Valentine’s Day is a special time for anyone in a relationship. It’s a time when society almost forces you to celebrate your loved one in a chaotic world where work and life get in the way. The shops are filled with heart-shaped balloons, romantic cards, roses are abloom everywhere and love is certainly at the forefront of the agenda.

However, there are some who argue that Valentine’s Day is a commercialised gimmick which stores have devised to help give their February revenue a boost. Prices of roses etc shoot up drastically and I see why, for some, Valentine’s Day is seen as a joke.

While I, admittedly, have gone through my fair share of both extremes during this day of love, being in a long-term relationship myself, I have found that finding that comfort zone in the middle of both extremes is the ultimate way to spend Valentine’s Day – which is why I am simplifying it this year.

So, my Valentine’s Day plans are a lot simpler this year but I will certainly be celebrating the love I have. I’m ditching the roses and fancy Valentine’s Day-themed gifts and I have picked out a gift that isn’t inflated by the Valentine’s Day rush. Gift-giving is always something special so I don’t see myself removing that aspect of the day. The fancy dinner party, however, I can easily give up.

In a culture where we often find ourselves going out for drinks or dinner, a Valentine’s meal isn’t exactly something that makes a day special. What one has to push for is spending time with your lover and actively celebrating that love – and I find that it’s way more special to do that at home.

I plan on whipping out those candles, running a romantic bath and enjoying my partner’s company. Luckily, I don’t have to compromise on good food because I want to stay in because my trusty steed Uber Eats will have me sorted. The cool thing about the app is that it’s got an array of takeaway and restaurant options which will help elevate your evening in whichever way you want it to go.

The app is incredibly user friendly and has a range of offerings to make your ordering process simpler:
Schedule orders: You can schedule an order anytime up to an hour before the desired delivery window–and as far as a week out.
Customise the drop-off: Whether you’re at home, at the office or even relaxing with your family at the park, you can enter even more specific instructions and request to “meet your food at the curb,” or have your food “delivered to the door.
Track your order: Watch in real time as your food is prepared, picked up, and delivered to you.
Order Eats when you ride: When you are taking a ride with Uber, you can also open the Uber Eats app to request a meal that will arrive at the same time you do.
Personalised recommendations: When you open Uber Eats you should be able to find what you want with ease. We are using machine learning to help surface recommendations like your go-tos, less than 30 minute delivery options, and popular options near you based on past orders and details like time of day and delivery location.
Filter for the right food: Exploring should be just as easy. That is why you can also look up restaurants according to specific criteria like speed, price, and dietary constraints. Want to see all gluten free options available within 30 minutes? No problem. Dish information and average prep times help us share the right dishes that will come at the right time.
Discover the best of your city: Just like the five star rating system you know and love in the Uber app, with Uber Eats you can see what others have rated a restaurant right within the app.
In-app Chat: The in-app chat feature is about improving the ability to multitask with daily activities, enabling you to effectively switch between tabs without losing access to Uber Eats.
PICK-UP: [SA only]: Users have a quick and convenient way to access food on-the-go. Whether that’s grabbing a coffee on the way to work or skipping the queue during the lunchtime rush they can opt to pick-up their order at the restaurant
Utensil Opt-In Option: We’re committed to creating a sustainably-conscious app, that encourages the positive upkeep of the environment around us. The new Utensil Opt-In option, will now prompt Eaters to request for cutlery, as this will no longer be a served-standard
Allergens Update: We understand the fear of having a food allergy that could be potentially dangerous to your health, that’s why we’re excited to have introduced an allergy-friendly filters, a new feature to make it easier for people with allergies or dietary restrictions to order with Uber Eats.
Eats Pass [SA only}: enjoy unlimited free delivery each month, for a monthly fee of R50.

With a great selection of restaurants in the area I live in, I am spoiled for choice. This year, I plan on ordering a full chicken and some sides from Mochachos and enjoy it on the couch, with my loved one watching a rom com and soaking up each others awesomeness.

How are you spending Valentine’s Day this year? Let me know in the comments section below.

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