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What do people usually do for valentine's day?

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I'm pretty new to this relationship thing and I was wondering what do people really do on valentines day?

I'm finally in my first committed relationship at 22 and trying to look for some idea's for valentine's day!

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  1. wise people avoid restaurants. Valentine's Day is the busiest night of the year in the industry, and food quality, service, and atmosphere often suffer as a result. plus, many places offer a set menu to keep it simple, and there's not really anything "special" about eating the same thing as everyone else :)

    stay in and make a nice, romantic meal at home. if you start a thread on the Home Cooking board and provide information about your skill level and some of your significant other's food preferences, we can help you plan a menu that will wow her or him.

    but to keep it on topic for the LA board, here's a link to past threads:
    http://www.chow.com/search?query=vale...

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I guess tasting menus are not your thing then...
      If you're 22 and in a new relationship there's nothing wrong with going to a restaurant. Only people my age scoff at the idea.
      If you want recommendations, give us some ideas about what you're looking for: price, atmosphere, cuisine, location.

      1. re: cls

        i'm all for tasting menus...hardly the same thing as a safe & predictable 3-course Valentine's menu.

      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

        First off - congrats!

        And while I have now been happily married long enough to have folks blink (this is LA after all, where the first marriage is free...) I remember how great it was to go out on Valentine's Day. To have someone special to go out with!

        Agree with cls, let us know your specific likes, location and needs and then we'll all jump in to help.

        As for me? Valentine's day now means really good chocolate (or a surprise drive to Scoops or Fosselmann's) and then an extra nice dinner at home with an extra nice bottle of wine.

        But in those early years, going out was where it was at : )

      3. Folks, please keep this appropriate for the Los Angeles area board and suggest places to dine on Valentine's Day.

        General dining strategies for V-Day belong on General Food Topics board, and ideas for making dinner at home belong on the Home Cooking board. Lots of lurkers reading along are hoping for local recommendations for their own Valentine, so let's keep those suggestions coming!

        1. inaka seafood gourmet was a slightly different meal that I did one year
          turners was good but predictable and expensive (as per above); also think they closed down
          sushi masu was different, but also expensive and I would've preferred his normal menu

          1. It would be helpful if you could let us know a bit more about what type of per person budget you are looking to try and stay within (food, drinks, tax and tip). Even a range such as $25 to $35 or $50 to $65 (or what have you). Do you like Asian (Japanese, Chinese, Thai or Korean) or American (Seafood or meat centric) or French or Italian or something else?

            Then maybe something about what type of food you and your SO enjoy? Finally what sort of geographic areas work best for you?

            1. I had an excellent meal last Valentine's at Drago Centro. Very nice.

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              Drago Centro
              525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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              1. re: mc michael

                Thanks, mc michael, makes it tougher for me to get a reservation.

                1. re: cls

                  O well. The website says book now for a 5 course meal. They haven't posted the menu yet.