Monday, February 12, 2007
Here's a tip guys - even if a girl says she doesn't care about Valentine's Day, even if she talks about how commercial it is, or says it doesn't really mean anything - she will still be thrilled if you do something to make it special. You will be rewarded. Perhaps handsomely. With that in mind, I have put together a little last minute guide - for all you people (not just guys!) who have waited til the last minute. Hopefully this will make your life a little easier, and a little more fun in the coming few days!
Dining Out Locally:
Can't get a reservation at Mr. A's? Try these options:
Burgers and Beer - Sink into a red vinyl booth at the Longhorn in Mission Gorge and enjoy an ice cold Budweiser with a juicy cheese burger and onion rings. Load up on the banana peppers on the condiment tray, and don't miss the John Wayne room!
Adventurous Vegetarian - Spread in North Park - a hip little place in an up and coming neighborhood. Also within walking distance of Heaven Sent Desserts, which might be worth another try.
Old-School Elegance - Dobson's downtown - it's so much more fun if you sit at the bar. Try the Mussel Bisque.
Get a Room - the Fontainbleau Room at the Westgate, JSix at the Solamar, the Grant Grill at the Grant Hotel, or 910 at the Colonial Hotel. Some of these may even deliver the food to your room. I know from experience that 910 will.
Love Him (or Her) Long Time - Red Pearl Kitchen - where the food is wok-fired, and the desserts are always Happy Endings.
Or, if none of these tickle your fancy - try your luck on Open Table
Chocolate - What Could Be Better?
Locally, we have Chuao Chocolate (the Abuela Hot Chocolate is heavenly!)
Favorites from further afield include:
L.A. Burdick - recently praised in the Feb, 2007 issue of Vogue by Jeffrey Steingarten.
Daniel Chocolates from Vancouver.
Recchiuti Confections in San Francisco.
On the mail order front - we have the beautiful creations of Chocolate Deities and one of my favorite brands - Amedei (from Amazon) - though it might be a bit tight for shipping by the time you read this.
In my opinion though - the most romantic thing you can do for someone is cook for them. A simple three course meal at home can do wonders. (Check back for a story about my own experience with this!)
For recipes some of my favorite cookbooks are Sunday Suppers at Lucques, the Zuni Cafe Cookbook, or Jamie's Dinners - or head to Epicurious or Chow for ideas. Just make sure you avoid anything you would have to sweat over for too long, or might make you fall asleep too soon!
If that is beyond you or you just don't have time - Waters Catering is offering a Valentine's takeout menu, and I think Whole Foods is as well. You could also put together a lovely takeout meal on your own at either Whole Foods or Bristol Farms.
We will be dining at Jayne's Gastropub , for their first night of dinner service.
XOXO - Enjoy!