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February 14, 1991 | JANICE L. JONES, Janice L. Jones is a free-lance writer who frequently contributes to The Times Orange County Edition.
That's right. Valentine's Day is today. If you forgot, you're probably groping for an excuse right about now. Or maybe you remembered but couldn't get enthused about a holiday that falls on Thursday , that annoying gap before Friday, when there's light at the end of the tunnel and two whole days of freedom ahead. Either way, you're probably kicking yourself and searching desperately for a last-minute idea.
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February 21, 2010 | Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
All the love letters have been read, the little boxes with heart-shaped jewelry inside opened, and the prix fixe dinners and couples' massages are but a Valentine's Day memory. What's left, other than the waning roses on the table? Well, perhaps the consequences of a well-enjoyed box of chocolates ("Shoot! Are my jeans tighter this week?"), whether it was a box gifted to you or chocolate you bought for yourself to ease the pain of being single and surrounded by images of coupledom. In the aftermath, if you're feeling even the least bit guilty about all of the chocolate that you ate, cheer up. Chocolate, in moderation, can give you a beauty and health boost — as can roses.
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February 21, 2010 | Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
All the love letters have been read, the little boxes with heart-shaped jewelry inside opened, and the prix fixe dinners and couples' massages are but a Valentine's Day memory. What's left, other than the waning roses on the table? Well, perhaps the consequences of a well-enjoyed box of chocolates ("Shoot! Are my jeans tighter this week?"), whether it was a box gifted to you or chocolate you bought for yourself to ease the pain of being single and surrounded by images of coupledom. In the aftermath, if you're feeling even the least bit guilty about all of the chocolate that you ate, cheer up. Chocolate, in moderation, can give you a beauty and health boost — as can roses.
NEWS
February 14, 1991 | JANICE L. JONES, Janice L. Jones is a free-lance writer who frequently contributes to The Times Orange County Edition.
That's right. Valentine's Day is today. If you forgot, you're probably groping for an excuse right about now. Or maybe you remembered but couldn't get enthused about a holiday that falls on Thursday , that annoying gap before Friday, when there's light at the end of the tunnel and two whole days of freedom ahead. Either way, you're probably kicking yourself and searching desperately for a last-minute idea.
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February 7, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
If you're one of the impatient ones, and have to have a bottle of Brangelina's latest rosé from Provence right now, you'll have to jet over to London or France. That's right. The first bottles of 2013 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence rosé will be sold first in France and England. There's been a waiting list for the wine since last year and the people on it were notified by email that they could sign on Thursday and buy one case of six bottles each. Just in time for Valentine's Day. Go to the website and you'll be informed very politely, in French, that the reservation list for the first bottles of the 2013 vintage is now closed.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Looking to take your lady love or handsome paramour for a romantic meal this Valentine's Day? White Castle is here for you. Harold and Kumar's favorite burger joint plans to offer a candlelit dinner with table service on Tuesday, 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 sensitive to price, fast food eateries are betting that they can siphon away some of the prix-fixe crowd.
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February 4, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
On Valentine's Day, maybe you woo your sweetie with flowers, chocolates or even diamonds. But what are you going to do about dinner? Whether you'll be curling up to a showing of “When Harry Met Sally” at the Electric Dusk Drive-In, strolling the streets at downtown L.A.'s Art Walk or checking out “Art by People in Love,” an open mic night for romantics at the Echo Park Film Center, we've got ideas for dining pre- or post-outing with your...
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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.
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January 28, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
No date for Valentine's Day? Not a whiff of a chance? EHarmony just isn't working? You've ditched him or her, or vice versa? Or, there never was anyone to ditch? And yet, you don't want to spend Valentine's Day at home. It's Friday night, for God's sake, and every restaurant you can name is booked solid with those merry lovestruck deuces. One restaurateur has your back this Valentine's Day. Josie LeBalch is rolling out the red carpet for cozy twosomes on V-Day at her Josie Restaurant in Santa Monica.
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February 13, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The MTA will play Cupid on Valentine's Day by hosting a speed dating event on the Red Line. Officials with the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority say the event will take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and that to participate, Metro commuters must register and be 18 or older with a valid ID. They also will be asked to sign a waiver and wear an event wristband. Officials say a car at the front or end of every Red Line train will be decorated with hearts. Inside those cars, officials say, a Metro staff employee wearing a safety vest will facilitate the speed dating event.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
They say Valentine's Day is all about the love -- but it's also about the numbers. Take greeting cards: Folks will send about 150 million of them for V-Day this year, not including the packs of notes that children hand out at school, according to the Greeting Card Assn . The holiday is the second-biggest day for cards, topped only by Christmas. Valentine's Day is also one of the five most popular calling days of the year, at least for expats. International calls on Feb. 14 from Swiss-born U.S. residents, for example, are typically more than triple the volume on a normal day, according to calling services provider VIP Communications Inc. The only bigger calling days are Christmas, New Year's Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day. As for other ways to show you care, men will shell out an average of $168.74 on clothing, jewelry and other gifts this Valentine's Day, a survey by the National Retail Federation indicates.
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