Sweets for the Sweet: Best Vancouver Chocolates & Chocolatiers

Thierry chocolates from Vancouver's Thierry Patisserie.

I have no doubt that, as Valentine’s Day (February 14) approaches, mainstream blogs and magazines will publish the now de rigueur assortment of “How to Survive Valentine’s Day” screeds lambasting the holiday’s commercialization/heternormativity/ability to make non-partnered adults feel crappy.  It’s not that I don’t agree with those critiques—I usually do—but…Chocolate! Chocolate in heart-shaped boxes! Chocolate for breakfast! Chocolate all day long! How bad a holiday can it be when the traditional meal is chocolate?!

If you, like me, could care less about the rest of Valentine’s Day as long as you get your chocolate, then check out these top Vancouver Chocolate Shops & Chocolatiers for truly exceptional Valentine’s Day chocolates. Use them as gift or just indulge yourself. (I plan to.)

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Sweets for the Sweet: Best Vancouver Chocolates & Chocolatiers

5 Valentine’s Day dining options for love birds

Warning: This post is for the romantic Valentines out there. The indifferent, independent, newly broken-up, stoic anti-capitalists, haters and daters should check out Dana’s round up of Valentine’s Day events for non-traditionalists.

For all you love birds, Vancouver’s talented chefs have cooked up an impressive spread of romantic Valentine’s Day menus. Take refuge with your own cooing kind and make those dinner reservations. The perk of dining out vs. cooking for each other? All the date with none of the clean up.

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5 Valentine’s Day dining options for love birds