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Be a Man and Celebrate Valentine's (Video)

Pizza Drives Me Crazy from John Iaciofano on Vimeo.


This week contains the wildly controversial holiday: Valentine's Day.  For many men, V-Day is often coupled with some sort of negativity.  It could be owing to a paralyzing inability to make plans with your honey for fear of underwhelming her expectations.  Or maybe it's because you're just not an emotional type of guy.  Nothing wrong with that, Clint Eastwood.  Perhaps you don't even like your girlfriend/wife/significant other.  I've been there, bro.  Even still, maybe you are on the other end of the spectrum in that you are single, and Valentine's Day makes you feel lonely, depressed, and susceptible to crying at strange events, like that time over Christmas when you teared up after viewing that awesome Dick's Sporting Goods Commercial.

Fellow men, fear not.  Your lady, or lack thereof, may indeed be screwing with your ability to process rational thought, but regardless of your parallels with any of the aforementioned criteria, you indeed have the ability to enjoy this Valentine's Day in some way shape or form.  Simply find what/who it is you love, and celebrate the freaking hell out of it.  It doesn't need to be a person, per se, just something you can't live without -  like Sam Malone's relationship with Cheers.   Let me give you an example from my own life.

One thing I love in this world? Pizza.  I love it so much that I often google image pictures of melted mozzarella blobs against the brilliant red backdrop of crushed San Marzano tomatoes.  I love it so much, I've written poetry about it.  And, lately, I love it so much, I'm willing to publicly profess my love for my favorite pizzeria (DiFara's in Brooklyn - previously reviewed on the blog and truly one of the world's greatest pizzerias) by featuring it in a self made imovie-music video to the tune of, what else, "She Drives Me Crazy" by the Fine Young Cannibals.  The above video is how I (prematurely) celebrated Valentine's Day, and I could not have been happier.  And my date was Elana, so there were no awkward good-byes, or fretting about eating my six slices to her two (true story). 

So, Happy Valentine's Day, everybody.  Go out and give that special someone or something your emotional "all" - however "crazy" it may be.


The Holiday Foodie Gift Guide Part 3

Newsflash - guys can be foodies, too.  Which means those same guys appreciate foodie gifts, goods and gadgets; and not from Best Buy.  The following are some cool gift ideas I've been jonesing via the internet, should you have a fella in your life (Ma! Are you listening?) who appreciates cool culinary themed gifts.

Full disclosure: I do not claim to have much experience with these products.  Many of these gifts I have not tried nor even seen in action but, it's the Holidays, and since these gifts are not actually for yourself, feel free to inject some impulsivity in your shopping tendencies.  It's the thought that counts after all.

1) Salami of the Month Club by Olympic Provisions - As per their website, "the purchaser can decide whether the lucky recipient gets either 1, 2, or 3 of each month's featured salami, which ships the second Tuesday of the month. Included with the salami are detailed tasting notes and examples of how Salumist Elias Cairo likes to enjoy it." I could not think of a more conveniently awesome plan to spruce up your man's snack arsenal, for an entire year!  Also - enter promo code "SALAMI" and get $10 off your purchase!  That's not a joke, actually.  That is straight from Olympic Provisions, from us, to you.  Make it happen.

2)Tovolo King Cube Silicone Ice Cube Tray - Because serious gentlemen keep a well stocked liquor cabinet/bar for himself and guests.  And serious drinks (and sore knees), occasionally, need ony one, gigantic ice cube.

3) The Nespresso Pixie Espresso Machine - Speaking of serious drinks, is there a better way to top off your meal (or start the morning) than via a cafe caliber espresso?  These Nespresso machines are pretty awesome actually; I single handedly deplete my parents cartridge stash when home for the holidays.  And the pixie model lets you select it in some cool colors.

4) Italian Oil Can - Emulate master pizza maker Dom Demarco with a gorgeous olive oil can of your own. And, if you don't know who Dom Demarco is, watch this and go to Di Fara please. For your own good.

5) Rocker Pizza Knife - And when your man is done making that beautiful pizza, tell him to give that wheeled pizza cutter a rest, and instead rock that pie towards sliced perfection while looking a tad manlier in the process.

Well, there you have it.  Still plenty of time to place your orders and receive these gifts prior to the holidays.  And, please, don't be afraid to share your experiences on the blog should you be so compelled!