A Love Less Ordinary

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If you're booked into Pizza Express for the fifth Valentine's running, may we recommend an American Hot with a side order of crushing remorse. If, on the other hand, you're looking for something a little more brilliant to do with your beloved, here are the answers.

COCKTAILS AND DREAMS

Get one (well, probably two) of eight spots available at Smultronställe on Tuesday and your somebody is going to like you A LOT. With a menu created specially for the night, eight courses of cocktails and food have been paired around the concept of aroma as an aphrodisiac. And though we're not giving it all away, the passion fruit, popcorn and dark chocolate with a rum Old Fashioned looks sublime. £75. reservations@barsmultronstalle.co.uk

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HOPPY VALENTINE'S

Birmingham pin badge doyens and all round decent chaps Pin Game have launched a new Valentine's inspired badge that, for the first time, comes with a card. So if puns are your cup of tea (and if they're not you're subscribed to the wrong weekly email about the best things to do in Birmingham) then you may want to consider this "Hoppy Valentine's" lapel. It's just £6, so it's frankly perfect if you're planning on dumping the recipient shortly.

A HEARTY DEAL

What's better than a macaroon? That would be six macaroons, shaped like idy bidy liddle hearts. In terms of flavours, pick between raspberry and white chocolate, rose and vanilla or a combination of the two. Conveniently available gift-boxed in Miss Macaroon's Great Western Arcade store and Prosecco bar for £15, or as part of a larger selection online, you'll also be supporting a social enterprise with your pretty purchasing.

CLOWNS: NOT ALWAYS TERRIFYING

On balance, 2016 was not a good PR year for clowns. Given that finicky "Killer Clown" craze and whatnot. In better news, 2017 is looking up for the circus world's most divisive entertainers, as Cirque du Soleil rolls into town and you could do a lot worse than tickets to Varekai as your Vally gift. This trailer showing daredevil performers hurling themselves through the sky says it all really. Prices start at £52.90 and can be bought here.

MOVIE MEMENTO

There's a strong statistical chance you went to see La La Land with your beloved and, although we think other Teletubby movies were better, it does seem to have gone down rather well at the Box Office. Brum-based artist Milan Topalović has created these ethereal cards at £2.50 a throw and they'd make a rather nice nod to that very date night. Get them from The Electric or online, while you take a look at all of Milan's work. He's horribly talented.

A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery are opening their handsome Industrial Hall for a one-off five course dinner (£42.50 per head). There will be live music and, in our humble view, seriously strong vegetarian options. Full menu and more info here. Northward, The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is hosting a V-Day ‘Make a ring for your loved one’ special, on Feb 11. At £50 all materials are included. Head here to book that, you old smoothy you.

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