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NAPKIN NOTES: Will you be my sweetheart? S.A. treats to woo

<font color=990000>NAPKIN NOTES:</font> Will you be my sweetheart? S.A. treats to woo

Credit: Freddy Hunt / Kens5.com

ABOVE: Olmos Perk barista Iris DeAndrade serves a hot drink with a smile on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012.

Surprising your Valentine first thing in the morning with a bouquet of flowers is nice. But first thing in the morning, my wife doesn't appreciate anything until after she gets a cup of coffee.

I went to Olmos Perk Coffee Bar and found the perfect solution: a heart-filled latte. Iris DeAndrade is a barista with some major skill, and she's up to a challenge. Just ask for a little love in your drink and she'll try her best. She nailed it with my raspberry mocha.

"It takes a little more effort than just buying a box of chocolates," she said, explaining why a hot drink is the perfect Valentine's Day treat. "There's a whole socialization aspect to it. And they get to watch it being made. It's a special little treat."

by Freddy Hunt / Kens5.com

kens5.com

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 8:51 AM

Just for you, cupcake

The Ruby Slippers are the hot item this time of year, but not the kind you stick your feet into -- the kind you sink you teeth into. Kate's Frosting owner Kate Frost-Field argues that her cupcakes are the ultimate Valentine's Day gift for five reasons.

1. They're pretty<br>
2. They're delicious<br>
3. They're all made from scratch<br>
4. They're easy to share<br>
5. You can pick your own flavors<br><br>

Kate's Frosting -- on Broadway and also on Main -- has rolled out its special February menu, featuring plenty of sexy and scrumptious little cakes. Like the boyfriend, a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, topped with sea salt-caramel drizzle. Or the popular Ruby Slippers, a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting topped with chocolate-dipped cherries with red sprinkles.

No matter what you choose, Williams says you can't go wrong with cupcakes.

"People just get happy when they see them," she said.

Pour your heart out

You can tell a great bottle of wine by it's price tag, right? Not always. We went to Bin 555 Restaurant & Wine Bar in Artisan's Alley, off Bitters, to find some guaranteed tasty bottles for all types of budgets and tastes. Server and self-proclaimed wino Sam Russell said sharing a bottle of wine is an excellent was to uncork your love this Valentine's Day.

"Wine is one of those things you can sit down and enjoy with your partner, and as you learn he wine you learn each other," he said.

Russell recommends:

Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon - $$$<br>
Franciscan Magnificat blends - $$<br>
Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon - $<br>
Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay - $<br>
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc - $

I heart pizza

Believe in love at first sight? You will once you see your pizza boy coming out of the kitchen with a hot 42" heart-shaped pizza hoisted over his head like a pepperoni-patched hang glider.

 Big Lou's owner Brian Lujan wants you to eat your heart out this Valentine's Day. Just ask for a heart-shaped pizza. And if you really love you're sweetheart, you'll order the massive 62" pie. Or maybe you just love pizza?

"It's unique. That sums it up: it's unique. Look at the size. The size in itself is like, I love you big time," Lujan said. "But she better be a big pizza lover if you're going to take her to a pizza place, or you're in the dog house."

Spice it up

Baby, you're hotter than habanero.

Let your sweetheart know how hot you think they are with an assortment of hot sauce, barbecue sauce and salsas. It's the perfect pre-dinner snack. Plus it's an easy buy, yet so creative. Just be careful what kind of sauce you buy. Some labels, like Weapons of Ass Destruction or Pain & Suffering Hurts So Bad, might send the wrong message.

Hot cup of love

Surprising your Valentine first thing in the morning with a bouquet of flowers is nice. But first thing in the morning, my wife doesn't appreciate anything until after she gets a cup of coffee.

I went to Olmos Perk Coffee Bar and found the perfect solution: a heart-filled latte. Iris DeAndrade is a barista with some major skill, and she's up to a challenge. Just ask for a little love in your drink and she'll try her best. She nailed it with my raspberry mocha.

"It takes a little more effort than just buying a box of chocolates," she said, explaining why a hot drink is the perfect Valentine's Day treat. "There's a whole socialization aspect to it. And they get to watch it being made. It's a special little treat."
 

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