The Gut Check Guide to Anti-Valentine's Day

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       You'll need some of this. | Nancy Stiles
  •        You'll need some of this. | Nancy Stiles

Maybe you're single. Maybe you don't need a holiday to show your love. Maybe you just really, really love House of Cards. Whatever it is, it's probably best to avoid any and all restaurants tonight. It'll just make you mad. Follow our guide instead.

See also: Valentine's Day Do-Over: Your Romantic Date Plan B

        Frank Underwood approves. | Jennifer Silverberg
  •         Frank Underwood approves. | Jennifer Silverberg

1. Get some ribs and binge on House of Cards

Finally, Netflix is releasing Season 2 of its Kevin Spacey series, House of Cards. Even better, all thirteen of the episodes are available. We suggest picking up some ribs from Sugarfire Smokehouse (9200 Olive Boulevard, Olivette; 314-997-2301) or Bud's Smokehouse (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-2345) so you can pretend you are eating all alone at Freddy's, just like Frank Underwood. Add a glass of bourbon, neat, to really bring it home.

House of Cards

       Gas stations can be romantic. | Jennifer Silverberg
  •        Gas stations can be romantic. | Jennifer Silverberg

2. Meet somebody new at Olio

We know, we know -- a singles mixer on Valentine's day sounds like the worst thing ever. But this one comes with the opportunity to sip some rare brews, and be openly sour about it. It is called Sour Hour, after all. Stop by Olio (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-1088) after work, and who knows, maybe you'll meet a fellow beer-lover. Worst case scenario, you try some awesome brews.

Great Gatsby

       Perfect! | Patrick Devine
  •        Perfect! | Patrick Devine

3. Pick up some angry cookies

La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) feels your pain. Pastry chef Simone Faure has created some delightfully naughty anti-romance cookies, because hey, singles like sweets, too. You can even get them delivered! Share them with your cynical best friend and pair with a bottle of wine.

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Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. E-mail the author at nancy.stiles@riverfronttimes.com or follow her on Twitter.


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