Okay, I’ll admit it: I’ve done the French restaurant thing. I’ve even tried the home-cooked meal angle, which ended in smoke, tears, and Chinese takeout. Don’t wait until the last minute to come up with a game plan. Stick to your strengths: know what your date likes and keep it fun. If your babe's favorite meal is burgers, why would you force her to eat sashimi so fresh it still blinks?

Valentine’s Day rolls around on the same exact date every year, and men still act like it’s a huge surprise. It’s not like a birthday where it changes with every new girlfriend, and it’s not some crazy cosmic alignment you have to calculate yourself by looking at the stars. February 14th: every year, every girlfriend. You can even get Siri to remind you.

Let's get real about San Diego restaurants: they can be a pain. If you're feelin' fancy enough to try a nicer place: a man in suspenders hands you a chalkboard with that day's seasonal, hyper-local rabbit food options, and it ends up costing you an arm and a leg. If you don't feel like going bankrupt for artisanal cabbage, your other options are greasy, hole-in-the-wall Mexican joints. Now, don't get me wrong: I love a good burrito, but when it's date night, you don't want the morning after to require Pepto Bismol.