Hey peeps! It’s nearly Valentine’s Day. Whether or not you celebrate it, I see it as a great excuse to go get some chocolate (and, of course, there are the chocolate sales).
First: I have a giveaway for Seattle peeps on Instagram! Get six eclairs from Choukette for Valentine’s Day so all the work is done for you. Details and how to enter here.
And if you’re in Seattle and feeling stuck, go check out the dessert map! There’s sure to be something awesome for you.
On to the fun stuff!
Chocolate factory tours. There are now two (effectively three) chocolate factory tours in town: Theo, Seattle Chocolates, and watching the production window at Fran’s Georgetown. (You can’t go behind the scenes at Fran’s, but you also don’t have to schedule a tour – and it’s free to view.) At $10/person, it’s a nice way to learn the processes behind different kinds of chocolate.
And, you know, eat some chocolate while you’re there.
Valentine’s Day meals. There are a lot – and, unless you’re trying for something fancypants like Canlis or Sky City, you should still have a shot at a reservation. (Though if you’re doing a reservation, book fast – most will likely fill up by tonight.)
If you’re vegetarian or vegan, Plum Bistro and Cafe Flora are going all out. Cafe Flora has a $75/person tasting menu including scallion pancakes and huckleberry cheesecake, and Plum Bistro has three options ($47-$55/person) that even cover people with some serious food allergies.
Mobile Food Rodeo. While it’s not on Valentine’s Day proper (it’s on the Sunday before), it’s an excuse to go try some food trucks – and you could possibly book a Theo factory tour if you like.
Exploring Seattle. It’s free (or whatever your budget allows), you can plan whatever you want, and you could include chocolate if you feel like it.
My suggestion would be the Pike/Pine/Broadway triangle for an ice cream run. (Try to stick to 4-5 places, or else you might not feel so thrilled later. I personally max out around three.) Also, since Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year, maybe Cupcake Royale will have cheap ice cream cones? We’ll have to see.
Go non-traditional. Look, Harbor City and Jade Garden might not be packed – for once – on Valentine’s Day. The taco stands might not be busy until that evening. Go choose something so off the normal radar. Congee, curry, whatever floats your boat.
Plan to cook together. You’ll be romantic and you’re avoiding all the chaos in the restaurants! Win!
Pick up a pint of ice cream or something so you can at least slack on dessert.
Visit chocolate stores together. It’s fun, and you can try things together! Especially the hot chocolates. (I’m going to try and make a chocolate map for the holiday. It’s in process!)
Prep for Valentine’s Day sales. Hey, you can both prep and hit the sales! (Actually, doing that sounds far less stressful than buying the day of.) The best I’ve seen locally is at PCC, but we’ll have to see what New Seasons does this year. Fingers crossed for an excellent sale on Chocolopolis treats.
Cupcake Royale. Out of all their flavors, I’ve always been the most impressed by their Valentine’s Day cupcakes. (I can’t eat the Deathcake, because espresso; everything else rocks.) I really want to try the Dulce de Leche, because similar cupcakes in previous years have been outstanding.
Trophy Cupcake. Not to be outdone, they have their seasonal dark chocolate raspberry cupcake and a 10th birthday cupcake that has enough toppings to qualify as two treats in one.
- Get a chocolate tasting kit! I just covered Eagranie Yuh’s, and it’s fun. You’re both learning together! And there’s chocolate! Can’t go wrong.
- Dick Taylor is one of many with limited edition bars for the holidays, a dark chocolate and raspberry bar.
- Soma just put out a raspberry white chocolate bar (everyone’s in for raspberry?) that is the single most tart white chocolate bar I have ever experienced.
- If it’s still available, Askinosie recently put out a limited edition white chocolate and cacao gravel bar. (Yes, I have two. No, I have no clue when I’ll have time to talk about them. ARRGH.)
So, how are you planning for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear about it!