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Earth friendly dining options for Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day close at hand you're rapidly running out of time to plan that perfect romantic dinner with that someone special in your life. Compounding the problem this year is that Valentine's Day falls on a Friday. Wait much longer, and you might as well pack your own dinner, and hope they let you eat on the restaurant's lawn. Here are some ideas for where to celebrate this Friday, especially chosen to appeal to those of us who love to live green.

1. Earth Bistro in Temecula is a earth friendly dining experience, with a touch of elegance about it. The staff is friendly, and the menu varied enough to meet even the pickiest of standards (even I found some items to love there). Their food is fairly priced as it is, but for Valentines Day they're offering a special that couples will love. Just go to their website, and under the Coupons & Offers button you'll find their V-Day special, offering dinner for two, for only $30.

2. Your next option is also in Temecula, and it's called E.A.T. Now E.A.T. isn't normally open evenings for dinner, but they make exceptions for special occasions such as V-Day. This year they're offering several dish selections (including everything from standard, to veggie, to vegan), but as of this afternoon they only had about 6 openings left for Friday night, so you'll have to act quick. If they can't accommodate you on Friday, don't despair; due to the high demand they've decide to repeat the event on Saturday night as well. This will probably fill up fast too, so get to dialing folks. If it's after hours, you may want to try and send your reservation via e-mail or their message board, as some people seem to have had some success with that (but try the phone first!)

3. In Old Town Temecula you can find the Public House Gastro Pub. They describe their menu selections as being gourmet versions of comfort food. The menu is primarily filled with locally grown and raised food options, and as a bonus, several of those options are organic to boot. They don't offer reservations; so with it being first come/first served, I'd suggest getting there early. Also, remember that this is Old Town, so allow extra time for parking. If you're familiar with where the Old Town Farmer's market is, then you'll have an idea of where I'm talking about. There is always the Old Town parking structure, but be prepared for a bit of a walk.

If all else fails, or you just don't relish the idea of trying out a restaurant on a crowded Valentine's Day, then there's always the old reliable option of cooking a romantic dinner yourself. Many local grocers now offer organic selections in their produce, meat, and dairy departments. Therefore, putting together a eco-friendly, romantic feast shouldn't be that hard. If you want something special, but are not sure what to make, the meat departments at the Farmstead Market in Murrieta, or at Organic Roots Market in Temecula can help with picking out something nice. For those of you who can't cook, or who just don't really want to cook a huge meal on V-Day; Farmstead, Roots, and Sprouts market locations also make pre-made main dishes that you just pop in the oven at home, for that semi-homemade feel. You can always turn to the experts at Cookingchanneltv.com and Foodnetwork.com, where they put together suggestions for special meals like this. For more suggestions I've also attached a video clip on how to put together a romantic meal for two, so make sure to check it out.

No matter where you wind up, it will be special as long as your with that someone you love, you know, just as long as you don't forget the flowers!

Come back next time for more Valentine's ideas for what to do during Valentines' day week as a couple, or for you and the whole family.