NOT YOUR PAR­ENTS’ VALEN­TINE’S DAY

Boston Herald - - INSIDE TRACK - by Olivia Vanni

We’re now on the home­stretch lead­ing up to Valen­tine’s Day and if you haven’t man­aged to make plans yet, back away from the panic but­ton be­cause we have you cov­ered. We sifted through all of the usual, greet­ing card fan­fare — we’re talk­ing can­dlelit din­ners for two and red rose spe­cials — that are tak­ing place in town this week and we hap­pened to pin­point sev­eral un­con­ven­tional and far less cliched ways to mark the oc­ca­sion, re­gard­less of your re­la­tion­ship sta­tus:

The match­mak­ers at Three Day Rule want you to leave the past in the past, as they play cupid dur­ing its Clean Slate: Not Your Av­er­age Valen­tine’s Party. The crew is tak­ing over Al­ibi Bar in­side the Lib­erty Ho­tel, where it will be host­ing a V-Day bash filled with el­i­gi­ble sin­gles look­ing to start anew in the dat­ing depart­ment. And what makes this get-to­gether truly spe­cial: Folks who are look­ing to wipe their ro­man­tic slate clean are en­cour­aged to bring a photo of their exes, so they can toss that piece of trash into a “burn­ing caul­dron of love” and see their old bag­gage go up in smoke. Be­sides of­fer­ing a sense of sym­bolic cleans­ing, the party will get you ac­cess to ap­pe­tiz­ers, cock­tails needed to strike up con­ver­sa­tion with any po­ten­tial new flames, as well as some ice-break­ing games of truth or dare. The event is run­ning on Thurs­day from 6 to 9 p.m. and tick­ets still up for grabs for $15 on Eventbrite.

Are you search­ing for a meet­cute so epic that even Hol­ly­wood’s sap­pi­est rom-com writ­ers couldn’t con­ceive it? Well, the Revo­lu­tion Ho­tel could be the key to your next ro­man­tic en­counter. The South End es­tab­lish­ment will be the site of Matched Up on the Mic, which is es­sen­tially a se­ries of blind set­ups that will have you singing karaoke with a stranger — and po­ten­tial new mate — in front of ev­ery­one. The lyri­cal dis­play, which will be em­ceed by spe­cial guest Mi­randa Wrights, will ask eager at­ten­dees to choose a song from a cu­rated list of Valen­tine’s Day-wor­thy tracks and belt out their tunes of choice with an un­known duet part­ner who’s as­signed to them. To find more in­for­ma­tion about this Valen­tine’s Day party remix run­ning from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Thurs­day and to pur­chase tick­ets, you can head to its Eventbrite page.

Ev­ery­one knows that the way to a per­son’s heart is through their stom­ach — which is ex­actly why Pauli’s is of­fer­ing a uniquely juicy way to pop the ques­tion this Valen­tine’s Day. Skip the string quar­tet ser­e­nade and cas­cade of rose petals in the shape of a heart, be­cause the North End sand­wich shop has added a blinged-out item to its menu for the big day that would have any­one say­ing “yes”: a Big Boy Burger topped with onion rings, Amer­i­can cheese, ba­con, bar­be­cue sauce and … oh yeah, a real, ⅞ -carat di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring. The $3,000 deal is avail­able ex­clu­sively on Thurs­day, and cus­tomers look­ing to beef up their pro­pos­als with the restau­rant’s help have to or­der it 48-hours in ad­vance. For more info, go to paulis­northend.com or call 857-284-7064.

Who­ever said di­a­monds are a girl’s best friend never saw a woman gid­dily con­sum­ing a steady sup­ply of choco­late and wine. Eataly Bos­ton is har­ness­ing the power of this per­fect pair­ing as it pre­mieres its event, 15 Shades of Red, on Wed­nes­day. Our lo­cal Ital­ian mar­ket­place will be kick­ing off the Valen­tine’s Day — and Galen­tine’s Day — fes­tiv­i­ties with an all-ac­cess wine and choco­late party that will have its guests im­bib­ing 15 types of crim­son-col­ored vino, rang­ing from sub­tle roses to bold Tus­cans, and nosh­ing on co­coa treats crafted by ar­ti­sanal choco­latiers. So grab your amore and snag tick­ets via Eataly’s web­site. And if you’re sin­gle, let’s just say that this is a so­cially ac­cept­able ex­cuse to eat and drink those feel­ings like you were go­ing to do be­hind closed doors any­way, so get af­ter it.

COUR­TESY OF THREE DAY RULE

The ‘burn­ing caul­dron of love’ at last year’s Clean Slate: Not Your Av­er­age Valen­tine’s Day event hosted by Three Day Rule: wine and choco­late pair­ings, below, at Eataly Bos­ton’s 15 Shade of Red; and Pauli’s Big Boy Burger topped with a di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring, right

COUR­TESY OF PAULI’S

COUR­TESY OF EATALY

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