the¬†same name.
  • Benedict Wong as¬†Wong: One of the Masters of the Mystic Arts, tasked with protecting some of Kamaraj’s¬†most valuable relics and books.
  • Pom Klementieffas¬†Mantis: A member of the Guardians with empathic powers.
  • Karen Gillan as¬†Nebula: An adopted daughter of Thanos who was raised with¬†Gamora¬†as siblings.
  • Dave Bautista as¬†Drax the Destroyer: A member of the Guardians and warrior in search of vengeance against Thanos for ordering the killing of his family.[22]
  • Zoe Saldana as¬†Gamora: A member of the Guardians who is an orphan from an alien world who seeks redemption for her past crimes. She was raised and trained by Thanos to be his personal assassin.¬†Co-director¬†Joe Russo¬†confirmed that despite being killed in¬†Avengers: Infinity War, Gamora‚Äôs soul still exists inside the Soul Stone.
  • Bradley Cooper as¬†Rocket:
    A member of the Guardians who is a genetically-engineered raccoon-based bounty hunter and mercenary, and is a master of weapons and battle tactics.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow as¬†Virginia “Pepper” Potts: Stark’s fianc√©e and the CEO of¬†Stark Industries,¬†who will wear a¬†powered exosuit¬†of armor in the film.
  • Josh Brolin as¬†Thanos:
    An intergalactic despot from Titan who collected the six Infinity Stones to inflict his will on all of reality.
  • Chris Pratt as¬†Peter Quill / Star-Lord:
    The leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy who was abducted from Earth as a child and raised by a group of alien thieves and smugglers called the Ravagers.
  • Jeremy Renner as¬†Clint Barton:
    A master archer, former Avenger, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Barton has a new outfit in the film, visually similar to that of Ronin from the comics.
  • Evangeline Lilly as¬†Hope van Dyne / Wasp:
    The daughter of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne, who is handed down a similar suit and the Wasp mantle from her mother. 
  • Jon Favreau as¬†Harold “Happy” Hogan: The former head of security for Stark Industries and Tony Stark’s driver and bodyguard.
  • Paul Rudd as¬†Scott Lang / Ant-Man: A former petty criminal who acquired a suit that allows him to shrink or grow in scale and increase in strength.
  • Brie Larson as¬†Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel:
    An ex-S. Air Force pilot whose DNA is fused with that of a Kree during an accident, which imbues her with the powers of superhuman strength, energy projection and flight.

Lucifer season 4 spoilers: on Netflix?

         

Tom Ellis and Lauren German will reprise their roles as Lucifer Morningstar and Detective Chloe Decker.

Kevin Alejandro will also be back as Detective Dan Espinoza, as will Lesley-Ann Brandt as Mazikeen, Aimee Garcia as Ella Lopez and Rachael Harris as Dr. Linda Martin, among others. 

          Prison Break star Inbar Levi is joining the cast as Eve (as in Adam and). She is fed up with Adam and is pining for Lucifer, her rebellious first love.                           

Newcomer Vinessa Vidotto also joins the line-up as angel Remiel, who is described as the ‚Äúclassic little-sister‚ÄĚ to DB Woodside‚Äôs mighty Amenadiel.

         

Series four is expected to revisit Chloe‚Äôs discovery about Lucifer. When we last saw her¬†in the bonus episode Boo Normal, Chloe was struggling to come to terms with Lucifer revealing his true devil face to her, and co-showrunner Modrovich believes Chloe will be taking a ‚Äújourney‚ÄĚ in the new season.

Season 4

The complete episode list for Lucifer’s fourth season is as follows:

  1. Everything’s Okay, written by Joe Henderson
  2. Somebody’s Been Reading Dante’s Inferno, written by Idly Modrovich
  3. O, Ye Of Little Faith, Father, written by Jessika Borsiczky
  4. All About Eve, written by Chris Refferty
  5. Expire Erect, written by Mike Costa
  6. Orgy Pants to Work, written by Aiyana White
  7. Devil Is As Devil Does, written by Jen Graham Imada
  8. Super Bad Boyfriend, written by Jason Ning
  9. Save Lucifer, written by Joe Henderson
  10. King of Hell, written by Idly Modrovich
  • Tom Ellis as¬†Lucifer Morningstar: The Lord of Hell, who is bored with his life, abdicates his throne and becomes a civilian consultant for the¬†Los Angeles Police Department¬†while running his own high-end nightclub called “Lux”.
  • Lauren German¬†Detective Chloe Decker: Like her late father, she is an¬†LAPD¬†homicide detective. She solves crimes with Lucifer after he takes an interest in her once she appears to be immune to his abilities.
  • Kevin Alejandroas Detective Daniel “Dan” Espinoza: An LAPD homicide detective and Chloe’s ex-husband.
  • B. Woodside as¬†Amenadiel: An angel, Lucifer’s older brother, and the eldest of all their siblings. He arrives in Los Angeles to encourage Lucifer to go back to Hell, and failing that, he attempts to force Lucifer back in different ways.
  • Lesley-Ann Brandt as¬†Mazikeen: Confidante and devoted ally of Lucifer Morningstar, “Maze” for short. She is a demon who, having served as his head torturer, followed him from Hell to Los Angeles, and acted as a bartender and bodyguard at Lucifer’s club. In the second season, Maze looks for a new direction on Earth and becomes a¬†bounty hunter.
  • Scarlett Estevez as Beatrice “Trixie” Espinoza: Chloe and Dan’s nine-year-old daughter, who befriends Lucifer and Mazikeen.
  • Rachael Harris as¬†Dr. Linda Martin: Lucifer’s¬†Stanford-educated¬†psychotherapist, who initially accepts “payments” from him in the form of sex
  • Tricia Helfer as¬†Charlotte Richards / “Mum”: Lucifer and Amenadiel’s mother and exiled wife of God, who has escaped her prison in Hell. She is described as “the goddess of all creation”. On Earth, her soul occupies the body of Charlotte Richards, a murdered lawyer. After she leaves the universe at the end of the second season, the human Charlotte resurrects. (seasons 2‚Äď3)
  • Aimee Garcia¬†as Ella Lopez: A forensic scientist for the LAPD. (season 2‚Äďpresent)
  • Tom Welling¬†as Lieutenant Marcus Pierce /¬†Cain: A highly respected police lieutenant who oversees the work of Chloe, Dan, and Ella at the LAPD. He is revealed to be the immortal Cain, the world’s first murderer, condemned to wander the Earth forever. (season 3)

Valentine’s Day Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

1. Valentine’s Day started with the Romans.

There are two theories about the origin of Valentine’s Day.

The second theory is that while the Roman Emperor Claudius II was trying to bolster his army, he forbade young men to marry because apparently, single men make better soldiers. In the spirit of love, St. Valentine defied the ban and performed secret marriages, History.com reports. For his disobedience, Valentine was executed on February 14th.

Valentine's Day Facts
Saint Valentine.

2. Passing out Valentines is a 600-year-old tradition.

Each year, kids in classrooms across America hand out¬†Valentine’s Day cards¬†to their classmates. The oldest record of a valentine was a poem Charles Duke of Orleans wrote to his wife when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415.

3. Esther Howland is the first manufacturer of Valentines.

She became known as the “Mother of the American Valentine” for the artistry and sentiment of her designs,¬†Time¬†reports. Before Howland commercialized them,¬†American valentines¬†were less romantic and more comic. Her inspiration came from the thoughtful and sweet greeting cards that were circulating in England and she decided to sell similar designs in the U.S. They took off: During the 1850s she earned $100,000 annually, which is about $3 million today, according to¬†Time.

4. Today, millions of greeting cards are purchased every year.

We’re talking¬†144 million¬†greeting cards being exchanged industry-wide every year for Valentine’s Day in the U.S. alone, according to¬†Hallmark.

Valentine's Day Facts
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5. Wearing your heart on your sleeve is more than just a phrase.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names to see who their Valentine would be, the LA Times reports. According to Smithsonian, they would wear the name pinned to their sleeve for one week so that everyone would know their supposed true feelings.

6. People consider pink and red the colors of love.

According to the¬†National Confectioners Association, around 65% of Americans believe that the packaging of Valentine’s Day candies and chocolates should be red and pink.

7. Candy hearts were originally medical lozenges.

In 1847, Boston pharmacist Oliver Chase invented a machine that simplified the lozenge production process, resulting in the first candy-making machine, according to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. After identifying an opportunity to revolutionize the candy business, Chase shifted his focus to candy production with Necco wafers.

Valentine's Day Facts

8. The candies got their iconic shape much later.

It wasn’t until 15 years after the creation of Necco wafers that Daniel Chase’s brother, Oliver Chase, developed a way to press words onto the candy lozenges with a felt roller pad and vegetable food coloring. According to¬†The Huffington Post, the conversation candies officially became¬†heart-shaped¬†in 1902, and today¬†Necco says¬†about 100,000 of them are sold each year.

9. The heart shape wasn’t always a romantic symbol.

According to¬†Time, the heart was once widely believed to be humans’ center of memory, where feelings of love were recorded. However, we have French and Italian artists from the 14th century to thank for the symbol that we know and love today, as they were the first ones to start using this motif in their work.

10. Cupid’s bow and arrow aren’t just for show.

In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty,¬†Medium¬†reports. According to¬†CNN, he’s often depicted with a bow and arrows to pierce hearts and cast a¬†spell of love.

Valentine's Day Facts
The statue of Eros of Londons’s Piccadilly Circus.

11. Roses are the flowers of love.

Speaking of cupid and¬†his roses, can you guess the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess? The red rose, of course. The bud stands for strong romantic feelings, so it’s no surprise they make up the¬†most popular Valentine’s Day bouquets.

12. Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday to get engaged.

This seems fitting: A 2017¬†study¬†by diamond retailer James Allen found that 43% of millennials chose Valentine’s Day as their top choice of day to propose or be proposed to.

13. Americans spend a lot on love.

According to a survey by the¬†National Retail Federation, Americans spent $18.2 billion for Valentine’s Day in 2017 and were expected to spend $19.6 billion in 2018.

14. Men and women prefer the same of candy.

Both men and women prefer to receive chocolate over flowers, according to the¬†National Confectioners Association. The¬†survey¬†also found that chocolate sales represent 75% or more of Valentine’s Day candy purchases.

Valentine's Day Facts

15. The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years.

In addition to creating arguably the richest, creamiest, and sweetest chocolate on the market, Richard Cadbury also introduced the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates in 1868,¬†History.com¬†reports.

16. And there’s a standout favorite in every box.

According to the National Confectioners Association, caramels are the most popular flavor in chocolate boxes, followed by chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate-filled, cream-filled, and coconut.

17. Experiential gifts are on the rise.

In 2017, 40% of consumers told the¬†National Retail Federation¬†they wanted an “experience gift”‚ÄĒ a.k.a. tickets to a concert or other event, an outdoor activity, or an evening out ‚ÄĒ although only 24% planned to give one. This gift option is particularly popular with millennials: 45% of people ages 18-24 and 40 percent of people ages 25-34 said they¬†planned to give experiences¬†for Valentine’s Day.

18. More Americans skip Valentine’s Day than you realize.

Whether it’s because they’re single or think the holiday is beyond cheesy, about 3 in 10 adults reported in a survey by the¬†National Retail Federation¬†that they’re not celebrating the day of love, though they may treat themselves to a small gift or a night out with friends and family. Oh well, more chocolate and roses for us!