Valentine's Day can be tough. Everyone has a preference on what to give that special someone: bouquets, love lockets, teddy bears. But what we all really want is something so rich and decadent it makes us moan with pleasure. Here are some of the best places in Charleston to satisfy those lusty urges. Lonely heart club members are welcome, too.
This is Twenty Six Divine's first Valentine's Day, and they've cooked up three sweet treats. Choose from a half dozen heart-shaped decorated sugar cookies for $8 per set, two traditional chocolate truffles with a custom message for $4, or some petits fours, which can be decorated with either a frosting flower or a special message.
"I love the petits fours. They are something different and special besides the usual chocolate choices," says Jennifer Parezo, co-owner of Twenty Six Divine. The restaurant is expecting big demand and is currently accepting orders. For the forgetful folk, treats will be available in the shop on Valentine's Day (that would be Monday).
Cupcake on King Street says Valentine's is their biggest day of the year, and they've got plenty of giant heart cakes available in three styles: vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet. At $18, these cakes serve six to eight people. If you've got just one sweetie to please, get a cupcake wrapped up in a pretty pink box for $5.
Last year, Christophe Artisan Chocolatier on King Street had lines out the door. So if you want a heart-shaped milk chocolate filled with green tea and passion fruit, you better get over there fast. Dark chocolate versions are filled with champagne and raspberry flavors. Both cost around $2. Christophe also has large heart-shaped boxes made of chocolate that can be filled with 2, 4, or 11 pieces. Prices range from $10-$40. Traditional cardboard boxes are also available, but come on, don't you think you should get the heart-shaped box made out of chocolate!?
If you're heading out for a special night, consider Charleston Grill. They've got a special Valentine's tasting menu with an amazing dessert course: red velvet baked Alaska with cream cheese ice cream, bittersweet ganache, red velvet cake, and vanilla bean meringue. Be quick about making reservations at this sexy hot spot, though, because all the Romeos know it's one of the best places for wooing their women.
In the Market, Kaminsky's is serving a choice of four different desserts paired with a wine or a specialty drink. Each pair costs $12. A mixed berry cobbler gets coupled with a Nivole Moscato d'Asti while the white chocolate Godiva strawberry roll comes with a white chocolate martini. Another special is New York cheesecake with Grand Marnier infused strawberries and mandarin oranges, which is paired with a Pacific Rim Vin de Glacier Riesling. Lastly, there is a Kahlua flavored tiramisu with Canell Prosecco di Conegliano. "We are a great place to be because we have everything need to have a great evening," says Scott Robinson, manager at Kaminskys. And really, you might not even need a Valentine if you've got a cheesecake to keep you company.