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Valentine's Day Weekend
Friday February 11 to Monday, February 14, 2005


The Cheese Market. 3409 Main Highway. Coconut Grove. 305-446-8800. Thursday, February 10, 7-9 pm. Complimentary Pre-Valentine Weekend Italian Wine and Gourmet cheese tasting.

Sunset Wines and Liquors, 10776 Sunset Drive, South Miami, 305 271-3090.Saturday, February 12, 6pm-9pm. Valentines Day-Wines of Passion tasting including Champagnes, Sparkling Wines, Ports, Dessert Wines, etc. Cost: $5.00 per person to be used towards purchase

Caf� Boulud at The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach. Reservations: 561-655-6060. www.danielnyc.comFriday to Sunday, February 11-13, Seasonal � la carte menu with specially created Valentine's Day selections.

Caf� Boulud at The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach. Reservations: 561-655-6060. www.danielnyc.comFriday. Monday, February 14, Three-course prix fixe Valentine's Day menu. Reservations: Cost: $75.

Chef Allen's, 19088 N.E. 29th Avenue, Aventura. Reservations: 305.935.2900 or www. Friday February 11 to Monday February 14, All-week end Chef Allen's special tasting menu paired with Champagne including Chef Allen Susser's signature Wild Florida shrimp escabeche, Bahamian lobster and Crab Cakes; almond-crusted goat cheese; Surf and Turf with crabby green risotto; adobo filet mignon; pistachio-crusted grouper; Green Tea Citrus Herb Roasted Quail; Grilled free-range chicken with almond couscous and preserved lemon salad; and a cornucopia of dsserts such as Tahitian cr�me Br�l�e and bittersweet Chocolate Valrhona Truffles. Cost: $75 per person + tax and gratuity

Chef Allen's, 19088 N.E. 29th Avenue, Aventura. Reservations: 305.935.2900 or www. Monday, February 14, starting 5 p.m., the Lovers menu. Each lady will receive recipe and spices prepared by Chef Allen. Cost: $75 per person + tax and gratuity

Azul, Mandarin Oriental, Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive. Reservations, call (305) 913-8358. Monday, February 14th through Friday, February 18, 6:30 p.m the Azul "Wine Lover's Affair" package provides romance, culinary delights and an opportunity to sample, taste and sip the finest wines. Azul's sommelier Richard Hales will greet guests with a glass of their favorite champagne, guide them through an exclusive tour of the Azul 700 selections wine cellar. Following the tour, guests will indulge in a private wine tasting of the most seductive wines, learn about wine pairings and then personally select wines to be paired with their four-course tasting menu prepared by chef Clay Conley. $440 per couple plus tax and gratuity. Room packages are also available at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

Tara Steak & Lobster House, 2889 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove, Fl. 33133. Reservations: 305-444-6244. www.tarasteakandlobsterhouse.com. Friday to Monday, February 11-14, Romantic Valentine Weekend at Tara Steak & Lobster House with the classic dry-aged Porterhouse steak for two and two to four pound sweet-fleshed Maine lobster for sharing, as well as � la carte stone crab claws, Chilean sea bass or jumbo crab cakes. Choose from a list of more than 200 wines from around the world and cap off a Romantic night with desserts like the Carnegie Deli Cheesecake, Tara Steakcake, Chocolate Souffl� or Pear Crostata to the sound of singer Gabe Amato's with romantic songs.

The Diner, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables. Reservations: 305-669-2698. Romance your Valentine, Friday February 11 to Monday February 14, with a luscious three-course Champagne Dinner including Avocado martini topped with shrimp ceviche; Gazpacho Andaluz; a choice of 12 oz. Charcoal grilled New York sirloin steak with goat cheese tart or pan-seared rum-glazed red snapper with Beluga lentils and creamy spinach, and the �Supreme Aphrodisiac for Two��a chocolate threesome . Cost: $29.99 per person + tax and gratuity includes a glass of Pink French Champagne, a long-stemmed rose for the ladies and free parking.

Mosaico Restaurant, 1000 South Miami Avenue, Miami. Reservations: (305) 371-3473 Monday, February 14, Mosaico Valentine's Day prix fixe 7-course dinner menu prepared by Executive Chef Jordi Vall�s includes ten aphrodisiacs that will make the night sweeter than sweet, with dishes like Fresh Oysters with Sea Water Granit� and Ginger-Lemon Jelly, Roasted Turbot with Sea Urchin Cream, Pan-Seared Lamb Tenderloin with Licorice, Creamy Eucalyptus Ravioli and Smoked Oil, Chilled Passion Fruit Soup with Rosewater Foam, Dark Chocolate in Textures with a Touch of Exotic Spices including Saffron and Cardamom, Petit Fours . Cost: $75 per person

Tinello Restaurant, 976 41st Street, Miami Beach. Reservations: (305) 674-7676. Monday, February 14, Valentine's Day Italian three-course prix fixe menu, priced at $29.95 per person, includes Ravioli Ripieni D'Amore, Pan Roasted Herb Marinated Baby Lamb Chops, Marinated Artichoke Heart with Buffala Mozzarella, Lemon Tiramisu and a few chocolate Baci. (tax and gratuity are additional).

Venetian Pool, Coral Gables. Reservations: 305-460-5357 or 305-460-5306 must be made by February 9. Monday, February 14, Romance Under the Stars, 6 to 10 p.m. Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance featuring delicious food and romantic music. Love birds can enjoy dinner, cocktails, dessert and Champagne, and later dance to the Sounds of Boogieman George. Cost: $100 per couple for Coral Gables residents/ $135 for non-residents.

Chispa, 225 Altara Avenue, Coral Gables. Reservations: 305-648-2600. Chispa Valentine Weekend for Singles, Couples, And Families. Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14,
Friday, February 11, 6 pm to midnight, Singles Night "Love Affairs" with Bubbles & Sparks with complimentary Champagne and Champagne cocktails for ladies from 6pm-9pm.; POKER CHIP redeemable for a complimentary Sintini or a drink of your choice; Wacky sexy Love Potion #9 and Blue Steel drink specials; Aphrodisiac inspired menu items like Chocolate Fondue and Passion Fruit Sangria accompanied by love inspired Music and Movies to "Spark your Soul".
Saturday, February 12, 5:30 p.m. to midnight. "Lasting Love" Couples Night with complimentary glass of Champagne upon being seated and Red petals on tables, aphrodisiac inspired Menu items, Chispa's Love inspired Music and Movies and Bring the Babysitter (her/him) a cookie bag from Chispa.
Sunday, February 13, noon to 10:30p.m. "Family Love" Feast with Chispa's family style menu: appetizers, entrees, and desserts - perfect for sharing, along with a pitcher of Sangria.
Monday, February 14, 5:30p.m. to 11:00p.m. "Valentine's Day" with Complimentary glass of Champagne upon being seated, Red petals on tables, Chispa's aphrodisiac inspired menu items, keepsake photo, and Chispas's Love inspired Music and Movies.

The Delano, 1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Reservations 305.674.6400.
Weekend Valentine Celebrations: From The Extravagant To The Delectable:
Orchard Dining Experience
complete with Butler service for (4 guests), with a dinner of Royal Persicus Caviar, Lobster, Oysters, Ceviche, Jumbo Shrimp, Sushi, Dessert and a Magnum of Dom Perignon, Cost for four: $1800.00, plus tax and gratuity.
Poolside Exclusive Cabana Dining: Private Dinner for 2 with Butler Service includes Exotic Shellfish Platter, 1 oz. Royal Persicus Caviar with Bellini�s and Toast Points, Maine Lobster, Oysters, Ceviche, Jumbo Shrimp, Dragon Roll, Assorted Sashimi and Hamachi, Dessert and a bottle of Dom Perignon. Cost: $900.00 per couple, tax and gratuity not included.
Poolside beds: Includes a bottle of Laurent Perrier Brut, NV per couple, 1 oz. American Caviar, Shellfish Platter including (Lobster, Jumbo Shrimp, Oysters). Cost: $350.00 per couple, tax & gratuity not included.
Monday, February 14, Blue Door at Delano Valentine Four-course Dinner with a complimentary glass of Champagne Laurent Perrier Ros�. malpeque oysters with leek fondue and caviar; Maine lobster salad; Baby veal rack, and molten velvet chocolate cake sauce griottine. Cost: $89.00 per person , tax & gratuity not included.

Pearl Restaurant & Champagne Lounge, Penrod's, One Ocean Drive, South Beach. Information (305) 538-1111 ext 106. Kevinb@penrods.com; www.nikkibeach.com
Monday, February 14, A haven for lovers Valentine dinner at Pearl Restaurant & Champagne Lounge: A choice of a Prix Fixe Dinner for two with Kumamoto oysters, Toro Tataki, Grilled Sonoma Valley quail, pistachio-crusted halibut, herb-roasted lamb loin and Chocolate Tasting for Two; or Executive Chef Jason McClain and Executive Sushi Chef Ed Ueno's � la carte menus. $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Nikki Beach, Penrod's, One Ocean Drive, South Beach. Information (305) 538-1111 ext 106. Kevinb@penrods.com; www.nikkibeach.com
Monday, February 14, from 6 P.M Valentine Day The Largest Singles Party on the Sands. Mix it up with young professionals, dating games, i.e. Speed Dating, Nuts and Bolts, etc. . Complimentary featured cocktails for ladies from 7 P.M. No cover

Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Reservations: (954) 602-8330. www.satine.com. Monday, February 14, from 7 P.M Valentine Day dinner a lush evening of culinary pleasure at Satine Restaurant & Lounge with Executive Chef Tommy Nguyen's romantic menu including oysters gratin�e, colossal prawn Thermidor, pan-roasted Petit Filet and an ecstasy of poached pears with rum Port glaze and petits fours of strawberries and truffles:. Valet Parking. Self-Parking available across the street. $100 per person excluding tax and gratuity
Nikki Marina, (954) 602-8750. www.nikkimarina.com Monday, February 14, from 7 P.M Valentine Day and First Anniversary dinner with Executive Chef Timothy Hughes four course dinner of lobster bisque, pan-seared Filet mignon and Australian lobster tail, French chicken and chocolate tasting for two : $150 per couple excluding tax and gratuity

Ortanique on the Mile, 278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Reservations 305-446-7710. Monday, February 14th, Valentine's Day Celebration with an a-la-carte menu featuring Ortanique on the Mile's Chef Cindy Hutson's new dishes created to debut, simultaneously, at a Valentine's Day Dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in New York, including selections such as Pan Seared Hawaiian Jumbo Sweet Prawns with a Gingered Parsnip Puree in a Saffron Vanilla Glaze & Peatip Salad ($27); Black Truffle Crepe Stuffed with Braised Short Ribs, Giganda Beans, Sweet Onions, Grape Tomatoes and Chevre Smashed Potatoes ($30) .

Bluepoint Ocean Grill , 5730 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Reservations: 954.327.8911. Monday February 14, Divine Dining on Valentine's Day at Hard Rock/Seminole Paradise. A Prelude to a Kiss�with a five-course prix-fixe Valentine's Day package including a bottle of featured Champagne, Oysters on the Half-shell, Lobster Bisque, Asparagus & Tomato Salad and deluxe entr�e platter of Sliced Beef Tenderloin & Maine Lobster Thermidor served with asparagus and potato puree. Dessert is "Chef's Chocolate Whim." Daily dinner menu also available. Cost: $110 per couple, excluding tax & gratuity.
Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne, 350 Ocean Drive, Key Biscayne (305) 365-5007. www.sonesta.com/keybiscayne
Beach Dining Under the Stars, Monday, February 14th. A candlelit four-course gourmet dinner right on the beach with a bottle of Perrier Jou�t Brut Champagne and a rose. Cocktails 6:30 � 7 pm, Guitarist � 6:30 � 10:30 pm, Dinner � 7 pm sharp. $250.00 per couple excluding tax and gratuity. Must be pre-paid.
A Toast to Your Valentine, Purple Dolphin Restaurant, Monday, February 14th. A romantic four-course gourmet dinner and a glass of Perrier Jou�t Brut Champagne to toast your Valentine. $180.00 per couple.

Sonesta Hotel & Suites Coconut Grove , 2889 McFarlane Rd, Coconut Grove, (305)447-8280
Valentine�s Day Dinner at Panorama Restaurant, Monday, February 14. Overlooking the Bay at the hotel�s delightful 8th floor restaurant: A special three-course prix-fixe menu that includes selection of appetizer, entr�e and dessert, plus a glass of wine or champagne and complimentary valet parking, $75 per person. www.sonesta.com/coconutgrove

Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort - 18001 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, 305-692-5770 www.trumpsonesta.com/
Romantic Valentine�s Dinner at Neomi�s Grill, overlooking the pool, Monday, February 14. 6 - 11 PM. A four-course gourmet meal and bottle of champagne Musical entertainment. $200 per couple. Reservations required.
Dinner on the Beach, Monday, February 14. 7 PM, A four-course dinner served on the beach to the sounds of a live saxophone, and with a bottle of champagne. $300 per couple. Reservations required
The Ultimate Romantic Dinner in a Private Beach Cabana, Monday, February 14. 7 PM. A four-course dinner served in the intimacy of a Cabana with rose petals, tiki torches and your own private waiter, .on the beach to the sounds of a live saxophone, and with a bottle of champagne. $350 per couple. 305-692-5770

BALEENmiami, 4 Grove Isle Dr. Coconut Grove, Reservations: 305-857-5007. www.groveisle.com/dining.cfm.
Friday, Feb. 11 � Sunday, Feb. 13, Valentine Weekend. 6-course Degustation Menu including yellow tomato gazpacho soup, salad with lobster and jumbo lump crap, duck with wild asparagus, Maine lobster with caviar, prime short rib, a cheese course and poached pear with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. Cost: $120 per person, paired with wine additional $65, + tax and gratuity.
Monday, February 14, Valentine Day dinner Prepared by Executive Chef Donna Wynter. The menu includes potato cannelloni stuffed with Maine lobster, duck confit, choice of grilled double rack of lamb, wood roasted breast of African pheasant or pan seared sea bass and vanilla bean pannacotta and petite fours for dessert. Cost: $185 per person with unlimited champagne, + tax and gratuity.

Acqua, Four Seasons Hotel Miami, 1435 Brickell Ave, Downtown Miami. Reservations 305-381-3381
Valentine's weekend from Friday, February 11 to Monday, February 14 and Monday, February 14th, from 8:00 p.m. Candle-lit 3-course menu in a private poolside cabana, including a bottle of champagne. Ladies receive flowers and a box of chocolate temptations prepared by the hotel's executive pastry chef, Franck Monnier. $185 per person plus tax and gratuity Room packages are also available.

Carmen The Restaurant, David William Hotel, 700 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, Reservations: 305-913-1944.
Friday, February 11 to Monday February 14, Valentine Weekend tasting menu with Chef Carmen and guest: 2004 James Beard Award Best Pastry Chef winner Emily Luchetti, from Farallon in San Francisco. The 5-course dinner starting with Toston Relleno with a Serenata of Bacalao, Chorizo and Fingerling Potatoes, is followed by Yuca and Slow Roasted Garlic Mofongo Stuffed with Florida Lobster, then by Pan Seared Red Snapper Fillet, Niman Ranch Pork Tenderloin, and Colorado Boneless Lamb Chop Loin with Corn Flan. Dinner ends with two desserts created by award-winning pastry chef Luchetti: Raspberry Sorbet Vanilla Cream Meringue Sundae, and Bittersweet Chocolate Torte with Cocoa Nib Pirouettes and Caramel Sauce. Regular menu will also be available. Tasting Menu 65.pp Flight of Wines 35.pp

Lea's Tea Room & Caf�, (2nd floor of Bal Harbour Shops) , 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour. Reservations ask for Sophie: 305.868.0901
Valentine's Day Feb. 14 from 12 to 8 p.m., Show your love on Valentine's Day at a traditional European tea salon with fresh, light fare and a glass of Kir Royal, a glass of pink champagne or a glass of wine and an assortment of decadent Parisian desserts. Price: $39.50, taxes and gratuity not included
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