We've checked with the powers that be and, yes, Valentine's Day is still happening this year.
Sorry if you've been caught off guard, but we're here to get you back on guard.
Below you will find eight of the best edible and potable Valentine's Day gifts on this planet or any other. We're talking about engraved tomahawk chops, rum-infused chocolates, spicy condiments and full raw bars, all available to be packed up and shipped to you or a special someone just in time for your material displays of love.
Of course, there's no relationship requirement to enjoy anything you see here, so self-gifting is also encouraged. Because, sometimes, the best tomahawk chops and rum-infused chocolates are the ones you don't have to share.
Your Valentine probably isn't expecting this 40-ounce dry-aged black Angus beef tomahawk steak that's engraved with the words "I love you" and looks like a prop from The Flintstones. But they're probably expecting you to cook it for them. $129, Pat LaFrieda
Is your date more into seafood than red meat? No worries, we've prepared for this. Order the impressive seafood tower that has been curated by Citarella owner and fishmonger Joe Gurrera. It includes Wellfleet oysters, little neck clams, large cooked shrimp, steamed lobster, king crab, stone crab claws, cocktail sauce, butter and lemons, plus the option to add caviar (do the right thing). $199, Citarella
Spice things up with this Hot Stuff Pack from Momofuku. The condiment combo includes Spicy Seasoned Salt (use it on shrimp, meats and fruit) and Chili Crunch, a spicy chili oil with dried garlic and shallots that's great for topping dips, eggs, noodles and more. $20, Momofuku
Flowers are a tried-and-true option for Valentine's Day, but flowers don't taste great alongside grilled meat and fish. So here is Gérard Bertrand’s Cote des Roses, a collection of Rosé, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in which the bottom of each crystal-clear bottle is shaped like a rose. Collect them all (buy online or at your local wine shop) and consider your bases covered. $10/bottle, Gérard Bertrand
Chocolates are another traditional choice on Valentine's Day. But rum-infused Filipino chocolates are the better choice. Truffles feature dark mousse enrobed in even darker chocolate, and the 70% cacao dark chocolate bar has caramel-almond notes and a toasted vanilla finish. Most importantly, both are laced with Don Papa rum from the Philippines. $6-$12, oodaalolly (truffles / bar)
Here's something for the caffeinated person in your life: a gift set from Long Island City-based Coffee Project New York. The kit contains three unique coffees, strawberry-verbena macarons from Le Petit Paris and a hand-poured coffee-inspired candle. $40, Coffee Project New York
Whether you have a Valentine or not, this is just a smart purchase. It's two pounds of Katz's legendary pastrami (the most sensual of all the salted, cured meats), plus all the necessary accoutrements, including rye bread, mustard, Russian dressing and crunchy pickles. Also enclosed: an old-world chocolate babka and cinnamon rugelach and a chocolate egg cream scented candle to set the mood. $145, Katz's Delicatessen
What looks like an innocent heart-shaped box of chocolates is actually a protein-packed box of charcuterie from Portland-based Olympia Provisions. Because nothing shows affection quite like salami, chorizo and pepperettes. $60, Mouth