Monday, February 4, 2019

Valentine's Round Up From Date Night Ideas to Sweet Treats For the Kids #Valentines

Valentine's Round Up!! Date Night, Food, Family Fun, Sweet Treats, Kid Approved and more...

Let's talk all things Valentine's from date night options to family friendly and even local restaurants that have special menus.

Celebrate Love this Valentine’s Day at Dana Point Harbor

Enjoy seaside dining, sunset cruises, and explore the harbor throughout February

Dana Point Harbor welcomes everyone to celebrate love this Valentine’s Day with a seaside view at the romantic Dana Point Harbor. Couples, friends and families can shop along the waterfront, dine dockside, and truly enjoy the harbor experience filled with picturesque waterscapes and beautiful sunsets. Continue the Valentine’s Day spirit throughout February with special events and promotions at Dana Point Harbor restaurants, retailers and adventures all month long.

● Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching will host Valentine’s Day
cruises February 14-17. For more information visit

The Harbor Grill is celebrating Valentine’s Day with Oyster Day! Enjoy any oyster preparation for only $10.95 and then end the evening with sharing a piece of their delicious key lime pie.

● Spice up your Valentine’s Day with 10% off any regular priced item now through February 14 at
Jerky & Cali Gifts. Stop in for a unique selection of jerky and gifts!

Woody Hut is sharing the love during Valentine’s week with a complimentary chocolate rose or heart shaped lollipop just for coming in, no purchase required. This offer is valid February 10-14.

● Set sail towards the perfect Valentine’s date at
Westwind Sailing. Enjoy a two for one private sail lesson now through February 18 and a two for one paddle session February 11-18.

● Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a romantic Sweetheart Sunset Safari. You and your sweetheart will enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne or sparkling cider, magnificent whales, playful dolphins, cute sea lions, and much more while watching the beautiful sunset on the ocean. Book now for these special trips on February 14 and 16 at or call 949-488-2828.

Restaurant List...

Back Bay Bistro - Thursday, February 14, 5-9 PM

Enjoy a romantic evening alongside your loved one at Back Bay Bistro with a live, smooth jazz performance by the Darnell Wyrick Quintet and gourmet feast courtesy of Executive Chef Daniel Jimenez.

The dinner will feature a four-course, prix-fixe menu and present mouthwatering first course options like Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Bisque, succulent main courses such as the Center Cut Filet with roasted fingerling potatoes, carrots, asparagus and green peppercorn sauce, and decadent desserts like Crème Brûlée served with chocolate-covered strawberries. Experience a night like no other with outstanding service in an intimate setting with breathtaking panoramic views of the Back Bay.

$75 per person Ticket includes 4-course dinner with special performance.
*Beverages, tax and 18% gratuity not included in per person price.
To make a valentine’s Day reservation, please call 949-999-3170.
For additional event information, please visit


Cozy up with that special someone and dine al fresco this Valentine’s Day at Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens. Experience a selection of lunch and dinner specials courtesy of Owner and Executive Chef Rich Mead in the romantic, garden setting.

On Thursday, February 14, the seasonal menu will include seven new, special Valentine’s Day dishes including two small plates, two mouthwatering individual entrees, two shared entrees and one decadent dessert. Toast to your loved one with “Heart Beets”, a specialty cocktail crafted by Anthony Laborin, head of Cocktail R&D. Offered through the month of February and comprised of tequila, chartreuse, beet simple and pineapple, the refreshing, vibrant red beverage will be the perfect complement to a magical evening under the stars.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and Dinner: 5-11 p.m.

*Heart Beets cocktail available open to close, daily for the month of February

 Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens
2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar, CA 92625
For more information or to make a reservation, please call (949) 640-1415 or visit

Lazy Dog Café
One of our favorite go to spots for a family meal or happy hour.... we love Lazy Dog.
This Valentine's since they don't have just one feature but are celebrating with all things yummy, I decided to kindly remind you all, do not forget that Butter Cake.

As the perfect dessert to any end of any meal this butter cake has me raving it when I am not on location to eat it.
Have you tasted it.. perfect with Strawberry compote and vanilla bean ice cream on top.

My Vintage Valentine Aboard the Queen Mary Celebrates Romance and Classic Glamour - Thursday, February 14 in the Grand & Windsor SalonsSet in one of the Queen Mary’s historic salons, My Vintage Valentine features a four-course love story performed by Cirque Berzerk and Love in the Fire. Guests will be greeted by cupid in the Windsor Salon upon arrival and ushered into the Grand Salon for their dinner seating. Once seated for dinner, the evening’s host will introduce the performers and accompanying love story, which will be interwoven throughout the dinner courses.
The charming costumes and stunning ambiance of the Grand Salon will create the perfect romantic setting as the entertainment takes the stage. Dazzling performances will include burlesque dancers, tango performances, and a daring contortionist.

The four-course signature dinner menu offers a vine ripe tomato caprese salad to begin, an intermezzo champagne sorbet to clear the palate, a choice of asiago crusted organic chicken breast, pan roasted sea bass or grilled filet mignon for the main course and a cappuccino pot de crème for the dessert finale. Following the dinner and show, guests are welcome to stay aboard and enjoy cocktails and music at the bar in the Windsor Salon.

My Vintage Valentine offers two seating times, the first at 5:30 p.m. for $125 per person and second seating at 8:30 p.m. at $135 per person. Tickets are available in pairs and seating is first come first served. Beverages are not included in the price and available for purchase throughout the evening. For more information and to purchase tickets to celebrate true love aboard the Queen Mary at My Vintage Valentine, visit

Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Aquarium of the Pacific - 14th 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Spoil your loved one with a one-of a-kind Valentine’s Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Arrive early and enjoy beverages from the cash bar with a harbor view on the rooftop Veranda followed by dinner in the Great Hall. Enjoy a chef-crafted culinary experience, a romantic setting surrounded by marine life, and the ambiance of the Aquarium at night. Treat your Valentine like a VIP and upgrade to VIP seating and be seated in one of our galleries where you can get up close to one of our exhibits for $20 more per person. Limited quantities available.

Cost: $89 per adult or $79 per Aquarium member (no children’s pricing), limited VIP seating available in Tropical Pacific Gallery for $109 per person and $99 for members.
Cash bar at the Veranda from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Info/Tickets: 562-590-3100 or

WITH FIVE CROWNS DINNER FOR TWO - February 14 & 15, 2019

Treat your loved one to a romantic evening at Five Crowns this Valentine’s Day with a decadent four-course dinner for two, courtesy of Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla.

Offered on both Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15, the prix-fixe menu includes succulent starters such as Avocado Crab Mash with lime dressing and pita chips and an Endive Salad with beets, goat cheese and pomegranate vinaigrette.
Multiple mouthwatering entrées will be offered including Potato Horseradish-Crusted Salmon with mustard cream sauce and green beans as well as Five Crowns’ signature California Cut Prime Ribs of Beef with Yorkshire pudding, au jus, whipped cream organic horseradish and your choice of two classic sides.

End your evening on a sweet note with indulgent dessert options like the Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with mixed berries or Profiteroles with 70% dark chocolate mousse, almonds and hot fudge.


Thursday, February 14, 5-9 p.m.
Friday, February 15, 5-10 p.m.
Five Crowns, 3801 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
$150 per couple
*One glass of wine per person is included. Tax and tip additional.
To make a reservation, please visit or call 949.760.0331.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Featured - Dishes and All the Fixin’s at Bad to the Bone BBQ

Bad to the Bone BBQ, located at 31738 Ranch Viejo Rd., will round up romance this Valentine’s Day with specialty dishes available for the holiday on Thursday, February 14.

In honor of the holiday, Bad to the Bone BBQ has created several celebratory dishes, including: smoked papas bravas, fried potatoes tossed in smoked paprika and served with spiced aioli, priced at $4.99; smoked pork belly carbonara, made with bow tie pasta tossed with crispy pork belly, peas and creamy garlic sauce, served with garlic bread, priced at $13.99; and fresh strawberry shortcake, priced at $6.99, or served a la mode for an additional $2.50.

Bad to the Bone BBQ will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. More information and the full menu are available online at

Far Bar in the heart of Little Tokyo

Great food and drinks make for the perfect pairing this Valentine’s Day at
Far Bar in the heart of Little Tokyo! Whether visiting with a significant other, celebrating Anti-Valentine’s Day or single and ready to mingle, Go Little Tokyo presents an endless evening for everyone on Valentine’s Day in the vibrant and energetic neighborhood of Little Tokyo!

Enjoy a colorful evening on Far Bar’s romantic skylit patio offering a deliciously special three-course $45 per person meal. Ignite the evening with a heartwarming bowl of lobster bisque, a choice of white bass and butternut squash or flank steak with chimichurri as the entrée, and finish off with a passion-filled slice of red velvet cake.

No partner? No problem. Grab a seat at the indoor lounge to enjoy drinks, laughs and Anti-Valentine’s Day single specials with friends including steak, fish and burger offerings. With over 34 different craft beers on tap and the largest Southern California selection of bottled beers from Japan, Far Bar’s great drinks parallel the versatile menu. A beer pairing special with
Common Space Brewery will be offered exclusively for the evening.

Far Bar celebrates gastronomic love by inviting all foodies to savor delicious eats prepared by award-winning executive chef, Visoth Tarak Ouk. The acclaimed chef, with a heartfelt story from a distraught past, pursued his dream to cook at Creperie La Rue, Federal Bar, and several French-Pan Asian restaurants in Long Beach. Nicknamed “Chef T,” he’s studied the art of fusing street attitude and dining to create food for the moment, whatever moment you may hope to create at Far Bar on Valentine’s day.

A dreamy evening comes alive in Little Tokyo this Valentine’s Day. Whether it be spent with a bae, gal pals, or members of your bromance, Go Little Tokyo offers something for everyone in the heart of Downtown LA. Visit to find more dining experiences and exciting night entertainment offered in Little Tokyo.

Reservations for Far Bar are recommended, not required. Please call 213-617-9990

Something for the kids...

This Valentine’s Day share the love of chocolate and animals with the sweethearts in your life with Yowie Chocolates.
Whether for a gift basket or classroom Valentine's Day grams, parents can feel good about making learning a bit sweeter.

The combination of tasty chocolate and fun animal figurines encourages kids to learn about the natural world and understand its need for protection.
 For every Yowie sold, a portion of the proceeds will go the Wildlife Conservation Society to protect animals and their habitats around the world.
For more information, visit

A family favorite... Popcornopolis is in the Valentine's spirit with their tasty sweet treat

POP’ Into Their Hearts (and Tummies) with Popcornopolis this Valentine’s Day NEW Strawberries & Cream Recipe and more...

Swoon your special someone with the blush colored Strawberries & Cream popcorn, or gift the most ‘POP’ular treat at the party with the adorable Valentine’s Day Mini Cones and rose-themed tins.
The Popcornopolis 2019 Valentine’s Day exclusive offers include:

10-pack of Valentine’s Mini Cones offered at select Sam’s Club locations for $9.98.
Case of 24 Valentine’s Mini Cones and 3.5 gallon rose tin offered online at for $34.99 and $49.99.
Valentine’s Small Cones offered at select Walmart locations for $4.98
Valentine’s 1.26 gallon rose tin offered online at for $34.99
Valentine’s themed gift baskets, mini gift baskets, Valentine’s rose tins, and Strawberries & Cream popcorn available online at

Arts & Entertainemnt...

Let cupid strike an arrow this Valentine’s Day that will last through the summer with Pageant of the Masters.
The Pageant of the Masters, the nation’s most iconic presentation of living pictures, is sure to have your special someone spell bounded with shows nightly July 7 – August 31, 2019. Themed The Time Machine for the 2019 production, enjoy a romantic evening filled with re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces.

The Pageant of the Masters presents the top 5 reasons to give the gift of “living pictures” this Valentine’s Day that will have you and your special someone feeling the summer love.

February 14th discounts! Special for Valentine’s Day, save 20% on tickets to this summer’s production with promotional code VAL20 (excludes loge center seats). To take advantage of this incredible offer call (800) 487-3378 or visit Offer begins January 17 and ends February 14, 2019.

Date night done right! If you're looking for a unique and romantic gift idea, look no further! Art aficionados, entertainment seekers, and music lovers alike will be swept away with the star-lit amphitheater of the Irvine Bowl. Elevating the romantic atmosphere, the Pageant of the Masters amazes couples nightly with a professional orchestra playing an original score to accompany the scenes on stage.

No last supper here! Let your taste buds fall in love with sips and tastes available on the Festival of Arts grounds, including the new on-property dining destination: Terra Laguna Beach. Focusing on delicious and healthy California cuisine, Terra Laguna Beach creates artfully crafted dishes at a beautiful sit-down restaurant that is sure to tempt everyone’s taste buds. Or bring your own picnic and dine on the beautiful festival green and enjoy live entertainment.

Monet all day! Make a date night into an all-day rendezvous and arrive before the Pageant to enjoy the highly praised Festival of Arts Fine Arts Show. As one of the nation’s oldest juried fine art shows, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts offers a breathtaking showcase for artists and art lovers to enjoy, mingle, and participate. Sweeten the moment and purchase art from your favorite artist to make a memory last a lifetime.

The Time Machine! Pay homage to the groundbreaking sci-fi work that inspired everything from ‘Dr. Who’ to ‘Back to the Future’ - this year's theme will bring time travel to Laguna Beach. Cuddle up with your sweetheart as "The Time Machine" comes to life with the tableaux vivants and the musical accompaniments celebrating the world of H.G. Wells.

The 2019 Pageant of the Masters, The Time Machine, offers many reasons to spoil your loved ones with tickets to this summer’s showcase, July 7 – August 31, 2019, starting at just $15 per person. The 2019 Festival of Arts Fine Art Show will take place July 5 – August 31, 2019 with general admission tickets starting at $10 per person. A Pageant Ticket is also a season pass ticket to the Festival of Arts so patrons can enjoy the art show all summer long. For more information and to purchase Pageant tickets, visit

Relax, Spa it up..

Visit Burke Williams or Give the Gift of Chilaxing...

Burke Williams offers gifts of love this Valentine's Day with three special gift card packages that include signature treatments to make loved ones feel appreciated and adored. Each package comes with a $25 H2V skincare bonus gift card.

Give a gift “With Love” for $150 (valued at $200), including a 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage or 50-minute Spa Style Facial with two enhancements of choice (excluding eye lift), and a $25 H2V Skincare bonus gift card.

Share a gift “From The Heart” for $250 (valued at $325), including a 50-minute Pure Relaxation massage with an enhancement of choice, a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with an enhancement of choice (excluding eye lift), and a $25 H2V Skincare bonus gift card.

Enjoy “Love Always” for $350 (valued at $445),including an 80-minute Pure Relaxation massage and an enhancement of choice, an 80-minute Spa Style Facial with an Advanced Eye Lift Enhancement, and a $25 H2V Skincare bonus gift card.

Valid January 22, 2019 - February 14, 2019
Have a date night deal, must do, family fun, anything different and unique to add to my Valentine's list of things to do, places to go and goodies to eat... please drop it in the comments and don't forget to share this list too!


  1. all great ideas! and i'll be sure to get that butter cake ASAP from lazy dog cafe, omg!! how did i not know that existed?!?!

  2. Nice Ideas for coming Valentines. I also recommend the whale watching in Bermuda. This travel tour in Bermuda is offered by Island Tour Centre.