Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas!

Whoa geez!? Is it already Valentine’s Day?? It really snuck up on me this year. You too? Don’t sweat, love muffins. Here’s a handy activity guide to give you some last minute out-of-the-box ideas. Cooking classes, food tours and much more. Read on for the list…


Does your snuggle partner-in-crime love Chocolate/ Food/ Art History? All of the Above?

Learn the History of Chocolate!

Valentine’s Day weekend, trace the history of chocolate as seen through LACMA’s collection of ancient Mayan, colonial and European art with Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites. Then head to Loteria Grill Hollywood to enjoy a delicious three-course lunch prepared by Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw, complete with Mexican hot chocolate and churros.

$80 includes museum admission, tour and valet parking at Loteria Grill: Tickets available here

It’s perfect for a foodie/art-head, like me :) Watch a recent Art Bites tour I went on:

Go on a Walking Food Tour!

There are various food tour companies in Los Angeles that are offering walking tours on or around Valentines Day weekend. A historical food tour is a great casual way to explore and learn a new part of your city while eating a bunch and hanging out with like-minded food lovers.

One such tour is the Six Taste tour company which is offering a special one-day only post-Valentine’s Day food and wine walking tour of Arts District on Sunday, February 16th. Think you know Los Angeles? Think again. I went on one particularly romantic tour a few years back, I learned a lot and loved it. Watch what happened on my special tour.

Take/Give a Cooking Class! 

Is she the Bread to your Butter? Is he the Mac to your n’Cheese? If either you or your little sous chef love to get hot and sweaty in the kitchen here are a few local companies that are offering special Valentine’s Day themed classes. You can take a class together or simply give the gift of gastronomy.

Meal and a Spiel is a loose and fun, private cooking school that is offering a special Tuscan themed, Valentine’s day dinner. A few dishes you will learn how to cook are:

  • Bresaola Bites with Manchego and Arugula
  • Roasted Tomato Crostini with Burrata
  • Sliced Steak with Arugula,Shaved Parmigiano and a Balsamic Reduction
  • Baked-Not-Fried Little Italian Potato Sticks with Rosemary and Thyme
  • Once You Go Black Flour-less Chocolate Cakes a la mode

Click here for tickets.

Sur la Table: I love shopping here for all their kitchen knick-knacks and cutlery. Did you know this foodie-centric store also offers cooking classes? If you love macarons, here’s the perfect class to feed that sweet tooth this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Food Story: Yoko Isassi offers intimate classes in her kitchen classroom and teaches authentic Japanese. This year she has two different Valentine’s Day dinners. Visit her website for more info and watch a recent class where I learned how to make Okonomyaki.

Yoko and Saki prep the sushi cupcakes

Anti-Valentine’s Day!

Plan Check is hosting an alternative Anti-Valentine’s Day at their Little Osaka and new Fairfax Village location. Stop in for a Plan Check burger and pick up 2 for $14 cocktail specials and an all-day happy hour featuring cocktail chef Matthew Biancaniello’s Ice Breaker, comprised of Japanese whisky, Batavia Arrak, lime juice, Monin agave syrup, passionfruit, ghost pepper salt, aloe vera chunks, and El Jimador.

Read more Valentine’s day gift ideas in a previous post, click here.


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