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Cupid comes through with Valentines Day plans

By: Megan Wood The Press Tribune
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Don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is this weekend. Sunday to be exact. Don’t let panic overwhelm the love in the air by planning your Valentine’s Day festivities in advance. Here, we take the guesswork out of cupid’s job so you can focus on what’s really important. Classic Dinner and a Movie It’s a favorite date-night routine that always fits the bill, especially this year with the release of the romantic comedy “Valentines Day” on Feb. 12. With an ensemble cast starring Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Kathy Bates, Bradley Cooper and Julia Roberts, the movie follows the intertwining stories of couples and singles in Los Angeles coping with the pressure and expectations that Valentine’s Day presents. The movie will be playing in Roseville at United Artists Olympus Pointe on Sunrise Avenue. Grab a romantic four-course dinner for two after the flick at P.F. Changs for an easy $40. While reservations aren’t required, they are definitely recommended as tables for two fill up fast. The prix-fixe menu includes soup, a starter, two entrees and two desserts. If you call in advance and ask nicely, the P.F. Changs kitchen staff can steam open fortune cookies for engagement rings for an extra-special proposal. P.F. Changs is located at 1180 Galleria Blvd. across from the Galleria. (916) 788-2800 for reservations or more information. Dinner for two at home If dinner at home is more your style, and cooking is not your forte, Raley’s has you covered. A surf and turf dinner for two is about as idiot-proof as they come. Two 6 oz. USDA Choice Beef filet mignon topped with Dungeness crab and Bearnaise sauce comes with all the trimmings and detailed preparation and cooking instructions. The dinner comes in a Valentine’s themed box and includes dinner rolls, apricot stuffed brie and chocolate-dipped strawberries for dessert. Quantities are limited so pre-ordering is recommended. Pick up your dinner for two between Feb. 12 and Feb. 14, grab some matches and candles while you’re there and voila, a romantic homemade dinner for two. Raley’s Dinner for two is available to order online at Raleys.com Sweet nothings Flowers and chocolate are by far the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts, so why show up empty handed? Heaven Scent florist has already ordered 100 dozen roses and has plans for fully stocked refrigerator cabinets for grab-and-go customers come Sunday. “Roses are pushed commercially as the flower of romance, but there are options,” said owner Vivian Barber. Barber’s own husband favors tulips on Feb. 14 because “it takes two lips to make it work.” A dozen hand-arranged roses in a vase includes ribbon, filler and greens and costs $92. See’s Candy has your chocolate craving covered with assorted chocolates in the classic heart-shaped box from $16 for the Sweetheart Box to the ultimate Red Romantic Heart, crammed with 95 pieces of chocolate weighing in at 4 pounds for $132. Grab a pre-assorted box, or customize your own in-store with her favorites. See’s Candy has two locations at 1825 Douglas Blvd. in the Placer Center Plaza, Roseville (916) 784-3366; 1151 Galleria Blvd. in the Galleria Mall, Roseville (916)784-7220; or online at Sees.com Heaven Scent is located at 1271 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville. Call (916) 781-8057 to order. Eat your heart out On Valentine’s Day, there’s no shortage of heart-shaped goodies to gift. Papa Murphy’s biggest seller the week of Valentine’s Day is their heart-shaped pepperoni pizza, a popular dinner for kids when Mom and Dad head out for a date, said Papa Murphy’s employee Mark Harris. “We only make them in February starting a few days before Valentine’s Day but they’re our most popular pizza that week,” Harris said. Only available in pepperoni, a heart-shaped pizza is a tasty and, at $6.99, cheap way to share the love. Although Mrs. Fields is known for her giant chocolate chip cookies, the heart-shapes are especially popular in February. “We have 45 ordered right now,” said Francesca Domingo, an employee at Mrs. Fields in the Galleria Mall. “We’ll order at least another 300 by Valentine’s Day, just to have them ready.” A heart shaped cookie serves 10 and can be customized with a sweet message penned in frosting. Papa Murphys is at 5020 Foothills Blvd. Roseville (916) 774-7272; 731 Pleasant Grove Blvd. Roseville (916) 791-7272; and 9260 Sierra College Blvd. Roseville (916) 797-7272. Mrs. Fields is at 1151 Galleria Blvd. Roseville, (916) 788-1490.