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BUSINESS
February 8, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
Romance doesn't come cheap - at least not on St. Valentine's Day. A dozen red roses usually cost about $60, according to the Society of American Florists. But with Valentine's Day coming next week, most people will pay about $80, the trade group said. And although restaurant prices don't change, people tend to eat at more upscale restaurants for those Valentine's dates. Romantic couples will spend an average of $146.52 on Valentine's dinner dates, according to restaurant ratings guide Zagat, compared with about $70 on a typical meal for two. "On Valentine's Day, budgets go out the window," Zagat spokeswoman Tiffany Herklots said.
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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.
SPORTS
February 14, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
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".
NEWS
February 14, 2001 | CHRIS ERSKINE
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2010 | By Michael Ordoña
Just turned 19, tiny, pale-skinned actress Emma Roberts is in amused agreement with her "Valentine's Day" director Garry Marshall when she's told that he said her age group "makes love with its thumbs." "Our generation is definitely all about the texting and the e-mailing and the BBM-ing and the IM-ing; it's endless. I think a lot of things get misconstrued, because tone of voice is so important," she says, by turns claiming she doesn't text as much as she used to, then declaring she still loves it. "There should be a sarcasm font . . . because I'll make a sarcastic comment and the other person thinks I'm being rude when I'm not."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2008 | Mindy Farabee, Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK -- A few years ago, when the jaunty advice manual "He's Just Not That Into You" reached its zenith, co-authors Liz Tuccillo and Greg Behrendt -- both writers for HBO's "Sex and the City" -- scored bestselling ubiquity and couch time with Oprah by espousing a refreshingly pithy empowerment: If a guy is into you, he'll make the effort. If he doesn't, move on. No womanly excuse-mongering. Soon after, the whole singles-industrial complex came calling -- Could she do a TV segment on assembling just the right outfit for a first date?
BUSINESS
February 13, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Looking to take your lady love or handsome paramour for a romantic meal this Valentine's Day? White Castle is there for you. Harold and Kumar's favorite burger joint plans to offer candlelit dinners with table service Tuesday. It's just one of many quick service chains angling for a piece of the estimated $3.4 billion that will be spent on holiday dining. Most of that money usually goes to fine-dining establishments. But with many consumers still price sensitive, fast-food eateries are betting that they can siphon some of the prix-fixe crowd.
NEWS
February 14, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
President Obama today advised men everywhere to "go big" when it comes to Valentine's Day plans for their loved ones. Apparently for him, that includes a love tweet directed at the first lady. The president's campaign Twitter feed included this message this afternoon: "Hey, @MichelleObama: Happy Valentine's Day. " It was signed "-bo," which is meant to signify that the message was, indeed, from the commander in chief himself. Mrs. Obama hasn't responded yet. But she did post yesterday on her own account about the fact that Al Green's hit "Let's Stay Together" was on his campaign playlist this year.
HOME & GARDEN
February 9, 2013 | Chris Erskine
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.
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Want to spend Valentine's Day with Rihanna , Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga ? They're all at Madame Tussauds Hollywood (sort of) along with Elvis Presley and the late Whitney Houston . Couples who buy a $40 package to tour the wax museum on Thursday also will receive a souvenir of their entwined hands in wax - for free. The deal: The "couple's handhold," as Madame Tussauds explains it, is just what it sounds like: You and your Valentine (or anyone) clutch hands and dip them in wax a few times.
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