Valentines, Valentines...

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The day of hugs, kisses and love is here yet again. Of course, if you're in a relationship the heat may be on to do something special, or at least somewhat memorable. Well don't despair! PDX has many events and venues to choose from to make your Valentines one of a kind. See some some of my favorite picks and links below. Happy Valentines Day!

Le Pigeon

An old favorite in Portland for Valentines Day dinner (or any day of the year for that matter) is Le Pigeon. This French-fared establishment never dissappoints and one look at the menu quickly tells you why. That said, some pretty special stuff is happening on the 14th so you have to be flexible if booking late. Two seatings at 5:30 and 8:30 (at $250 per person) feature a 5-star, multi-course menu that will leave you breathless. See their website and dinner menu

 This blackened salmon dish from Le Pigeon redefines decadence. While the featured fish changes daily at Le Pigeon, I've never been disappointed! Image Courtesy: 10bestmedia.com

This blackened salmon dish from Le Pigeon redefines decadence. While the featured fish changes daily at Le Pigeon, I've never been disappointed! Image Courtesy: 10bestmedia.com

Paley's Place

Yes we've written about Paley's Place before. Needless to say it's a favorite. And, yet again, a great menu is being prepared for this Valentine's Day. The key will be getting a table! Executive Chef Patrick McKee is preparing a wonderful meal featuring scallops a la plancha, spit-roasted duck breast and hazelnut mocha torte. See their website and menus here. 

 This NW craftsman home turned 5-star restaurant has been the talk of the town since its inception in 1995. Great food, great menu, ever-surprising features. Image Courtesy: TheRunningGroup.com

This NW craftsman home turned 5-star restaurant has been the talk of the town since its inception in 1995. Great food, great menu, ever-surprising features. Image Courtesy: TheRunningGroup.com

 

Bar Vivant and Pix Patisserie

Sharing space together at 2225 E Burnside, this powerful duo will serve you and yours well with fantastic, savory tapas at Bar Vivant and wonderful champagne and chocolate at Pix Patisserie. Dinner and desert? Sounds so nice... And get this, in one box of chocolates at Pix Patisserie there will be a pair of white gold stud earrings (14 karat), so be sure to buy one! It might not be Willy Wonka's golden ticket, but it will add a little excitement to your evening. Here again though, prepare to be flexible as the 14th is bound to be busy. See their combo website and menus

 The dessert counter at Pix Patisserie will melt your heart. And maybe, just maybe, you'll be the lucky one to find the golden earrings! Image Courtesy: emaze.com

The dessert counter at Pix Patisserie will melt your heart. And maybe, just maybe, you'll be the lucky one to find the golden earrings! Image Courtesy: emaze.com

Can't get a table at either of the above? See 18 great Valentine's Day restaurant picks here (courtesy of PDX Monthly)

 

A Most Excellent List of Valentines-centric Links

Courtesy of PDX Pipeline, check this very complete event list for the month of February. Yes, some of these dates have passed, but many still apply...and there just might be something perfect for your Valentines celebration. 

 While many flowers will not be in bloom this time of year, a walk through the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is sure to be romantic. Image Courtesy: Activerain.com

While many flowers will not be in bloom this time of year, a walk through the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden is sure to be romantic. Image Courtesy: Activerain.com

Dan Meyers