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Valentine’s Day Ideas
Resources For Blooms, Sweets and Spas
by Jialin Luh on Feb 04, 2010
Got valentines? Whether your sweeties fancy flowers, sweets or spas here’s a list to get you started.
Sweets: If the way to your (wo)man’s heart is through his/her stomach, consider these options:
This confectionery nearly closed doors at the end of last year, but in a miraculous change of events, itcelebrated ira reopening the first week of January. With three locations throughout the city (Ferry Building, Hayes Valley and the Marina), Miette Confiserie is a popular destination for eye- and palette-pleasing sweets, cakes and pastries.
The Candy Store
Another well-loved establishment, The Candy Store on Vallejo Street in Russian Hill specializes in hard-to-find nostalgic goodies and the latest from contemporary “artisan confectioners”. It’s a great destination for the discerning lover of sweets and nostalgia.
Macarons have steadily gained popularity in recent years, but they are no piece of cake to craft successfully from scratch. Leave the work to the experts and reserve your energy for your romantic activities. All the colorful, beauteous macarons here, crafted by French pastry chef Christophe Michalak, 2005 winner of the World Pastry Cup, are gluten-free and come in over 12 flavors.
The Cake Gallery
Surprise your Valentine with a cake depicting just about anything you wish from the Cake Gallery. Though well known for X-rated and erotic cakes, they also craft all kinds of three-dimensional cakes.
Come here for a wide selection of chocolate . As the shop name suggests, just about every chocolate you could hope to find is covered here. Everything from chocolate with bacon to chocolate with green tea, and other combinations with chili and sweet basil is game here, and you can taste before you purchase.
Flowers have the wondrous ability to bring joy to just about anyone.
Rosebowl Florist & Wine Bar
Wine and flowers? Yes please! Opened in 1980 by Madame O’Merde, Rosebowl Florist & Wine Bar is still going strong and has earned a loyal following for good reason. In addition to radiant blooms, peruse a selection of fine wines for a winningly classy combination.
Church Street Flowers
Conveniently located on Church Street at Market Street, Church Street Flowers is popular for its personal attention in creating heartfelt arrangements. Give them your budget and watch the magic unfold.
Rose and Radish
After getting flooded out of its original digs in Hayes Valley, Rose and Radish has relocated to Pier 3 on The Embarcadero. And though the new location also offers much more than floral arrangements, they can still whip together a brilliant bunch of blooms for any occasion, along with many other beautiful trinkets for gifting.
Run by Maxine Siu, Stem carries as wide range of flowers as well as home accessories, cards, books, and other gifts. You can either make your arrangement or give your target price range and see what results.
Who could say no to a massage or spa treatment?
Cocoon Urban Day Spa
Book a candlelit couples massage for 60 or 90 minutes for complete relaxation. Or give the gift of a heavenly facial, deep tissue massage, or the “Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage”. These may all be supplemented with aromatherapy, an Indian Head Massage, or Ayurvedic foot massage. !
Nob Hill Spa
The 60-minute Harmony Couples Massage is a side-by-side massage followed by three-course meal at the Big 4 Restaurant downstairs is rumored to be quite the experience. Also kind of nice -- the spa facilities are only open to those 17 years and up.
Another standout San Francisco establishment that counts Couples Massage among its many offerings. Typically the “Classic” is the default for Couples Massage, combining techniques from Swedish to advanced deep tissue massage, but if you prefer something else don’t be afraid to ask.
Kabuki Springs & Spa
This Japanese-style bathhouse in Japantown is one of the few in San Francisco to offer communal bathing in the style of traditional Japanese public baths. However if something more private is in order, order up a massage or acupuncture treatment for your sweetie.
For more Valentine's Day ideas, visit the complete SF Station guide at http://www.sfstation.com/valentines
by Jialin Luh on Feb 04, 2010