February Food and Lifestyle News and Things to Do for Valentines Day

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Love is in the air and there is plenty to do this month in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Connie and Ted Offers To Go Vday Packages

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WeHo’s Connie and Ted is offering a New England inspired seafood feast, their You’re My Lobster to go dinner includes salad, lobster pot pie and a special chocolate tarte, $68 per person, pre-order than pick up on Feb. 13, order at https://www.exploretock.com/connieandteds.

Natural History Museum Presents Kneaded: LA Bread Stories

LA’s Natural History Museum has launched their new Kneaded: LA Bread Stories multimedia series highlighting LA’s history of breadmaking. The new series will premiere videos, stories and photo essays with LA bakers. Visit https://nhm.org/kneadedla for more info.

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Bev Hills Launches New Cocktail Pop-Up

The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has launched a brand new Pop-Up Cocktail Lounge. The lobby level indoor and outdoor space is a pretty botanical garden with floral installations by Poppy Lavender, floral inspired cocktails by Ketel One and fresh menu items. Open Thursday – Sunday from 5pm to 1am.

El Granjero Cantino Opens at Farmer’s Market

El Granjero Cantino, featuring authentic Mexican cuisine, has opened at the Original Farmer’s Market. The new restaurant features indoor-outdoor seating with tacos, salads, bowls, burritos, quesadillas, margaritas, sangria and other cocktails.

Shake Shack Releases New Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and Buffalo Spiced Cheese Fries

Shake Shack has released a new buffalo chicken sandwich and buffalo spiced cheese fries, available nationwide through April 25.

SuperBowl Party at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

In celebration of football’s biggest game touching down in Los Angeles,  hotel L’Ermitage Beverly Hills and Will Blackmon, former NFL player and founder of The Wine MVP, are throwing a rooftop luxury tailgate experience in partnership with Sonoma County’s Jordan Winery on Wednesday, February 9th at 5:30pm.

Guests will enjoy refreshed takes on traditional bar bites with an elevated twist, all paired with a selection of exclusive Jordan wines in celebration of the vineyard’s 50th anniversary. Tickets are $180 and available at Open Table.

Good Eggs Lets You Cook a Dinner at Home Valentine’s Treat

Cook a special Valentine’s Day menu using Good Eggs easy delivery system. Order from their vast selection of food, snacks, baked goods and sweets for any ingredients, visit https://www.goodeggs.com.

Chicas Tacos Vday Specials

Head to Chicas Tacos in Culver City, Venice, Beverly Grow and All Season Bewery locations for a Valentine’s Date Fiesta Box for $59. Place orders by Feb. 14 at noon and then pick up your box with margaritas for two, tacos for two, chips, salasa and guac and 2 chocolate chip cookies, https://chicostacos.com.

King’s Hawaiian Pairs with Factor’s Famous Deli for Sandwich Grams

Through February, King’s Hawaiian bread is pairing with sandwich makers across the US to launch new sandwiches for Valentine’s Day. LA’s Factor’s Famous Deli is created a Love at First Bite sandwich with melted Swiss cheese, grilled salami, warm turkey topped with a lettuce, tomato cucumber slaw and served on King’s Hawaiian Sliced Bread. Special Valentine’s Day messages will be imprinted onto the bread.

Singapore Airlines Partners with Golden Door For Healthy Meals

Singapore Airlines has partnered with Golden Door to provide special health-focused meals for better relaxation, sleep and alertness. The new wellness menus tap principles of spa cuisine to make the longest flights healthier and more comfortable.

Dunkin’ Offers Valentines Day Treats

Dunkin’ is offering new donuts and drinks including their cocoa mocha iced signature latte, heart shaped brownie batter donut and pink strawberry dunkin coconut refresher, all at local Dunkin’ shops.

Ike’s Love & Sandwiches Opens Hollywood Location

On February 9, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches will open it’s first Hollywood location at 1517 Vine Street. The first 50 guests on Feb. 9 starting at 10am will receive a free sandwich and T-shirt. Guests can receive sandwiches for $6 during the grand opening.

Sugar Palm Offering Daily Brunch

Head for a romantic al fresco brunch any day of the week at the Viceroy Santa Monica’s patio Sugar Palm restaurant and enjoy sharing chicken and waffles or a big berry waffle.

Plant Food + Wine Celebrates World Pistachio Day

Westside restaurant Plant Food + Wine is celebrating World Pistachio Day on February 26 throughout the month of February with an exclusive dish featuring Wonderful pistachios, their kabocha carpaccio.

Van Leeuwen’s New Ice Cream Flavors

Available at all LA Van Leeuwen’s scoop shops, new winter flavors include blue jasmine tea, blood orange creamsicle, fior di latte chip and a vegan yuzu and sake flavor.

New Farmer John Bloody Mary’s at Break Up Bar at Severance in Palihotel

Farmer John teamed up with L.A.-based cocktail creator and bartender Saeed Hawk House to concoct the Hawk’s Hair of the Hot Dog  over-the-top Bloody Mary recipe. This over-the-top creation features the staple Bloody Mary  ingredients with the addition of a Farmer John Beef Frank, alongside a variety of fixins, ranging from crispy bacon and pepperoncini to pickle-stuffed olives and lemon and lime wedges. On Monday, Feb. 14, the Break Up Bar at Severance in the Palihotel is hosting  an Anti-Valentine event where attendees can try the Bloody Mary, tickets at www.severancela.com/FarmerJohnBrunch.

TAO LA and Beauty and Essex

TAO LA is offering a heart shaped tuna poke dish, a Thai Basel Surf and Turf and a decadent giant Valentine fortune cookie. Chef Chris Santos is offering an a la carte Vday menu and special “Lover’s Potion” and “Cupid’s Cocktail” libations, reserve for both at https://taogroup.com.

Melanie Wine Bar Offers Half Off Wine Promo

WeHo’s Melanie Wine Bar is offering a Monday night half off bottled wine promotion offering guests an opportunity to try new wines. They are open for dinner nightly from 5 to 11pm.

Chevy’s, El Torito and Acalpulco Offer Vday Specials

Chevy’s, El Torito, and Acalpulco restaurants are offering a meal for two with two starters, two entrees and a shared dessert for $55 February 11 – 14.

BJ’s Restaurant Offers Red Velvet Pizookie

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is celebrating Valentine’s Day by bringing back the limited edition Red Velvet Pizookie.  The dessert is a freshly baked red velvet cookie with chunks of sweet cream cheese, white chocolate chips and topped with rich vanilla bean ice cream. BJ’s is serving the special dessert all February.

Go Go Bird Offers Superbowl Specials

Go Go Bird will be offering fried chicken tenders, spicy wings and two special Superbowl sauces, La Salsa inspired by the LA Rams and Cincinnati Chili inspired by the Bengals.

The Spa at WeHo’s EDITION Announces New OSEA Treatment

The Spa at The West Hollywood EDITION is excited to announce its collaboration with Malibu-based clean skincare brand, OSEA to launch an exclusive new treatment timed to the launch of their new Undaria Algae Body Butter.Available only at The Spa for the month of February, Renew features OSEA’s latest Undaria Algae Body Butter and their cult favorite, Undaria Algae Body Oil in a 50-minute treatment designed to leave guests feeling relaxed, refreshed, and renewed, $250 www.editionhotels.com.

Head to ROW DTLA for Everything Valentine’s Day

ROW DTLA has it all for Valentine’s Day. Head to Nova Arts Salon to get date ready with a new cut, Powder Beauty Bar for a mani/pedi, and The Things We Do for a smashing facial.  Pick up a bouquet at Jean Pascal Florist, chocolates and champagne at Flask & Field, perfume at The Scent Bar and a card at HighTide. They are also offering three lucky couples a personalized photo shoot at ROW and  a feature on ROW social, enter by taging your significant other on their latest social post and comment with one emoji that best describes that person, giveaway ends Feb. 10 with winners announced on Valentine’s Day.

Rose Box NYC Offers Long Lasting Roses

Rose Box NYC roses last an entire year and feature beautiful preserved roses. Perfect for a long lasting present, order at https://roseboxnyc.com.

Head to FLOUR SHOP for an Explosion Cake

Give your significant other a sweet surprise with an explosion cake from Beverly Hills’ FLOUR SHOP. These vanilla cakes are available in a variety of colors and feature cream cheese frosting and explosion sprinkles, at 9495 Santa Monica Blvd.

Laldrey Coffee Roastery and Café Offers Vday Latte

Tarzana’s new Laldrey Coffee Roastery and Café is offering a special red velvet latte and a red hibiscus tea in February.

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Lunar New Year

Universal Studios Hollywood is celebrating the Lunar New year with a special themed Noodle House at Hollywood & Dine during February. Guests can enjoy a special Asian dinner including a variety of dishes.

Amtrak Romantic Getaways

Amtrak’s Coast Starlight links the greatest cities on the West Coast. This legendary train ride is known for having some of the best views as it takes travelers on an adventure between Los Angeles and Seattle. Passing through Santa Barbara, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Portland, couples can enjoy the dramatic snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Shasta, lush forests and long stretches of Pacific Ocean shoreline, check https://www.amtrak.com.

Nick’s Ice Cream Valentine’s Day Bundles

Inspired by Drew Barrymore, Nick’s Ice Cream created a Valentine’s Day collection for your boo or gal pals. Perfect for hosting a movie night for Galentine’s Day, celebrating being single, or a romantic night in with your significant other, the limited edition RomCom bundles 50 First Tastes, best of keto ice cream and protein bars, $129.84; Riding in Cars with Pints, nine delicious pints, $85.91 and Choklad’s Angels, four boxes of Peanot Keto Bars, $139.80, available now for delivery right to your door from https://nicks.com.

Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Valentine’s Day Micro-wedding Package. To celebrate the month of love and romance, Sofitel LA is offering a limited-edition version of its helipad micro wedding package. From a breathtaking intimate wedding ceremony on Sofitel’s helipad with a 360° view of Los Angeles to a romantic night in the Presidential suite, the happy couple will enjoy red roses in-room, a special amenity with an exclusive cocktail creation paired with an aphrodisiac chocolate dipping sauce and  long-stemmed strawberries, and exclusive discounts at Kitson, Leclaireur and other stores through Sofitel’s online shopping app nJoy. Available from February 1st to March 15th, $1,999 at https://www.sofitel-los-angeles.com.

Shutters on the Beach for Special Spa Treatments

Head to Santa Monica for Shutters on the Beach special spa treatments at ONE Spa, book the You and Me by the Sea package with an ocean view king room, couple’s massage, welcome gift, bicycle build for two, beach bags and parking, or head to 1 Pico and Coast to enjoy a romantic dinner, https://www.shuttersonthebeach.com.

The Venetian Las Vegas Valentine’s Day Celebrations

Float down the Grand Canal while being serenaded by a gondolier, take a selfie in front of the iconic LOVE sculpture, get hitched in the outdoor Venezia Gardens, or sip chanpagne together at Rosina Cocktail, all at The Venetian in Las Vegas, head to https://www.venetianlasvegas.com.

Peninsula Beverly Hills

Stay in the grand Peninsula Villa suite, enjoy a private poolside cabana with lunch for two, indulge in a couple’s massage for two, roses, champagne, ride in a Rolls Royce through Beverly Hills, a special in-room dinner, and gift each other Cartier Love Bracelets before enjoying the Caviar and Champagne brunch, and you get to leave with a new Hastens mattress and Peninsula Frette sheets, $100,000, contact https://www.peninsula.com to book.

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts Offer Avec Amor Packages

Celebrating the romance of travel, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts are offering indulgent packages at 36 of their hotels around the world, including Kir Royale aperitifs, dark chocolate amenities and a soundtrack by the brand’s global music partner Nouvelle Vague.

La Quinta Resort & Club Specials

At La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs diners can enjoy a romantic prix fixe dinner throughout the month of February at signature restaurant, Morgan’s in the Desert. Additionally, the luxury resort will be offering indulgent spa treatments throughout the month including the Love Myself Massage with complimentary sandalwood and rose aromatherapyAll for Love Facial, a hydrating facial featuring aromas of strawberry and rosehip; Sweet Love Body Therapy, offering a full body dry brush and massage with scents of sandalwood and rose; and more.

Napa Valley Wine Train Announces Afternoon Tea Service

The Napa Valley Wine Train is now offering Afternoon Tea Service weekends in April and May. Make reservations now to enjoy a three hour journey through Napa’s wine country while having afternoon tea, reservations at https://www.winetrain.com.

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Shaena Engle is a food, lifestyle and travel writer for a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena magazine, AOL, The Daily Meal, The San Diego Union Tribune and PokerPro magazine. She has interviewed top chefs including Lidia Bastianich, Michael Chiarello, Hubert Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jose Andres, and many others. She has authored three books, The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Las Vegas (Globe Pequot Press), The Best Places to Kiss in Southern California (Beginning Press, a romantic travel guide) and Silver Linings: Triumphs of The Chronically Ill and Physically Challenged (Prometheus Books).  She is also an amateur magician and often writes on gambling, poker and magical happenings.  She also is a freelance consultant on restaurant, food, travel and hospitality public relations and marketing efforts.
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