The holiday everyone loves (or loves to hate) is quickly approaching. Roses, mystery chocolates and candy hearts are all fantastic, but what if you want to really show your Valentine a great time? The Sunset Strip’s restaurants, hotels, shops and spas are rolling out the red carpet and showcasing a variety of special events and dinners that go above your usual Valentine’s Day, from a culinary tour of the world at Eveleigh to a hotel package at the Andaz that includes tattoos at the infamous Mark Mahoney’s Shamrock Tattoo, there is definitely something to tempt you and your significant other.
Valentine’s Getaway @ Eveleigh
Take a gateway to the Eveleigh by traveling around the globe with Executive Chef Jordan Toft, as he takes guests on a journey to his favorite countries -- France, Italy, Spain and America -- through a delicious four-course prix fixe menu. Custom Valentine’s day cocktails will also be offered such as the Secret Crush (Campari, brown sugar cube, angostura bitters, sparkling rose, lemon twist) and La Vie en Rose (gin, rose confit, fresh lemon juice, sparkling wine, candied rose petals) to complete the experience. The special dinner is $75 per person with an optional $35 addition for wine pairings. With advance notice, Eveleigh will give guests an opportunity to add special touches to their table such as a half bottle of Krug champagne or a gorgeous bouquet of flower. For reservations please call 424.239.1630 or visit www.theeveleigh.com.
A Night of Love, Lust And Longing @ The Standard
Enjoy a literary celebration of St. Valentine’s Day in The Standard’s Cactus Lounge featuring a wine reception and readings by Ezrha Jean Black, Sophie Sills, Zak Smith and John Tottenham. The event begins at 7 p.m. Before or after the reading, enjoy a prix fixe three-course meal for $28 per person at The Standard’s 24/7 Restaurant. Appetizer choices include beet and buratta salad, tomato soup with cream and parmesan croutons or shrimp bruschetta with cherry tomatoes, basil and goat cheese. Entrée selections include pan seared salmon with sautéed kale, roasted fingerling potatoes and dill beurre blanc or root beer glazed petite filet with wild mushrooms, grilled asparagus and fried parsnip chips. End the meal with a sweet dessert: molten lava cake with vanilla ice cream or chocolate covered strawberries. www.standardhotels.com/hollywood
Four-Course Dinner @ Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood
Enjoy a lavish four-course dinner at Gordon Ramsay. First course options include salmon and crab nigiri, grilled kingfish sashimi or American wagyu beef carpaccio. Second course options include foi gras tortellini, black truffle risotto or coconut lobster soup. Follow with charred yellowfin tuna, Main lobster marmit, roasted Liberty Farms duck breast or Gordon Ramsay’s prime beef wellington (served for two). End the meal with passion fruit cremeux and burnt meringue, lemon verbena cheesecake or chocolate cylinder, champagne granit and salted caramel. Meal also includes a glass of rose bubbly. $135 per person. For reservations, please call 310-358-7788. Full menu.
Pre fixe Dinner @ RH at Andaz
Valentine’s Day at RH features a special pre fixe menu featuring a chef’s welcome gift of Spanish sturgeon caviar on Kumomoto oysters. First course options include King Crab ceviche or chilled asparagus salad followed by second course choice of seared Norwegian lobster or truffle and wild mushroom risotto. Entrees include option of all natural Creekstone farm beef tenderloin served with sautéed baby spinach with garlic and hand cut pomme frites or seared halibut served with seared jumbo asparagus, cauliflower couscous with pine nuts, raisins and pomegranates, petite spicy greens. Dessert options include an apple tart with Carmela’s lavender honey ice cream or chocolate cake with raspberry sauce, mixed seasonal berries and rose petals. End the experience with chocolate bonbons and macaroon. This special dinner is $150 a couple. www.westhollywood.andaz.com
Pre-Valentine’s Day Pink Carpet Event @ Code C
Pre-Valentine’s Day featuring beauty and shopping in partnership with Blushington make up and beauty lounge. Champagne, cocktails, goody bags and giveaways courtesy of Blushington and Burger Lounge and the launch of Single’s spring and summer 2012 line. 5-8 p.m. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org www.codecusa.com
Shopping Specials @ Hustler
Spend $30 and receive a free sexy panty now through Valentine’s Day. www.hustlerhollywood.com
“Love For Us”, “Love For You” Spa Treatments @ OleHenriksen
Treat someone special with OleHenriksen’s deluxe “Love For Us” spa treatment, which includes deluxe hydrotherapy soak for two and your choice of 50-minute custom massages for two or 50-minute purifying complexion treatments for two. The deluxe hydrotherapy soak features aromatic extracts, glowing candlelight, rose petals and two complimentary glasses of Veuve Clicquot champagne. This package is $285 (value $355). Or, treat yourself with OleHenriksen’s specialized “Love For You” spa package, which includes a 50-minute custom massage, 50-minute HydraFacial and new beginning manicure or pedicure. This package is $250 (value $340). www.olehenriksen.com
Valentine’s Day Fiesta @ Rosa Mexicano
Valentine’s Day dining will feature live music, special menu additions, specialty cocktails and signature “fruits of love salsa.” www.rosamexicano.com
“Love Booths” + Comedy @ The Comedy Store
The Comedy Store is setting the mood this Valentine’s Day with private “love booths” for $160 per couple. The price includes two tickets, private seating, a bottle of champagne and two chocolate covered strawberries. Lineup includes performances by Max Jobrani, Iliza Schlesinger and Bobby Lee. Regular seating is priced at $60 a couple and includes two tickets, a bottle of champagne and two chocolate covered strawberries. No drink minimum for packages. Individual tickets are $15 per person, with a two drink minimum. Ages 21 and older, only. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. www.thecomedystore.com
So Hip It Hurts Hotel Package @ Andaz
Rock and roll couples will love the “So Hip It Hurts” package at Andaz West Hollywood. Starting at $485, the package includes a two-night stay, up to a two hour tattoo session from the legendary Shamrock Social Club (shamrocktattoo.com) and two signature cocktails in RH. A tribute to Andaz’s custom 20-foot-tall Tattoo Totem art installation, So Hip It Hurts guests can discover their own ‘warrior spirit’ at the creative hands of the artists at Shamrock Social Club. Located at the front drive, the Andaz Tattoo Totem is the signature sign of the hotel, commissioned by the infamous tattoo artist Mark Mahoney, considered the founding father of black and grey tattoo art. Passersby are encouraged to look closely to uncover fascinating stories and mysterious secrets from the property’s historic rock ’n’ roll past. Contact the hotel for rates and availability. www.westhollywood.andaz.com
True Romance Hotel Package @ Mondrian
Valentine’s Day package includes complimentary upgrade, a split bottle of champagne, early check-in, late check-out and continental breakfast for two, daily. Package starts at $315. For reservations, please call 800-606-6090 and mention rate code PKCAND. Based on availability. Valid Feb. 12-19, 2012. www.mondrianhotel.com
From London With Love Hotel Package @ The London West Hollywood
Create your own James Bond style affair, with a romantic getaway to the Hollywood Hills. Play the part of dashing casanova or beguiling seductress, with luxe amenities and lavish indulgences - from gourmet chocolates to a relaxing spa treatments, sure to bring you closer together. This package includes: spacious accommodations within a London Suite, welcome amenity of sparkling wine and Gordon Ramsay specialty chocolates, two (2) one-hour spa treatments at the nearby Carasoin Spa (please provide at least 5 days notice to ensure your treatment is scheduled at your requested time), complimentary breakfast at the Boxwood Cafe Breakfast Table, complimentary overnight parking for one vehicle and complimentary 2 p.m. late checkout. For more information and to make a reservation, call 866-282-4560.