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February 10, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Here's a news flash, folks: No matter what your guy says, when Valentine's Day arrives, he so does not want that heart-festooned necktie, cupid-covered hot water bottle or I.O.U. snuggle coupon. After briefly recalling the grisly fate met by the holiday's namesake 3rd century martyr, he will, however, smile broadly if gifted in such a manner. His lips will form the words: "You shouldn't have," but said gifts will disappear, never to be seen again. That doesn't mean you don't have viable gifting options.
January 21, 2010
If you're trying to figure out how to make the best of Valentine's Day, or if you're just in love with a stubborn friend who won't come around, you might want to consider learning how to bake an aphrodisiac cake. Kiss My Bundt owner Chrysta Wilson has teamed up with self-professed aphrodisiac authority Amy Reiley , author of "Fork Me, Spoon Me: The Sensual Cookbook," to help you tighten up your game through the creation of your own "love cake." Life of Reiley Test Kitchen, L.A. (address will be disclosed upon reservation)
February 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
What better way is there to tell someone you love them than by giving them a hot pink phone? That's what Verizon Wireless thinks you should do. The carrier announced a Valentine's Day edition of the Motorola Droid RAZR M on Friday morning. The device looks just like its black-and-white counterpart, but it has a bright magenta frame. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 The New Jersey-based carrier put the device on sale along with a flurry of of other Valentine's Day deals . Besides offering a special version of the Droid RAZR M, Verizon has also discounted the phone by $50 and now offers it for $49.99 with a two-year contract.
January 31, 2010
Santa Catalina Island Co. has put together a Valentine's Day package sure to keep planning your getaway to a minimum. Those who are feeling extra romantic can even renew their wedding vows. The deal: The package price is $445 per couple if you stay Feb. 14 and 15 or $532 if you stay Feb. 13 and 14. The package includes round-trip transportation on the Catalina Express, two nights at the Hotel Atwater, dinner at the Catalina Country Club and tickets to the "All You Need Is Love" dance in the Casino Ballroom on Feb. 14. During the dance, there will be a wedding vow renewal in the ballroom overlooking Avalon Bay. Info: Santa Catalina Island Co., (800)
February 12, 2013 | By John Verive
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 7, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
I love love. When it comes to Valentine's Day, though, I'd rather skip the whole ordeal and enjoy a date night with my husband on any other night in February. The only thing more dreadful than prix fixe Valentine's meals are the restaurants packed with people slogging through multi-course dinners on forced dates. Almost as bad: Gaudy bouquets with baby's breath. And a close runner-up: Hallmark's tacky version of hearts. “Succumbing in haste to the pressure to be romantic and generous because one holiday dictates we should act this way hardly honors a true and enduring relationship,” writes Iris Krasnow on the Huffington Post.
February 1, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
"Valentine's Day" and "sightseeing tour" probably shouldn't be uttered in the same sentence. But I like the pace and low cost of this night-time spin around New York City . The Highline, the Statue of L i berty and the top of 30 Rock as well as dinner in Little Italy are all part of the tour for $79 a person. The deal: The five-hour Night on the Town Tour from Gray Line New York takes $10 off each ticket by buying online rather than at a ticket booth or elsewhere.
February 14, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Happy Valentine's Day! If you're in a relationship, you can rejoice in knowing that married couples are not only healthier, but research also shows that they live longer than their single peers. But if you're single, you can take pleasure instead in knowing that there's nothing healthy about most Valentine's Day chocolate -- and lucky for you, you don't have to consume any of it! And that in and of itself could make you healthier, provided that you don't wallow in a pint of ice cream instead.
January 31, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
If there was any doubt that Valentine's Day is as much about consumption as it is about amour, consider this: Americans will shell out $20.8 billion on Feb. 14 this year. That's 3.2% more than in 2012, or $134.08 a person, according to a report from research group IBISWorld. Much of that spending will come on conventional gifts such as candy and flowers as they weather the higher payroll taxes originating from the government's fiscal cliff negotiations, according to IBISWorld.
February 14, 2010 | By April Orcutt
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.
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