bright-red-heartLove is in the air and here is your guide to making Valentine’s Day extra thoughtful for your special someone. It can be a romantic dinner at a favorite restaurant, a little sweet treat to brighten their day, or a totally unique gift.

Valentine Dinners

Barrio: (available Feb 11-14th) Three course menu for two for $60, with an optional bartender’s pairing for $20 per person. Includes items like crab cakes or goat cheese empanadas for appetizers, mushroom enchiladas or spice rubbed sea scallops for an entrée, and a choice of passion fruit ice cream or chocolate mole brownie for dessert. Call for reservations: 425.502.5021

John Howie Steak: (on Feb 14th only) Three course dinner for $55 available exclusively in the restaurant’s Piano Lounge, with live music. The prix fixe menu includes a choice of soup or salad, five entrees and three desserts. Call for reservations: 425.440.0880

LOT No. 3: (available Feb 11-14th) Three course menu for two for $60, with an optional bartender’s pairing for $20 per person. Includes items like caramelized onion tartlet or prosciutto and fig toasts for appetizers, mushroom lasagna or prawn sliders for an entrée, and a choice of hazelnut bread pudding or black forest cheesecake to share for dessert. Call for reservations: 425.440.0025

McCormick and Schmicks: (available Feb 11-14th) Special chef featured menu items, custom menu messages and flowers are all options available to make your Valentine’s Day dinner something memorable. Call for reservations: 425.454.2606

Purple Café and Wine Bar: (available Feb 11-14th) Three course menu for two for $75, with an optional sommelier’s wine pairing selections for $20 per person. Includes items like oysters on the half shell or grilled asparagus for appetizers, pan roasted steelhead or chestnut pappardelle for an entrée, and a choice of espresso cake or brandied-fig ice cream to share for dessert. Call for reservations: 425.502.6292

Boom Noodle: For the Valentines Day Weekend (Friday through Monday) there will be the ‘EAT • DRINK • BOOM’ and it will be dinner for two for $57.  If you prefer no drinks then the price is $35. The offer includes Vietnamese caramelized short ribs and Honey Peanut Prawns with sides of miso broiled rice cakes, spicy green beans, Kim Chee, and a White Peach Bellini to wash it down!

Valentine Sweets and Treats

Chocolopolis: An order of their luxurious artisanal chocolates placed before February 10th, totaling $50 or more (before tax) will receive free Valentine’s Day delivery in the downtown Bellevue area (free delivery area is south of 520, East of 124th Avenue NE and north of I-90). Call for ordering or information: 425.453.0776

Trophy Cupcakes: (available Feb 11-14th) Special Valentine’s Day flavors that include Pink Champagne (for her), Hale’s Chocolate Stout (for him), Dark Chocolate Raspberry (for everyone!). Call for information: 206.632.7020

Twisted Cork: (available Feb 11-14th) Make a special toast with the exclusive “Twisted Love” cocktail. Made with vanilla vodka, Chambord, cranberry juice and topped with the bubbles of sparkling wine, this $5 specialty cocktail will make for a memorable raising of a glass. Call for more information: 425.637.0808

Vovito: Send a sweet Gelato-Gram to someone special! Order by February 10th on Vovito’s website and your recipient will receive an email or call during the Valentine’s Day weekend, notifying them that they have been given a Gelato-Gram, which can be claimed from Feb 14th-19th. Each Gelato-Gram includes two scoops of gelato or sorbetto, two chocolate covered strawberries and a customized message. The Gelato-Gram is $9.95 plus tax, and can be ordered through Vovito’s website:

Unique Valentine Gifts

Hotel Bellevue: Enjoy the “lovestruck” package this month at the luxurious Hotel Bellevue. The Lovestruck package includes $50 dining credit, $50 spa credit, rose petal turndown, complimentary champagne, late checkout and valet parking. Go to their site for more information:

David Barton Gym: (available every Sunday in February, 10-11am) For a fitness fan sweetheart, or even just a gift for yourself, the “Love Hurts” class created by owner David Barton is a 60 minute weight training class that targets all muscle groups and is designed to prevent weight gain. Non-members can call 425.453.7887 for more information.

Red Door Spas: (available Feb 1-14th) Spend the day with your sweetheart indulging in the “From Here to Eternity” couples package ($622) that includes two signature massages, signature facials, warm cream manicures and pedicures and a spa lunch. For every $100 gift certificate purchase, you’ll receive a $15 bonus coupon good towards your next service or purchase. Call for more information: 425.455.3700