For this Valentine’s Day edition of Patch Picks, we highlight great spots for different meals of the day, where to get quick gifts for less money, cooking classes with a romantic spin and a celebration of love and beer.
- With V-Day landing on a Monday this year, many couples will be celebrating their love over the coming weekend, and weekends are prime time at on El Camino Real. While the family-owned bistro will not be open on the 14th, it will offer its usual meal specials and live music this Saturday night from 6 to 9pm, providing a fun, festive alternative to stuffy dates while maintain a casually romantic atmosphere. Call ahead to make a reservation.
- Dinner isn’t the only game in town for Valentine’s celebrations. Start your sweetie’s day off right by treating him or her to a casual, cozy breakfast at on San Mateo Avenue. What better way to kick off a day of romance than to sip on organic espressos and enjoy freshly made baked goods while staring into each other’s eyes?
- Take advantage of some of the weekly specials at in San Bruno Towne Center. Deals on Valentine’s gifts and treats include $17.99 for a dozen roses, $4.99 for a dozen red velvet cupcakes and specials on premium champagnes to add some sparkle to the night. If you want to support local business, check out where you can get a dozen roses for $90 (delivery fee not included), stuffed animals and Valentine's Day candy. also has a deal on roses: $59.99 for wrapped, premium roses. If you're looking for that wow factor, check out their special on a dozen long-stem, imported roses for $80 (vase and bow included). Forever Yours also will be selling tulips for $49 and mixed hand bouquets for $25.
- Though traditionally known as a lover’s holiday, Valentine’s Day gains points with even the most cynical if for nothing else but its coincidence with SF Beer Week. Treat your date, your friends or simply yourself to one of the many events happening all over the Bay Area for the nine-day craft brew festival, starting this Friday, and celebrate your love of the spectacular people and spectacular beers in your life. Highlights include beer-infused ice cream at Humphry Slocombe, a beer tasting for women only at Devil’s Canyon in Belmont, a peek at future breweries at Social Kitchen’s Nanobrewery Festival in San Francisco and a number of beer pairing dinners and other events on Valentine’s Day. Check here for the full schedule.