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Valentine's Day--Downtown to SGV

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mc michael Jan 7, 2013 01:48 PM

Looking for alternatives for this evening of romance and occasional ripoffs. Suggestions?

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    Ernie Jan 8, 2013 10:21 AM

    If you really love your other half, you will spare them the agony of all the crowds on Valentine's Day and treat them before or after the actual day.

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      jdwdeville Jan 8, 2013 10:43 AM

      Gotta agree with Ernie here- we get two live Maine lobsters from Fish King in Glendale and a top-end bottle of Champagne and/or White Burgundy each year and stay in. Much preferable (and cheaper!) than forcing down an inflated menu of "Chef's Aphrodisiacs" whilst being hustled to speed up so the next seating can be crammed in...

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        mc michael Jan 8, 2013 11:18 AM

        I get all that, but sometimes you have to make the extra effort. Given the loss of the Royce, have you got any suggestions?

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          jdwdeville Jan 8, 2013 12:13 PM

          Hmm...
          It's not downtown but one of the more romantic dinners we've had was at Bouchon in Bev Hills. After dinner there's plenty to stroll around and see- the Vosges chocolate store on the next block has a killer hot chocolate (and also Blue Bottle coffee) to keep you warm... maybe end up at Blvd at the Regent Bev Wilshire for a glass of Champagne?

          I'm wracking my brain for a downtown spot I'd consider romantic... Perch would qualify if you cleared out 50% of the people they shove in there. Kitchen Table I suppose is romantic in a sparse kind of way.

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            TonyC Jan 8, 2013 12:21 PM

            Patina. Then walk down Grand Park towards city hall, with a stop at the fountains. It'll be a splurge, but Olalia is serious about his craft, despite being so young.

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              Servorg Jan 8, 2013 12:30 PM

              I don't know if the Terrace will be open, even though Royce is going to be closed at that time. You have to think it will be open for hotel guests at the very least. Still very nice. I just like the vibe up at the hotel. Beautiful, serene. Hey, Mick...maybe get a room and do room service of a special meal you set up in advance?

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                mc michael Jan 8, 2013 01:19 PM

                Wow, you do want to melt my credit card, huh? But I agree the hotel has lovely ambience.

        2. Servorg Jan 7, 2013 02:39 PM

          http://www.roycela.com/ if you didn't melt down your charge card in December...

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            mc michael Jan 7, 2013 03:23 PM

            That's an inspired choice. Thanks.

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              ipsedixit Jan 7, 2013 06:02 PM

              Royce shutters on January 26.
              http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/the-r...

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                mc michael Jan 8, 2013 09:59 AM

                Well, that sucks.

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