happyVDWell the day is here kids. Valentine’s Day comes just once a year and you’ll be in the dog house if you act like it’s just another day NO MATTER WHAT SHE SAYS!!!

Head to Upper West, one of my all time favorite restaurants. The food is simply scrumptious.

UpperWest ValentinesDinnerFlyerChef Nick Shipp will bring the romance home for you will this incredible delectable meal for just $35.00 plus tax and tip. See below fo this year’s menu…


blood orange-compressed cucumber / edamame / carrot syrup / nori


curry braised heirloom tomato / black bean glaze / reduced coconut /
vietnamese herb


potato puree / thai basil chimichurri / tomato jam

lowres UpperWest outside
with brown butter ice cream

What: Valentines Dinner $35.00 plus Tax and Tip
Where: Upper West, 3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica,
Phone: (310)586-1111
Website: http://www.theupperwest.com/

Also in Santa Monica….

FrittoMistoFritto Misto celebrates Valentine’s Day with a special menu that includes bruschetta, a choice of salad, entree, soft drink and Amaretto Tiramisu.

The food is fresh and wonderfully original, yet features subtle nuances that bring a relatively basic Italian dish to the next level. Fritto Misto only takes reservations for special occasions, like Valentine’s Day.

What: Valentines Dinner $35.00 plus Tax and Tip
Where: Fritto Misto, 601 Colorado Ave. in Santa Monica.
When: All night
Phone: 310.458.2829
Website:Heart-arrow Google http://www.usmenuguide.com/frittomisto.html

Is all this Valentine’s LOVE crap making you crazy?

NThurs Feb14 AntiValentine Melodyo worries, head to the Melody Bar and Grill for its Anti-Valentines Party-Debauchery & Chocolate.

7pm-10pm $2 tacos & $2 fries
8pm-9pm 2 for 1 Specialty drinks….plus all Night $5 Jagermeister shots & $5 Debauchery shot. Musclehead band plays at 10pm.

What: Anti-Valentines Party-Debauchery & Chocolate
Where: Melody Bar and Grill, 9132 S Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90045-4804

When: 7:00 pm
(310) 670-1994
Website: http://www.melodylax.com/  www.facebook.com/Muscleheadband
Parking: Free in the back

BuThurs Feb14 BurkeWilliamsrke Williams offers a couples special (GREAT GiFT IDEA boys) at a very special price….Sugar Glo for the one you love

Enjoy a Spa Pedicure with your choice of a 50-minute Pure Relaxation massage with enhancement -or- a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel or brightener. Just $149. (Regular price $180)

True Love
Indulge in a Spa Pedicure with a 50-minute Pure Relaxation massage with enhancement -and- a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel or brightener. Just $249. (Regular price $310)

sugarhearts ValentinesdayFor Two
Each of you will enjoy a luxurious 80-minute Pure Relaxation massage with enhancement or Spa Style Facial with peel or brightener. Just $279. (Regular price $360)

Call for more information, 1-866-239-6635; For more info Click HERE

In Venice….take in some music….

MysThur Feb14 KAYAtic Journey Bookstore and Robin’s Sculpture Garden present Canadian singer/songwriter and author, KAYA, to the stage on Valentine’s Day.

This romantic, acoustic performance is By-Donation (all Doners will receive a gift!), and Kaya will be available to sign any Books/Cds afterwards!

Kaya will also be at Mystic Journey Bookstore on Sunday, 2/17, 4:30-6pm for a book signing event.

Admission: DONATION (see above)

WValentineHearthat: Performance
Where: Robin’s Sculpture Garden, 1632 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice
When: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Website: http://www.mysticjourneybookstore.com

NoDAWlogow don’t forget….it’s the 2nd Thursday and the Downtown Art Walk takes place tonight. So grab your honey and head downtown and take in some art…maybe buy your sweetheart some original art. 

As always here are some of my faves…Be sure to check their website….http://downtownartwalk.org/  

Thurs Feb14 harveySchwartzThe DAC Gallery celebrates the opening of “Paperland,” a group exhibition of limited edition handmade fine art zines and prints.

Paperland presents a collection of handmade zines and prints created by Art Center Artists and a select group of supporting local artists including: Erin Burrell, Bradford Lynn, Liz Mamont, and Javier Ramirez.

See image by Harvey Schwartz

On view: February 14th – April 1st

What: Opening reception
Where: DAC Gallery, 828 S Main St., LA 90014
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 213-627-7374
Website: http://www.dacgallery.com

UThurs Feb14 Alexandriamezzpstairs at the Alexandria Hotel, on the 2nd floor at The MEZZ…

Enjoy art Featuring art by: Just Magic & Sandwiches, Marlon Marinero, Anthony Fuentes, Chieko Naomi, Naomi Duben, Claudia Arandia and more!

Photo booth by Kiki Van

What: Art on the Mezz
Where: Alexandria Hotel, 2nd floor, 501 S. Spring St. 2nd floor, LA 90013
When: 7:00 pm – 2:00 am
Website: http://www.justmagicandsandwiches.com/

Thurs Feb14 DAC NorbertellenIn association with the Ethic Art Foundation and the Mithila Art Institute, Norbertellen Gallery offers an opening for a very special exhibiton,  “Mithila Painters: Beyond the Walls.”

To find out about the Mithila Art Institute, see http://mithilartinstitute.org/

On view: Feb 1st – March 30th

What: Downtown Art Walk
Where: Norbertellen Gallery 215 W. 6TH St. #110 LA 90014;
When: 6:00 pm till 10:00 pm
Phone: 818.662.5041
Website: http://www.norbertellengallery.com/