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Flying Solo or Coupling Up? Either way…. Gastro-Love is in the LA Air

Valentine’s Day… Love it or leave it, we won’t leave you hangin’! Whether you’re flying solo, planning on hanging with your besties, or toe-tickling with your soul mate or even a gorgeous spanking new temporary counterpart in LaLaLand this V-Day, let us entice you with some super sweet local gastro-happenings around town. They won’t disappoint!

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Bacari PDR’s Anti- Valentine’s Day for Single

WHAT: Bacari PDR’s Anti- Valentine’s Day for Singles
WHEN: Happy hour from 5-11 p.m.
WHERE: 6805 South Vista Del Mar Lane, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
DETAILS: All small plates (excluding seasonal menu items) will be $6 and specialty cocktails, like the “Love Me Tinder” made with a spicy infused vodka, grapefruit and lime juice, dry curacao, fallernum liqueur, and cranberry and lime bitters, will be $8. Guests can also drown their sorrows in a $20 open bar all-nighter, which includes 90 minutes of AYCD red wine, white wine, sparkling wine, sangria, and house beer. (310-439-2100)

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Tiki No Woman No Cry, Valentine Meets Bob Marley

WHAT: Tiki No Woman No Cry, Valentine Meets Bob Marley
WHEN: 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
WHERE: 4657 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91602
DETAILS: In correlation with a week-long celebration of Bob Marley’s birthday, this kitschy NoHo bar welcomes the ladies on Valentine’s day for a Girl’s Night Sadie Hawkins soiree called “Tiki No Woman No Cry.” Embracing the holiday(s) with the “My Bloody Valentine” cocktail made with Sky Blood Orange Vodka, triple sec, Razzmatazz, splash lime, splash 7up, sugar rim, lime wheel, orchid; and the “Gnarley Marley” mixing coconut rum, Midori, pineapple juice, whip cream float in a snifter, lemon and pineapple leaf garnish; along with chocolate fountain and strawberries, Grilled Cheese Truck nibbles, and live ukulele cover songs from James Peterson, Tiki No reminds us single ladies …don’t shed no tear. (818-766-0116)

WHAT: Tom Bergin’s S.A.D. (Single Awareness Day) Party
WHEN: No cover from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
WHERE: 840 South Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
DETAILS: Friends can unite in their singleness by enjoying a DJ spinning unromantic tunes from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and themed cocktails the entire evening, such as $5 “Bitter” Old Fashioneds, $8 Black Velvets (champagne with Guinness), and $5 Fireball Shots to send to that special someone who ignites sparks from across the bar. Additionally, to add further “flame to the fire,” Tom Bergin’s is encouraging guests to bring their ex-boyfriend or girlfriend’s items (photos, letters, etc.) to burn in the pub’s fireplace or gently-used clothing and items for a Goodwill donation collection. (323-936-7151)

WHAT: Tortilla Republic’s Valentine’s Day desserts by new Pastry Chef Katie Shyne
WHEN: Throughout the month of February, in addition to February 14th
WHERE: 616 North Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069; and 480 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach CA 92651
DETAILS: Parties of one can eat their feelings with limited-time specialty desserts like; the Chocolate Molten Chile Cake infused with a hint of chili, and served with caramel gelato and spiced nuts; or the Sorbet Champagne Float with fruit sorbet served in a glass of champagne with a tequila float and fresh fruit. Bottoms up! (310-657-9888)

May we entice you in a dinner for two, perhaps?…

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Firefly’s Valentine’s Day Dinner

WHAT: Firefly’s Valentine’s Day Dinner
WHEN: 5-11 p.m.
WHERE: 11720 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604
DETAILS: For couples looking to cozy up alfresco style on Valentine’s Day, look no further than Studio City’s beloved date night restaurant. For $100 a person, lovebirds can sit patio side, and slip into the mood of the evening with an aphrodisiac-driven three course prix fixe menu, complete with a complimentary amuse of champagne to start, and ending with a mini fortune cookie petit fours with adoring messages tucked inside. Reservations Required; (818-762-1833)

WHAT: Terrine’s Valentine’s Day Dinner
WHEN: 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
WHERE: 8265 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048
DETAILS: With arguably one of the best new patios in LA, this freshly opened French-inspired restaurant might just be the perfect locale for wooing that Valentine’s sweetie. For a reasonable $65 a person, dating duos can share dishes like celery heart, artichoke heart, heart of palm, romaine hearts with colatura, and parmesan; halibut cheeks with braised beef cheek ragout; and glazed chocolate cake with seas salt caramel frosting and English toffee to finish. Reservations Required; (323-746-5130)

WHAT: Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge’s Valentine’s Day Dinner
WHEN: 6 p.m.-1 a.m. (live shows at 7 and 10 p.m.)
WHERE: 184 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
DETAILS: For the more cultured couple looking for dinner and a show on the big night, this is the spot. While the à la carte menu full of indulgent pastas, salads, land, and sea options is a tempting draw; it’s the live music at the in-house Dave Koz Lounge that steals the show. On V-Day, there will be two shows; vocalist and trumpeter Ilya Serov at 7 p.m., and Grammy nominated bassist Nathan East at 10 p.m. Plan accordingly. Reservations Required; (310-424-4600)

WHAT: East Borough’s Valentine’s Day Dinner
WHEN: 5:30-11 p.m.
WHERE: 9810 West Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
DETAILS: This Culver City Vietnamese-French restaurant has the right idea when it comes to keeping the fire alive. The flavorful four-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu with options like Lime Cured Tilapia, Grapefruit Lemongrass Salad, and Coconut Milk Pana Cotta for dessert will definitely deliver in the spice department. This four-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu with wine pairings is only $45, and the regular dinner menu will also be available. Reservations Recommended; (310-596-8266)

WHAT: The Little Door Santa Monica’s Valentine’s Day Dinner
WHEN: 5:30-11 p.m.
WHERE: 246 26th Street Santa Monica, CA 90402
DETAILS: Can’t afford to jet off to the South of France? Romantics can opt for a similar experience at this intimate, candlelight beach adjacent hideaway. For $175 couples can enjoy a three-course, Casanova menu created by Chef T Nicolas Peter menu featuring Black Truffle Farro Risotto and Phyllo and Almond Baked Brie, followed by entrees of Roasted Chicken Breast Stuffed with Morel Mushrooms and Grilled Filet Mignon with Roasted Bone Marrow. Cap off the evening with Cream Cheese Filled Heart Shaped Red Velvet Cake, Rose Petal Ice Cream and Pistachio Profiteroles and a glass of The Little Door Santa Monica’s signature “Love Potion.” Reservations Required; (310-310-8064)

WHAT: Tortilla Republic’s Valentine’s Day Dinner
WHEN: 5-11 p.m.
WHERE: 616 North Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069; and 480 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach CA 92651
DETAILS: Cupid is hard at work on this one, creating a passion-packed fiesta of flavors for Valentine’s Day at this modern Mexican restaurant. For $69 a person, this WeHo cantina is serving up a colorful prix fixe menu sprinkled with playful Valentine’s details like the “Love at First Bite” strawberry margarita bite, Roasted Heart Beet Salad, Red Pear Ceviche Tostada, Tequila Rubbed NY Steak and Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée. Reservations Recommended; (310-657-9888)

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