Well, it's that time of year again, people's either most loved or most hated day of the year. To me, Valentine's Day is really just another day of the year. Especially here in Israel where the hallmark holiday isn't really celebrated. Sure, a few places will try to capitalize on the American holiday, but most Israelis have no idea the day has even passed them by.
If you're looking for some good deals this Valentine's Day, you might want to head over to the malls. At the Malcha Mall in Jerusalem, from February 12-14, 2012 (that means today is the last day -- so go!!) there will be steep discounts, tempting deals and other surprises to keep you occupied and in the shopping mood. For example, I know that Cala, a favorite store among young women, is having a 30-40% off sale on all their vintage items. So if you don't have plans tonight, make time to head over to the mall where you can shop to your heart's content.
Several restaurants around town, both in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, will be having special menus and discounts for Valentine's Day so you might want to make a few phone calls and book a special place for you and your loved one while there's still time left in the day. A place I've been itching to try is the famed Mahaneyuda Restaurant, which Martha Stewart even raved about during her visit to Jerusalem. I don't think it's your typical dining experience, but is sure to be a memorable one.
Looking for a gift for that special someone? I recently found out that the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, Cats, is in town here in Israel. For more information on tickets and locations, see the musical's website here. Nothing like a good musical every once in awhile.
You can always get creative and take your loved one out to one of the city's many parks and botanical gardens to go for a romantic stroll. Or in Tel Aviv, why not pack a picnic and head over to Yarkon Park, the "Central Park" of Tel Aviv.
And it can never hurt to have some fresh flowers in the house. What girl doesn't appreciate the scent of fresh roses, tightly bundled up with beautiful bursting colors? Roses and peonies are my personal favorites.
Happy Valentine's Day, wherever you are! Hope you're doing something special with someone you love.