Thoughtful Thursday: Valentine’s Day

Another Valentine’s Day is here!

Tonight many couples will celebrate with a nice evening of fine dining. So we were wondering…

…what restaurant would you take your significant other to if you could choose from all the fantasy/sci-fi worlds out there? (Or, if not a restaurant, what SFF setting would you choose for a romantic picnic?)

And let’s just take the Restaurant at the End of the Universe off the (dining room) table, shall we?

One random commenter wins a book from our stacks.

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BILL CAPOSSERE, who's been with us since June 2007, lives in Rochester NY, where he is an English adjunct by day and a writer by night. His essays and stories have appeared in Colorado Review, Rosebud, Alaska Quarterly, and other literary journals, along with a few anthologies, and been recognized in the "Notable Essays" section of Best American Essays. His children's work has appeared in several magazines, while his plays have been given stage readings at GEVA Theatre and Bristol Valley Playhouse. When he's not writing, reading, reviewing, or teaching, he can usually be found with his wife and son on the frisbee golf course or the ultimate frisbee field.

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  1. Rivendell would be very romantic!

  2. After more than four decades together, fine dining is nice but we are more ‘pub’ people. McAnally’s (great beer and I love a good steak sandwich) comes to mind. Another is Callahan’s Place for the atmosphere, the company, and the guy on the piano.

    • Oooh, if we’re doing pubs, how about Rula Bula? It’s in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series, and it’s also real! You probably can’t really bring your talking Irish wolfhound, but ya never know.

  3. I’d consider the Beast’s castle, from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast–the singing dishes are top-notch–but then I’ve never been sure Belle actually got to eat any of the food! I think maybe just a dab of pate…

  4. I’d choose the Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars. I like the music and it’d be fun to sit there and people watch.

  5. Noneofyourbusiness /

    The antigravity restaurant Donna and the Doctor were going to try out in the Doctor Who episode “Midnight”. Without bibs on.

  6. Fee Roberts /

    I’d love to go to the Shire, but since I don’t have a significant other, I’d bring a book and get some reading in while enjoying the day.

  7. Lady Morar /

    I envision a picnic on a dragon’s back. Either “A Song of Ice and Fire” or “Dragonriders of Pern”.

  8. John Smith /

    How about a nice picnic with a hamper full of champagne, cheeses, etc., on a river bank early in the earth’s history? Rivers and some greenery would have developed, but no ants or mosquitoes.

  9. The Distinguished Professor /

    I can’t believe no one’s mentioned Douglas Adams’s Restaurant at the End of the Universe yet.

    One feast I would *not* want to be at is the one in the Skesis castle from The Dark Crystal.

  10. The Distinguished Professor /

    Oops. That last paragraph must have been hiding from me. In that case, Sin Du Jour.

  11. Can I do a picnic lunch on the hill under the two trees of Valinor?

  12. I always wanted to be on the guest list at Aces High from the Wild Cards novels, hobnobbing with the Sleeper and Golden Boy…

  13. Hi, SandyG! If you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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