In many romantic relationships, there comes a time when you realize that when your partner says, “Oh I don’t need anything for my birthday/anniversary/random holiday,” it actually means, “If you do nothing for me I will feel like the most forsaken human being on the planet. And you are a heartless jerk.”

Perhaps you aren’t in a romantic relationship, or are in one which involves healthier, direct communication about Valentine’s Day expectations. Luckily for you, you’re off the hook this week. Now, for the rest of us procrastinators who are realizing we need to get our stuff together and do something for Valentine’s Day this Friday, here are a few last minute date options around the ‘hood:

Treat your partner (or yourself) to a discounted massage at Elements Massage.

Treat your partner (or yourself) to a discounted massage at Elements Massage.

Now through Feb. 15, Elements Massage Preston Hollow is offering discounted massage packages at $59 or $89 for Valentine’s Day. Call 214.369.4100 to reserve.

Tart Bakery is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu including items such as Champagne macaroons and Love Whoopee Pies. Call 469.335.8919 to order in advance.

Spend at least $40 at Castle Gap Jewelry Feb. 12-14 to receive a free handcrafted large chocolate heart from celebrated local chocolatier CocoAndré.

Macaroni Grill offers a $20 four-course tasting menu on Valentine’s Day. Menu items include starters such as cheese-stuffed Ravioli, Chicken Scaloppine, Chicken Marsala and Pork Chop Vesuvio.

Salata is giving out free dark chocolate brownies Feb. 10-15 to customers who make a purchase and “like” the restaurant on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Better yet, said brownies have only 100 calories and six grams of sugar each.

Grain, located in the Park Cities Hilton, has two Valentine’s Day packages available on both Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 (click here for all of the details.) For $120 a couple enjoy a four-course dinner, or for $299 a couple, add an overnight stay to the four-course dinner package. Call 214.368.0400 to reserve.

Valentine's Day goodies available at Bread Winner's Cafe: Facebook

Valentine’s Day goodies available at Bread Winners Cafe: Facebook

Kona Grill offers a Valentine’s Day surf and turf menu Feb. 14-16. The multi-day offer is a plus if you’re opting to celebrate during a less hectic evening. Call 214.369.7600 for reservations. Cost is $39.95 per person.

Both locations of Bread Winners (in both NorthPark Center and Inwood Village) are personalizing plenty of cakes, Rice Krispie treats, iced sugar cookies, cupcakes, and chocolate-dipped strawberries for the holiday. Call 469.232.9798 at least a day in advance if you are looking to order large quantities or customize treats for your honey.

Through Feb. 16, The Asian Mint has several dessert items created especially in honor of Valentine’s Day, including brownie pops, chocolate wine, amaretto affogato, and a very decadent-sounding Godiva liqueur-laced chocolate creme brulee.

Cozy up with your love, enjoy some bites and watch a movie without breaking the bank at Studio Movie Grill Royal. On Friday and Saturday, an appetizer and two entrees will be discounted to $25, plus bottles of wine are 25% off. Movie tickets are sold separately.

A male apron made by Jen Rosie Designs: Facebook

A male apron made by Jen Rosie Designs: Facebook

On Saturday at 5 p.m. We Yogis hosts a Valentine’s Day couples class for the beginning and experienced yogi alike. Register online here. Call 214.351.1229 to arrange childcare in advance.

Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen offers a Valentine’s Day dinner on Friday from 5-11 p.m. for $65 per person. View the Menu online here. Call 214.890.1103 to reserve.

On Feb. 14, from 6 p.m-midnight, Unity Church of Dallas is offering childcare so that parents can hit the town, too. Cost is $20-$30 depending on the number of children and when you register. Register by sending an email to dallasyou@gmail.com before Feb. 12.

Lastly, one way to shop local for a Valentine’s Day gift for your love that you’ll actually both enjoy is to buy a Hot Mama Apron from Sparkman neighbor Jen Rosie. Her aprons are functional and have plenty of flair. Plus, what is truly sexier than a man in the kitchen?

Still not inspired? Take a glimpse at over a dozen more date ideas from Advocate’s cover story here.


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