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    Aba's Mediterranean Valentine Feast

    How tasty is this offering from that excellent Mediterranean place just south of Downtown? Hint: Aba's dinner for two will include lobster bisque, smoky garlic hummus with housemade bread, ahi tuna tabouli, brussels sprouts, beef tenderloin with truffled potatoes, Isot chocolate cake, and a bottle of Giuliana Prosecco. Note: Place your order up to one day prior (by 3pm) for pick-up or delivery on Feb. 12–14.
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    AHS Tailgate Competition

    Austin Humane Society's Puppy Bowl XIV Tailgate Competition is officially underway! Andrea's Eats, Jo's Coffee, Austin Daily Press, and Yard Bar each compete with a tasty treat – and they're donating a percentage of sales to AHS. Try them all, and vote for your fave in the Facebook poll. The winning bite will be announced during the Puppy Bowl on Feb. 6.
    Through Feb. 5  
    Various locations
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    Antonelli's: Valentine's Gift Box

    Leave it to the locally acclaimed, internationally celebrated cheesemongers of Antonelli's to wrangle up the perfect dairy-forward foodie gift for expressing your love with. This festive "Spread the Love" box includes cheese, charcuterie, and an array of pairings like chocolate, pickles, nuts, and more – from Cowgirl Creamery, Carr Valley, Smoking Goose, SRSLY Chocolate, and more.
    Order soon, supplies are v. limited. $85.  
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    Austin Oyster Co. x Austin Winery

    Austin Oyster Company and Austin Winery have teamed up to offer pre-packaged oyster shucking kits and wine selections for an at-home Valentine's Day celebration. Packages include one or two dozen oysters, garnishes, one of three paired wine bottles, shucking knife and gloves, and Austin Oyster Co. swag and discount codes. Note: This is a hot, as they say, item – so it's a good idea to place your orders STAT. Pickup options: Sat.-Sun., Feb. 13-14, noon-5pm.
    One dozen + kit, $70; two dozen + kit, $90.  
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    Austin Proper: In-Room Valentine's Diner

    Austin Proper debuts their first-ever in-room dining experience, with a private dinner that includes a self-service bar (which includes Louis Roederer Brut Champagne, Recanti Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Letherbee Gin, Casamigos Tequila, and Maker’s Mark Bourbon) and is centered on contactless service of The Peacock's special three-course meal, delivered upon arrival: Fresh-baked pita with a trio of dips, red snapper tartare with herbs, shallots and avocado, mixed grill kebab, and traditional baklava with walnut, pistachio, and cardamom syrup. And, big bonus: You can stay the night in the beautifully appointed suite at no additional cost.
    Make your reservations by Feb. 5. $200 per person.  
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    Food Access Resources from SFC

    We have to admit it's getter better, but we've still got a ways to go in dealing with this pandemic. The Sustainable Food Center has put together a thorough compilation of food access resources for Central Texans, ranging from farmers' markets to CSAs to delivery options and everything in between, so you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table. And if you're able to contribute they're accepting online donations, which support farmers and low-income families facing food insecurity. Get all the details on their website.
    Citywide
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    Free Valentine's Dessert at Z'Tejas

    That's right, lovebirds: On Valentine's Day, order two entrees at either location of this popular bastion of fine Southwestern cuisine and you'll get your dessert gratis: A dulce de leche "heart" cheesecake with chocolate glaze, strawberry reduction, and strawberry rose.
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    Gati Valentine's Specials + Cooking Class

    Thai Fresh's Jam Sanitchat is serving up some "hearty" Valentine's yum at her pastry-forward Gati outpost, with heart-shaped cookies, red velvet cupcakes, and a six-inch, heart-shaped ice cream cake (chocolate cake with beet or strawberry ice cream) with custom writing on it. Impressive enough, but – if you want to do a DIY-together thing for this popular lovers' holiday – we recommend taking chef Sanitchat's virtual cooking class ($60) on that day (Sun., Feb. 14, 6pm), where she'll teach couples something new and romantic in the kitchen. You'll pick up the ingredients from Thai Fresh – menu items include papaya salad, drunken noodles, green curry, pad prik king, and more – and then cook along at home, slicing and dicing and mixing and frying and (ahem) billing and cooing, right? <3
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    Hopfields Valentine: Pre-Fixe Paradise

    Hopfields says they've created "the ultimate dining package for you and your main squeeze to enjoy," and – we know chef James Flowers' culinary skills – we're not going to argue. You can dine in with full service (there's a beautiful patio) or get the whole shebang to-go and put the finishing touches on it at home. "The whole shebang" means, in this case, a five-course feast of bowfin caviar, oysters Louie, truffled white asparagus soup, whole roasted Berkshire porchetta, and a creamysweet dream of a dessert they're calling bananacotta. They'll also give you a pair of roses and a vintage French postcard, lovers – and of course you can add wine or beer pairings for extra.
    Sun., Feb. 14, 5-10pm. $100 for two.  
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    Hotel Ella's Valentine's Dinner To-Go

    You could be extra and book a night at the hotel, too – and that would be such a romantic maneuver, wouldn't it? But you can also "just" order this excellent meal for pickup from Goodall's Kitchen and then return home, happily feasting on coconut lime ceviche, filet mignon (or seared, cold-smoked scallops), and devil's food cake for dessert. Note: Place your order by Feb. 9, for pickup Feb. 12-14.
    Feb. 1-9. $47.50 per person.  
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    Intero's Valentine: Meal Kits + Chocolates + Whiskey

    Couples who enjoy spending time together in the kitchen can create a delicious meal with one of Intero’s Valentine’s Day meal kits from chef Ian Thurwachter – featuring an appetizer, salad, entree course (options include a dry-aged Wagyu ribeye, hand-made pasta, and risotto) and easy-to-follow instructions. (Ah, the two of you, in the kitchen, rockin' that fancy cuisine …) But, check this out, too: Pastry chef Krystal Craig is offering chocolate tasting sets for two, so you and your beloved can go on a romantic adventure of the palate. Tasting options include an amaro-and-chocolate pairing, and a whiskey-and-chocolate pairing with Milam & Greene's finest. Note: Order by Feb. 10, for pickup on Feb. 12-14.
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    L'Oca d'Oro: Valentine's Day at Home

    This intimate dinner for two from chef Fiore Tedesco includes a three-course meal of Spanish mackerel crudo with tomato and basil, burrata with blood orange and mint, and house spaghetti with shrimp bolognese. All dishes are finished at home so they can be as fresh as if they were being experienced at the restaurant, and there are additional options for wine pairings.
    Sign up via Table22 between Feb. 2-8 for pickup on Feb. 12  
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    Lick Honest Ice Creams: Valentine's Specials

    Lick's bringing a double whammy of creamy goodness to your Valentine's table this year, offering 1) Love Cake, an eight-inch cake (8-10 servings) that features Lick’s creamy strawberry ice cream (made with fresh Texas berries and local Mother Culture cream cheese), layered with buttery bits of graham crumble atop a decadent dark chocolate cake ($39.99), and 2) the Valentine's Package Deal of two pints, two toppings, and two waffle bowls ($20). Note: You have to order the Love Cake by Feb. 7 for pickup Feb. 12-14, but you'll be able to get that package deal through the end of February.
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    Lunar New Year: Oseyo x Chop Chop

    Just in time for the inaugural Year of the Ox celebrations, Lynn Miller's acclaimed Korean restaurant Oseyo on E. Cesar Chavez has collaborated with local favorite noodle-cup brand Chop Chop to present Lunar Firecracker: an ox-bone broth accompanied by noodles and Mandu dumplings with a spicy ox-and-shrimp filling. Pre-order is available now until they're overwhelmed and sold out.
    For pickup on Feb. 12. $12.90.  
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    Mozart's Valentine: Coffee & Dessert Tasting

    Mozart's Coffee Roasters has a fine event planned for the most romantic java fiends in town. "Three courses. Three coffees. Four nights available. All kinds of couples welcome." We reckon you'll enjoy listening to the live music on those lovely lakeside decks while you sip and nibble the sumptuous noms – and you'll leave with a special gift from Mozart's, too.
    Feb. 11-14. $166.50 per couple.  
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    Old Thousand: Valentine's Hot Pot & Dinner for Two

    Valentine’s options at Old Thousand include a "Horny for Hot Pot” multicourse dinner for two ($110) with choice of mala beef tallow broth or smoked vegetable umami broth, a variety of meats, vegetables, noodles, signature sides and desserts; and a Dinner for Two option ($75) that includes a variety of signature dishes like Xiao Main noodles, General Tso’s, Smoked Pork Belly Char Siu, green beans, and cucumber salad. Available for pickup at both locations. Bonus: Both dinners include a refreshing adult beverage.
    Note: Order by Feb. 11, 5pm
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    Red Beans and Ricely Yours, Austin

    This community initiative, headed by Chris Cubas and Maris Clegg, is dedicated to providing free meals (of red beans and rice, andouille sausage, cornbread, fruit, dessert, and a drink) to Austinites in need. "On Tuesdays, we will provide a link to sign up for a free home-made meal delivered to you with safety in mind," goes their announcement on Facebook. "There is no judgment and the form is anonymous. If you have been affected by the impact of Covid-19 or are having a hard time, we would like to make a small portion of your day a little bit better." Or, if you'd like to donate your time in driving, baking treats, or providing cases of non-alcoholic beverages, please reach out to redbeansaustin@gmail.com.
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    Rocket Cinema: Drive-In Movie Valentines

    Rocket Cinema and The Elegant Kid present the films True Romance (Fri., Feb. 12, 8pm), Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Sat., Feb. 13, 7pm), and Wild at Heart (Sun., Feb. 14, 7pm) with pre-show live music and classy concessions at three Austin locations this Valentine's weekend. "Lounge pianist Beverly Larf Linn will serenade as lovely ladies deliver a sweet sidekick of snackery to your car window." And those "sweet sidekicks" are? A heart-shaped cherry hand pie (from Tiny Pies, no less), white cheddar pimento cheese & crostinis, hand-rolled caramel "Milk Dubs," a seasoned popcorn trio (chili lime, furikake, buttered herb garlic), and dipped chocolate pretzel sticks. Note: Limited space, get those tickets while you can!
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    Salt & Time's Valentine Meal Kits

    Valentine's Day, these magisterial meatmongers remind us after a year's gone by, marks the last major holiday to be celebrated in quarantine. Now they've put together several packages so you and your boo can have a wonderful dinner at home. The multicourse meals are partially prepared to finish at home and include either one large, dry aged steak to share or a pair of steaks – and a bottle of Cava sparkling wine and your choice of cocktails – from either a Steak House Classic or a Tuscan-themed Italian menu. Check their website, you carnivorous citizen, and get 'em while you can.
    $200-225, for two.  
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    Suerte's Valentine: Suadero Tacos, FTW

    Yes! Suerte is open for dine-in and will offer Valentine’s Day selections crafted with love by Fermín Núñez and his team. But, for couples wishing to stay at home, they're bringing back those popular Suadero taco kits ($100), too – each will serve two and include all the ingredients for Suadero tacos, a salad, lentils, a dessert, and a bottle of sparkling rosé. Note: Order now for pick-up on Feb. 14 – and dine-in reservations can be made starting Feb. 5.
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    TLC Austin: Turf & Surf for Two

    Treat yourself and your best beloved to an amazing dinner that includes two eight-ounce tenderloin filets, two crab-stuffed lobster halves, tarragon lemon butter, rosemary fingerling potatoes, asparagus, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne. Truth: Classic never goes out of style when it tastes this good.
    $250 per couple.  
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    Vanilla Orchid: Valentine's Big Cookie Sixer

    Those catering wizards at Austin's Vanilla Orchid are reprising their famous Sixer for this day of sweets and lovers: A six-pack of their half-pound stuffed cookies, all adorned with Valentine's finery in a fancy LED-lighted box.
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    Vinaigrette Valentine: Cherry Heart Pies

    These scrumptious cherry pies are perfect for sharing – enough for two – and will have you wondering just why young George Washington chopped down that innocent tree in the first place. NM any of that history stuff, tho; love is in the present, and this is a great present for your love. Note: Order by Feb. 11 for pickup on Feb. 13-14.
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