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Where to Find Romance... And Fall in Love��

In Miami and South Florida

Valentine�s Day - February 14, 2006

 

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Hundreds of romantic restaurants and luxurious hotels with skyline views or waterside are ready to make you and your sweetie fall in love all over again with fabulous menus. For Valentine�s Day� www.southfloridagourmet.com recommends:

 

ACQUA RESTAURANT AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MIAMI 1435 Brickell Ave., Downtown Miami reservations 305-358-3535.�� $75 per person

YValentine�s Day all weekend-long at with a sumptuous menu created by chef Marco Bax and pastry chef Franck Monnier.� (Crab tartare with cucumber and spicy papaya chutney; Smoked loin of venison, orange and endive salad; Mussels, clams and asparagus in saffron guazzetto with pepper bruschetta; Passion fruit sorbet; Roasted breast of duck with cherries and spinach, almond and garlic mash (a choice of fish and vegetarian entree also available); Frozen tropical fruit croccantino, passion fruit sorbet, pecan caramel sable and creamy chocolate ganache, espresso sauce ). The $75 per person menu�� includes a glass of champagne and will be available on Friday, February 10 to Tuesday, February 14.


Poolside, Valentine�s under the Stars at the Cabana (Serrano Wrapped Tiger Prawns, Yellow Tomato Confit, Arugula, Passion Fruit Vinaigrette; Oxaqueno Cocoa Braised Beef Short Rib, Winter Root Vegetables with Truffled Greens; Sauteed Main Lobster with Asparagus and Potato Risotto with Pink Champagne Beurre Blanc, Chocolate Heart Duo for Two and Duo of Caribbean Dark and White Chocolate Mousse).The standard menu will also be available.



CHEF ALLEN�S 19088 NE 29th Avenue, Aventura, Reservations: 305.935.2900

www. 75.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity)

Valentine�s Day Menu, February 14, 2006, Reservations start at 5pm. For a multi-course menu prepared by Chef Allen Susser. The menu includes:� Caviar Kiss with Chattanooga Beluga Caviar, Dill Cream; Bahamian Lobster and Crab Cake with Tropical Fruit Chutney and Vanilla Bean Beurre Blanc; Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Wilted Arugula, Crisp Chickpeas, Smoke Tomato Sambal. For salad there�s

Hearts of Romaine and Endive Caesar, Yellow Fin Tuna Tartare with Hearts of Palm, and Avocado Dressing; Almond Crusted Goat Cheese with Organic Wild Greens, Heirloom Tomatoes and Tangerine Vinaigrette. Entr�es list "Surf and Turf": Braised Short Rib, Cumin Seared Diver Scallop, Bok Choy, Wasabi Mashed Potato; Pistachio Crusted Grouper with Rock Shrimp Fricassee, Leeks, Mango and Coconut Rum; Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee Grilled Filet Mignon with Grilled Asparagus Romesco, Maytag Blue Cheese Roesti Potato, Spice Route Red Wine Reduction; Moroccan Mixed Grill- Beef Kebob, Chorizo, Shrimp and Quail Almond Couscous, Preserved Lemon Salad in� Hot Saffron Broth; Key Lime Mojo Grilled Chicken Forbidden Black Rice, Snow Peas Adobo, Passion Fruit Beurre Rouge.� And for dessert: Chocolate Devils Food Cake Mint Chocolate Ice Cream, Caramelized Macadamia Nuts, Kahlua Whipped Cream; Tahitian Vanilla Cr�me Brulee with Fresh Raspberries, Coconut Pistachio Tuile; Bittersweet Chocolate Valrhona Truffles with Hawaiian Red Sea Salt.

 

THE FORGE, 432 Forty First Street, Miami Beach,� 305-538-8535 $90.00 per person

The Lover�s Menu on February 14th includes The Forge Duet with saut�ed Diver Sea Scallops and Foie Gras, huckleberries, and port wine reduction; Baby Arugula, spinach, shaved hearts of palm, edible orchids, haricots verts, crispy fried grapes, asparagus, passion fruit dressing; A Duet of Filet Mignon stuffed with Lobster and Light Bordelaise; and for dessert: A Duet of White and Dark Chocolate Truffles and Petits Fours with Passion Fruit Custard. ��

 

1200 AT THE BILTMORE, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. reservations�� 305-445-1926. $59.00 per person plus tax and gratuity

Valentine�s Day Special multi-course Dinner prepared by Chef Philippe Ruiz includes Amuse of Cauliflower Mousse and Osetra Caviar; first courses of Petit Baby Greens, with Gorgonzola Cheese, Spiced Apples and Toasted Pecans with Champagne Vinaigrette, or Red Romaine Leaves with Caesar Dressing Parmesan Crisp and White Anchovies; second courses:� Scottish Salmon Duo Tartare, Bagel Chip and Citrus Cream or Duck Confit Croustillant with Truffle Sauce & Port Wine Reduction. Entrees selections: Pan Seared Striped Bass, Wild Mushrooms Risotto, or Wood Oven Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Potato Duchesse, Saut�ed Artichokes and Foie Gras Sauce and for Dessert: Chocolate Sweetheart Cake with Raspberry Gelato or Tahitian Vanilla Cr�me Brulee with Fresh Berries.

 

 

BLUE DOOR AT THE DELANO Collins Avenue and 17th St., South Beach, reservations 305-672-2000.$ 85.00 per person not including tax and gratuity

Valentine dinner: Two glasses of Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne and a gift of our spa massage oil will be presented to each couple, along with a menu of Champagne & Sevruga Caviar Shooter; Appetizers such as Diver Sea Scallops and Perigord Truffles Salad with baby frisee or Duck Foie Gras Terrine with Vanilla Flavored Quince Compote; followed by main courses of Shrimp Moqueca or Beef Tenderloin "Casanova" with Caramelized yucca gnocchi and wild mushrooms ragout. For desserts: The Love Nest, Strawberry & meringue symphony with Lemon curd whipped cream, Chambord liquor coulis, chocolate cigar, gold leaves

 

TUSCAN STEAK,433 Washington Avenue on South Beach 305-534-2233. Valentine�s Day Dinner menu price individually as a la carte. Caviar for Two: One ounce of Sevruga Caviar with Traditional Accompaniments $120; Hearts of Palm Salad $14; 2 � Pound Maine Lobster Roasted & Stuffed with Truffle Lobster Mash Potatoes $80; Whole Roasted Bronzini (1 � pounds) With Shrimp & Crab Stuffing $32;

16 ounce Filet for two With a Truffle B�arnaise Sauce& Cornmeal Crisped Oysters $75. Dessert: Heart Shaped Chocolate Tartufo with Godiva Raspberry Coulis $10

 

CHINA GRILL 404 Washington Avenue, South Beach 305-534-2211.

Valentine�s Day special Dinners for two that include a 2 � lb. Maine Lobster and a 30 oz. Porterhouse Steak� ��$150.00 per person plus tax and gratuity.�� The same Dinner with a bottle of Moet Rose Champagne for $225.00 per couple plus tax and gratuity,� or with a bottle of Perrier Jouet Flower Champagne for $300.00 per couple plus tax and gratuity.� China Grill�s regular menu will also be available.

VIX AT HOTEL VICTOR 1144 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, (305) 428-1234. $385 to $455 per night. Dinner only $95 per person

Very Valentine�s Day Exclusive Room and Dinner Packages� ��includes two-night luxury accommodations in a Victor Room or a Very Victor room for the nights of February 13 and February 14; a complimentary bath selection from the hotel�s exclusive bath menu; an array of Chef James Wierzelewsky�s spice-route chocolate truffles; complimentary overnight valet parking and a $25 gift coupon toward any of SPA V�s services.� Guests will also be greeted with a limited edition box of Pommery champagne and flutes exclusive to HOTEL VICTOR customers.�

�Diners will also be greeted with a glass of Moet & Chandon Brut Rose and a choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert from VIX�s ethnic-inspired menu.� �

 

NORTH ONE 10 RESTAURANT 11052 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 305-893-4211 $65.00 per person, or $100.00 per person with selected wine flights non inclusive of taxes, gratuity

Valentine Weekend menu prepared by Chef Dewey LoSasso ��Saturday Feb 11th And Tuesday Feb 14th features Foreplay: Oven Roasted Malbec Oysters Filled With Rock Shrimp And Brie, or Corn Cakes With American Sturgeon Caviar Deviled Eggs And Cr�me Fraiche; Take A Breath: �Lovers Heart Of Palm Salad and Parmesan Toast or Three Mushroom Risotto Lingering With Alba White Truffle Oil; Entrees: Grilled Filet Mignon with Pink Peppercorn Sauce, Yukon Gold Potato "Pillows", or

Basil And Mint Crusted Tuna with Lemon Couscous "Salad", or Roasted Crisp Duck with Polenta Souffl� and Orange Lavender Sauce, or Angus Short Rib "Pot Pie" with Goat Cheese Mashed. �To Feed Each Other: Saut�ed Asparagus, Sun dried Berries; Amaretto Kissed Mashed Sweet Potatoes. �After The Climax A Three Way of Milk, Dark and White Chocolates, or Sensual Sabayon of Berries and Tropical Fruit Chocolate Truffles and Viagra Inspired Cookies.

 

SUSHISAMBA dromo600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-673-5337 $69 per person

Valentine�s Day �Aphrodisiac Menu �with special cocktail creations and Chef Jose Mendin�s specialties �in 5-courses starting with "Fire and Ice" chilled Kumamoto oyster, black truffle-sake ice & smoked candied ginger, "French Kissed" Taylor bay scallops, lamb sweetbreads & red beet tiradito; "Cupid�s Bull�s-eye" chestnut crusted venison, bitter ancho chocolate & boniato puree; Assorted sushi selection and Brazilian & Japanese chocolate tasting.

Also: Wasabi Tuesdays karaoke party singles mingle extravaganza for Singles hosted by South Beach stand-up comedian Rocco, will be followed by New York City�s DJ, Ani Phearce�s classic rock, 80�s, funkadelica, acid house, hip-hop and dance sounds ��

PIERRE�S RESTAURANT AND MORADA BAY BEACH CAF� 81600 Overseas Highway, (Mile Marker 81.6, bayside), in Islamorada, 305.664.0604

Seatings for Pierre�s include: 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.� Morada Bay Beach Caf� will offer four seatings.� ��

Bayfront Stunner for Valentine�s Day at Pierre�s After an opening drink, guests are escorted up the wide, spiral staircase to dinner: a special a la carte menu featuring a selection of soups, salads, appetizers, entrees and desserts created especially for the romantic evening with a gourmet, aphrodisiac flair. Desserts include a heart-shaped Cr�me Brulee, garnished with fresh berries; and Pierre�s famous Molten Chocolate Cake with a soft warm Valrhona chocolate center and house made vanilla ice cream.� Special requests, such as chocolate messages written on dessert plates, may be accommodated with advanced notice.

Casual Romance Sand-In-Your-Toes at Morada Bay Beach Caf� �Tiki torches, twinkling stars, mellow tunes and dining barefoot in the sand with a special a la carte menu of American/Caribbean and Florida Keys favorites including a wide array of soups, salads, tapas, sandwiches and entr�es.��

 

3030 OCEAN �Fort Lauderdale at the Marriot Harbor Beach Resort & Spa (3030 Holiday Drive (954) 765-3129

Valentine�s Cooking Class for Lovers between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

As part of his monthly Sunday cooking classes, Chef Dean James Max �����will host a special couples-themed cooking class and lunch on Sunday, February 12, 2006.� Priced at $60 per person, limited to 20 guests, the class will give budding gourmets and home chefs the opportunity to sharpen their skills, learn new techniques, glean kitchen secrets from a pro and go home with recipes and hands-on knowledge as well as a survey on the art of wine pairing.

 

THE CORAL GABLES PALM   Village of Merrick Park,   4425 Ponce de Leon Blvd.,   786.552.7256$125 per couple

Valentine�s Surf & Turf for Two with two splits of� Chandon Brut Classic, a choice of Caesar Salad or mixed greens, a choice of two sides, an 18-ounce Prime New York Strip Steak and a 3-pound Nova Scotia Lobster; crowned by a New York Cheese Cake to share.
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MOROCCAN NIGHTS ��9555 Harding Avenue, Surfside, one block south of Bal Harbour shops.� 305.865.5333.  �$49/person

Exotic Valentine Day�s dinner with Belly Dancing, romance and a four course menu with two Kir Royal, six delicious Moroccan Nights Salads, and Moroccan Delight: a sampling of Moroccan cigars, tilapia, tuna and chicken briwat and spinach bastilla; Chicken Tajine with Lemon Confit served with a Moroccan rice; and sweet Bastilla a sweet puff pastry filled with cr�me anglaise and almond.

 

 

OLA �AT THE SAVOY HOTEL, 400 Ocean Crive, South Beach �Contact Rosemary Staltare for reservations 786 683.0045

Starry Nights of Romance Stroll hand & hand through the grounds of The Savoy Hotel as you lead that someone special to dine on a private veranda overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Candles flicker over moonlit waters as famed Chef Douglas Rodriguez prepares for you a five course culinary journey. Sip on champagne as your personal waiter tends to your every need. Couple will leave with a box of chocolate delicacies and retire to a candle lit room garnished with rose petals

LA COFRADIA 2525 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables. (305) 914-1300. $75.00 per person (tax, gratuity and beverages are additional).

Valentine�s day is a sweet deal �with a three-course Valentine�s Day Menu at La Cofradia: First Course � choice of Eggplant Carpaccio or Balsamic Bacon Wrapped Shrimp or Tuna & Salmon Tartare garnished with Caviar; Second Course � choice of Risotto del Cofrade Peruvian Yellow Chilies with a Fresh Grilled Seasonal Lobster Tail, or Braised Lamb Shank Purple Corn, Leek and Red Pepper Rice with Saut�ed Artichokes and Asparagus, or Crispy Skin Duck Magret served with a Gruyere and Parmesan Potato Gratin with Saut�ed Haricot Verts. Desserts: ����Chilled Mandarin Tiramisu spiked with a Praline of Brazil Nuts atop a Kiwi, Vanilla and Caramel Anglaise or Peruvian Lucuma Mousse Garnished with Chocolate Macaroons, Chocolate Ice cream and a Dark Chocolate Sauce or Chocolate Marquise with Raspberry Sauce.

MOSAICO RESTAURANT1000 South Miami Avenue, Downtown Miami. (305) 371-3473 $80 per person (tax and gratuity are additional

On February 14 Valentine's Day prix fixe 7-course menu dinner with twelve aphrodisiacs features: Chef�s Tapa of the Day; Fresh Oysters with Seaweed Salad, Trout Egg and Chilled Almond Soup; Chesapeake Bay Scallops with Sea Urchin Cream and Leak Crisp; Mediterranean Sea Bass with "Migas" and Red Wine Sauce; Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Vanilla Potatoes and Grape Fruit; Mosaico Strawberry Cava; Chocolate, Roses, and Passion Fruit; Special Valentine's Petits Fours.

 

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MIAMI� For hotel reservations (305) 913-8288, toll free (866) 888-6780 $60 per person (plus tax and gratuity at Caf� Sambal.  150 per person (plus tax and gratuity) at Azul.

YRomance on The Bay at �Caf� Sambal with a �three-course, candlelit dinner from 5-11 p.m.: Sea Bream Salad With Cucumber, Scallion, Carrot, Radish, Chili Oil and Ginger/Scallion  Ponzu or Foie Gras and BBQ Eel With Caramelized Apple and Tender Green Onion; Ginger-Butter Poached Lobster With Bamboo Rice "Risotto" or Faux Curried Lamb Loin With Dried Fruits, Curry Oil, Grilled Pineapple, Warm Coconut Gelee and Ginger Flowers ; Valentine�s Desserts Heart Shape Cakes: Raspberry Creamy filling, Rose-White Chocolate Mousse or Caramel Creamy filling, Dark Chocolate mousse

YAt Azul, the Sexy Four-Course Valentine�s Menu, served from 6:30-10:30 p.m. offers First Course: "The Morning After" (Steak n� Egg) Beef Tartare, Truffle Vinaigrette, Crispy Egg Yolk, Fontina Toast;� Kumamoto Oysters Wrapped in Cucumber, Horseradish Cream, Mignonette, Farm Raised Ossetra Caviar; "Bleeding Heart Scallop" Seared Scallop Carpaccio, Blood Orange & Soy Vinaigrette, Avocado, "Hearts" Of Palm. Second Course: Love Letters of Potato and Mascarpone, Maine Lobster, Tomatoes, Chives; "Menage A Foie": "Pillows" of Truffled Ricotta, Shaved Black Truffles, Champagne Sauce.� Third Course: Ribeye On The Bone For Two, "Luscious" Potatoes, Mushroom Glaze, Shallot Rings; "Heart n� Sole" Pan Fried Dover Sole, Celery Root Puree, Braised Celery Hearts, Macona Almonds, Caper Brown Butter; Red Wine Braised Veal "Cheeks", Chive Spaetzle, Creme Fraiche; Dessert: Chocolate for Lovers, A Combination of Passion Fruit and Coconut With an Exotic Sorbet.

YFor those wanting a romantic waterside setting for a cocktail celebration, the Lobby Lounge and M-Bar will be serving champagne specials and "Martini Kiss" for $12 from 5 p.m. to midnight.

 

YValentine�s Weekend Luxury overnight packages, rejuvenating spa rituals and outstanding romance-themed meals at Azul and Caf� Sambal. For those seeking the Ultimate Valentine�s Package Mandarin Oriental, Miami offers Bentley roundtrip airport transfers; Two-nights accommodation in a luxurious Biscayne Suite overlooking the bay and skyline; One dinner for two at award-winning Azul restaurant with special six-course menu, a bottle of Chateaux Lafite Rothschild and VIP seating; Ayurvedic Holistic Body Treatment for two in the Couples' Suite at The Spa with breathtaking water views; Bottle of vintage Dom Perignon champagne with Beluga caviar; Dozen red roses; A one-hour romantic sunset sail with champagne; Two Martini Kiss drinks at M-Bar; Orchid-petal bubble bath at turndown; Breakfast in bed with Mimosas; Two custom Mandarin Oriental, Miami plush robes.�� �Cost: From $802 and $1,479 per couple for a two-night stay to $9,999 per couple; rates are subject to availability and are exclusive of tax. Valid for the evenings of February 13 & 14 or 14 & 15, 2006.

FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN The Garden House and Lawn at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden ��305-667 1651, ext. 3358� Parking: visitors center/ North entrance.$45 Fairchild members; $60 non-members; $15 children 6-17, $125 VIP

 

Valentine�s Day Moonlight Musical, The Romance of Jazz,Tuesday, February 14 , 2006; 7pm to 9pm (Gates open at 5:30pm) Set in the lush tropical surroundings of Fairchild and amongst the dazzling glass artistry of Dale Chihuly, Fairchild�s Garden House Lawn is the perfect outdoor concert venue. Feel free to bring blankets or small lawn chairs and a picnic basket. Or, if you prefer, gourmet dinner baskets and wine are available for purchase in advance. To order, please call JoAnna�s Marketplace at 305- 661-5777.

 

LE BISTRO�� Main Street Plaza� 4626 North Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, Ft. Lauderdale �(954) 946-9240 $45 per person Wine flight available at $25.00 per person.

Valentine Dinner Menu from Friday, February 10 to Tuesday, February 14�� prepared by chef Andy Trousdale includes an Aphrodisiac Platter for 2 made for Sharing� (Crab Salad, Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Salmon, Potage of Mussels & Saffron); Salad D'Amore� (Mixed Organic Greens, Toasted Almonds, Blue Cheese, Vine-Ripe Tomatoes, Cucumber, Endive, Roast Garlic Dressing);�� Surf & Turf� (Filet Mignon, Jumbo Shrimps, Spears of Asparagus, Bearnaise Sauce, Sweet Potato Mash); Chocolate Decadence & Almond Biscotti, and Russian Caviar available by special request and pre-order only.�

 

 

THE RITZ-CARLTON, KEY BISCAYNE, 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, (305) 365-4500 The Sensory Odyssey Dinner is available for $800 per couple, excluding tax and gratuity. The five-course prix fixe Cioppino menu is $180 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

Sensory Odyssey Dinner Celebrate Valentine�s Day with five course aphrodisiac-infused menu in private gazebo. Taste, touch, hearing, sight, and smell are equally impacted in the exclusive "Sensory Odyssey" dinner at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, which presents a five-course aphrodisiac-infused dinner served by private butler in an idyllic, secluded oceanfront gazebo bathed in candlelight and filled with scattered rose petals.

CIOPPINO AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, KEY BISCAYNE

Lovebirds may also indulge in a special five-course Valentine�s Day menu features a choice of Roasted Sea Bass with Asparagus Flan in Red Wine Sauce or Braised Short Ribs with Parsnip Pur�e, accompanied by four gourmet courses.

TOUCH RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 910 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

305-532-8003 from 7pm-12am $125.00 per person for dinner; $5000 per couple for Fruits of Desire VIP Package.

"Celebration of Love" Valentine's Day Fruits of Desire Packages includes an All day spa package for two; Roundtrip Limo Service; 10 dozen roses; 6 course tasting menu prepared for you by Executive Chef Sean Brasel with a bottle of Dom Perignon Rose, Cristal Rose and Veuve Cliquot Rose served by your own personal waiter at a private table shrouded in red fabric.  

Celebrate Love 4 Course Dinner prepared ��by Executive Chef Sean Brasel starts with a salad, and continues with appetizers such as Braised Key West Stone Crab "Bisque

", Mango Foie-Gras Empanada; Fiji Tuna Carpaccio, Sweetbread Ravioli; Tempura Prime Beef on Bamboo and Royal Caviar and Smoked Sable Napoleon (Additional $50). Among the many entrees there is Grilled Prime Filet Mignon; Colorado� Lamb Chops; Mixed Grill Flock Of Three; Herb Encrusted Chilean Sea Bass;� Florida Keys Wild Wahoo;� Szechwan Pepper Crusted Hawaiian Tuna; and� Touch Vegetarian Taster. For Dessert: Velvety Chocolate Tower Filled with Coconut Passion Cr�me; Succulent Warm Pineapple Polenta Cake topped with Sour Pucker Lemon Ice; Homemade Godiva Infused Truffles and Chocolate Dipped Strawberry.

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