San Diego

Weekend roundup

February 11-14


Valentine’s Day Sip & Shop Pop-Up

Feb. 13. Stop by this socially distanced shopping event for a drink and some retail therapy, presented by Shop Onyx + Jade (whose jewelry is pictured). Peruse clothing, accessories, gifts and more from local businesses—including The Life of Peonies, Elleven the Label, Deeply Rooted Collective and more. Entrance includes a complimentary libation and raffle prizes. To ensure safety, the event will be split into three, hour-long intervals—for which guests must register in advance—with a capacity of 30 at a time. Noon-3 p.m. $5 entry. FEMX Quarters, 1919 San Diego Ave., Old Town. More Info

The Loma Club Golf Tournament

Feb. 14. Enjoy the holiday with some fresh air on the golf course at The Loma Club’s special Valentine’s Day couple’s tournament. Bring your significant other or a friend (or any plus-one you want!) for a jovial nine-hole round. Tickets include welcome drinks and bites along the course; plus prizes awarded for best dressed, closest to the pin and more. Designed by A.G. Spalding of Spalding Sports, the course has hosted golf legends and boasts spectacular downtown skyline views. Check-in begins at 11 a.m.; shotgun start at noon. $60 per twosome. 2960 Truxtun Road, Liberty Station. More Info

Food + Drink

Valentine’s Dinner at Juniper and Ivy

Feb. 12-14. Pick your potion at Juniper and Ivy, with something for every lovebird. Its Date Night dinner menus for two can be enjoyed on the restaurant’s alfresco patio or from the comfort of home. The Meat Lovers meal includes tuna crudo, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and beef filet. Or try the Vegging Out meal, with dishes such as potato-and-cheese ravioli and basil risotto. Both menus include the famous Black Forest Yodel dessert (pictured). Other options include take-home cocktail kits, candy boxes and roses from Allen’s Florals. 2228 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.269.9036.

Valentine’s Dinner at La Valencia Hotel

Feb. 12-14. Nicknamed “the Pink Lady,” La Valencia is offering a fittingly named “Tickle Me Pink” dining experience Valentine’s weekend, for dine-in or to-go. Enjoy a love-inspired meal by chef Timothy Ralphs that includes an amuse bouche, appetizer, entree and dessert; plus a take-home gift for those who dine onsite. Specialty cocktails (available Feb. 12-28) include Whispering Smoked Nothings with Remy Martin 1738 cognac; and You’re the “Swan” I Want with rose gin and sparking brut rosé (both pictured). Meals start at $89 per person. 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla, 855.476.6870.

Holiday Offerings at Extraordinary Desserts

Through Feb. 14. It’s one-stop dessert shopping at Karen Krasne’s two destinations for Valentine’s Day-themed cakes, chocolate boxes, cookie gift boxes and more. There’s the Love is Chocolate box with chocolate-dipped strawberries, a chocolate-Nutella cupcake and a cheesecake brownie; the Xanadu cheesecake with coconut and passionfruit; the chocolate-raspberry-truffle Bundt cake; and more. Add a bottle of premium bubbly to any order. See websites for ordering, pickup and delivery details. 2870 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.294.2132; 1430 Union St., Little Italy, 619.294.7001. Bankers Hill | Little Italy

Outdoor Dining at Addison

Reopened. San Diego’s only Michelin-starred restaurant has reopened for outdoor dining on its heated terrace. Spotlighting local, seasonal ingredients, executive chef William Bradley and his team craft exquisite, SoCal-influenced French dishes—serving either a five-course menu or a decadent 10-course menu—paired with wines from Addison’s award-winning cellar. The terrace overlooks the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Golf Course—offering idyllic views of the 18th hole. Reservations required. Tu-Sa beginning at 5 p.m. (also open for Valentine’s Day). 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar, 858.314.1900.

Outdoor Dining at Lionfish

Reopened. Serving modern coastal cuisine by executive chef JoJo Ruiz, the chic eatery has reopened for alfresco patio dining. Make reservations for Valentine’s Day and enjoy themed dishes such as the Love Boat raw platter—oysters with strawberry mignonette; king crab with brown-butter aioli; tuna sashimi with crunchy chili garlic; and shrimp ceviche verde. For a romantic dessert, try the Strawberry Fraisier—white-chocolate mousse, local strawberries, lime confit and sea-salt meringue. Tu-Th 5-10 p.m.; F-Sa 4-10 p.m. 435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.738.7200.

Weekend Brunch at Mavericks Beach Club

Reopened. Pacific Beach’s casual-cool watering hole has reopened for weekend brunch on its expansive patio. Valentine’s Day in particular promises a festive meal—with fun deals such as $15 bottles of Champagne, $7 Absolut bloody marys, $20 Bubble Slushie buckets (pictured) and more. Feast on goodies such as loaded avocado toast or the Cali Dude breakfast burrito with bacon, sausage, fajita veggies, French fries, pinto beans and cheddar-jack cheese. Guests can also order from Mavericks’ regular menu of burgers, wings, tacos and more. 860 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.999.0348.

Arts + Culture

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Begins Feb. 12. Just in time for Valentine’s weekend, The Old Globe theater presents an online production of Shakespeare’s enchanting romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Sam White and performed by actors of The Old Globe and the University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program, the streaming production is set in industrial America circa 1940. The epic story centers on four plots: the upcoming wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta; the fiasco of the young lovers; the interventions of the “rude mechanicals;” and the conflict between the fairies. Free.

Kajillionaire at Cinema Under the Stars

Feb. 12-14. Need a laugh this Valentine’s weekend? Experience some alfresco movie magic at this intimate outdoor venue, which has reopened for weekend screenings of cult classics, artsy films and more. This weekend welcomes Kajillionaire, an absurdist comedy about a family of scam artists—starring Evan Rachel Wood (pictured), Richard Curtis and Debra Winger. The theater offers a weatherproof retractable dome, infrared heating and comfy reclining chairs (spaced six feet apart between parties). Online reservations close at 5 p.m. day of screening. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills, 619.295.4221. Tickets

Photo credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream watercolor painting by William Blake. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues featured.

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