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Google Wants to be Your Cyrano de Bergerac This Valentine's Day

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From Google's [URL="http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2012/02/roses-are-red-violets-are-bluehere-are.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+InsideSearch+%28Inside+Search%29&utm_content=Google+Reader"]Inside Search blog[/URL] today, they analyze Valentine's Day trends and searches to help give insight on spending statistics and popular Valentines for your loved ones.

[B]Sweets for a sweetie
[/B]They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. [URL="http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=valentines%20day%20dinner%2Cvalentines%20day%20recipes%2Cromantic%20dinner%2Cromantic%20recipes&geo=US&date=1%2F2011%202m&cmpt=q"]Searches[/URL] for [valentine’s day dinner], [valentine’s day recipes], [romantic dinner] and [romantic recipes] ramp up at the start at February, hitting their peak on the 14th.

If you’re whipping up a homemade treat, you can use [URL="https://www.google.com/search?q=heart+shaped+cookies&tbs=rcp%3A1"]Google Recipe view[/URL] to search for thousands of heart-shaped cookie recipes, and tailor the ingredients (and the calorie count) for the best fit.

If you’re not a maestro in the kitchen yet, we can help. Peruse some trendy dishes and learn how to cook from [URL="http://www.youtube.com/creators/nextchef.html"]YouTube’s Next Chefs[/URL], who have created a highlight reel of their best [URL="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL87179DAAE2FD2557"]aphrodisiacs[/URL]. We’re not playing favorites, but we do love the Sweetest Vegan’s [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_0n1AmCTLo&list=PL87179DAAE2FD2557&index=4&feature=plpp_video"]red velvet beet cupcakes[/URL], which will come in handy for many couples—searches for [[URL="http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=vegan%20valentines&geo=US&cmpt=q"]vegan valentines[/URL]] have more than tripled since 2006.

[B]Perfect planners and last-minute cupids
[/B]Women have a head start on the menfolk when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, [URL="http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=gifts%20for%20him%20%2B%20gifts%20for%20boyfriend%20%2B%20gifts%20for%20husband%2Cgifts%20for%20her%20%2B%20gifts%20for%20girlfriend%20%2B%20gifts%20for%20wife&geo=US&date=1%2F2012%202m&cmpt=q"]searching[/URL] earlier (and more often) than their male counterparts—about 160 percent more since January.
The staple romantic gifts haven’t lost their appeal. Searches for [[URL="http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=jewelry%20gifts&geo=US&cmpt=q"]jewelry gifts[/URL]] have grown over 10 percent, searches for [[URL="http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=flower%20delivery&geo=US&cmpt=q"]flower delivery[/URL]] have increased nearly 20 percent, and searches for [[URL="http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=couples%20massage&geo=US&cmpt=q"]couples massage[/URL]] have jumped nearly 50 percent over last Valentine’s Day.
[B]Vive la romance
[/B]Everyone loves a fairytale ending, so let’s wrap up with two final ways to make your heart grow two sizes too big today. For a close-up look at romance at its finest, check out the “[URL="http://www.youtube.com/slam/custom/featuredslam/valentine/vote"]Awww: Romantic Proposals[/URL]” YouTube Slam. Vote for your favorite mushy, creative, artistic, or—in one case—magic proposal.

Finally, today’s homepage [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTGUjRJiqik"]doodle[/URL] gives a nod to love, both young and old. Though “Cold, Cold Heart” plays in the background, we bet yours will warm just a bit.[B]

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! [COLOR=#666666] [/COLOR][/B]

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