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Valentines Day Options to Warm the Heart

There are many ways to declare your love in the city this Valentines Day.

Published: February 6, 2014 (Issue # 1796)



  • A romantic gesture this Valentines Day could lead to your own lock on one of St. Petersburgs bridges.
    Photo: Kevin Anderson / Flickr

  • Grand Hotel Europe pulls out all the stops with an elegant, heart-shaped bite.
    Photo: GHE / For SPT

Singles dismiss it, new couples embrace it and married men tend to forget it. Yes, we are taking about Valentines Day, where ironically the day that celebrates love is usually met with more fear and loathing than with joy.

But regardless of your feelings, the day is still fast approaching (Feb. 14 for those who need reminding) and despite the sub-zero temperatures outside, there are plenty of events throughout the city to help ignite passion or thaw any frozen hearts for both couples and singles alike. Heres our top selection to cater for all budgets and styles:

Dinner for Two

Petersburgers are spoiled for choice with most hotels and restaurants offering special Valentines Day menus next week.

Among the standouts include Grand Hotel Europes restaurants LEurope and Caviar Bar, which have set a decadent menu of red caviar, oysters, fois gras, seared yellow fin tuna and duck breast to whet your appetite. Priced at 3,500 rubles per person ($99.50), guests can also make song requests at the time of booking to later surprise their loved ones during the evening.

Be sure to also stop by the hotels Mezzanine Cafe where pastry chef Pascal Galette will be unveiling his special edition Valentines Day chocolate. The chocolate ganache is infused with French roses, imported from Grasse, before being dipped in white chocolate. These sugary delights are the perfect take-home gift to sweeten any moment.

For something more intimate, Domina Prestige Hotel offers a candlelit dinner along with live music for 2,300 rubles per person ($65). King crab with mango sauce, octopus with shiitake mushrooms, avocado and pistachio souffle along with pink mulled wine are just some of the options on the romantic evenings menu.

If youre heading down the aisle (or want to give the hint), book a table at miX at W Hotel for Elixir dAmour a Valentines Day collaboration with local designer and fashion icon, Tatyana Parfionova. Enjoy a 4-course gourmet meal designed by famed head chef Alain Ducasse while enjoying a wedding fashion show throughout the night. Tickets for the night cost 3,000 rubles per person ($85.30).

The ever-popular Buddha Bar is also a trendy option, especially for those on a first date, as its effortless style never fails to impress. For Valentines Day, the restaurant has invited special guest DJ Lana Kenoby to help set the right mood at the tableand at the bar for those who are confident enough that their moves are more asset than hindrance in their efforts to impress.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Oct. 1


The St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum 2014 kicks off today at Lenexpo, where it will be presenting the latest and greatest ideas until Oct. 3. Focusing on economic development and the decisions and measures necessary to encourage development in Russias most important industries, the event is a possibility to discuss the innovations currently available in a variety of fields.


Representatives of the Russian and international media industries arrive in St. Petersburg for the first ever International Media Forum being hosted by the city until Oct. 10. With a variety of events on tap, including workshops, lectures and film screenings, the event plans to reemphasize the citys reputation as the countrys culture capital and as an emerging market and location for the visual arts.



Thursday, Oct. 2


The celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov continues with todays free exhibition in the citys Lermontov Library at 19 Liteiny Prospekt. Titled Under the Rustling Wings, the temporary exhibition will feature the costumes and scenery used in the 1917 production of Lermontovs play The Masquerade, which he wrote in 1835 when he was only 21 years old.



Friday, Oct. 3


Learn more about how to manage and evaluate employee performance during SPIBAs Human Resources Committee meeting this morning on Employee Assessment: Global and Local Trends. Starting at 9:30 a.m., the discussion will touch on such topics as the partnership between HR and business, reliable assessment strategies and more, with Tatiana Andrianova, the head of the SHL Russia and CIS branch in St. Petersburg, as the featured guest. Confirm your participation by Oct. 2 by emailing office@spiba.ru or calling 325 9091.


AmChams Procurement Committee Meeting is at 9 a.m. this morning in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center on Ulitsa Yakubovicha.



Saturday, Oct. 4


Wine and cheese lovers will get their chance to revel during Scandinavia Country Club and Spas Wine Market Weekend. Going on today and tomorrow, wining diners can listen to live music, take part in culinary classes and, of course, sample a variety of fine wines from around the world. The cost of admission is 400 rubles ($10.30) for adults and 200 rubles ($5.15) for children.



Sunday, Oct. 5


Look for the latest fall fashions at the Autumn Market today in Freedom Anticafe at 7 Kazanskaya Ulitsa. The minimarket plans to offer clothes more flattering than the puffy jackets that are a staple of the citys cold-weather fashion, while offering the same amount of protection from the biting winds blowing off of the Baltic.



Monday, Oct. 6


SKA St. Petersburg, the citys KHL affiliate, welcomes Slovakian club HC Slovan in a match-up tonight at the Ice Palace near the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased on the clubs website or in person at either the arenas box office or the clubs merchandise store on Nevsky Prospekt.



Tuesday, Oct. 7


Learn more about Russias energy industry at the St. Petersburg Energy Forum that begins today and runs through Oct. 10. Attracting industry experts and political and business representatives, the forum plans to welcome more than 350 plus companies and their representatives to discuss the future of Russias largest economic sector.



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