Getting around: A guide to an alternative Valentines

Whether it is for food, drink,classes or dates,everyone has a distinct preference for what he or she prefers. If youre still stumped when it comes to a Valentines date with a someone special and want to unique plans in addition to dinner and a movie, The Oracle has a list of local events for a unique alternative Valentines Day.

For your inner child

The state fair serves as aclose-by miniature theme park,running today until Feb. 18. If Valentines Day calls for a little adventure, a couple offast-spinning, high-flying rides, music andcopious amounts of fried food will beavailable for only $5 a ticket after 5 p.m. The Florida State Fair will have everything from dog races to basket-making exhibits,encouraging kids of all ages to enjoy themselves in Tampa.

For the transportationally-challenged Valentines date

If you are like many at USF, and stuck without an appropriate form of transportation, head to the USFdining hall for Two can dine on $12.99. The deal lasts throughout February and applies to Bulls Den Caf, Juniper Dining or the Fresh Food Company on campus for a casualUSF-themed Valentines Day date.

For the sports fan

Sports never stops for aholiday especially notValentines day. Any sports-loving couple would be wise to take advantage of theLightning game happening onThursday, and use the game as aunconventional Valentines date toremember. Avoid packed restaurants and clich romance and opt for a fun night cheering on the home team at the Tampa Bay Times forum.

For the single person

If you are looking for a taste of something other than your own salty tears stop by Caf Hey on North Franklin Street for sweet treats inspired by sour
reality. Caf owner Anne Vela uses herpersonal experience for creative inspiration in developing hercupcakes the Its Not You, Its Me, made of corn cake with banana fondant, the Long Distance Relationship withbittersweet pink grapefruit glaze and black tea cake and the I Am Soooo
Happy for You! made withbitter melon and aloe, it is white on white cake with pearls andsparkly sprinkles. At $4 for four and $10 for for 10, thecupcakes add a bit of a consolation for thelonely on the Hallmark holiday.