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Two romantic locations for Bay Area Parents

Ritz Reveals Romance for Valentine’s Day

Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay brings romantic date pick-me-ups for weary parents everywhere. First, for the Valentine’s season, pastry chef William Werner's new Chocolate Tasting Menu in The Conservatory will tempt many palates. For $18 per guest, chocolate lovers enjoy:

White Chocolate Coconut Soup, Black "Pearls" and Lime
Liquid Chocolate Center Mochi, Sweet Potato and Black Tea Ice Cream Salted Chocolate-Caramel Ganache, Mandarin-Amaretto Salad

On Valentine's Day, Wed. Feb. 14, couples seeking an intimate dinner can dine at Navio, the hotel’s signature restaurant, from 6 to 10 p.m.Navio Chef de Cuisine Aaron Zimmer will present a four-course prix fixe dinner menu in one of the most romantic oceanfront settings in Northern California. Included in the menu is a complimentary rose and box of fine chocolates. Cost? $105, with optional $75 wine pairing, per guest, exclusive of tax and gratuity; reservations required. Call 650-712-7040.

There’s also the Rosé Champagne Flight in The Wine Room offered on Friday, February 9, through Friday, February 16, from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. See if you can hire a sitter during one of those timeslots.

The resort's Wine Room offers a tasting flight of exquisite Rosé Champagnes. The flight includes Nicolas Feuillate, Rosé, 1er Cru, Chouilly, Champagne; Bruno Paillard, "Premier Cuvee," Brut, Rosé, Reims, Champagne; and Bellefon, "Cuvee de Moines," Brut, Rosé, Epernay, Champagne. Accompanying the flight is a pairing of sweet and savory tapas: Cube of Crisp Pork Belly, Paprika Hollandaise and Black Olive Oil, and Shaved Pineapple, Citrus Ravioli and Mint Ice. $42 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. No reservations required. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, One Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay. Call 800/241-3333 or log onto
www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb .

Valentine's Day at the Beach Chalet and Park Chalet: Free dessert for the kids

Mark your calendar also for Valentine's Day at either the Beach Chalet or Park Chalet, sister restaurants at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. For "urban hipster" parents, finding a babysitter on Valentine's Day can be harder thanflagging a cab on Friday night. Park Chalet co-owner Lara Truppelli knows from personal experience that "little" Valentines like to share the love, so the Golden Gate Park-side restaurant - known for its relaxed, family-friendly vibe - is encouraging parents to bring their "Little Cupids" to dinner on Valentine's Day.

Kids will receive a complimentary caramel apple dessert special guaranteed to satisfy sweet teeth (and create a moment or two for their parents to have a grown-up experience, gaze into one another's eyes, etc.).
The Park Chalet's Valentine menu will include Dungeness Crab and citrus salad, as well as Slow Roasted Filet Mignon, served with Black Truffle Crushed Yukon Gold Potatoes and Wild s ($27.95). Both the Beach Chalet and Park Chalet's regular menus will also be served.

For reservations, call the Beach Chalet and Park Chalet direct at (415) 386-8439. Reservations are also available online, as well as the Beach Chalet's entertainment calendar (live music most nights and always
free), at
www.beachchalet.com .  

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