Can you believe that Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) and national Sidepiece Day (Feb. 15) is upon us? Here is your Valentine’s Day guide, from a dinner out to some fun DIY from local experts:
Valentine’s Day DIY
Before heading out… make a special cocktail. Roses don’t last forever – but maybe a Valentine’s cocktail from Ketle One or LA’s The Nice Guy will make a lasting memory.
Ketel One Rose Garden
- 1 1/2 oz. Ketel One Vodka
- 1/2 oz. Pom Juice
- 1/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Method: Combine all ingredients. Shake. Strain over fresh ice into a collins glass. Garnish with a mint leaf and rose water.
The h.wood Group Food & Beverage Specialist, Adam Koral
- 3/4oz Lemon
- 1.5oz simple or St. Germain
- 5oz Prosecco
- 6 Raspberries
- 1/4 Campari
Bare Cranberry Pomegranate Bellini’s with Lime
For the simple syrup:
- 1 cup Bare Mixer’s Pomegranate Cranberry Cosmo
- 1/2 cup agave
For each Bellini:
- 1 ounce of simple syrup
- 3 to 4 ounces Prosecco/champagne (non-alcoholic: seltzer)
- Squeeze of fresh lime juice
- Whole cranberries and slices of lime for garnish
To make simple syrup:
Pour 1 ounce of cranberry-pomegranate simple syrup into a champagne flute. Top with 3 to 4 ounces of Prosecco. Squeeze a wedge of lime into the Bellini. For a garnish, use a toothpick to skewer a whole cranberry and half slice of lime, if desired.
Special Valentines Day Dinners
Heading out to a nice dinner for Valentine’s Day? Enjoy a special Pre-fix Valentine’s Day dinner ($45/person) at Artisan House that features LUST ZINFANDEL and live music from Andrés Villalobos.
Valentine’s Day Menu
- Première Base
- OYSTERS on a HALF SHELL for TWO
- MARINATED PEARS and PROSCIUTTO
- Deuxième Base
- STRAWBERRY ENDIVE SALAD
- SEARED AHI SALAD
- Troisième Base
- 32 oz RIB EYE for TWO ($20)
- PAPPARDELLE with SAFFRON LEMON SAUCE
- GRILLED SWORDFISH
- À Baiser
- BANANA & WHISKEY BREAD PUDDING
- DARK CHOCOLATE CRÈME BRÛLÉE
WHERE: Artisan House, 600 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Head to Long Beach, CA for a romantic dinner and walk on the beach for Valentine’s Day. Restauration’s tantalizing and dynamic Valentines Day menu is perfect for couples who are looking for the ideal spot to create a romantic evening. On Valentine’s Day, guests will enjoy a four-course meal beginning with choice of a hot and cold starter, entrée and dessert, choose from options such as oysters on the half shell, raw sliced big eye tuna atop hazelnuts, blood orange, cress, radicchio and olive oil; seared Maine scallops with celery root, wilted lettuce and arugula; braised duck cavatelli, swiss chard, pearl onions, heirloom carrot, ricotta salata and vanilla bean panna cotta with cara cara navel and blood orange compote, lemon shortbread crumble.
Reservations are recommended by calling 562.439.8822. The full Valentines Day offering can be view at www.restaurationlb.com
Celebrate Valentine’s Day … The Irish Way
Sweet Dreams Mini Donuts has partnered with Uisce Beatha (ish-ka-ba-ha) Real Irish Whiskey to supply “Donuts for Grownups” to all Valentine’s Day love bugs nationwide!
Sweet Dreams Mini Donuts founded by Todd Jones, better known as “the Donutologist,” is a luxury catering company whose aim is to give their customers a one of a kind product that they can’t get anywhere else. We are offering a Grownup Donut just for Valentines Day. Nothing says: ”I Love You” better than a delicious donut imbued with a hint of Real Irish Whiskey. Todd Jones Says, “We choose Real Irish as it is superiorly smooth with a vanilla caramel finish that makes these donuts irresistible.
“The Donutologist” is no stranger to the donut world. With over 40 years of experience in the donut business, he is well known for his tasty mini donuts treats all over the world. His catering company and Cuzins Duzins bakery has provided delicious mini gourmet treats for high profile clients such as Google, Twitter, The Hard Rock Café and more!
“Donuts for Grownups™” infused with Uisce Beatha Real Irish whiskey will be available at Sweet the Dreams website (www.SweetDreamsMiniDonuts.com) and will be on sale for $14 for a dozen delicious imbued donuts through Valentine’s Day. Three random customers will also have a chance to win a bottle of Uisce Beatha Real Irish Whiskey with a purchase! (if you can prove you are 21+ of course)
Don’t Show up Empty Handed
Perfect for the occasion, Rosa Regale has a delicate bouquet of rose petals and offers sensuous flavors of fresh raspberries and strawberries.
Rosa Regale is created in one of Italy’s smallest production zones and is crafted from 100% Brachetto grapes grown exclusively at the La Rosa Vineyard in the town of Acqui Terme located in the Piedmont region of Italy. On the palate it is sweet and aromatic, with a well-balanced acidity and hints of wild berries in the aftertaste making it an ideal match for chocolate.
This Valentine’s Day, Rosa Regale has been expertly paired with Vosges’ Exotic Truffles. The combination is available as a gift set, from Vosges Chocolates, SRP $50. Included are guided tasting notes with which you can unlock the stories of each truffle parfum and discover the chocolate and wine pairing experience.
National Sidepiece Day
Rendezvous’ weekly comedy show presents a special and FREE anti-Valentine’s Day “Shred the Ex” show featuring comedians Brooks Wheelan, Myq Kaplan, Merrill Davis, Greg Barris, Jena Friedman, Michael Blaustein and host Matt Champagne. Make a dinner reservation on Open Table at Artisian House and bring in a photo of your ex to get a free shot of Jack Daniels! Show starts at 8 pm.
Something For Me – A Diamond Necklace from Tiffany’s
Each day Feb 1 – 14, fans can enter Bahlsen’s “Pick the Pick-Up Line” Valentine’s Day Sweepstakes for a chance to win sweet cookies — or a $3,700 Tiffany necklace featuring a Bahlsen-blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds! (facebook.com/BahlsenUS) Fans just need to vote each day by picking one of two “pick up lines” — a sweet Vday sentiment vs. a sassy one. (For example: “Be Mine” vs. “You’ll Do.”)