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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Five Great Options for a Romantic Valentine's Day

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Whether happily married, committed or unattached, Valentine’s is not necessarily everyone’s favorite holiday. Only Halloween and New Year’s Eve are real contenders in the realm of holidays that puts the most pressure on us, and even if you’re single and swiping for love, it can still be a bust! Rather than buying your loved one a big bag of chalky candy hearts with pre-written messages and tossing out all the inapplicable ones, here are five great ideas for making the most out of this Saturday night.

Bluestem Brasserie
If chocolate, champagne, and oysters are your aphrodisiac trifecta, Bluestem Brasserie is the place to be. In lieu of a prix fixe, they’ve put together an a la carte menu that includes all of the above, plus some romantic cocktails that ultimate Valentine’s treat, fondue! (It’s Champagne Fondue for Two, a creation of pastry wiz Curtis McDonald).

Precita Park Cafe
Bernal Heights’ North Slope is adorable, so naturally one of its most upscale restaurants would be, too. If you’re looking for a refreshing lack of gimmicks and an equivalent surplus of Point Reyes blue cheese, wild boar gnudi, and stinging nettle risotto (plus a dark chocolate tarte) as a sop to that sweet tooth, give $75 four-course prix-fixe a solid perusal.

If you think romantic French restaurants are a minefield of wheezy clichés, check out what Gitane is offering. First, there’s an $85 four-course prix fixe (with optional $45 wine pairing) that culminates in marshmallow, coffee cream and chocolate bark Chocolate Cremeux. But for anyone considering an on-bended-knee course following the entree, Gitane has assembled a $1000 private, three-course lunch for two that can incorporate the engagement ring into dessert.

Bi-Rite Market
“Impress Your Darling” with a well-thought-out array of fresh seafood, champagne, chocolates and flower arrangements, courtesy of the Mission’s favorite artisanal grocery. A picnic consisting of Kumamato oysters, golden beat salad, chocolate midnight cake, Petite Syrah, and some certified organic tulips has everything going for it but rhyming couplets. (Available Feb. 12-15.)

14-Valentine Line Pub Crawl
Starting at 6 p.m. at Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and making stops roughly every seven or eight blocks until Pissed Off Pete’s in the Excelsior, this fundraiser for SF Transit Riders (SFTRU) has raffles and camaraderie. Less a pas de deux than a big old excuse to start the weekend early, this Mission Street bar-athon is actually Thursday, Feb. 12, so you can still do any of the above with your boo.

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