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Turn it Up a Notch This Valentine's Day

Go beyond the basic with your Valentine's Day plans. (Results may vary.)

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    Turn it Up a Notch This Valentine's Day
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    No, this will not do.

    Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday this year -- bonus! That's either great news for you uber-planners out there or a complete disaster for those of you who usually fall back on sending flowers to the office and getting an early dinner after work. (Note: You should still send flowers to the office on Friday.) So, why not take advantage of this fortuitous marriage of an amorous holiday and a leisurely weekend with some beyond-the-ordinary activities? Your efforts should be duly rewarded.

    Haven't you heard? Going green can be sexy as hell. Consider the "Com Ed Dream" dinner at all seven city and suburban Flat Top Grill locations this Valentine's Day. The restaurants will be shutting the lights off for the 13th annual intentional power outage on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 5PM until close. Candles will illuminate every table and flashlights will hang above the stir fry grill, which will remain piping hot (hopefully like your relationship).

    There's a reason why dinner-and-a-movie is a timeless classic. Take your date to Bin 36's "Movies in the Loft" event on Valentine's Day where you'll get to watch "Casablanca" while enjoying a three-course Moroccan-inspired meal paired with wines. The evening kicks off with a wine-and-cheese reception at 6:30PM, and the event is $48 per person.

    If memories of your high school prom leave you, um, unsatisfied, try to remedy things at Silver Cloud Bar & Grill's "Prom Night" party. The playful Valentine's Day event features a four-course dinner package for $29.95 per person, featuring an appetizer, a soup or salad, an entree and dessert plus a half-bottle of wine or champagne, from 6-11PM (but the party goes until 3AM, and you don't have to hide your liquor consumption, unlike the first time around). You can even commemorate the occasion with a complimentary prom photo, date in hand.

    Let's get physical at Exhale Spa's "Thai for Two: A Body Enlightening Workshop." This Thai massage workshop at the Gold Coast spa will teach participants an introduction to Exhale's signature mind-body therapy, combining Thai massage and acupressure, along with partner stretching to relax, restore and balance the body. The guided workshop will take place on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 1:45-3:45PM and is $25 per person. (Just a reminder, you'll want to consult the above ideas for what to do the night before.)