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Stand by your man on Valentine’s Day

It may be a man’s world but Valentine’s Day is a woman’s holiday.

She gets flowers and chocolates; at best he gets the same, at worst it’s an earful and a night on the couch for forgetting the fake holiday entirely.

Mother’s day, father’s day, he gets a birthday, she gets a birthday and we all share Christmas; why, then, is Valentine’s Day more geared towards females than it is males? Does that seem fair to you, women of NZ? My Y chromosome doesn’t think so and the principles of gender equality would dictate otherwise.

Oh sure, for Valentine's Day you might get him chocolates or a gushy Hallmark card – but it’s a safe bet that you’ll both share the chocolates and the greetings card is going straight in the bin when you’re not looking.

The fact remains that if Valentine’s Day was a person she would be high maintenance.

Think about it: pink is the unofficial colour of this unofficial holiday (hardly the most masculine of colours), florists and chocolate shops do an amazing trade during this period (hardware stores are hardly synonymous with 14 February) and, finally, the cinema will be bombarded with horrid chick flicks.

Furthermore, your boyfriend, partner or husband is expected to take you out for a nice, romantic, candle-lit dinner at a fancy restaurant (fellas, you might want to check out Menus.co.nz’s guide to the best Valentine’s Day restaurant specials).

It’s time we finally had equality. What I propose is this year you take him out for a steak, a burger and chips, a pizza or, even better, a couple of beers.

In Auckland, Brothers Beer would be ideal for a man’s Valentine’s Day treat; with more than 200 different kinds of beer to choose from, he’ll be like a kid on Christmas morning. SkyCity’s The Nation’s Clubrooms, too, is a nice, manly spot for a couple of pints and some poker.

In Wellington and Christchurch, your dear uncle Felix suggests you take your man for tex-mex at Arizona and a T-bone steak at The Running Bull respectively.

Here’s hoping Mrs Foodcritic reads my column and spoils me this year. Honey, I was only joking about Valentine’s Day being a high-maintenance woman!

- Felix (the now single) Foodcritic

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  • tina1971

    Jervois Steak House is a great his and her option! I hope Felix has a good Valentine's Day (night)!

    11:30AM, 7th Feb 2013

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