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February 10, 2012 |
Let's face it, climate change is incredibly un-sexy. We don't care how many nude protesters are involved. But it's about to get worse. A new mini-report from the environmental group Climate Nexus points out that climate change is poised to wreck Valentine's Day, or at least change it significantly, by threatening chocolate production. That's right. Global warming is very bad for chocolate. As reported by The Times, research from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture found last year that as temperatures rise, the principal growing regions for cocoa could shrink, especially in Ghana and Ivory Coast, the sources of half the world's supply.
February 9, 2010 |
Dtox Day Spa - Los Feliz The Valentine's weekend celebration at luxuriously tranquil Dtox includes spa treats, gifts, and a little bubbly. Promotions include the "Hot Chocolate Facial" (50 minutes; $95), the "Kissed by a Rose Organic Facial" (50 minutes; $125) the "Floating on Air 'dtoxygen' Facial" (50 minutes; $225), the "Choco-Delight Body Treatment" which includes a chocolate raspberry sugar body scrub and a hydrating organic shea butter body wrap and the "Aroma-Berry-apy Custom Massage" (both 50 minutes; single $95, couple $190)
February 4, 2013 |
Treat your sweetie to a Valentine's Day getaway at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa , just 90 minutes from Los Angeles. Pressed for time and can't escape by Feb. 14? The resort's "28 Days of Romance" offers are good until the end of February. Go ahead, play Cupid and choose from one of these room packages: "Relax into Romance" features a dinner at the Oak Grill, either fireside or outside under the 200-year-old oaks, a bottle of Ojai Valley Inn rose Champagne and a late check-out.
February 14, 2013 |
My husband never remembers Valentine's Day. He's just not sentimental that way. Lucky guy, because neither, as it happens, am I. But if you're with someone who does care, deeply, about celebrating Feb. 14 and, gulp, you've waited too late to get a reservation at her favorite restaurant, don't let panic send you out to buy some questionable red underthings at Trashy Lingerie. Head to the nearest wine shop, pick up a couple of Champagne flutes and a bottle of rosé Champagne. Bring said bottle over, already chilled, along with the makings of a simple but elegant supper -- you can manage a pasta dish or a steak, right?
February 14, 2013 |
Reeva Steenkamp, 30, the woman fatally shot in the home of double-amputee Olympian runner Oscar Pistorius, was a model and law-school graduate who was to give an inspirational talk Thursday at a Johannesburg school. On Twitter early Thursday morning, Steenkamp tweeted a message about her excitement about Valentine's Day. “What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow? It should be a day of love for everyone.” Steenkamp was one of FHM magazine's 100 Sexiest Women in the World for two years running, appeared in international and South African advertisements and was a celebrity contestant on "Tropika Island of Treasure," the South African version of "Survivor".
February 12, 2013 |
It seems like every restaurant in Los Angeles is offering a special menu this Valentine's Day, and they usually include champagne, wine, or a special cocktail menu selected to maximize the romance of the meal. But why settle for wine or booze on St. Valentine's Day when you really want to share a special brew with your lover? Here are a few options for craft-beer-centered celebrations around town -- and a few bottle suggestions if you'd rather spend the evening in the comfort of your home.
February 17, 2001 |
A man kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and forced her to marry him during a mass wedding ceremony in Albuquerque on Valentine's Day, authorities said. A criminal complaint accuses Robert Tellez, 36, of breaking into Jeanette Francia's apartment, threatening her and her two children with an ice pick and abducting them. He then allegedly forced Francia, 26, to marry him at a civil ceremony in which about 100 couples were wed by volunteer judges.
February 14, 2010 |
The bigger the heart, the bigger your love for your Valentine, right? We scoured a map of the U.S. to find some hearts measured in acres: Heart Lakes. These charmingly named bodies of water can help show your turtledove you're awash with love. And there's a bonus: They're near cozy inns or romantic bed and breakfasts. Once you have your sweetheart in the right place, the rest is up to you. And remember, romance isn't just for Valentine's Day, so if you're on vacation any time of year, a detour may be in order.
HOME & GARDEN
February 9, 2013 |
I'm in my traditional Cupidian buying frenzy leading up to Valentine's Day, my major organs bursting with good intentions, not knowing quite where to turn, getting a little angry about it actually -- the frustrations of unbridled romance, bordering on malice, verging on angina. Is this what they call lovesick? Or is it that wad-nut of food still stuck in my gullet from the Super Bowl party? During the power outage, I washed down the perfect barbecue sandwich with a double dose of chili, chased by teriyaki meatballs and fistfuls of Lebanese chicken, topped by about 50 oatmeal cookies.
February 14, 2001 |
I am considered "a catch" only in certain Third World countries, where my limited ability to read and write and my fondness for simple things like the squeeze bunt and a good crisp apple are not viewed as a lack of sophistication, as they often are here in America, in our First World home. So Valentine's Day takes on added significance for me. Each year, I must woo my wife again, start from scratch really. In marriage, there's no such thing as tenure.