• Planning your Valentine’s 02.03.12

    Whether you’re coupled up, going solo or carousing with friends, we have dining, drinking and home-cooking ideas for you to spend this Valentine’s Day.

    Fall under the spell of Love Potion Number 9 at Tini Bigs! Featured the entire week of Valentine’s, Tini Bigs offers their cocktail expertise for imbibing at the classic bar with a concoction of Woodford Reserve, Chambord, Champagne (of course!), and an orange twist served in a champagne flute. At just $9, make this your pre-dinner stop or sip the night away all week long.

    Sing to your heart’s content at Hula Hula! Seattle’s best tiki karaoke bar invites you to belt out your favorite broken heart tune, lost in love ballad, or really put your heart on the line by serenading your date – we just can’t be responsible for any heckling you might endure!

    Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Argentinean way with Estancia Lucia’s delicious recipes. Grill your favorite seafood, chicken or steak and top it with their vibrant chimichurri sauce, enjoy meaty Arauco Olives for the perfect appetizer with cheese and bread, finish potatoes or vegetables with a drizzle of their Arauco Extra Virgin Olive Oil and for dessert top fresh vanilla ice cream with candied pumpkin for a sweet finish!
    Find recipes and tips at Magic Road international

    Cafe Flora’s 20th annual Valentine’s dinner menu is a fun and flirty mix of the Seattle vegetarian landmark’s hearty and sustainable fare. Call now for reservations in Cafe Flora’s atrium, where a water feature and plants create a serene and romantic dining room. The prix fixe menu is $45.00 per person; reservations required.
    First Course
    Savory Embrace -Savory bok choy filling in a wonton pastry with a goat cheese crema, black bean chili sauce and candied kumquats. (available vegan & available gluten free)

    Second Course
    Light My Fire Salad – A sweet and spicy blend of fresh cresses, carrot and grilled jicama topped with star fruit and crispy fried leeks in a minted yuzu vinaigrette. (vegan & gluten free)

    Third Course
    Layers of Love – Macadamia nut encrusted filo stuffed with gingered shiitake mushrooms on grilled asparagus planks and a black and white sticky rice cake and a galangal butternut squash sauce. (vegan & available gluten free)

    Fourth Course
    Chocolate Cherry Jubilee – Chocolate pate sucree, cherry cremeux, caramel filling, mini truffles, black cherry Bordeaux reduction (vegan & gluten free)
    Fluffernutter – Crustless brioche, peanut butter mousse, white chocolate peanut praline, burnt meringue, marshmallow anglaise.

    Make your Valentine’s heart-healthy with sustainable and organic cuisine with award-winning flavor at Tilth! Recently selected as one of the ten most sustainable restaurants in the country, Tilth is offering a four course Valentine’s Day feast with three options under each course for $85 (exclusive of tax and gratuity).
    First Course
    Dakota Beef Hanger Steak Tartare – quail egg, celery root, remoulade
    Taylor Shellfish Oysters – mint jelly, salmon roe, mignonette
    Full Circle Farm Beets – creme fraiche, tarragon, watercress

    Second Course
    Fraga Farms Goat Cheese Tart – caramelized onion, niçoise olive, white anchovy
    Vancouver Island Scallops – parsnip, french breakfast radish, cured olive
    Sylver Fishing Co. Spot Prawns – salsify, grapefruit, coral butter

    Third Course
    Seared Liberty Duck Breast – navel orange, sunchoke, lacinato kale
    Roasted Lamb Loin – grilled leek, romesco, espelette
    Carnaroli Risotto – oregon truffle, pecorino, pine nut

    Fourth Course
    Semolina Cake – fig streusel, pecan, port
    Vanilla Bean Tapioca Pudding – anise shortbread, currant, fresh breeze cream
    Theo Dark Chocolate Terrine – cranberry, almond praline, fluer de sel

    Take your valentine to the mediterranean with Chef Maria Hines’ three-course mediterranean-inspired menu at Golden Beetle. Created with local, organic and wild ingredients, the three course menu for $37 will surely satisfy your valentine (price is per person; three options under each course; exclusive of tax and gratuity).
    First Course
    Baby Spinach Salad – apple, kasseri cheese, sumac vinaigrette
    Grilled Halloumi Cheese – roasted beet, arugula, herb vinaigrette
    Jerusalem Artichoke Soup – white truffle oil

    Main Course
    St. Jude’s Grape Leaf wrapped Albacore Tuna – white bean, fennel, urfa pepper
    Wild Boar Shank Tagine – apricot, couscous, toasted walnut
    Mushroom Ravioli – yogurt sauce, ricotta, pinenuts

    Chocolate Truffle Torte – rose scented pistachio ice cream
    Caramel Pots de Crème – orange flower water, cardamom, sesame cookie
    Black Walnut Baklava – phyllo dough, honey, cinnamon creme fraiche

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  • Indulge your palate and get movin’ this V-day! 02.08.11

    Theo Chocolate, heart-shaped lobster ravioli, black truffles and raspberry cocktails… it must be Valentine’s Day! No plans yet? We’ve got you covered with dinners, cocktails, cooking and even a pre-date workout with your cutie!

    Tilth’s Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake

    tidbit bistro
    Spend San Valentino in tidbit bistro’s cozy and rustic setting with a special Spanish and Italian influenced menu featuring five courses for $60 (plus tax and gratuity). Start with the traditional and savory Empanadillas, ground lamb turnovers topped with romesco sauce and shaved parmesan; Lobster Ravioli Alla Panna, heart-shaped lobster ravioli with creamy sauce; Prime Rib With Budino, tender rare prime rib with Yorkshire mini-pudding and porcini mushroom reduction. A special wine and cocktail pairing featuring tidbit’s signature cocktail Cuoro Matte (crazy heart), Chartreuse, vodka, cream, Gianduia is available for $35. Please find full menu attached.

    Call 206.323.0840 for reservations. tidbit bistro is located at 1401 Broadway, Seattle. Complimentary parking at Harvard Market while dining at tidbit!

    Set the stage for romance with an enticing four course dinner at CRUSH throughout Valentine’s weekend. Lovingly prepared by Chef Jason Wilson, the menu features options such as Potato Gnocchi with Perigord Black Truffle and gruyere cream, Main Lobster Salad with Blood Orange and Slow Roasted Wild Salmon and Dungeness Crab-Fennel Salad. Optional menu supplements include Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras ‘Steak’ with wild huckleberries, buttermilk Belgian waffle and endive as well as a Gift of Sweets. The menu will be offered Feb 11-14 in addition to the regular CRUSH menu. The four course menu is $77 per person with an optional wine pairing for $54. Tax and gratuity not included. Please find full menu attached.

    Please call Crush for a reservation at 206.302.7874. Crush is located at 2319 E. Madison Street, Seattle.

    Chef Maria Hines’ Tilth offers a beautiful four course dinner on Valentine’s Day, leaving room for you and your Valentine to have something different with three options under each course. Enjoy such options as Porcini Crème Brulee, Grilled Dakota Beef Top Sirloin with truffle potato purée and Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake. The menu is offered only on Valentine’s Day for $85 per person with an optional wine pairing for $50. Excluding tax and gratuity. Please find attached the full menu with three options under each course.

    Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801. Tilth is located at 1411 N. 45th Street, Seattle.

    Morton’s The Steakhouse
    Morton’s bar provides the perfect start to any evening with their dark wood finishes and expert bartenders who can shake up a mean one. This Valentine’s weekend they are mixing up a vibrant new cocktail to toast with your special someone! Stay for the best steak in town or head out to your next destination! Available February 11 – 14; $14.

    The Red Velvet
    2 oz Lindemans Raspberry Lambic
    4 oz Prosecco
    .5 oz Chambord
    1 each Raspberry

    In a mixing glass, stir in ingredients with two ounces of ice for five seconds. Strain into Champagne flute. Squeeze lemon peel over glass and discard peel. Garnish with fresh raspberry on a pick.

    Call for reservations. Morton’s Seattle is located at 1511 6th Avenue, Seattle; 206.223.0550. Morton’s Portland is located at 213 S.W. Clay Street, Portland; 503.248.2100. Valet parking available.

    Estancia Lucia
    Impress your date this Valentine’s weekend and cook a romantic Argentinean inspired meal with Estancia Lucia’s delicious specialty foods. Their chimichurri sauce works as the perfect marinade on meat or fish and a great accompaniment to vegetables or as a dip for bread. Start your meal with their Arauco green olives, unique to Argentina, or garnish your martini or bloody mary. Finish off your pasta or meat dish with a drizzle of their San Juan Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a flavor boost and a swirl of fresh aromatics.

    Estancia Lucia products can be purchased at DiLaurenti’s, The Spanish Table, Bert’s Red Apple, Pasta & Co., and more! Check out their website for more retail locations and preparation ideas.

    Pure Barre
    Get sweaty before your date with Pure Barre! On February 14th show your significant other what you’ve been obsessing over for months now and treat them to a FREE Pure Barre class on Valentine’s Day. Reserve your place in class by signing up online or calling the studio. Offer applies to all regularly scheduled classes held on Monday, February 14th: 6, 8:30, 9:40 a.m. and 12, 5:30 and 6:40 p.m. Don’t forget about Pure Barre Seattle’s drop-in childcare at the IPA learning center all day for $5/child. Contact Ali at IPA.

    Pure Barre is located in Bellevue across from The Bravern and in Seattle across from U Village.

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