The first time around we gave you plenty of options to please your significant other on Valentine’s Day, but it seems that Los Angeles restaurants have more V-day spirit than we could cover in one guide. Here is part two. Read More
Starting February 21
In two weeks, on February 21, chef John-Carlos Kuramoto and mixologist Jason Robey of Michael’s Santa Monica are debuting an “All Night $6 Happy Hour” menu. The menu is said to be made with seasonal ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market plus seasonal herbs and fruits grown on the restaurant’s rooftop garden, all for $6. The happy hour will run on Monday through Friday, from 5 PM to close, and features food, beer, and wine.
Items on the menu include: The “Rickey” (Vodka or Gin, Fresh Lime, Soda); $3 oysters with seasonal Mignonette; Burrata on Crostini (bacon, endive, caramelized onions); Crispy Sweetbread “Poppers”; Duck Confit Rillettes and more. 1147 Third St., Santa Monica, CA 90403. 310-451-0843. Read More
Bodega Bay in the Russian River Valley
If you’re looking to avoid the hustle n’ bustle of the city on Valentine’s Day, Sonoma Coast Villa and Spa is offering a one-night stay in a Country Room ($695) or Deluxe Villa ($750) on February 14 as part of their Valentine’s Day package. Early check-in starts at 1 PM. Couples will receive a bottle of champagne, a dozen roses, chocolates, as well as a 75-minute massage and complimentary parking. If that’s not enough, a private 90-minute horseback ride for two along coast ($250) can be arranged as well.
The package also includes a three-course dinner, served in your private villa or the dining room, and a breakfast for two. Main course choices include grilled filet Mignon with rosemary or fresh Halibut with lemongrass served with portabella mushroom, organic vegetables, and saffron risotto, or organic rack of lamb with mint sauce.
Reservations can be made by calling 877-314-1711 or a visit to scvilla.com. 16702 Coast Highway One, Bodega, CA 94922.
The Junk Food Platter - a plated sugar overload – can be found at LA Market Restaurant located inside the JW Marriot at L.A. Live. This Valentine’s Day themed dish for two includes two house-made hostess style cupcakes dipped and filled with white chocolate ganache, a strawberry milkshake for two, chocolate covered strawberries, home-made cotton candy, two signature snowballs, caramel corn, heart shaped chocolate Rice Krispie treats, heart-shaped fruit loop treats, two pairs of assorted cookies, and two chocolate brownies (whew). Read More
Serving 12 different labels of tequila
Better call a cab, El Carmen in West L.A. is hosting a tequila tasting event with 12 different labels on Saturday, February 11 from 5 PM to 8 PM. In addition to the tequilas, appetizers will be served along with live music and a Q&A with ambassadors from these labels: Casa Noble / Corralejo, Peligroso, Clase Azul, Fortaleza, Corrido, Tonalá, MÉTL, 1921, Arette Unique, and more. Tickets are $40 per person. Call 323-852-1552 to purchase tickets in advance, cash will be accepted at the door. 8138 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
If a Valentine’s Weekend sounds more appealing to you than just a single night of celebration, the Ventura County Winery Association will set you up with three days of wine-tasting. Crowne Plaza Ventura and Marriott’s Courtyard Camarillo are offering “Valentine ‘n Wine” hotel packages (through their websites) including both a passport ($35), which grants you access to the seven featured wineries, and also provides discounted overnight accommodations. If you’re a local, or don’t need accommodations, tickets can be purchased at the event for $45 or $40 online. You will get one tasting flight (five wines) at seven participating wineries: Bella Victorian, Camarillo Custom Crush, Cantara Cellars, Four Brix Winery, Herzog Wine Cellars, Magnavino Cellars, and San Vicente Cellars.
The event will run from February 10 – 12 and participating wineries will be offering special pricing on bottle and case purchases, food pairings, and live entertainment during the weekend.
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