Valentine’s Day and what are you going to do?

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Story by Rita Cook / The Ellis County Press

Niwa Restaurant photos by Trace Hayes

You know you have to plan something sexy for Valentine’s Day so get to it. And while you can take him or her out for a nice tasty meal, we offer a few extra credit suggestions to get the love flowing too.

Pink Pedi Salon is just the right place to get romantic with your love until February 14 receive a gift of heart bath bomb with a gift certificate purchase and you can find seasonal heart-shaped bath bombs available for Valentine’s too. All bath bombs are eco-friendly, organic, all natural, fair-trade products.  Expect chocolate scented and champagne, aphrodisiac essential oils like rose oils, bath bombs.

Valentine events will be taking place this weekend at Hillside Village in Cedar Hill. A Jazzy Valentine on February 10 and 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. will include jazzy duos crooning favorite jazz standards and romantic ballads. Complimentary carriage rides will also whisk you and your love on a romantic ride through Hillside Village.

Celebrate great seafood with the person you love at Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill this Valentine’s Day where you can order delicious East Coast lobster rolls and award-winning chowder. The Valentine’s Day menu will also offer a broad range of seafood specialties peppered with aphrodisiac taste treats.  Reservations are strongly recommended for Valentine’s Day.

One of Dallas’ most romantic destinations, III Forks will offer its Sweetheart Menu for Valentine’s Day. This special menu is available from February 9 through February 14 so guests can choose the date they wish to celebrate. The menu includes a choice of starter; two 6-ounce Filet Mignon entrees accompanied by two 6-ounce Cold Water Rock Lobster Tails, served with whipped potatoes, sugar snap peas, off-the cob cream corn, vine-ripened tomatoes and spring onions and a Chocolate Lovers’ Dessert.

Take a stroll through Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas and stop in at Lark on the Park serving up a romantic four-course menu for the day of love. The romantic St. Valentine’s Day supper prepared by Chef Ryan Barnett is a four-course prix-fixe menu with an optional wine pairing.

The latest addition to Turtle Creek Village Jalisco Norte will be offering a special, four-course, prix fixe menu on Valentine’s Day. The menu allows notable newcomer, chef Jose Meza, to introduce Dallas diners to a little bit of his heritage with dishes such as Rabbit Confit Michoacán-Style and Beef Salpicón as well as some familiar favorites like the New York Strip with a twist also with an optional cocktail pairing.

It doesn’t get any more romantic than a local French restaurant called Bullion. Elevated above the ground floor of 400 Record in downtown Dallas is the latest culinary excursion of Michelin star-awarded Chef Bruno Davaillon. Boasting a range of classic and contemporary French dishes, the menu at Bullion features simple ingredients prepared using French techniques that highlight and enhance the natural flavors. Even better, Bullion recently began serving lunch or take advantage of a little romance by first stopping in for a drink from the lounge menu.

Located in Deep Ellum, if you’re looking for Japanese BBQ (aka Yakiniku) stop in at Niwa this Valentine’s Day and show the one you love a real taste of the subtleties of Japanese cuisine. The tables are equipped with down-draft roasters and you can cook some of the finest meat in Dallas right at your table. Consider the Outside Skirt or the Filet Mignon and the shareables set the mood alongside one of the signature drinks like the Spicy Brass Monkey or the Black Walnut Classic. You will also want to try the Hitachino White beer, it leaves taste in your mouth defining pure delicious love.

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