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Unconventional Valentines Day Date Ideas

February 4, 2014 9:20 AM

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(credit: Joy Bitonio)

(credit: Joy Bitonio)

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(credit: Sara Jones)

This Valentine’s Day, make the day a special one with our unique collection of activities. We’ve put together a few ideas around LA that will make the day of obligatory love a great experience for you to enjoy whether you are single or spoken for.

(credit: Dylan Ho)

(credit: Dylan Ho)


Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 288-6500
www.plancheck.com

If you want to drown your sorrows on the day of obligatory love, Plan Check invites you to dive right in. Make a beeline straight to Fairfax Village for an all-day happy hour (February 14 from 11:30am – 2am) offering 2 for $14 cocktail specials created by Matthew Biancaniello that will have you at “hello.”

His drinks are far from traditional, from the Ice Breaker (Japanese whisky, Batavia Arrak, lime juice, Monin agave syrup, passionfruit, ghost pepper salt, aloe vera chunks, and El Jimador) to the Fish Out of Water (bonito infused famous grouse, agave syrup, lemon, shiso). The kind folks at Plan Check welcome you to remake Valentines Day into a Friday of trying something unexpected.

(credit: Jenny & Jimbob)

(credit: Jenny & Jimbob)


Jenny & Jimbob
11114 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(323) 274-5684
www.jennyandjimbob.com

Instead of letting it sit in your jewelry box covered in the dust of your past, take it to Jenny & Jimbob for a makeover. The outrageous talent that is Jenny and Jimbob will repurpose it into a custom ring that is all about you. Transforming your jewelry may just be the symbolic reminder you need to shape your future into something bright and extraordinary. Call or visit the shop for more information.

(credit: LA Zoo)

(credit: LA Zoo)


Sex and the City Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200
www.lazoo.org

For an evening that would make Samantha Jones proud, the LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens invites you to take a walk on the wild side. This adults-only (21+) affair starts with a reception and “animal walk-abouts” with keepers who’ll get you up close and personal with some of the zoo’s small inhabitants.

Then things really get interesting, with a musical performance followed by a presentation of raw, primal instincts of the animal kingdom. Everything from animal mating, and dating will be presented by former LA Zoo general curator Michael Dee. An optional dinner is available to close out the evening (for an additional fee).

Proceeds from this annual event support GLAZA, which funds plant and animal exhibits, species conservation, capital projects, education and community outreach, and many other programs at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

(credit: Ebanos Crossing)

(credit: Ebanos Crossing)


Anti-Valentines Day Party at Ebanos Crossing
200 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 935-8829
www.ebanoscrossing.com

In the city streets of Downtown LA lies a secret trade route to revelry, forbidden spirits, and a fantastic voyage of pleasure. Ebanos Crossing, LA Canvas, and Redbull present an anti-Valentines Day party that encourages love and body rolling that stretches beyond a single Hallmark holiday. Bartender Gia St. George will shake you up something sexy; come see her and the rest of the crew on Wednesday Feb 12 from 9pm to 2am.

(credit: The Dailey Method Venice)

(credit: The Dailey Method Venice)


Dailey Duo Night at The Dailey Method
1327 1/2 B Abbot Kinney St
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 396-1500
www.thedaileymethod.com/venice.html

For the newly single, a lifted rear is the best revenge. For the lovers, endorphins are the best aphrodisiac. Come here for a Dailey Duo night on February 13 at 7:15 p.m. Bring a date or best friend for a date workout for just $10 each (regularly $22). Existing members can use their regular packages and new students are $10 as long as they come with a date. Drinks will be served following class. You’ll be long, lean, and limber just in time for love fest 2014.

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Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Check out her other articles on CBS L.A. She also covers fitness on Examiner. Follow her on Twitter.

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