LAist’s Valentine’s Day Present Information For The Pandemic Period: LAist
Valentine’s Day is coming! (Photo illustration by Giuliana Mayo / LAist)
It’s been a year. Living in isolation (or spending far too much time with others), only wearing soft clothing, binge-watching Ted Lasso (just us? cool …) and stress bake. On the way to a sad milestone – our first Valentine’s Day in quarantine – like everyone else, we are trying to figure out how to celebrate love under lock and key. Vaccinations!
If that doesn’t work, there’s food.
From heart-shaped pizzas and juicy chocolate bombs to DIY cocktail kits and luscious spreads, we’ve got something for everyone looking for Cupid amid the coronavirus. Boost the romance for your sweetheart – or spend a delicious day on your own and celebrate that manufactured Hallmark vacation with some of LA’s tastiest goodies.
California Donuts and Ring Pops Sweet Valentine’s Day Cooperation. (Courtesy Amanda Lao)
California Donuts x Ring Pop
California donutsWorking with Ring Pop, a family-owned business that has been around since 1982, they made Valentine’s Day-themed donuts with heart-shaped rings in the center. If only runways were open, you would have somewhere to display your edible jewelry once you’ve eaten your donut.
Vegan from Victoria’s heart-shaped conchas. (Courtesy Vegan by Victoria’s)
Vegan from Victoria
Popular Santa Ana on site Vegan from Victoria makes all kinds of delicacies including Pan Dulce, Tres Leches and Flan. Unfortunately, their V-Day range of fragile chocolate hearts filled with chocolate-coated goodies is already sold out – apparently there was a white chocolate run – but their chocolate-dipped strawberries and heart-shaped conchas are still available.
Some of the Valentine’s Day cupcakes on offer at the Lark Cake Shop. (Courtesy Lark Cake Shop)
With locations in Silver Lake and Pasadena, family owned and operated lark has been serving beautiful but no frills baked goods since 2007. For Valentine’s Day 2021, cupcakes and heart-shaped cakes in various flavors will be made for pre-order. They also have limited choices on the day of, so plan accordingly. Available for pickup or delivery.
The 16-piece chocolate tasting box from ChocoVivo. (Courtesy ChocoVivo)
Since 2009, ChocoVivo has made chocolate inspired by traditional Aztec and Mayan methods and hand-milled whole bean chocolates with minimal processing to maximize the chocolate’s intensity. Grab a Sampler with hot chocolate or a 16-part “Experience the journey“Tasting box.
John Kelly’s solid ruby chocolate hearts. (Courtesy John Kelly Chocolates)
John and Kelly, two guys with a fudge recipe and a dream, made a mid-career switch in 2004 that brought West Hollywood – and the world – their seriously rich goodies. On your sideyou can find gift boxes of various sizes as well as one Ruby chocolate heart set that’s all nice. You can also find their chocolates at retailers around town.
Aprons and Nik Sharma’s Flavor Equation cookbook make up a Valentine’s Day gift set from BlueCut. (Courtesy BlueCut)
BlueCut x Nick Sharma
If you and your sweetheart want to cook together, apron maker BlueCut and James Beard-nominated cookbook author Nik Sharma have teamed up to offer a DIY Valentine’s Day Package. It comes with a signed copy of Sharma’s new book, The equation of taste, two linen BlueCut aprons, A customized meal plan, recommended wine pairings, an aromatherapy cooking hack, and a Spotify playlist to keep your mood up.
Some of the options for Bardonna’s Breakfast in Bed Valentine’s Package. (Courtesy Bardonna)
For those who can have a leisurely morning, you should order “breakfast in bed” at BardonnaSanta Monica location. The package includes a choice of two starters, any two drinks, and a candy-filled chocolate heart (and the option to turn on a custom message if requested 72 hours in advance). Call or order personally.
Evan Kleinman’s contribution to this year’s Valentine’s Day meal for Miry’s List: Beet Gnocchi. (Courtesy Miry’s List)
For the fourth time in a row Myry’s list Offers a New arrival Valentine’s Day dinner, this time in picnic form to help Syrian refugees moving to Southern California. Get a delicious six-course meal with beet gnocchi from Evan Kleinman, Syrian classics from chefs Maaysa & Abdul Kanjo, desserts from Roxana Jullapat from Friends & Family and a bottle of champagne from One Hope Wine. You will give to a good cause at the same time. Available for delivery or collection.
Paper Pizza Company’s red crusted heart-shaped pizza. (Courtesy Paper Pizza Company)
SAY IT WITH PIZZA
Since we believe in everything heart shaped, there are a few ways to show your love in the form of melted cheese + bread. (We also have this handy pizza media that is organized by regional pizza styles.)
- Abbott’s pizza – This pizzeria on the west side has heart shaped cakes. Now that you know why would you ever Order “normal” pizza again?
- Paper Pizza Co. – In Downey, Paper Pizza has both a heart-shaped pizza and A heart-shaped sausage board on the Valentine’s Day menu.
- The Heights Deli and Bottle Shop – Located in Lincoln Heights, The Heights Deli offers a heart-shaped pizza over the phone for Valentine’s Day. If you throw in a bottle of Lambrusco, you’re done.
Amass’ limited “Impeachment” vodka with a peach flavor. (Courtesy Amass)
What started as a social media joke after Donald Trump’s (first) impeachment became a limited edition vodka from the LA-based distiller Collect. This peach-flavored vodka is called Impeachment proceedings, comes in a pink bottle and contains “notes of rose, ginger and red currant”. A portion of all sales go to the Foundation of the restaurant workers’ association.
Tacos Tu Madres juicy hot chocolate bomb. (Courtesy Tacos Tu Madre)
Tacos your mother
If you love hot chocolate and Drinks for adults, Tacos Tu Madre’s In West Hollywood, you’re covered in their hot chocolate bombs. Each chocolate heart is filled with hot cocoa, mini marshmallows and comes with an injector filled with Rumchata or Bailey’s (you choose). Order your sweet treat in person or by phone.
Some of the BreakUp Bar’s anti-Valentine’s Day cocktail offerings, not in their to-go containers. (Courtesy Evan Charest)
If you are over valentine’s day, Severance Wine Bar does its annual BreakUp Bar: Anti Valentine’s Day Pop up until February 14th. They offer sweets, sausages, and cocktails. Whichever package you choose (the “wasted two years of my life” looks tempting), you will find something that will soothe your broken heart. Watch classic break-up films while you wait to collect your package at the to-go window.