Happy chocolate-themed, excessive-spending-laden, cutesy-idealization-of-heternormative-love day! Also known as the day before OMG ALL THE CHOCOLATE IS ON SALE day. I like that holiday a lot.
So, chocolate. For some, it's a deeply profound experience. For others, it's something enjoyable, but nothing to write home about. I do have one coworker who actively dislikes the stuff. That, at least, baffles me entirely.
I fall somewhere toward the decadent-indulgence end of the spectrum, as a really good piece of chocolate really can send me to blisstown, though my taste for sweets has decreased rather dramatically in the past few years. In any case, my poison is the really dark, bitter stuff, so that's not in too much danger of dropping in priority.
For an incredible description of both the process of chocolate-gasm and the bewilderment this leaves some with, see this incredible little story by John Scalzi. No really. Go read it.
Also, this menu for an all-chocolate-all-the-time dinner kinda gets me going. Nothin' quite like a good savory chocolate dish. Mmm, molé...
Finally, on a not chocolate-related but still very romantic note, I totally dig this guide to cooking with your sweetie. In my household we call this the 'kitchen dance,' and it's a tricky proposition indeed. It's funny how the other person unerringly stands in front of the one cupboard you need to access. Perhaps it's a natural law or something. We often fall into temporary head/sous chef roles, depending on if we're cooking on of 'his' or 'my' dishes, but I liked the suggestion in the article of formalizing that relationship. Then it's clear who's in charge of creativity and who just needs to chop the damn onions already.
Hey, you do what works.