By this time in the winter season, people are looking for an excuse to celebrate and do something fun. Depending on whether or not you think Valentine's Day is a commercially-driven holiday or a date to which you look forward, it's certainly an excuse for a great night out or a special date in with your partner. You don't have to look farther than Brookline to find Valentine's Day deals and ideas. Here are a few we're recommending:
Have a European breakfast in bed: Start Valentine's Day morning with bread and pastries from Clear Flour Bakery, 178 Thorndike Street. Along with their heavenly chocolate croissants and walnut morning buns, they're offering special pastries for Valentine's Day 2/13-14. Surprise him or her with a flaky Palmier at breakfast, and a Chocolate Raspberry Torte for dessert.
Go out to eat at that nice restaurant you haven't tried yet: The Fireplace, 1634 Beacon Street, is offering a special dinner menu and a weekend brunch for sweethearts from February 14-16. Start with a sparkling wine flight—they make a great accompaniment for the "Treat Yourself" Tower of local shellfish. Then move on to the Grilled Filet Mignon with The Fireplace Steak Sauce, Oyster Mushrooms, Hearth Roasted Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts and Hash Browned Potatoes. Finally, indulge in a dessert that will make you consider forgoing dinner altogether: A Grand Marnier Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Jam, Dark Chocolate Frosting & Chantilly Cream.
Also offering special Valentine's Day-themed dinners: La Morra, 48 Boylston Street, has an Italian menu that includes amazing dishes featuring black truffles, fresh lobster and their house made pastas. Chase that down with a wine flight or one of their specialty cocktails. Cognac Bistro, 455 Harvard Street, also has a special Valentine's Day menu, this time with a French flair, assembled by Chef Nelson Cognac. It 's a 4-course dinner with a Champagne Hibiscus Cocktail or wine pairing.
Do pizza and a Hitchcock movie: If you're looking for a more budget-friendly date, reserve two tickets at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, for their Big Movie Classics screening of Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca on 2/14 at 7PM. Before you go, stop in across the street at Otto Pizzeria, 289 Harvard Street, and share an Eggplant, Ricotta and Basil pie and a glass of red wine.
Get Side-by-Side Massages: For the stressed-out couple, you can purchase a Valentine's Day Package at Southwest Day Spa, 1038 Beacon Street. Go for the Double Indulgence ($185), a 50 minute Swedish Body Massage you can enjoy together. Or if you're a guy who bristles at the idea of a massage from a stranger but want to surprise the lady in your life, take her to Violet Skin Boutique, 1362 Beacon Street, where between February 12-17 she can enjoy complimentary rose wine with chocolates while receiving a chocolate body polish, a chocolate facial, and more.
Stay in and read poetry on your new eBook: Baby, it's cold outside, so opt for some romantic poetry read on a Kobo Mini. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, is selling the eBook reader plus a free Snapback protective cover (while supplies last) for $59.99, less than you'd pay for a box of chocolates and a dozen roses.
By Jennifer Campaniolo