A Few Last-Minute Valentine's Day Ideas for You, Mwah!


Nothing says “I love you” like a big meatball. Photo from Little Italy, © tablehopper.com.

Valentine’s Day dinner offers are usually a slew of expensive tasting menus (red rose included!), but here are a few that caught my eye for offering something different (or aren’t just cray-expensive).

~MINA TEST KITCHEN~ is holding the last night of chef Adam Sobel’s Little Italy. I managed to visit before leaving for NYC, and the hearty Italian-American food with a touch of soigné was all kinds of delicious, the Sunday Supper of your inner fat kid’s dreams. It’s also a cozy space that will feel just right for date night. The five-course menu is $65, and comes with spaghetti you can share with your sweetie à la Lady and the Tramp.

Also on the Italian tip is Spaghetti Sunday at ~CAPO’S~, which is quite the deal: a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs (again, shared like Lady and the Tramp), a Caesar salad, and garlic bread for two, plus two glasses of red wine and a sweet chocolate finish for $49.

Since Valentine’s falls on a Sunday this year, don’t rule out a nice brunch with your sweetie at ~FOREIGN CINEMA~, or you can stick around for their $95, three-course dinner, which is a “Gentle Love Letter” to David Bowie (you know the music will be great) and the film Basquiat will be playing.

On Saturday February 13th, ~JUHU BEACH CLUB~ over in Oakland is offering dinner for two for $70 (tax and tip not included), which includes cocktails, starters (pani puri), a main (biryani, with chicken or beef), and dessert. And if you add on an order of Black Dal ($9), $1 will go to Bay Area Black Lives Matter. Reservations here.

And if you absolutely need to weave some aphrodisiacs into your day, check out this early evening event at the ~CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS~ in Golden Gate Park that’s about the libido-enhancing power of plants from 5:30pm-8pm (and you get a free glass of bubbles with admission). $20 per person, two for $35 in advance (all tickets $20 at the door). Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., Golden Gate Park.

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Sunday Feb 14, 2016