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A great activity for any special occasion is taking a chocolate making class. It is a perfect opportunity to make custom chocolate gifts for all your friends & family or purchase a class as a gift! Whatever the case maybe, Tache’s got plenty of chocolate to go around. Custom gift packaging and gift certificates are available upon request, too!
Spend your hour and a half lesson in Tache’s chocolate factory learning everything from cultivating, tempering, tasting, coating to decorating your own delicious chocolate delicacies. Make popular treats like chocolate mustache lollipops, caramel kisses, chocolate bars, mendients, grignotines (french chocolate clusters of dried fruit & nuts), or even invent your own!
Principle teacher, chocolatier and owner, Aditi Malhotra, is a graduate of Switzerland’s Glion Institute, the French Culinary Institute and named by Zagat as one of their top “30 Under 30” chefs.
If you’re still suffering from the Valentine’s Day blues, dust them off at the start of the month with “Love Hurts: An Expert Panel on Love, Sex and What Shoes Not To Wear on a First Date.” One part panel, one part mixer, the relationship “experts” are none other than comedians who can make even the most pathetic dating mistake absolutely hilarious: Greg Behrendt, Joel Stein, Sascha Rothchild and Lori Gottleib.
Not only will this be a fun love event, all proceeds go to a good cause. The event is hosted by 826 LA, a non-profit dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills.
Le Mystere. Roberto Cavalli. Cosabella. They’re all famous brands of opulent, sexy lingerie that can make anyone feel like a goddess. Trousseau in the West Village carries some of the finest lingerie brands in one convenient location. If you are looking to inspire a romantic evening or find bridal selections that will create a lasting impression, this boutique has it all.
Besides the much-needed professional bra fitting and undergarment staples, Trousseau also offers comfy lounge-wear and t-shirts for those times when you want to take a break from the sexier fare, but still look and feel pretty. Hollywood Fashion Tape and Nippets are helpful tricks of the trade used by celebrities, which are also best sellers here in Dallas. Before you plan that next special night, take a detour from typical mall shopping and visit Trousseau- you won’t be disappointed, and neither will your sweetheart.
In need of a little polishing up? The Spa at Trump is the answer. Quickly becoming the hotspot for Chicagoans to escape for an hour, or even a day at times, its popularity can be attributed to its rockstar service. Many times guests are so impressed, they extend their spa day into an overnight stay in one of the 53 spa guest suites.
Immediately upon stepping in the door, guests are tended to by a personal “Spa Attache.” For those overwhelmed by the indulgent choices on the menu of services (which even includes candlelight yoga classes), leave it to the Attache to help you decide. If it’s skin care you crave, let the celeb fave Kate Sommerville Skin Care line and the estheticians soothe you. A favorite of Jessica Alba, Freida Pinto, Molly Sims and Debra Messing, a skin treatment with this stuff will leave you feeling like a celebrity yourself.
Those desiring a little romance get it- and then some- with the couples treatments. Couples can bathe side by side in a rich Andalusian milk bath as they do in Spain, lather up with gemstone infused oils and unwind with “diamond massage oils” or “sapphire gemstone oils” during their massage. To keep that warm feeling, a glass of Spanish wine is also included. If bubbly is more your fancy, The Spa at Trump also serves Champagne, music, and aphrodisiacs for those who wish for it, and aromatherapy and blanket wraps to truly escape from reality.
Rooftop real estate is the hottest commodity in New York during the summer, but few places keep the same prestige and popularity in the winter. The Gramercy Park Hotel’s Private Roof Club is the exception to the rule. By closing the retractable rooftop and turning the air conditioners to heaters, the ivy laced and dimly lit trendy summer hotspot becomes a cozy winter, well, hotspot.
The Sophia Room epitomizes the warm romance that makes this rooftop so unique from other penthouse locations. The ceiling is actually an art piece, with 17,000 lightbulbs hanging on the wall, and the rest of the room includes two real (and very pricey) Damien Hirsts, two large, chocolate leather couches and one crackling fireplace. The “outdoor” terrace is lit with candles and beautifully placed hanging lights with overgrown trees and flowers separating each couch, making it feel private and quiet for each party. And the view, no matter what the season, is always exceptional with Empire, Chrysler and Union Square skyline views.
A favorite for the A-list guests who stay at the hotel, and New York elite, famous clientele include Eva Mendes, Sienna Miller, Ashely Olsen, Helena Christensen and socialite Olivia Palermo- before she was on The City. The signature martinis are made with the freshest ingredients and are seriously tasty. The rooftop also has a perfect lounge menu, prepared by the chefs from Danny Meyer’s prestigious Union Square Hospitality Group.
The Private Roof Club lives up to its name, because technically it is private to all non-hotel guests. But, by calling ahead, the key-only entrance can be opened to you.
Although Valentine’s Day comes once a year, Aricie Lingerie has been adorning women with sexy undergarments everyday since 1982. With most of the merchandise coming from Europe, you’ll find fabulous French designs from Aubade, Chantelle, Rien, and Nina Ricci, and invigorating Italian trends from R. Crescentini, Parah and Valery.
Half the fun in shopping at Aricie is pretending you’re fluent in a romance language, with designs like Fleurs de pommier Demi Bras and Signora di Quadri G-Strings. You’ll look so good in Aricie’s collections, your partner won’t care what you say when you get home! Of course, for that extra boost at work, you’ll feel confident knowing what’s underneath that stiff professional exterior. So, skip the chocolates and clichéd Victoria’s Secret black lace and get something you’ll feel gorgeous in all year.
Whether they’re pet lovers at heart or realize Los Angeles hipsters flock there regularly, Birds is the secret gem to going out in L.A. for a guaranteed good time. The laid back atmosphere still manages to bring in a cool crowd full of wannabe writers and Hollywood hipsters.
The three best times to visit Birds are for your birthday, an amazing happy hour, and when you are single on Valentine’s Day. For birthdays, the lovely employees of Birds will decorate the “birdcage” for the special event and fill it with balloons, drinks and utter humiliation from the guy with the microphone. If you are lucky enough to venture to the bar within the hours of 4pm-6pm, you might find yourself at your happiest. And finally, if you find yourself without a Valentine on the 14th, Birds has devoted an “anti-Valentine” themed gathering to draw in local singles to celebrate the anti-love.
Other than fun birthdays and an even better atmosphere, the food and drinks are equally as appealing. With a great martini list and even better food menu, there is no reason why you should be missing out on such a great experience in Hollywood.
The Fairmont Hotel, located among the finest real estate of Nob Hill, has been a testament to San Francisco’s hospitality since its opening after the 1906 Earthquake. Not only does the hotel offer 591 luxurious rooms and suites (not to mention a 6000 sq. ft. rooftop penthouse suite that accommodates over 100 guests), but has an impressive list of services as well.
As a Fairmont guest, enjoy free use of Nob Hill’s exclusive Club One Health Center & Spa or spend your business trip in the finest corporate meeting space in San Francisco. The Garden Room is, after all, where delegates from around the world drafted the 1945 United Nations Charter.
Throughout the century, socialites and travelers have favored Afternoon Tea Service in The Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar, which serves the best in sustainable fine dining and local wines. Then experience a tropical rainforest and exotic Asian cuisine in the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar.
Seasonal packages are also available, like Valentine’s Day after hours “Wine and Dine Tour” at the California Academy of Sciences. Whatever your interest in staying at the Fairmont, this hotel is sure to provide the highest quality of service.
The Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel is a world of modern sophistication in the epicenter of Atlanta’s music and artistic scene. Discover a sense of arrival as you mingle with friends or co-workers in our inviting Atlanta luxury hotel lobby, showcasing an alluring fireplace, a floating 442-gallon salt water aquarium and dramatic backlit onyx ceiling and wall. The boutique Midtown Atlanta hotel is home to one of midtowns great dining experiences, Briza Restaurant, and local hotspot Rooftop 866. With its central location, this luxury hotel is steps from Georgia Tech, Piedmont Park and surrounded by attractions, restaurants and nightlife. The Renaissance Atlanta Midtown is among the premier hotels in Midtown Atlanta offering charming ballrooms and outdoor Terrace Space, accented by seating areas, cabanas and inspiring views ideal for intimate weddings or elegant affairs.