Valentine’s Day 2014 Hot Spots

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and that means making plans for an evening that will be memorable for your partner and will leave you looking like you are a genius for putting together such an evening. To help make your decision a little easier, Splash Magazines Worldwide has put together a list of a few of our favorite spots.

Valentine’s Day dining at P.F. Chang's always equates to perfectly prepared Asian food and plates that lead to sharing and who would not love to have their loved one affectionately feeding them. Valentine’s Day hopefully doesn’t need a spark but if it does, P.F. Chang’s Firecracker Chicken has more than enough spice to ignite any relationship. The light and flavorful chicken breast that is subtly flavored with spicy hoisin is nicely balanced with wok-fired with pineapple, Chinese broccoli, Asian mushrooms and then to give you kick they have added Fresno peppers and dried chilies. This dish really takes you through every flavor sensation but you will not forget those peppers and chilies make sure your partner likes a little heat if you order this dish.

P.F. Chang’s Firecracker Chicken

If that dish is a little too hot for you order the Vanilla Bean Bourbon Milkshake. This is the adult milkshake at its finest, Woodford Bourbon blended with vanilla bean ice cream, graham crackers and honey, served with a honey graham cracker pop. The bourbon really brings it alive and all of the flavors together form an amazing shake, but I have to warn you once you are done you are going to know that was an adult beverage.

To finish off your evening the Chocolate Raspberry Wontons are a must. These handmade, crispy wontons with a creamy chocolate-raspberry filling are completely addicting. Don’t find your date for the last one as you are dipping your last wonton in the chocolate and raspberry sauces that are topped off with fresh raspberries and mint, just order another batch. Hopefully this dessert takes up permanent residency at P.F. Chang's.

Chocolate Raspberry Wontons

If you are looking for the ultimate Valentine’s Day romantic weekend, The Resort at Pelican Hill® is the perfect destination.  Newport Beach’s only Forbes Five-Star resort has put together some amazing dining experiences whether you are staying at the resort or if you just want to enjoy Newport Beach for the evening.

Valentine’s Day evening The Resort at Pelican Hill® is offering an intimate and sensual dining experience with the popular Dinner of the Senses.  This unique dinner stimulates each of the five senses of sight, touch, taste, scent and sound. The seven-course menu for two features “his and hers” selections and is served in a private poolside cabana. Each course is eaten by hand without the use of utensils, tapping into the desire to nourish one another and share cherished moments together. Customized music, flowers and décor are available upon request. Advance reservations strongly recommended. ($170* per person, or $220* per person with wine pairings)

The Resort at Pelican Hill® has offerings for Valentine’s Day at all of their restaurants for either February 14th or 15th and we have the complete listing, your only problem will be deciding which one to choose.

Andrea Ristorante presents a special Italian lovers’ menu, offering four courses with “his and hers” choices. Recognized as one of America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants by GAYOT and Southern California’s Most Romantic Restaurant by Los Angeles Times readers, Andrea offers Valentine’s diners a casually elegant ambiance, heated ocean-view terrace, charming live guitarist and exquisite selection of Italian wines. ($120* per person, or $180* per person with wine pairings)

Chef Derek designs a special three-course menu just for two, with selections designed for him and for her at Pelican Grill. Spend an evening or afternoon on the ocean-view terrace, near the dining room fireplace or adjacent to the open-display kitchen, while tasting the best of quintessential California cuisine and wine. ($110* per person, or $150* per person with wine pairings)

Chef Micah romances your palate with a three-course dinner menu featuring Mediterranean cuisine at Coliseum Pool & Grill. Dine amidst architectural splendor reminiscent of Italy’s iconic Coliseum, yet overlooking endless Pacific Ocean views and one of the world’s largest circular pools. ($100* per person, or $130* per person with wine pairings)

If you are looking for something beyond the typical chocolates, Caffè, Pastry Chef Jeff presents traditional and modern seasonal treats. Surprise your loved one with artistic chocolates, colorful macaroons, fruity tarts, classic cookies, delectable confections, exquisite European pastries, mouthwatering sorbets and seasonal gelatos. Custom cakes and desserts may be ordered in advance upon request.

Last but not least is the Valentine’s Chardonnay Body Butter Massage. In a beautiful couple’s suite, relax together with a sensual Valentine’s massage, featuring a dry brushing exfoliation, Swedish massage techniques and a silky smooth Chardonnay body butter, followed by a romantic bath for two. Indulge your senses with complimentary Prosecco, chocolate truffles and fresh strawberries. ($425* Mondays – Thursdays, or $515* Fridays – Sundays)

For more information visit The Resort at Pelican Hill®

How about wowing your date with a stunning view of the Sunset Strip? Pearl’s two-story, open-air deck makes for a perfect cuddling spot with an outdoor fireplace and a “secret garden” with swing that was made for photo ops. While this makes a picturesque Valentine’s Day setting for a romantic dinner for two it also doubles as a “Girls’ Night Out” for those of you that are single. For $75 per person, treat your Valentine to a magical night under the stars with a 3-course aphrodisiac-inspired prix fixe menu. Highlights include Oysters, Watermelon Salad served with goat cheese, smoked almonds and basil, and Meyer Company Hanger Stack and Shrimp with creamy turnips and Calabrian chimichurri. 

For all the single ladies, get dolled up and grab your gals for a Girls’ Night Out at Pearl’s!  Reservations of 4 ladies or more will receive a complimentary bottle of house bubbly and chocolate covered strawberries for the table.  Pearl’s will also be offering a Flower-Gram with a rose and personalized note for every reservation made. Please see below prix fixe menu for full list of offered items. For reservations call 310.360.6800. 

Pearl’s Valentine’s Day Menu ($75 per person)

Choice of First Course:

8 Oysters

Trio Carpaccio

Tuna Crudo

Choice of Second Course:

Watermelon Salad with goat cheese, smoked almonds and basil

Grilled Shrimp Salad served with mandarin oranges, feta, and sunflower seeds topped with apple cider vinaigrette

Choice of Third Course:

Meyer Company Hanger Steak and Shrimp with creamy turnips, Calabrian chimichurri

Baked Lobster served in a dynamite sauce with grilled asparagus and  pimento butter

Cedar Plank Salmon with roasted fennel, honey roasted carrots and pea tendrils


Chocolate Covered Strawberries

For those of you who have not found that perfect mate as of yet, Rock and Reilly’s wants to help you move on this Valentine’s Day! From 6 p.m. to close on February 14th, Rock and Reilly’s will be throwing their annual “Shred Your Ex” Party, where you are invited to bring a picture of your ex, shred the past away and receive a complimentary dessert from your Valentine, Reilly!   Come for a drink or grab a bite to eat and celebrate the single life with all who come to shred! For reservations call 310.360.1400.

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