A guide to a great Galentines Day

There are a lot of mixed emotions about Valentines Day. Some love posting their dozen roses on instagram (#spoilt) and some prefer to instagram pictures of an ice cream tub (#benandjerryareallineed). Some years you're in full support of the day and some years you're questioning why this "ridiculous consumerist holiday even exists".

But rather than delve into the highs and lows of Valentines Day, Jess from Jess and Josh Cook has written about a new spin on the holiday that everyone can enjoy, regardless of their romantic status: Galentines Day.

What’s Galentine’s day? I hear you ask. It’s only the best day of the year! If you haven’t seen Parks & Recreation then first of all, you need to stop what you’re doing and watch it right now. Galentine’s day was invented by Leslie Knope, the main character, to be celebrated on the 13th of February in which you get together with your best girl pals and eat waffles, give gifts and just spend the day talking about how great you all are.

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This year I celebrated it with my best pal Cate In The Kitchen in Brighton and here’s what we got up to.

We started the day off with a Leslie Knope style breakfast at Gusto Gelato. A very indulgent start to the day with coffee and waffles, topped with vanilla ice cream, banana and toffee sauce. Sugar rushes all round which fuelled a couple of hours shopping for some evening outfits for a birthday night out.

After spending way too much money, we headed to Pitcher & Piano for an afternoon of cocktails. We chose the pinkest cocktails on the menu to fit in with the theme for the day – A cosmopolitan, obviously, a strawberry & rhubarb cooler and a cherry whisky sour.

It was then about time to eat something so we headed down to The Hobgoblin to finally try one of the legendary Troll’s Pantry burgers and it did not disappoint. We both chose from the veggie menu and it was refreshing to see as many veggie burgers on the menu as meat options!

At a time of year where love seems to be wherever you look I think it’s important to take the time to tell your friends and family how much you love and appreciate them, as well as your other half. So why don’t you give Galentine’s day a go? I think it should be something we all do more often to spread the love!

Follow Jess's food blog, which she runs with her boyfriend Josh, at jessandjoshcook.com.