Love in the Kitchen

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Zagat has a nice Valentine’s feature on fourteen restaurant couples in Philadelphia that includes the best things about working together. The couples also list the worst things too. Michael Klein also has a Valentine’s post that has some romantic stories but the break-ups, awkward engagements and a police stop are the doozies.

Love Is in the House: 14 Philly Restaurant Couples [Zagat]
Hearts afire: Love tales from the restaurants [The Insider]

Philly Same-Sex Couples to Request Marriage Licenses at City Hall on Valentine’s Day [UPDATE]

UPDATE [2/15/2014, 2:05 p.m.): Just got this email update from Bill Sullivan: “We rescheduled the event for Tue., Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. We’re going to room 413 for the license at 11 a.m.”

UPDATE [2/13/2014, 9:02 p.m.): This event has been cancelled due to weather. Stay tuned to G Philly for updates on when it will be rescheduled.

Bob and Bill Sullivan (L-R) have been together for 20 years. They'll be among a group of couples to request marriage licenses at City Hall on Valentine's Day.

Bob and Bill Sullivan (L-R) have been together for 20 years. They’ll be among a group of same-sex couples to request marriage licenses at City Hall on Valentine’s Day.

Tomorrow — on Valentine’s Day, if you’re not keeping track — a group of same-sex couples will convene at City Hall to request marriage licenses.

One of those couples, Bill Sullivan, and his partner of 20 years, Bob, made history when they became the very first same-sex couple to marry in Vermont in 2009. They lived there for a few years as husband and husband before returning to Philadelphia, where they both grew up. “We were never political people,” he says. “But when we moved back to Pennsylvania our marriage became nullified. That’s when we decided to get active.”

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Valentine’s Day Events in Philadelphia

A roundup of events, parties and classes happening in Philadelphia on Valentine’s Day.

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Every hour on the hour from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Society Hill Dance Academy is welcoming couples to take a class in two of the world most romantic dances: Tango (5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.) and Rumba (6 p.m., 8 p.m.). 5 p.m., $40, Society Hill Dance Academy, 409 S. Second St.

Marriage recognition takes center stage in The Equality Forum’s V-Day spectacular, Equality Ball. The party raises awareness and funds for Palladino v. Corbett, a federal lawsuit that asks the state of Pennsylvania to recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in marriage equality states. There will be an open bar and food from local restaurants and catering companies (ZahavAmisFork), and a live band. 7 p.m.–10 p.m., $100, Liberty View Ballroom at the Independence Visitor Center, Sixth and Market streets.

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9 Gay Valentine’s Day Events in Philadelphia

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A roundup of LGBT-centric Valentine’s Day events for those who want to …

TIE THE KNOT (EVENTUALLY): Marriage recognition takes center stage in The Equality Forum’s V-Day spectacular, Equality Ball. The party raises awareness and funds for Palladino v. Corbett, a federal lawsuit initiated by the Equality Forum that asks the state of Pennsylvania to recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in marriage equality states. There will be an open bar and food from local restaurants and catering companies (ZahavAmisFork) and a live band. D. Bruce Hanes and Rev. Frank Schaefer will be honored for their efforts to bring LGBT equality to the state of Pennsylvania.. 7 p.m.–10 p.m., $100, Liberty View Ballroom at the Independence Visitor Center, Sixth and Market streets.

More Valentine’s Gay events after the jump

Free Open-to-the-Public Yoga Class and Champagne at Sweat Fitness on Valentine’s Day

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If none of our healthy date ideas are tickling your fancy, how about this? On all day long on Friday, at all nine area Sweat Fitness locations, staffers will hand out free champagne and berries at the front desk—a fun little pick-me-up after (or before, if that’s your jam) your workout.

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Unusual Valentine’s Day Suggestions

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Just about every restaurant in the Philadelphia is doing a special menu for Valentine’s Day. Many of which are being offered all weekend. Instead of listing all of those, here are some more offbeat ideas for Valentine’s Day, like eating budino and binge watching House of Cards, Season II on Netflix (which comes out on the 14th). Significant other, totally optional.

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To Do: Champagne, Chocolate and Cycling at The Wall’s Sweetheart Spin

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If your idea of a fun date night is more high-calorie burn than fine dining, keep reading: Next Friday, on Valentine’s Day, the Wall Cycling Studio is hosting a 45-minute Sweetheart Spin class, aimed at giving you one very healthy date night.

Everyone who signs up gets to bring a guest for free, and you and your sweetheart (or friend, or coworker—whomever!) will enjoy champagne, chocolate and other heart-shaped goodies after class.

Sign up to reserve your spot on the Wall’s booking site, then email the studio to reserve a bike for your date.

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