Hearts Afire

Florists’ carts are overflowing with bundles of red roses; Hallmark stores are stocked with oversize cards and pink teddy bears; and almost every song on the radio is a shout out to a special someone. Yes, Valentine’s Day is here, bringing with it the crushing weight of romantic expectation. Married, divorced, or single, there’s something magical in the offing for everyone.

Exotic Eats: Just because you can’t afford a trip abroad doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some foreign flavor. At Moroccan Nights (9555 Harding Ave., Surfside; 305-865-5333), the prix fixe menu is an affordable $49 per person, which includes dinner, dessert, and a glass of Kir Royal. Theine (119 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables; 305-774-0228, www.theineteasalon.com) is also offering a Moroccan lunch, complete with mint tea and Middle Eastern desserts for $25.

Get Freaky: Valentine’s Day means nooky for anyone with a romantic entanglement. Seal the deal by getting your lovah body paint and a pair of chocolate handcuffs at Schakolad Chocolate Factory (323 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-569-9530, www.schakolad.com). Even better, check out the kinky work at the erotica artist exhibition at the Lurie Gallery (3900 NE First Ave., Miami; 305-573-7373, www.luriegalleries.com).

Flowers and Chocolate: Instead of giving your sweetie a heart shape box of typical Valentine’s Day gift items, tell them to eat it instead. Afterglo (1200 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-1717, www.afterglo-restaurant.com) is offering a five course tribute to chocolate for $75 per person. For more of a Georgia O’Keeffe experience, taste the flora at Tantra (1445 Pennsylvania Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-4765, www.tantrarestaurant.com). For $125 you can sip champagne and enjoy Kumamoto oysters with clitoria flower mignonette, among other fragrant offerings.

My Single Valentine: You’re flying solo the most romantic day of the year. Buy yourself something sweet at Cold Stone Creamery, and indulge Bridget Jones’s Diary style. The decadent ice cream parlor is offering minicakes for a mere $8.99 each. Visit www.coldstonecreamery.com for a complete list of store locations.
Tue., Feb. 14


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