Need some great Valentine’s Day Ideas?
by Meg Bennett
Find romance at Lombardo
Time flies when you are having fun in Buffalo Niagara – and Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Have you planned your big event yet? If not, take a look at our list of Valentine’s Day ideas for making this year’s holiday truly magical.
Dinner at Ristorante Lombardo
Food has an interesting way of bringing people together. It engages the senses, nourishes the body, and provides comfort to the soul. It gives us the opportunity to break away from the hustle and bustle of life and slowly savor the good stuff. This Valentine’s Day, consider treating your partner to authentic Italian cuisine at Ristorante Lombardo, where the ambiance is as charming as the food is flavorful! Enjoy gourmet flatbread pizzas with fresh ingredients like fig, prosciutto, and Gorgonzola cheese. Twirl your fork in a steaming bowl of shrimp scampi. Choose from a wide selection of wines and cocktails. And don’t forget to finish the feast with Tiramisu, Gelato, or Chocolate Creme Brulee for dessert!
Located at 1198 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Closed on Sundays. For more information, please visit www.ristorantelombardo.com.
Dessert at Pastry by Camille
A trip to France might be outside of your budget this year, but have you visited Pastry by Camille on Hertel Avenue? He was born and raised in Brittany, France, and has brought his culinary passions to our humble region in order to give us the full French dessert experience! Although he serves up some amazing entrees as well, today we are drooling over his selection of sugary delights. Come and enjoy fresh, sweet crepes served with fruit, Nutella, homemade caramel sauce, Grand Marnier, and many other tasty ingredients. Like macarons? Ditch the boxed stuff and try Camille’s fresh ones! Although the daily selection varies, there are many other different tantalizing options on the menu: Creme Brulee, Mille Feuille, Eclairs, Chocolate Mousse Cake, flaky Croissants, and Fruit Tartes (just to name a few). Cap it off with a Cafe Au Lait or another beverage of choice. Oh la la!
Located at 1416 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The kitchen closes at 3 p.m. on a daily basis. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. When master classes are in session Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings, Pastry by Camille is open for dessert. Please visit www.pastrybycamille.com for more information.
Well Russell’s, of course
Dinner for Two at Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More
You know that you are in for a real treat when Russell Salvatore is in charge of your meal, because if it isn’t perfect, it won’t touch your table! Come and enjoy a gourmet dinner for two for a great price at Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More. Your meal will include a starter, an entree, a side dish, dessert, and tea or coffee.Try the filet mignon with mushrooms or the rack of New Zealand lamb with pistachio nut and rosemary glace de veau. If you enjoy seafood, there is the Atlantic Salmon with a champagne dill sauce or the sauteed Chicken Oscar with crab meat, asparagus, and bearnaise sauce. No matter what your plate looks like, one thing’s for sure- you won’t leave hungry!
Located at 6675 Transit Road in Williamsville. For more information, please visit www.salvatoresgrand.com/russells-steakhouse or call 716-636-4900.
Ride in style with Buffalo Limo
A safe and romantic ride from Buffalo Limousine
If you are planning on indulging in your favorite wine, you will need a designated driver. Unfortunately, rock, paper, scissors isn’t exactly a charming way to begin your night. Skip the drama and reserve a ride with Buffalo Limousine – the oldest limousine service in Buffalo! Since 1960, this service has been practicing safety and transporting guests in a timely fashion. If you want to make your date feel like a king or queen, this is one of the best Valentine’s Day ideas around.
For more information, please visit www.buffalolimousine.com or call 716-835-4997.
Get pampered at Excuria
Couples Massage at Excuria Salon and Spa
You and your partner work hard to make ends meet. Now it’s time to treat yourselves to a relaxing experience! Excuria offers a wide range of pampering services- including Swedish massages, Hydrafacials, body wraps, herbal steam showers, sugar body polish, nails, hair, makeup, and refreshments. When all is said and done, both of you will feel brand new and ready to write the next page in your love story!
Located at 5725 Main Street in Williamsville. For more information, please visit www.excuriaspa.com.
Catch a show at the BPO
Experience the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Music is the perfect way to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has a wonderful lineup this month. On February 8th and 9th, Mahler & Bernstein will be performing a Klezmer Concerto catered to Jewish tradition. On the 14th and 15th, there will be a tribute to BPO’s former Principal Props Conductor and composer, Marvin Hamlisch, performed by Kevin Cole and John Morris Russell. On the 21st, Time for Three will join the BPO in a highly-energized performance of Jennifer Higdon’s bluegrass-classical Concerto 4-3, Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis, and Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini. And then on 22nd, Time for Three will once again join the BPO for College Night. Celebrating Valentine’s Day a little late this year? During the last week of February, catch the BPO performing The Grateful Dead or Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Isn’t every day Valentine’s Day when you’re in love?
For more information on concert dates and locations, please visit www.bpo.org/events.
Go Make Some Memories
Regardless of whether you are dating, single, married, or raising kids, there are plenty of ways to express love to the important people in your life on this special day. Going for a ride in a limousine or getting a massage can be just as fun with friends or family as it would be with a romantic partner! An intimate steak dinner is wonderful, but so is indulging in desserts with your kids. Let our list of Valentine’s Day ideas guide you. There are so many ways to spread love in Buffalo Niagara!