February 14, 2012 |
Valentine's Day without chocolate would be like Thanksgiving without turkey -- but scientists are saying that thanks to climate change and plant diseases, a cocoa shortage for future holidays is a very real possibility. Americans alone will spend about $700 million on chocolate for Valentine's Day this year. And with more of the world's growing population now able to afford the sweet, international demand is soaring, according to a report in Scientific American . Manufacturers are currently producing about 3.7 million metric tons of the crop -- an amount that is expected to be too small to satisfy customers by 2020, according to the report.
February 4, 2013 |
On Valentine's Day, maybe you woo your sweetie with flowers, chocolates or even diamonds. But what are you going to do about dinner? Whether you'll be curling up to a showing of “When Harry Met Sally” at the Electric Dusk Drive-In, strolling the streets at downtown L.A.'s Art Walk or checking out “Art by People in Love,” an open mic night for romantics at the Echo Park Film Center, we've got ideas for dining pre- or post-outing with your...
February 6, 2013 |
Here's something to ponder if and when you and your spouse make your Valentine's Day toasts this year: when it comes to drinking - as in so many other facets of marriage - compatibility may be key to keeping couples together. Researchers reviewing data collected from 19,977 married couples in one county in Norway reported that spouses who consume about the same amount of alcohol were less likely to divorce than pairs where one partner is a heavy drinker and the other is not - especially when the wife is the one doing the drinking.
August 16, 2013 |
Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee Olympic sprinter, may face additional charges when he is indicted Monday for the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend, according to news reports. National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Medupe Simasiku told the Associated Press on Friday that Pistorius would be formally charged with premeditated murder in the death of model Reeva Steenkamp, who would have turned 30 on Monday. Other charges could be added to the indictment, Simasiku said without elaborating.
February 13, 2012 |
Looking to take your lady love or handsome paramour for a romantic meal this Valentine's Day? White Castle is here for you. Harold and Kumar's favorite burger joint plans to offer a candlelit dinner with table service on Tuesday, just one of many quick service chains angling for a piece of the estimated $3.4 billion that will be spent on holiday dining. Most of that money usually goes to fine-dining establishments. But with many consumers still sensitive to price, fast food eateries are betting that they can siphon away some of the prix-fixe crowd.
February 14, 2013 |
Happy Valentine's Day! If you're in a relationship, you can rejoice in knowing that married couples are not only healthier, but research also shows that they live longer than their single peers. But if you're single, you can take pleasure instead in knowing that there's nothing healthy about most Valentine's Day chocolate -- and lucky for you, you don't have to consume any of it! And that in and of itself could make you healthier, provided that you don't wallow in a pint of ice cream instead.