I Heart Mondays
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I Heart Mondays

2005_02_14 pink heart.jpg If you don’t bring home the love tonight, you are so screwed. Here’s Torontoist’s romance Rolodex. Downtowners, head straight to chocolatier JS Bonbons, either the midtown or downtown location. Get the Big Box of Love (about $35) and fill it with handmade chocolates and truffles in unusual flavour pairings –like ginger cardamom caramel or tarragon and black pepper. Cheaper still, a chunk of square Callebaut dark chocolate embossed with -aaaw- a big heart (about $9). For the truly time-strapped, Torontoist strongly recommends playing Willy Wonka with a gift certificate for a hands-on class at the upstairs Chocolate School (about $60). Uptown commuters: before getting on the DVP, take a detour to the Distillery District’s Soma Chocolate, open especially for today’s heart-fest. It’s got a more ancient take on chocolate (think spicy Mayan morsels). If you’re still desperate for blooms, pop in to Midge (651 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-488-0875, at Hillsdale), the petite florist and gift boutique named after an Archie Comics character. Less is more, like affordable silver mint julep cups planted with a single striking bloom. Downtown, there’s Cindiloowho (134 Ossington, 416-538-7887, north of Queen), a charming antiques and flower shop for stuffing pockets full of posies, usually for less than $20. And if the day’s overload of hearts and flowers has left you dizzy, queezy and as a result especially cheesy, join the Aphrodisiac-of-the-Month Club. (Yes, Virginia, there really is such a thing.)

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