See’s Candies, Palm Springs, CA

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I love this place.  Every time I walk in I always get at least one or two free chocolates.  (Hint: try the blueberry!)  I ordered a valentine mini heart chocolate box this time, although you can walk in and buy chocolates one at a time in their case or by the box the rest of the year.  Every chocolate in my box was delicious.  Nothing weird or unusual or unpleasant at all, I tried every one.  Never disappointed by what See’s provides. www.sees.com

La Vallauris, Palm Springs, CA

 

I googled the best restaurants in Palm Springs and this topped the list.  I was in town for the local Palm Springs art fair at the convention center.  They offered a four course meal as well as al a carte items for those not interested in dessert.  I chose the Prix Fixe menu, with the four courses because I don’t mind dessert.  The Mise en Bouche to start were good and well presented.  They give you all three options on the menu, instead of having you pick one versus the other.  The mushroom soup was good and warm with a thick texture.  There was prosciutto wrapped around feta cheese and a little tostada with shrimp and ricotta on top.  Cute little starters before the main event.  In the second course I chose the brie, which was wrapped in filo dough and baked until crispy and melted on the inside.  It was served on top of boston lettuce with a mustard (Caesar-like) dressing.  Delightful textures, flavorful and light.  The brie was my favorite part of the meal.  The duck was good of course, with the skin nice and crispy.  It was paired with a cherry sauce much like what you would find on top of cheesecake.  The sweet potato casserole was layered and very fun to eat.  The creme brulee had a fruity after taste as it was made with passion fruit.  The atmosphere was great, with trees in the middle and a live band playing across the bar. www.lavallauris.com

Date destination?  Absolutely, but after you’ve been dating a while and you are comfortable with your date as food comes out slowly and in multiple courses.

 

Supernatural Sandwiches, La Jolla, CA

A friend of mine recommended this place so we stopped here for dinner.  She recommended the scallop chowder.  It was creamy and rich, with plenty of scallops and topped with homemade buttery bread croutons.  I could have just had the soup and been full.  You can order anything on the menu, which is all sandwiches, on top of a salad, so I ordered their “Harpy” on top of lettuce.  It is topped with a balsamic dressing and comes with shrimp, bacon and goat cheese.  It was delightful.  The only problem…no restroom.  You have to go across the parking lot to find one.  I’d come back however, as their soup was delicious and salads creative.  www.supernaturalsandwiches.com

Date destination?  Not if they don’t have a restroom, no.

Pieology, San Diego, CA

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This place is close to where I shop often so I’ve been tempted to go in.  Finally I tried the place on a night they were rather busy.  The place is setup like a Chipotle where you start on one side with your crust then go down the line asking for the toppings you would prefer.  Then you see them toss your individualized pizza into the fire for five minutes, take it out and cut it in front of you.  The prices are very reasonable as well, around $10 for each pizza.  They have menu items or make your own.  They offered a gluten free option which I ordered and thoroughly enjoyed.  With different sauces, cheeses and topping combos it is sure to please pizza lovers.  www.Pielogy.com

Date Destination?  Yes, laid back atmosphere, the ordering process is fun and conversation topic worthy.  Fast and easy, with customizable options for those picky eaters (they offer salads as well).