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Chicago restaurants will capture your heart for Valentine's Day

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Guanajuato (73 Green Bay Road, Glencoe, IL 60022, 847-242-0501) is offering a Mexican twist on Valentine’s Day -- Cornish Game Hen with garlic spinach, black beans and a smoky red salsa for $24.95, which is just big enough for a couple to split. For dessert, the restaurant is featuring a Strawberry Flan ($8.95) made with real rose petals. Their extensive tequila menu and legendary margaritas, in addition to the regular menu, will also be available for the holiday. But for Valentine’s Day, Guanajuato is featuring their Prickly Pear Margarita and a Blood Orange Margarita for $10 each. The restaurant also will have live music on Valentine’s Day and be open until 10 p.m.

The bakery at Everest Burger (91 Green Bay Road, Glencoe, IL 60022, 847-242-0909) will feature Valentine’s Day treats made on-site from all-natural ingredients, including heart-shaped Valentine’s Day Cookies and Strawberry Cupcakes for $2 each.

Fat Rosie’s Taco and Tequila Bar (1890 W. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174, 630-762-0235) is hosting its annual Amor Valentine’s Day Dinner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. The dinner will feature Executive Chef Raul Arreola’s menu of Uchepos Gratinado (a corn tamale with poblano cream, melted cheese and esquites), a choice of either Ensalada de Palmitos (hearts of palm with mixed greens and roasted red peppers drizzled in Cilantro Serrano dressing) or Sopa de Chipachole (tomato chipotle broth with crabmeat and grilled asparagus). For the third course, diners can choose between Pescado Adobado (fresh fish of the day served with Adobo sauce, roasted fingerling potatoes and baby spinach) or Puerco in Mole Verde (pork loin in Oaxaca green mole with whole black beans and mashed potato). The meal ends with Chabelas Cake (Tres Leches cake with fresh fruit and berry sauce). All of this magnificence plus two Classica Margaritas rings up at $65 per couple, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

Here's what's happening at Chicago's French Market (131 N. Clinton St., Chicago, IL 60661, 312-575-0306):

Delightful Pastries will feature raspberry linzer hearts, raspberry ganache tarts and decorated heart butter cookies for Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for a more Parisian pastry, stop by Vanille Patisserie for their famous macarons. Light and sweet, these cookies are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

For the traditionalist, Les Fleurs offers unique, handmade bouquets every day. Canady le Chocolatier is offering their beautiful nine-piece chocolates in a floral box for $22, and the more extravagant 30-piece floral box is $50. If you are looking for a plainer box, Canady also offers their 11-piece box for $17 and a 1-pound box for $40.

If you are shopping for a coffee lover, Lavazza Espression is giving away a free cup and saucer with the purchase of a pound of their gourmet coffee for $14.75 or $15 through February 29. Lavazza also is offering specialty coffees during February -- the Meringato, espresso and Nutella crowned with whipped cream ($3.59), the Strawberry, and Strawberry Choco Nespressone ($2.95 to $3.75). Along with the more traditional Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies ($3.99), Lavazza will also feature Torta di Cioccolato ($4.50) (a decadent chocolate cake layered with raspberry and covered with ganache), and Crostata di Cioccolato ($3.99) (an equally decadent chocolate ganache tart). All Lavazza’s special Valentine’s Day food items are available through Feb. 17.

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine is offering a Caviar for Two Collection, a gift medley featuring a tin of Sturgeon Caviar from Italy, Picolo, a creamy California cheese, cocktail toasts and a bottle of L Mawby Blanc de Blanc. Additionally, they are featuring a Chocolat et Fromage gift box, which includes an assortment of chocolates from around the world and two cheeses to pair with them. This box is also available with one of Pastoral’s wine selections.

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