A South Florida Valentine’s Day
Plenty of South Florida venues offer romantic specials on Feb. 14
An Evening with Alex Fox
When: 7-11 p.m.
Where: Café Ibiza, 213 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
What: Fox performs romantic classical rumba and flamenco from his CD After All These Years.
Dinner at MILA
Where: 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
What: Executive Chef Nicolas Mazier serves five courses including a sushi selection, herb-crusted turbot and charred leek vinaigrette and a dessert of dark chocolate raspberry and sparking sake granite.
Cost: $110++ per person
Info: 786.706.0744 or click here
A special cocktail at American Social featured image
Where: 690 SW First Court, Miami
What: Bar manager Jose Gill serves the Flower Patch with Sipsmith Gin, agave nectar, rose syrup, fresh lemon juice, sparkling wine and raspberry.
Valentine’s Day at Steelpan
Where: 999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
What: A romantic three-course dinner includes gazpacho made from locally sourced organic cucumber, tomato, and mint snow; grilled wagyu drizzled in trumpet mushroom bordelaise sauce served with horseradish Boursin potato gratin stuffed in onion. For dessert, try the Chocolate Opera layered with espresso-soaked Love Heart Almond cake.
Specials at City Oyster
Where: 213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
What: City Oyster features a variety of specials for the day of love. Try a seafood board with marinated shrimp, smoked fish dip, beet cured gravlax with multi seeded crackers, pickled vegetables, and garlicky aioli. There’s also Rose Petal and Green tea Matcha Roll—Hamachii topped roll with avocado and green tea smoked salmon, brushed with aged soy sauce. For dessert, try apple galette for two for with caramel gelato and English vanilla bean pouring cream.
Info: 561.272.0220 or cityoysterdelray.com
Valentine’s Day at Beach House Pompano
Where: 270 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach
What: You and your sweetheart enjoy dinner on the rooftop with a prix fixe menu featuring Vegan Lentil Pasta, grilled caesar salad, Surf and Turf (6-ounce Filet with warm water lobster tail) with a choice of side. For dessert, try a macadamia nut brownie or Key Lime pie.
Cost: $150 per couple
Info: 954.607.6530 or click here
Valentine’s Day feasts at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
Where: 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek
What: The casino’s restaurants celebrate in style. At Fresh Harvest, a Valentine’s Day Brunch ($42 per person; $17 for children 10 and under) features shrimp macaroni and cheese, grilled Cornish hen, and prime rib with au jus. At Sorrisi, executive chef Katherine Carrasco serves fig and prosciutto crostini with gorgonzola cream, sweet corn caramello, strawberry Prosecco cake with dark chocolate semifreddo in a chocolate dome. At NYY Steak, executive chef Paul Youngstrand serves grilled oysters, beef Wellington for two, pan-seared Florida black grouper and chocolate strawberry mousse cake
Info: Call 954.977.6700 or visit CasinoCoco.com
Koi Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Lounge
When: Feb. 14 & Feb. 15
Where: Harbor Shops, 1841 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale
What: Each women receives a complimentary long-stemmed red rose. Plus, all diners who purchase a specialty roll, a selection of sushi and/or sashimi, or an entree receive a complimentary favor box of Godiva chocolate.
Delectable Asian a la carte menu for Valentine’s Day features the Valentine Roll, heart-shaped, with tuna, salmon, and mango, topped with avocado, I/O, topped with fresh tuna; the Love Boat for Two with 12 pieces of sushi, 12 pieces of sashimi, a Rainbow Roll and a Sex on the Moon Roll; and the Spicy Fuji Tuna with diced tuna, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro, layered with wonton chips.
Info: 954.525.3541 or koiftl.com
Valentine’s Day at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
Where: 1111 N Ocean Drive, Hollywood
What: The St. Somewhere Spa presents a “Be My Valentine” Aromatherapy massage with blends such as Red Roses or Red Hot Cinnamon. Plus, the “Lost Shaker in Love” Room Package features a 50-Minute Swedish couples massage, $100 resort credit for a romantic dinner at your choice of dining outlets at the resort, two welcome margaritas with a personalized blender cup, chocolate-dipped strawberries and complimentary valet parking.
Sweet Delights from Hoffman’s Chocolates
Where: Throughout South Florida
What: Hoffman’s has gathered thousands of locally sourced strawberries to celebrate the holiday and offer chocolate treats such as a Valentine’s Day Heart Box with fine assorted milk and dark chocolates including foiled heart, Chocolate High Heel Shoe with 10 oz. of milk or dark chocolate that comes in a decorative gift box that resembles a designer purse, and Valentine’s Day Truffle Assortment, a five-piece truffle assortment with dark chocolate raspberry truffles and champagne-flavored truffles.
Cook and dine with Chef Lenore Nolan Ryan
When: Feb. 15, 7-9 p.m., for couples’ cooking class
Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., for Bubbles & Brunch
What: At Chef Lenore’s cooking class, couples learn to make Beef Wellington with Sauce Diane or Roasted Vegetable Wellington, as well as Gorgonzola Pistachio Grapes, Goat Cheese Poppy Seed Olives, Shrimp Scampi, and Chocolate Lava Cake. The evening is topped off with a Champagne toast.
For Bubbles and Brunch, Chef Lenore presents an a la carte menu featuring wrapped and ribboned Valentine’s Day brownies ($7 for three, $10 for five). Menu items include Classic Eggs Benedict (Crisp English Muffin, Applewood Ham, Perfect Poached Eggs and Lemony Hollandaise Sauce), Montrachet Goat Cheese and Thyme Tart, and I’d Walk a Galt Ocean Mile “BLT” (Pepper Maple Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Grilled Onion, Avocado, Swiss Cheese and Rosemary Aioli on Toasted Earth Grain Bread).
Cost: $150 for cooking class
Where: Lenore Nolan Ryan Catering & Cooking School at Galt Ocean Plaza, 3311 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Dining at Diplomat Beach Resort
Where: 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood
What: The resort’s restaurants—Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal, Michael Schulson’s Monkitail, and Diplomat Prime—all offer special Valentine’s Day menus.
Try Lovers Delight ($150) at Point Royal with a bottle of Veuve Rose a dozen oysters and chocolate heart-shaped truffles. Or the Valentine’s Day Lovers’ Menu at Diplomat Prime, which includes oysters and caviar, compressed watermelon salad, pan-seared duck breast, strawberry shortcake, cocktails and mint chocolate martini.
Paella & Sangria Making Classes
When: Coral Gables: Feb. 12, 7-9:30 p.m.
Doral: Feb. 13, 7-9:30 p.m.
What: Enjoy learning the secrets of Spanish cuisine with the one you love as you learn to make seafood paella and sip on sangrias.
Where: Bulla Gastrobar in Coral Gables and Doral
Coral Gables: 2500 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
Doral: 335 NW 87th Ave., Suite 102, Doral
Cost: $200++ per couple
Bonus: The restaurants also offer a special four-course Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for $110 per couple. Enjoy Huevos ‘Bulla,’ Grilled Steak, Salmon Carpaccio, Churros con Chocolate and Flan de Coco along with two complimentary glasses of sparkling wine. Or enjoy a limited-edition Rosé Sangria through Feb. 16. One dollar of each purchase will be donated to the American Heart Association.