Your guide to Valentine’s Day, drinks and eats in L.A., part two

The first time around we gave you plenty of options to please your significant other on Valentine’s Day, but it seems that Los Angeles restaurants have more V-day spirit than we could cover in one guide. Here is part two. Read More

Michael’s Santa Monica to start $6 happy hour in two weeks

In two weeks, on February 21, chef John-Carlos Kuramoto and mixologist Jason Robey of Michael’s Santa Monica are debuting an “All Night $6 Happy Hour” menu. The menu is said to be made with seasonal ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market plus seasonal herbs and fruits grown on the restaurant’s rooftop garden, all for $6. The happy hour will run on Monday through Friday, from 5 PM to close, and features food, beer, and wine.

Items on the menu include: The “Rickey” (Vodka or Gin, Fresh Lime, Soda); $3 oysters with seasonal Mignonette; Burrata on Crostini (bacon, endive, caramelized onions); Crispy Sweetbread “Poppers”; Duck Confit Rillettes and more. 1147 Third St., Santa Monica, CA 90403. 310-451-0843. Read More

The Dish

LA Market: Valentine’s Day Junk Food Platter

The Junk Food Platter – a plated sugar overload – can be found at LA Market Restaurant located inside the JW Marriot at L.A. Live. This Valentine’s Day themed dish for two includes two house-made hostess style cupcakes dipped and filled with white chocolate ganache, a strawberry milkshake for two, chocolate covered strawberries, home-made cotton candy, two signature snowballs, caramel corn, heart shaped chocolate Rice Krispie treats, heart-shaped fruit loop treats, two pairs of assorted cookies, and two chocolate brownies (whew). Read More

Learn about tequila at El Carmen’s ‘Year of the Mexican’ tasting

Better call a cab, El Carmen in West L.A. is hosting a tequila tasting event with 12 different labels on Saturday, February 11 from 5 PM to 8 PM. In addition to the tequilas, appetizers will be served along with live music and a Q&A with ambassadors from these labels: Casa Noble / Corralejo, Peligroso, Clase Azul, Fortaleza, Corrido, Tonalá, MÉTL, 1921, Arette Unique, and more. Tickets are $40 per person. Call 323-852-1552 to purchase tickets in advance, cash will be accepted at the door. 8138 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048.


Ventura Winery Association to host a three-day wine tasting event for Valentine’s

If a Valentine’s Weekend sounds more appealing to you than just a single night of celebration, the Ventura County Winery Association will set you up with three days of wine-tasting.  Crowne Plaza Ventura and Marriott’s Courtyard Camarillo are offering “Valentine ‘n Wine” hotel packages (through their websites) including both a passport ($35), which grants you access to the seven featured wineries, and also provides discounted overnight accommodations. If you’re a local, or don’t need accommodations, tickets can be purchased at the event for $45 or $40 online. You will get one tasting flight (five wines) at seven participating wineries: Bella Victorian, Camarillo Custom Crush, Cantara Cellars, Four Brix Winery, Herzog Wine Cellars, Magnavino Cellars, and San Vicente Cellars.

The event will run from February 10 – 12 and participating wineries will be offering special pricing on bottle and case purchases, food pairings, and live entertainment during the weekend.