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Sphinx Date Company offers chocolate covered dates for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate is a favorite sweet treat all year round with Valentine’s Day being the biggest chocolate day of the year.  This year Scottsdale’s Sphinx Date Company is offering a twist for your sweetheart with chocolate covered dates.

Cerreta Candy Company of Glendale will be dipping dates in dark chocolate, milk chocolate and Arizona grown pecan stuffed dates in each heart shaped box. Each box contains 10 dates which start at $25.95 and vary based on dips and stuffings.

If you prefer your chocolate with out dates Sphinx Date Company offers other selections of locally made chocolate and sweets from Zak’s Chocolate, NutWhats and Tracey Dempsey.

Enjoy your sweets  with an Arizona produced wine or beer also available at the shop.

Sphinx Date Company is at 3039 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale 85251 (480)941-2261. For more information visit their website

 

5 places to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2015 in the Phoenix area.

As Valentine’s Day 2015 approaches in just over a week many restaurants a planning for happy couples to come out for dinner and show their love for each other. Whether you like sushi, southwestern or contemporary American food the 5 options below are offering special dishes, prix-fixe menus or Valentine’s Day themed parties.

Sierra Bonita Grill
On Valentine’s Day, enjoy a romantic brunch or dinner at Sierra Bonita Grill. For brunch, enjoy southwestern-inspired cuisine, including the Monte Cristo ($13) with Cure 81 ham, oven roasted turkey, scrambled eggs, bacon and manchego cheese between two egg battered pieces of sourdough bread, served with oven roasted root vegetables. The Cowboy Hash ($12) is roasted root vegetables tossed with Schrieners linguisa sausage and chorizo, topped with fried eggs, salsa verde and salsa fresca. For dinner, the evening’s specials include Smoked Prime Rib ($33), served with green chile mashed potatoes, horseradish sour cream and beef au jus. The fresh catch of the evening will be Pan Seared Crab Crusted Shrimp and Scallops ($35), served with tomato fettucini pasta tossed with spinach and cherry tomatoes, and topped with a white wine chile cream sauce. Pair dinner with a special cocktail created for the evening. The Hibiscus Margarita ($10) features hibiscus infused blanco tequila, Cointreau, St. Germain, fresh lime juice, agave and is garnished with an edible flower. Sierra Bonita Grill is located at 6933 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. For reservations, call 602-264-0700 or visit www.sierrabonitagrill.com.

The Herb Box
The Herb Box features savory twists on tried-and-true cuisine and fresh, seasonal ingredients that unify regional flavors. For Valentine’s dinner, The Herb Box will be serving a five-course, plus cocktail “Honey and Date” prix fixe menu featuring local ingredients. The dinner is $89 per couple. The meal begins with a Spicy Shrimp, Corn, Leek, and Sweet Potato Chowder, with Corto olive oil and honey-fennel roasted pepitas. The next course is a shard Petite Brioche Fromage with Seahive sea salt and honey cheddar, capicola, gouda bechemel, honeycup dijon, with a salade rouge of radicchio, red oak, red onion, avocado, golden raisins, and Sphinx Farm dates. The intermezzo is a Champagne-Grapefruit Sorbet with date syrup. For an entree, choose from a Date-Balsamic Roasted Free Range Chicken with Maya Farm baby turnips, petit carrots, and watermelon radish, or Grilled Spring Garlic Lamb Lollipops with warm butter beans, feta, fresh mint and sumac-honey vinaigrette. Finish the meal with a Sweet Honey Date Cake, served with a blackberry swirl goat cheese ice cream, bourbon sugared pecan pieces, honey “dust”, and blackberries, topped with a drizzle of honey-bourbon syrup. Included with the dinner is a My Darling Lemon-Thyme cocktail featuring Singh Farms Honeycomb. There are two locations of The Herb Box: Southbridge in Old Town – 7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85251. DC Ranch on Market Street – 20707 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85255. For more information, email www.theherbbox.com.

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
A sushi dinner is meant to be savored and shared, making RA Sushi the perfect Valentine’s date night. Splurge with the Lobster Salmon Roll ($13.45) featuring lobster, mango, avocado, and cucumber, rolled and topped with lobster, salmon and a lobster cream sauce. Spice up the night with the Zonie Roll ($9.95), featuring spicy salmon, cucumber, lettuce, cilantro, and jalapeño, rolled and topped with avocado and Sriracha. Fall in love with the Red Heart Roll ($10.95), featuring crab mix, fresh avocado and cucumber, rolled and topped with crispy spicy tuna, spicy mayo and Sriracha. Pair dinner with a tropical cocktail meant for sharing. The Passion Punch Bowl ($18) is a fruity and refreshing drink featuring Amaretto Di Saronno, pineapple vodka, aged rum, passion fruit, pineapple and citrus juices, and coconut water, served in a giant fish bowl. For dessert, share a sweet with your sweet, such as the Sweet Mochi Trio ($7.69), a traditional Japanese dessert of mango, strawberry and vanilla ice cream wrapped in sweet rice cake with sliced kiwi and strawberries. For more information, visit www.RAsushi.com

RA Sushi has five Valley locations in Mesa, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Old Town Scottsdale and North Scottsdale.

Ahwatukee: 4921 E. Ray Road; Phoenix, 85044
Dana Park in Mesa: 1652 S. Val Vista Drive; Mesa, 85204
Tempe: 411 S. Mill Ave.; Tempe, 85281
Kierland Commons: 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, 85254
Old Town Scottsdale: 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 85251

RA Sushi in North Scottsdale and Ahwatukee Hosting Valentine’s Themed Painting Parties:
From Rodin to Klimt, artists have used love as their muse, and now RA Sushi invites couples to celebrate love by bringing out their inner artist at a painting party on February 15. Pinot’s Palette and Uptown Art will set-up at RA Sushi for a fun afternoon of painting, sushi, sake, and romance! On February 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kierland location in North Scottsdale, Pinot’s Palette will teach aspiring artists how to paint the chosen artwork, Mandarin Sunset. The Kierland Commons RA Sushi is at 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. For the Kierland class, the cost $39 and includes a 16×20 canvas, painting supplies and step-by-step instructions. Register at http://www.pinotspalette.com/paradisevalley or call 480-696-7220. On February 15 from noon to 2 p.m., Uptown Art will inspire with the themed painting, Love is in the Air, during an al fresco class on the patio at RA Sushi in Ahwatukee. The Ahwatukee location is at 4921 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, Ariz., 85044. The Ahwatukee class cost is $25 and includes a 16×20 canvas, painting supplies and step-by-step instructions. Register at www.uptownart.com/chandler or call 480-813-8059. Besides making beautiful art, guests can enjoy RA Sushi’s new Sunday offering made for two: Sushi for 2 for $25. Choose four food items from a select menu, plus edamame for just $25. A wide variety of rolls from the Tootsy Maki to Crunchy Shrimp Tempura to Spicy Tuna are available, as are appetizers like Pineapple Cheese Wontons and Chicken Yakitori.

The Shout House
A fun option for couples looking for a entertaining night out on Valentine’s Day, head to the Chocolate Wasted Party at The Shout House! For dinner, order a variety of dishes meant for sharing, such as the BBQ Pork Short Ribs, featuring a half a rack of ribs with a housemade rub in a slow cooked BBQ sauce, served with coleslaw, or the Chokes and Hummus Plate, served with artichoke hearts, garlic citrus hummus, kettle chips and a balsamic drizzle. Set the mood with a signature cocktail, such as the Sex on the Piano, a mix of Stoli peach vodka, Razzmatazz, melon liquor, cranberry and pineapple juice, or the Pear-A-Dise City with Absolut pear vodka, malibu rum, frangelico, pineapple juice, and ginger ale, topped with a champagne float. For dessert, indulge in all things chocolate, such as $5 Chocolate Martinis, $4 Chocolate Cake Shots, and $3 Chocolate Covered Strawberries.The Valley’s only dueling piano bar, at The Shout House musicians play classic rock ‘n’ roll hits to today’s popular music. An adult-oriented, 21-and-over, non-stop, audience request driven show, the performers involve the audience in sing-alongs, roasts and on-stage interaction. The party will be from from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations can be made beginning at 7 p.m. and pianos will start at 7:30 p.m. The Shout House is located in the Westgate Entertainment District at 6770 Sunrise Blvd, Ste. 207, Glendale, Ariz. For more information, visit www.theshouthouse/az.

Paul Martin’s American Grill
Indulge in a romantic dinner during Valentine’s weekend at Paul Martin’s American Grill. From February 12-16, Paul Martin’s will be serving a variety of appetizer, entree and dessert specials. Begin the meal with a shared appetizer of a half a pound of Chilled Alaskan King Crab Legs ($25), served with house cocktail sauce and lemon. For a main course, choose from a variety of options, including the Herb Rubbed All Natural Filet Mignon ($45) with mashed potatoes, Bloomsdale spinach, and garlic confit, or Seared Ahi Tuna ($28), accompanied by bok choy salad with watermelon radishes, snow peas and sesame-ginger vinaigrette. For the seafood lover, try the full pound of Alaskan King Crab Legs ($48), served with crispy red potatoes, drawn butter and lemon. Grab two spoons and finish the meal with a Campfire Sundae ($9), featuring vanilla ice cream, warm fudge, smoked almonds, and toasted housemade marshmallow fluff. Paul Martin’s American Grill is located at 6186 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85253. For more information, visit www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com.

3 ideas for Valentine’s Day that include dinner for 2, chocolate and a blow dry.

It’s hard to believe January is almost over and with February less than a week a way it means love is in the air with Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you’re with that special someone or flying solo this year here are 3 ideas for the days leading up to and on February 14th.

Liberty Market in Gilbert is offering a Prix Fixe dinner for 2 on the 14th.

Crispy Potsticker Salad (house made potstickers, organic Agritopia Farm gourmet greens and mango sauce)

Fish Option: Seared Salmon with mushroom duxelle ravioli, asparagus in lemon butter sauce
Steak Option: Filet Mignon on crispy layered potatoes, organic Agritopia Farm vegetables in truffled madeira au jus

Chocolate Board (Assorted – shortbread, truffles, chocolate covered strawberries)
for $70. Include a 1/2 bottle of wine and cocktail for $100
Regular menu items will also be avilable.

Liberty Market
230 N. Gilbert Rd.
Gilbert Heritage District
Hours: F & Sa 7a-10p
Su-Th 7a-9p
(480) 892-1900
www.libertymarket.com

Valentine's Day Chocolate
Chocolade Van Brugge
On Thursday, February 12th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. you can get complimentary love tips from relationship coach, Elisabeth Davies M.C.as she will will be giving tips for singles looking to find love and for those in relationships. Elisabeth will as discuss how chocolate & love can ignite romance.

Part of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Anthony Bates Foundation. Anthony died in 2000 from an un-detected enlarged heart & The foundation was created in 2002 to help prevent other parents from experiencing a similar tragedy. According to the founder and Anthony’s mother Sharon Bates, “Personally I haven’t had time for a relationship, but I love my relationship with chocolate, she continues, this is a fabulous idea and the Anthony Bates Foundation would love to be involved in this event to support the love of chocolate, hearts & people.”

Chocolade Van Brugge is conveniently located at 4225 N Marshall Way, Suite
102, Scottsdale, Arizona, with complimentary parking.
www.chocoladevanbrugge.com

Shine Blow dry
Shine, A Blow Dry Bar
If you’ve have plans on Valentine’s night why not get treat yourself or that special someone to a Valentine’s Day package for only $30, normally $55. A blow dry, scalp massage and shine conditioning plus Valentine’s Day goodies. Any body purchasing the package from 2-6 p.m. will receive a FREE Tarot card reading from clairvoyant Angela Bell or that can be used through the end of March. The package is available for purchase from Mon. February 10th thru Valentine’s Day. Shine is located at 4225 N. Marshall Way Suite Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 947-4081 www.shinedrybar.com

Mark’s Café in Tempe is giving you just one more reason to fall in love this Valentine’s Day

Mark’s Cafe is hosting a special 4 course Valentine’s Day Dinner sure to please the foodie you love. Guests will start the evening off with upscale crab cakes and salad, with entrée choices Filet Medallions, Macadamia Nut Crusted Salmon, Chicken Piccata and Roast Pork Loin with Chocolate Cake with raspberry sauce for dessert.

Prices range from $40 to $46 per person and include Mark’s fantastic four course meal along with non-alcoholic beverage, tax and tip.
mark's Cafe
One of the highlights of dinner is Mark’s BYOB license allowing guests the freedom to bring wine or beer into the establishment free of charge.

Reservations are Required. Dinner seatings: 5:00pm, 6:30pm and 8:00pm

For any questions or to reserve you Valentine’s Day dinner spot, please email Mark@markscafeaz.com or call 480-839-6455 to reserve your seats today .

MENU:

Appetizer: Crab Cake with Remoulade Sauce

Salad: Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, Rolls and Butter

Choose one: All entrees served with Roasted Red Potatoes and Green Beans Almandine
Entrée: Filet Medallions with Black Pepper Brandy Sauce $46.00
Macadamia Nut Crusted Salmon with Orange Hollandaise Sauce $44.00
Chicken Piccata $42.00
Roast Pork Loin with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce $40.00

Dessert: Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Phoenix City Grille offers a unique setting and specials for Valentine’s Day dinner.

Love is in the air and with Valentine’s Day a couple of weeks away, Phoenix City Grille and Executive Chef Rory Hewitt will once again use a combination of fresh and local ingredients to create the following specials for the special day:

– Surf and Turf: Wood-Grilled Beef Tenderloin Filet served with guajillo chile demi-glaze, Point Reyes blue cheese scalloped potatoes, and a Grilled Shrimp and Linguisa Sausage Skewer with port wine reduction.
– Colorado Lamb Chops, rosemary crusted and served with Meyer lemon – chardonnay sauce, Arizona pecan-crusted sweet potato croquettes, and an organic roasted beet and arugula salad.
– Pan-Seared Seabass with champagne buerre blanc, strawberry-fennel salsa, and sunchoke gratin.

“Every year we try to offer entrées that, in combination with the atmosphere of our restaurant and our service, will make Valentine’s Day extra special for all of our customers,” says owner Sheldon Knapp. “It is a holiday that many of our regular customers enjoy, and it gives us the opportunity to introduce new customers to Phoenix City Grille as well.”

Every day of the week Phoenix City Grille offers a full menu of American Contemporary cuisine with an influence from the Southwest, plus daily lunch and dinner specials, and brunch on the weekends.

Set in the Madison neighborhood of Central Phoenix, at 16th Street and Bethany Home Road, Phoenix City Grille open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, which are highly recommended, call (602) 266-3001 or visit www.PhoenixCityGrille.com.

On the Sunday of President’s Day Weekend, Litchfield Park will be the hottest spot in the Valley’s culinary scene!

On February 17th, 2013, downtown Litchfield Park will be transformed into a culinary extravaganza for attendees of Flavors of the West, a new festival with a big goal. “We are raising $25,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation,” says event founder, Justin Clarke. “That money will be used to build a single patient room in their new Avondale facility.” Presented by The Mavericks, a new men’s leadership group based in the West Valley, Flavors of the West is becoming one of the hottest tickets in town.

General Admission tickets allow for unlimited stops at restaurant stations and drink tickets for beer, wine, and spirits. Some of the West Valley’s top restaurants dishing out food to attendees include: Betty’s Nosh, Caballero Grill, Eest Asian Bistro, Flavors of Louisiana, Gigino’s, Gourmet Command Center (Food Truck), Ground Control, Rubio’s (West Valley Locations), Soleil at The Renaissance, Soul to Soul Café, TAPS, and Verrado Grille.

Other event elements:

· Live music by The Wiley One and Champagne Tap

· Celebrity Emcee, Tram Mai, of EVB Live

· VIP area sponsored by The Wigwam Resort & Spa

· Sub-Zero/Wolf Cooking Demonstration Stage

· Kid’s Zone sponsored by Hilgers Pediatric Dentistry

Event sponsors include: Curtis Goodwin Sullivan Udall & Schwab PLC, Desert Valley Pediatrics, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Gammage & Burnham, Shamrock Foods, Fry’s Food Stores, Hickman’s Family Farms, Baskin Robins Litchfield Park, The Clothes Hangar, Arizona Pork Council, Palm Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Yelp, and The Arizona Restaurant Association.

Tickets are $45 general admission, $100 Wigwam VIP, $10 kids 12 and under. All available online at: www.FlavorsAZ.com

Chompie’s celebrates 34 years in business on Valentines Day with never before offered all you can eat pancakes for just $3.34!

To celebrate their 34 years in business, Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York Deli since 1979 is offering All-You-Can-Eat Buttermilk Pancakes for just $3.34 on their anniversary, February 14th, 2013. This is the first time, in their 34 year history, that Chompie’s has done an all-you-can-eat pancake offer.

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The traditional buttermilk pancakes are made fresh-from-scratch from a Borenstein family recipe dating back for generations–and are made the “Chompie’s” way…. huge! Customers have referred to them as “As Big as My Face!”

The all-you-can-eat pancakes offer is available at all four Chompie’s locations for dine-in only on February 14, 2013, between the hours of 6 a.m. -2 p.m. This one-day only pancake offer is an incredible deal, as pancakes are regularly $5.69 for a two stack, and $6.69 for a three stack.

In addition, Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York Deli is offering two more anniversary specials:

Buy 3, Get the 4th Free – Limited Edition, Valentine’s decorated, baked-from-scratch, large size, authentic N.Y. style Black & White cookies. Available Monday February 11th through Thursday, February 14th. Supply is limited and may vary by location, so please call ahead for larger orders.

Chompie’s Rewards Bonus: Get 75 bonus points (valid for $5 off on your next visit) when you fully complete your Chompie’s Rewards registration on February 14, 2013.

Visit Chompies.com for more details.