V-Day: An Open Letter to the Loveless

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Feb 142013
 

Author: Jack Krause

Dear whoever finds themselves alone on Valentine’s Day,

Another year has come and passed and the dreaded holiday that celebrates those who can manage to support a relationship and alienates those who can’t is upon us. I’m here to tell you, it’s not so bad. For those who fall into the latter category, here are some tips and bits of advice to let that day come and go.

Remember one thing, your life is incredibly cheaper when out of a relationship. Cheaper in a monetary sense, but also in a time sense. Your time is yours and your money is spent how you want. When you want to do something, it isn’t up for debate, and you have the excess money to pay for it. You have the ability to work on yourself and not worry about another’s romantic emotions.

The other benefit to being single on Valentine’s Day is the fact that you have just joined a large club. This club is filled with other people like you, single and possibly ready to mingle. The ocean is filled with hope and you’ve been given the tools to reel in the right person for you. Also, remember one thing above all else. Love is not defined as being between two people; you are not alone because you have friends and family that love you all the same. Take that normally sorrowful day and make it one of celebration. A happy time for those who may not have romantic love, but more than enough people to call their own.

2013 is a year of new beginnings and fresh starts, make the most of it, and appreciate the present moment. Keep your head up, and love will find you.

Plan A Classic, Romantic Valentine’s Date

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Feb 052013
 

Author: John Sheesley

Restaurants around Fort Collins are gearing up to celebrate Valentine's Day with specialized menus.

Restaurants around Fort Collins are gearing up to celebrate Valentine’s Day with specialized menus.

It is easy to be cliche around Valentine’s Day, but the classics, like dinner and a movie, are classics for a reason. When the restaurant is selected carefully to match tastefully with location, ambiance and related activities, a classic date can be an incredible experience.

Many Colorado State University students refrain from going out for fancy dinners on a regular basis, as the expense can be quite burdensome. However, without firsthand experience it is difficult to decide what to do for that rare fancy date. Fort Collins has hundreds of restaurants to choose from, and not all of them are good, let alone date worthy.

“In downtown there are so many places, there is a restaurant on every corner,” said Kris Rodriguez, a senior biological science major. “Advertising doesn’t get me [to a restaurant], but word of mouth does.”

To spot a good restaurant it can be best to follow the crowd instead of trying to find unique places. Recommendations can be in the form of a friend describing an incredible experience, or in the form of a long line to get into the restaurant.

“When deciding to go to a restaurant I look at how many people are there to see if it’s actually popular or not. If there aren’t a lot of people it’s usually a sign that it’s not as good,” said Melissa Ferris, a senior Spanish major. “I like Bisetti’s but that’s really expensive, and I really like CooperSmith’s, too.”

Bisetti’s Italian Restaurant, located at 120 S. College Ave., will be putting on a three course dinner for Valentine’s Day with a special holiday menu.

“We are going to have a Valentine’s Day menu which will have separate options, but we will also have our regular menu,” said Justin Hall, the assistant and bar manager at Bisetti’s. “A lot of places just do a feature menu and I hate that because if you already go to a place and know what you like to get, you want to know that you can get it on a special occasion. So we will have the regular menu and the Valentine’s Day menu.”

Some restaurants have great three course meals, including appetizers, entrees, and desserts, but many people enjoy a change after dinner, with dessert and coffee or drinks somewhere else.

“Generally it’s ideal to set up a romantic evening, but sometimes if you can get everything in one place it’s good, like the Rio, I know, has some pretty nice desserts, or they have an ice cream shop right down the street,” Rodriguez said.

The Chocolate Café, located at 102 W. Olive St., lays claim to the title of best dessert in Fort Collins. The Chocolate Café is a great place to get some wonderful desserts and a very good cup of coffee. It is a bit expensive though. For a cheaper alternative, try a local coffee shop.

“I like going to Mug’s,” Ferris said. “They have scones and other desserts.”

Mug’s is a local coffee shop located just next door to the Chocolate Café, at 261 S. College Ave. They serve a number of dessert and food items along with great espresso.

If dessert is not your style, going out for drinks after dinner, for those over 21, is a good way to kill time before a movie starts and can add a bit of flair to a date.

“I like to go to restaurants more than bars, but for a night on the town I would like to get a dinner then maybe a drink after, but somewhere classy, not crazy,” Ferris said. “I really like Elliot’s. It’s a fun martini bar.”

Once dinner, dessert, drinks and all the rest is concluded, there is no better place to see a movie than Fort Collins’s own Lyric Cinema Cafe. Located at 300 E. Mountain St., near Old Town Square, The Lyric shows new, smaller movies that don’t show in bigger theaters and allows viewers to sit on a couch, drink a glass of wine or beer, enjoy some good finger foods and relax during their movie.

If done correctly, the classic dinner and a movie can make for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. Be sure to make a plan for the evening and call ahead to get a reservation at the more popular restaurants.

Plan A Classic, Romantic Valentine’s Date

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Feb 052013
 

Author: John Sheesley

Restaurants around Fort Collins are gearing up to celebrate Valentine's Day with specialized menus.

Restaurants around Fort Collins are gearing up to celebrate Valentine’s Day with specialized menus.

It is easy to be cliche around Valentine’s Day, but the classics, like dinner and a movie, are classics for a reason. When the restaurant is selected carefully to match tastefully with location, ambiance and related activities, a classic date can be an incredible experience.

Many Colorado State University students refrain from going out for fancy dinners on a regular basis, as the expense can be quite burdensome. However, without firsthand experience it is difficult to decide what to do for that rare fancy date. Fort Collins has hundreds of restaurants to choose from, and not all of them are good, let alone date worthy.

“In downtown there are so many places, there is a restaurant on every corner,” said Kris Rodriguez, a senior biological science major. “Advertising doesn’t get me [to a restaurant], but word of mouth does.”

To spot a good restaurant it can be best to follow the crowd instead of trying to find unique places. Recommendations can be in the form of a friend describing an incredible experience, or in the form of a long line to get into the restaurant.

“When deciding to go to a restaurant I look at how many people are there to see if it’s actually popular or not. If there aren’t a lot of people it’s usually a sign that it’s not as good,” said Melissa Ferris, a senior Spanish major. “I like Bisetti’s but that’s really expensive, and I really like CooperSmith’s, too.”

Bisetti’s Italian Restaurant, located at 120 S. College Ave., will be putting on a three course dinner for Valentine’s Day with a special holiday menu.

“We are going to have a Valentine’s Day menu which will have separate options, but we will also have our regular menu,” said Justin Hall, the assistant and bar manager at Bisetti’s. “A lot of places just do a feature menu and I hate that because if you already go to a place and know what you like to get, you want to know that you can get it on a special occasion. So we will have the regular menu and the Valentine’s Day menu.”

Some restaurants have great three course meals, including appetizers, entrees, and desserts, but many people enjoy a change after dinner, with dessert and coffee or drinks somewhere else.

“Generally it’s ideal to set up a romantic evening, but sometimes if you can get everything in one place it’s good, like the Rio, I know, has some pretty nice desserts, or they have an ice cream shop right down the street,” Rodriguez said.

The Chocolate Café, located at 102 W. Olive St., lays claim to the title of best dessert in Fort Collins. The Chocolate Café is a great place to get some wonderful desserts and a very good cup of coffee. It is a bit expensive though. For a cheaper alternative, try a local coffee shop.

“I like going to Mug’s,” Ferris said. “They have scones and other desserts.”

Mug’s is a local coffee shop located just next door to the Chocolate Café, at 261 S. College Ave. They serve a number of dessert and food items along with great espresso.

If dessert is not your style, going out for drinks after dinner, for those over 21, is a good way to kill time before a movie starts and can add a bit of flair to a date.

“I like to go to restaurants more than bars, but for a night on the town I would like to get a dinner then maybe a drink after, but somewhere classy, not crazy,” Ferris said. “I really like Elliot’s. It’s a fun martini bar.”

Once dinner, dessert, drinks and all the rest is concluded, there is no better place to see a movie than Fort Collins’s own Lyric Cinema Cafe. Located at 300 E. Mountain St., near Old Town Square, The Lyric shows new, smaller movies that don’t show in bigger theaters and allows viewers to sit on a couch, drink a glass of wine or beer, enjoy some good finger foods and relax during their movie.

If done correctly, the classic dinner and a movie can make for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. Be sure to make a plan for the evening and call ahead to get a reservation at the more popular restaurants.

Buy this, not that: a Valentine’s Day guide.

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Feb 042013
 

Author: Jack Krause

With the upcoming lovelorn holiday that reaffirms couple’s love and devastates the single’s heart, we all haven’t a clue as to what to get our significant others, be it a love or a love for oneself. Here are some ideas on what you should steer away from and move towards while navigating this tricky time of year.

Get it like its hot.

  1. Chocolates – Can’t go wrong with this cliched gift; everyone who loves anything loves chocolate. In case of allergies though, they sell various allergen free chocolate delights.
  2. Flowers- Still cliched, but it isn’t going to break the bank, and its going to make your lover swoon.
  3. Poetry- Now this gift can be made or commissioned, but regardless of the author, nothing says “I value your existence” like some words that rhyme together.
  4. Date Night- While this can be expensive, the investment usually can justify the end. Standard date package is dinner, dessert, and a show.
  5. A playful joke- Now this one can backfire on you, in case you don’t have a significant other with a sense of humor, have the flowers and chocolates on stand-by.
  6. Adventure- Now I know what you may be thinking, how does one give adventure? Just go out and plan a day of sightseeing and cheap fun all over town; they’ll love you for it.
  7. “A day-off”- Everyone could use a day off from responsibility, so make plans to let your other half sleep the day away, eat what they want, and just relax. It’s probably one of the best gifts you can give.
  8. The Vintage Homemade- Nothing says I love you like a prepackaged box of candy, but if you want to join the major league of love, you’re going to have to shell out your time instead of money. Make them something they will keep forever. Just make sure it doesn’t easily burn, because if your relationship goes south, you don’t want them to be able to easily destroy it.
  9. Music- This one may seem broad, but if you have any inkling of musical talent, learn their favorite song and play it to them under candlelight.
  10. If all else fails, go look at their Pinterest or Esty pages. It is literally a list of things your significant other wants.

Avoid like an ex during flu season.

  1. Elaborate and consistent pranks- Seriously, one is funny, two is pushing it, three is you punching your single card. Its Valentine’s Day, not April first.
  2. “Protection” – Nothing is more romantic than handing your loved one a thin piece of rubber. Seriously, you’re a modern day Casanova.
  3. Anything in a D-I-Y kit- Don’t buy your lover a kit for them to do unless its something they love. It’s like buying someone an obligation.
  4. Any movie or concert only you want to see- You will hear complaining, and you will learn to hate what you once loved.
  5. Fast-food date night- Just don’t.
  6. Anything that is an implication- This is the time of year that we see news headlines talking about that person who bought their loved one a weight scale, and how their body was just found.
  7. Cheap Jewelery- its the lazy-man’s cliche. Last minute shopping leading to long-hour regret.
  8. The Twilight Book series- If you’re a guy, this one makes sense. Don’t need any mythological sparkly men distracting your lady. If you’re a girl, well… I’m sorry honey, but you may have bigger problems then just figuring out a V-day gift.
  9. Any plant that isn’t a flower- Nothing says I love you more like a potted plant or better yet, a cactus.
  10. Seriously, just look at the Pinterest or Etsy boards. It will save you time and embarrassment.

Buy this, not that: a Valentine’s Day guide.

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Feb 042013
 

Author: Jack Krause

With the upcoming lovelorn holiday that reaffirms couple’s love and devastates the single’s heart, we all haven’t a clue as to what to get our significant others, be it a love or a love for oneself. Here are some ideas on what you should steer away from and move towards while navigating this tricky time of year.

Get it like its hot.

  1. Chocolates – Can’t go wrong with this cliched gift; everyone who loves anything loves chocolate. In case of allergies though, they sell various allergen free chocolate delights.
  2. Flowers- Still cliched, but it isn’t going to break the bank, and its going to make your lover swoon.
  3. Poetry- Now this gift can be made or commissioned, but regardless of the author, nothing says “I value your existence” like some words that rhyme together.
  4. Date Night- While this can be expensive, the investment usually can justify the end. Standard date package is dinner, dessert, and a show.
  5. A playful joke- Now this one can backfire on you, in case you don’t have a significant other with a sense of humor, have the flowers and chocolates on stand-by.
  6. Adventure- Now I know what you may be thinking, how does one give adventure? Just go out and plan a day of sightseeing and cheap fun all over town; they’ll love you for it.
  7. “A day-off”- Everyone could use a day off from responsibility, so make plans to let your other half sleep the day away, eat what they want, and just relax. It’s probably one of the best gifts you can give.
  8. The Vintage Homemade- Nothing says I love you like a prepackaged box of candy, but if you want to join the major league of love, you’re going to have to shell out your time instead of money. Make them something they will keep forever. Just make sure it doesn’t easily burn, because if your relationship goes south, you don’t want them to be able to easily destroy it.
  9. Music- This one may seem broad, but if you have any inkling of musical talent, learn their favorite song and play it to them under candlelight.
  10. If all else fails, go look at their Pinterest or Esty pages. It is literally a list of things your significant other wants.

Avoid like an ex during flu season.

  1. Elaborate and consistent pranks- Seriously, one is funny, two is pushing it, three is you punching your single card. Its Valentine’s Day, not April first.
  2. “Protection” – Nothing is more romantic than handing your loved one a thin piece of rubber. Seriously, you’re a modern day Casanova.
  3. Anything in a D-I-Y kit- Don’t buy your lover a kit for them to do unless its something they love. It’s like buying someone an obligation.
  4. Any movie or concert only you want to see- You will hear complaining, and you will learn to hate what you once loved.
  5. Fast-food date night- Just don’t.
  6. Anything that is an implication- This is the time of year that we see news headlines talking about that person who bought their loved one a weight scale, and how their body was just found.
  7. Cheap Jewelery- its the lazy-man’s cliche. Last minute shopping leading to long-hour regret.
  8. The Twilight Book series- If you’re a guy, this one makes sense. Don’t need any mythological sparkly men distracting your lady. If you’re a girl, well… I’m sorry honey, but you may have bigger problems then just figuring out a V-day gift.
  9. Any plant that isn’t a flower- Nothing says I love you more like a potted plant or better yet, a cactus.
  10. Seriously, just look at the Pinterest or Etsy boards. It will save you time and embarrassment.

Valentine’s Day Cheap in Fort Collins

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Feb 042013
 

Author: Nicole Beale

We have all heard the ‘starving college student’ stereotype a time or two, but it’s only funny because it is true for most of us. For those who have somebody special this year, but a not a special sum of money to spend, no need to fear. There are options that won’t break the bank.

Any good date begins with a good meal. Remember, this is Valentine’s Day and nothing is more romantic than a good cook. Start out the perfect date with your sweetie by cooking them something delectable. As long as you put you heart into it and make it with love, they will enjoy it.

If the first thing that came to your mind is PB&J, consider looking up some recipes. Anyone can spruce up a dining area by setting a table and adding a few candles or flower petals. It is the details that count. Dessert has always been very closely related to Valentine’s Day. Come up with a clever dessert, such as ice cream topped with crushed candy hearts.

After you have progressed through the meal, you’re ready for some romantic fun. There are cheap options to take care of the situation. Ice skating is open at Fort Fun and costs only $10 for two people. Another option is the discount movie theater, AMC Cinema Saver 6. They feature movies that have been in theaters for some time and sell tickets for $3 each. This is such a score, as it’s less than half the cost of a ticket anywhere else in town. Beware that drinks are more expensive than the tickets.  Also being featured special for Valentine’s day is Jimkata, an electro-rock band, blending heavy beats, syn-thy hooks, and big guitars to create music with both modern and timeless appeal. Just for Valentine’s Day they will be playing at the Aggie for free. Nothing is better than a free date on Valentine’s Day when you have a tight budget. Hold your sweetheart close as you groove courtesy of Jimkata.

What you choose is up to you and your Valentine. There are ways to woo your loved one and not go bankrupt at the same time. Any one of these options is guaranteed to be a good time and not break the bank. How the rest of the date goes is up to you.

Valentine’s Day Cheap in Fort Collins

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Feb 042013
 

Author: Nicole Beale

We have all heard the ‘starving college student’ stereotype a time or two, but it’s only funny because it is true for most of us. For those who have somebody special this year, but a not a special sum of money to spend, no need to fear. There are options that won’t break the bank.

Any good date begins with a good meal. Remember, this is Valentine’s Day and nothing is more romantic than a good cook. Start out the perfect date with your sweetie by cooking them something delectable. As long as you put you heart into it and make it with love, they will enjoy it.

If the first thing that came to your mind is PB&J, consider looking up some recipes. Anyone can spruce up a dining area by setting a table and adding a few candles or flower petals. It is the details that count. Dessert has always been very closely related to Valentine’s Day. Come up with a clever dessert, such as ice cream topped with crushed candy hearts.

After you have progressed through the meal, you’re ready for some romantic fun. There are cheap options to take care of the situation. Ice skating is open at Fort Fun and costs only $10 for two people. Another option is the discount movie theater, AMC Cinema Saver 6. They feature movies that have been in theaters for some time and sell tickets for $3 each. This is such a score, as it’s less than half the cost of a ticket anywhere else in town. Beware that drinks are more expensive than the tickets.  Also being featured special for Valentine’s day is Jimkata, an electro-rock band, blending heavy beats, syn-thy hooks, and big guitars to create music with both modern and timeless appeal. Just for Valentine’s Day they will be playing at the Aggie for free. Nothing is better than a free date on Valentine’s Day when you have a tight budget. Hold your sweetheart close as you groove courtesy of Jimkata.

What you choose is up to you and your Valentine. There are ways to woo your loved one and not go bankrupt at the same time. Any one of these options is guaranteed to be a good time and not break the bank. How the rest of the date goes is up to you.