Valentine's Day is as different for people as chocolate cake is from carrots. People just celebrate romance differently. But one common denominator is that Valentine's Day requires—like a federal mandate—dessert.
Traditional: For the traditionalist why not indulge full-heartedly in the day by giving your significant other an assortment of chocolates? Pegasus Gourmet Chocolates (1900 Northeast 3rd Street #105) offers over 80 varieties of truffles as well as fudge and chocolate bars.
On the Go: Grab and go places allow you to save time and invest your effort in the things that matter, such as perfecting that mood setting playlist. Sparrow Bakery (50 Southeast Scott Street #22) offers decadent bites including a heart-shaped Saint Valentine puffed pastry with crème and pomegranate.
Sit Down: Because Valentine's Day lands on a Saturday this year, why not let someone else do the work? Zydeco Kitchen (919 Northwest Bond St.) offers a silky white chocolate cheesecake, and vegan banana splits made with locally-made Bonta gelato.
Unconventional: For those who have had enough of the typical Valentine's Day traditions, what about taking your baby out for a smooth stout nightcap? Right? How Bend can you be! Crux Fermentation Project (50 Southwest Division St.) is currently bottling its Tough Love, a bold barrel-aged imperial stout.