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The Michael’s Restaurant Group has a new restaurant in Long Beach offering a four-course Valentine’s Day menu crafted and prepared by Executive Chef David Coleman. The 80-seat, boutique Italian steakhouse and bar gets its name from the world-renowned Chianina breed of cow. Its meat is more lean and tender than standard fare. The night’s menu highlights grilled razor clams stuffed with fennel and breadcrumbs. Next guests have a choice of winter root vegetable salad; Dungeness crab with avocado; pork belly with caramel apple or squid ink spaghetti with uni sauce. The next course is a choice of 8 oz. prime filet mignon with potato gnocchi, forest mushrooms, and bordelaise sauce. Fish lovers will like the seared ahi tuna with a scallion purée, roasted artichokes, sun chokes, and Taggiassca olives. Lamb lovers will want to order the grilled half rack of Colorado lamb with a mint pesto, potatoes gratin, and Brussels sprouts. Finish with a salted caramel and chocolate tart with raspberry crème anglaise. This special dinner is $90 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. 5716 Second St. Long Beach (562)434-2333.
What’s New at Petty Cash
Now opening one hour early for dinner starting at 5 p.m. On Sunday, February 9, the restaurant will open for lunch at noon. The regular menu will be offered, as well as two lunch specials that include Chef’s Huevos Rancheros and Huevos con Chorizo. Margarita Mondays are $6 all night long. On Monday through Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. Tecata 16 oz. draft beer is $4. Cheesy churros, chicharrones, guacamole and mini nachos are all under $6. 7360 Beverly Blvd. (323)933-5300.
Patina Valentine’s Tasting Menu
Executive Chef Charles Olalia’s offers a Valentine’s Day dining adventure at Patina. Partnering with iconic Parisian perfume house L’Artisan Perfumer, Olalia creates an exclusive menu, inspired by the natural fragrant ingredients of the Explosions d’Émotion collection. The three-course menu is $80 per person dishes offering alluring notes found in L’Artisan’s fragrances to delight and romance all of your senses. Guests can also enjoy complimentary fragrance samples, along with a voucher towards a future L’Artisan Parfumer purchase. Some of the dishes include Nova Scotia salmon, Atlantic black cod and Omaha beef tenderloin with smoked potato mousseline and Bordelaise syrup. The passion fruit Crémeux with Valrhona chocolate and coconut sorbetisa play on the line’s Amour Nocturne, which features soothing notes of hot milk and caramel. There is also a six-course tasting menu for $160 per person. Menu highlights include oysters in seawater with sea urchin, tapioca, and Kombu; layer cake of Big Eye tuna with soya onion, avocado, and ponzu vinaigrette; and black truffle risotto with acquerello rice, Parmesan, and mascarpone. 141 S. Grand Ave. (213)972-3331.
Off Vine Valentine’s
Valentine’s Dinner at Off Vine is a three course dinner for $55 per person at three seatings: 5, 7:30 and 9:30 pm. The first course offers a choice of white & purple endive salad, lobster bisque or the Off Vine mixed field greens. Choose from a selection of 11 entrées, including filet mignon, breast of free range chicken, pan fried sea scallops, shrimp and lobster fettuccini, macadamia nut encrusted ahi tuna, lobster ravioli, Maple Leaf Farm duck breast, halibut, lamb chops and more. For dessert, choose from Hearts of Belgian chocolate flourless torte with a raspberry vanilla sauce, macadamia nut tart with a chocolate sauce, peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream, or one of their famous soufflés: chocolate, raspberry, grand-marnier. 6263 Leland Way, Hollywood. (323)962-1900.
Romantic Dining at The Peninsula
Normally reserved only for hotel guests, the poolside cabanas are available for Valentine’s Day. Outfitted with iPod stations and heaters, they offer wonderful views of the sparkling city lights. Treat your loved one to monogrammed napkins, a centerpiece of red roses, an exquisite four course meal, after dinner petit fours and a live music by a strolling Jazz guitarist. Reservations are from 5 to 10 p.m. at $375 per couple. The Roof Garden restaurant is hosting a Valentine’s dinner for $68 per person that includes a red rose, three-course gourmet dinner, and strolling Jazz guitarist to 10 p.m. The menu includes a salad with pink champagne gastrique, lobster ceviche with Tobiko caviar and grilled Kobe flatiron with barrel aged house steak sauce or Loup de Mer prepared Asian style. Share a chocolate fondue with exotic fruit and housemade marshmallows with petit fours. Another dining option is the fine dining restaurant The Belvedere at $145 per person. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd. (310)551-2888.
Valentine’s Day at the Beach
Enjoy a romantic Love Potion package at The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica now through March 2. Start with a one-night stay in a glamorous suite, a chef-selected candle-lit dinner for two on the Veranda, one night in a glamorous suite with a DVD of the classic romance movie, “No Man of Her Own”. Watch the movie while enjoying a special in room Love Potion Cocktail Kit, a delicious vodka concoction that guests can assemble at just the right moment. The package starts at $399 nightly. Tax, gratuity and parking are extra. 1415 Ocean Ave. (800)538-8147.
Descanso Gardens Camellia Fest
Come see the delicate camellia flowers and enjoy traditional Japanese tea ceremonies at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, February. 9. It’s a natural for the Camellia Fest, since tea is made from Camellia sinensis. $15. Advance ticket required. Also, the experts at Chado Tea of Pasadena will provide tea tastings, offer information and sell select teas on February 8 and 9 at 11:30am both days. Jordan Essey from Chado will discuss the origin of tea, how it is processed and categorized, in a presentation in Van de Kamp Hall. Admission to Descanso Gardens is $9 general, $6 seniors/students with I.D., $4 children 5 to 12; children 4 and younger free. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, (818)949-4200.
The Night Before Valentine’s Day
Turn up the heat with a four-course candle-lit dinner for two at Got Kosher. Start with a salad dressed with champagne vinaigrette, followed by Maryland Krab (not real crab) cakes with harissa aioli or vegetarian brick aux Pommes de Terre with harissa lemon sauce. Entrées include harissa-crusted rib steak, spinach stuffed salmon with harissa blood orange sauce or lemon saffron couscous with harissa veggie croquettes and are served with garlic and rosemary potatoes or honey lavender carrots. Finish with a molten chocolate lava cake with raspberry coulis and mint tea for $45 per person. Reservations are for 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Bring your own Mevushal wine. There is no corkage fee. 8914 W. Pico Blvd. (310)858-1920.
On Friday, February 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the lobby of Shore Hotel, Sprinkles Cupcakes, the native Los Angeles bakery will offer an assortment of classic favorites including Red Velvet and Dark chocolate as well as February’s feature flavor, Salty caramel. Guests looking to extend their sweet experience at the Shore Hotel are invited to take advantage of the Green Is The New Pink package, designed to help couples disconnect from their busy lives and reconnect with each other at the eco-friendly, beachfront getaway. Currently available through the month of February, Green Is The New Pink package includes a romantic breakfast in bed, couple yoga session at the beach or by the pool, tandem bike rides, picnic for two, and a $100 shopping spree at Bloomingdales. This package is available now until February 28 starting at $629 a night. Sprinkles will be in the lobby from February 14 through February 17. 1515 Ocean Ave. (800)599-1515
Mr. Chow in Malibu
Treat your sweetheart to a romantic evening with a three-course dinner and special romantic touches on February 14. The evening begins from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. with a traditional Red Lantern water dumpling or duck roll. Next choose lobster with butter sauce, chicken with cantaloupe, prawns with garlic and green onions or beef with an oyster sauce. Finish with a dessert selection for the third course. This Valentine’s meal is $85 per guest. Drinks, tax and gratuity are additional. 3835 Cross Creek Road #18A (310)456-7600.
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen
Valentine’s Day at this romantic spot is a four-course prix fixe menu for $68 per guest. Choose a Southeast Asian appetizer sprinkled with subtle Asian spices while sipping champagne included in the menu. Next, order a meat or seafood dish followed by a noodle, rice or vegetables dishes. Finish with a pineapple tarte tatin, warm chocolate cake or coconut panna cotta. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)552-9988.
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Tucked away in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains escape reality by enjoying a romantic weekend getaway package that includes a couple’s treatment in the 40,000 sq.-ft. spa, and variety of special dining options. To complete the romantic ambiance, the hotel will be turning their signature waterfall pink in celebration of the holiday. The Romance package includes luxurious, plush accommodation with house-made chocolate truffles and a bottle of wine upon arrival. The package also includes a $150 dining credit per night, encouraging guests to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in bed, fireside cocktails at the outdoor lounge, or indulge in a romantic dinner for two in the Lobby Lounge or ONYX. Rates start at $494 a night for Valentine’s Day weekend. On Friday, February 14, Executive Chef Alexander La Motte will present a three-course “His and Her” sweetheart dinner at $95 per person with optional wine. 2 Dole Dr. (818)575-3000.
The Sweethearts dinner is a three-course prix-fixe menu that captures the memories of Julia Child and her love for husband Paul. Chef David Myers captures a new tradition this Valentine’s Day as he recreates classics from the Julia’s kitchen—a postcard to the past, with dishes that include rolled omelet with osetra caviar, crème fraiche and chives (this choice is an additional $15); lobster Thermidor with cognac cream and glazed English peas and carrots; and Gateaux Paris-Brest with toasted almond and praline crème or chocolate soufflé with vanilla raspberry anglaise. The regular menu is also available. Reservations begin at 5:30 p.m. 8479 Melrose Ave. (323)782-1104.
Five Course dinner at Hatfield’s
Culinary couples Karen and Quinn Hatfield invite guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day at Hatfield’s with an intimate five-course prix-fixe menu, featuring some of their favorite dishes at $140 per person with wine pairings available at an additional fee. Reservations are from 6 to 10:30 p.m. 6703 Melrose Ave., (323)935-2977.
Valentine’s Weekend at Melisse
Chef Josiah Citrin has created options for diners to enjoy his Valentine’s Day menu on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. The eight-course menu includes dishes such as his famous egg caviar with a soft poached egg with lemon crème fraiche and American caviar and his Perigord truffle risotto with mascarpone and shaved black truffles. Entrees include crispy Atlantic bass with Swiss chard, onions and sweet clover broth. On Valentine’s Day the eight-courses are $275 per person. First seating is from 5 to 6:30 p.m., second seating is at 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. On the night before Valentine’s Day and the night after, Chef Citrin will offer two seatings for an eight-course menu for $150 per person. The first seating is at 5 p.m. and the second is at 8:15 p.m. 1104 Wilshire Blvd. (310)395-0887.
Tres by Jose Andres
Chef Jose Andres has created a multi-course prix-fixe menu for couples to enjoy in the sanctuary of Tres at $85 per person. Cozy up in the restaurant’s romantic nooks and fireplace-side dining. 465 South La Cienega Blvd. (310)246-5551.
In addition to the regular menu, Jose Andres and Chef de Cuisine Holly Jivin will offer Valentine’s Day a la carte tapas specials including black truffle dishes and tableside caviar Kir royal cocktails. 465 South La Cienega Blvd. (310)246-5555.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Master Chef Wolfgang Puck and Executive Chef Hugo Bolanos have created the perfect Valentine’s Day menu to be enjoyed in the intimate, tucked away setting of Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. The three-course menu will start off with an amuse of Kumoamoto oysters, Japanese Hamachi sashimi; Maine lobster pot pie with winter root vegetables, and a passion fruit verrine with coconut mousse, lemon sponge cake and basil granita. An optional black truffle supplement is also being offered. This three-course menu is $155 per person. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday only, the bar will offer a special Valentine’s Day cocktail, the Forbidden Kiss with Hendrick’s Gin, raspberries, rose elixir and fresh lemon for $18. 701 Stone Canyon Rd. (310)472-1211.
Sunset Marquis’ SPA in WeHo
Come enjoy a 60-minute aromatherapy massage with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for $150 per person. This can be enjoyed in a couples massage or alone. They also are offering a luxurious one night accommodations in a Deluxe Villa for two guests with an 80 minute couples massage with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, and two $25 breakfast vouchers that may be applied toward Sunday Brunch, and two free Sunset Marquis signature drinks and complimentary valet parking for one vehicle starting at $850 per night. The packages are available February 10 through16 or a gift card can be purchased for use at a later date. 1200 Alta Loma Rd. (310)657-1333.
This Valentine’s Day bring a loved one to one of LA’s newest restaurant to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine with three course and dessert for $65. The drink of the evening is a Sweet Nothings cocktail with Ruby Port, Blackwell Rum, egg, cocoa and nutmeg. Dance with your sweetheart into the wee hours with Wallace’s DJ. 3833 Main St. (310)202-6400.
Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
California’s biggest travel show with over 450 vacation destinations is this Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Long Beach Conventions Center. Tickets are available online for $10 with promo code: LAPR or at the door for $15. Children under 16 years of age are free. Visit www.LAtravelshow.com. 300 E. Ocean Blvd. (203)878-2577.
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