This week in food and drink

Bon Beer Voyage, Valentine's Day specials and wine tastings!

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This week in food and drink

Wednesday, February 8 - Tuesday, February 14: Seasons 52
Visit Seasons 52 anytime this week for a love-inspired, sweet ending to your meal. The Chocolate Raspberry Valentine is reason enough to visit this award-winning fresh grill and wine bar. This specialty Mini Indulgence is like a Valentine's Day parfait, featuring chocolate cake, chocolate syrup, raspberry mousse and raspberry puree. 204 N. Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, 813-286-1152,

Friday, February 10: Vintage Wine Cellars
Put on a classy red outfit and head to the Reds We Love tasting event. Ten romantic red wines will be poured, including Shiraz Chocolate Box 2009 and Stump Jump Red Blend 2009. Reservations can be made at 813-879-2931 or [email protected] $10; 7-9 p.m., 3629 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa, 313-879-2931,

Friday, February 10 - Sunday, February 12: Bon Beer Voyage
It will be a jungle out there at the third annual Tampa Beer Safari Weekend. The Tampa leg of this three-day nationwide tour will highlight local breweries, such as Saint Somewhere, Cigar City, Dunedin Brew Pub, Peg's Cantina and Seventh Sun. Private brewery tours and beer-inspired meals will be included. This is a must-do event for craft beer connoisseurs in and around Tampa Bay. Call 888-U-GO-Beer (888-846-2337) or email [email protected] for further information and pricing specifics,

Friday, February 10 and Sunday, February 12: Total Wine and More
Sip love potion, AKA romantic wines at this Valentine's Day Wines tasting event. Petals Riesling, Saint Amant Zinfandel Old Vine Lodi, Villa Lanata Moscato d'Asti and Summit Estates Sweet Merlot will be spotlighted. Coupons will be available to use towards your purchase. 12-6 p.m. on Friday, 12-5 p.m. on Sunday; 1720 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, 813-350-9601,

Friday, February 10 - Tuesday, February 14: Carmel Café and Wine Bar
Experience Four Days of Love, specifically, four days of exclusive wines. These wines will be offered at discounted prices, and were specifically chosen to compliment the Modern Mediterranean cuisine of Carmel Cafe and Wine Bar. Small or large-plate selections are offered, so combine your wine with the entree of your choice in the size of your choice. 2548 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, 727-724-4228; 14306 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, 813-265-1415,

Friday, February 10 - Tuesday, February 14: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Imagine you and your valentine are in the tropics and enjoy Caribbean Lobster Tail with a 6-ounce filet for $44.95, or one of the signature steaks, for which Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is notorious, seared at a steamy 1800 degrees. 1700 N. Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, 813-282-1118,

Saturday, February 11 - Tuesday, February 14: Melting Pot Tampa
Grab a fondue fork and dive into the Valentine's Day Menu. Two four-course meal options are available, based on date you choose. The $99 special is for February 11-13 and also includes two glasses of champagne. The $125 special is for February 14. The courses (for both options) will consist of cheese fondue, salad, entrée tailored to your choice of cooking style, and chocolate fondue dessert. 13164 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 813-962-6936,

Saturday, February 11 - Tuesday, February 14: The Palm
Enjoy interesting wall decor of cartoons and caricatures of celebrity, politician and socialite customers, while feasting on Valentine's Dinner for Two. Bring your lobster bib and enjoy Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobster, choice of a starter, such as Lobster Bisque, and two sides. $120 per couple. 205 Westshore Plaza, Tampa 813-849-7256,

Sunday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 14: Casa Tina
For those preferring tragic love stories, honor the legend of Popocatepeti and Iztaccihuati at the multi-course Dia de los Novios dinner. Your server can fill you in on the legend details in between bites of aphrodisiacal dishes, such as Mole Poblano. Reservations are recommended. 5-10 p.m., 365 Main Street, Dunedin, 727-734-9226,

Sunday, February 12 - Tuesday, February 14: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
Get the evening started off right with Valentine's Cocktail. Then enjoy one of the three selected entrees, wine and Dessert for Two. As a "second dessert," you will receive a $25 dining card towards a future meal, which is like putting money back in your pocket. 4322 W. Boy Scout Boulevard, Tampa, 813-874-WINE (9463),

Monday, February 13: Casa Tina
Put on your sombrero and celebrate Casa Tina's 20th year at this 20th Anniversary Fiesta. Live entertainment will be aplenty, including cirque and hoop performances, balloon art and live music. Be sure to check out the 20-foot tall Mojiganga puppets. Nosh on Tina's favorites, such as Fish Veracruzana, at a discount. Sangria, margarita and Corona specials will be available. 5-10 p.m., 365 Main Street, Dunedin, 727-734-9226,

Tuesday, February 14: Bon Appetit
This is the perfect destination for those seeking a romantic refuge with a waterfront view. Choose from two Valentine's Day options. You can put on your dancing shoes and attend Valentine's Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 11 and enjoy a five-course meal and dancing for $54.95. Or, go for a four-course meal on Tuesday, February 14 for $49.95. 150 Marina Plaza, Dunedin, 727-733-2151,

Tuesday, February 14: Centro Cantina
For south-of-the-border budget bites in the heart of Ybor, Centro Cantina is the perfect destination. Enjoy chicken tacos for $2. Watch the sunset while sipping a Tequila Sunrise for $3. The margarita, one of Centro’s most popular beverages, will also be $3. Second Level, Overlooking 7th Avenue, Ybor, 813-241-8588

Tuesday, February 14: Columbia Restaurant
Embrace the cultural tradition of Flamenco Dancing by experiencing the Dinner and Flamenco Dance Show at this Spanish-Cuban destination. Special includes choice of soup or salad, choice of entree, choice of dessert, beverage and Flamenco Dance Show for $51.95. An a la carte Dinner Only option is also available, with entrees ranging from $16.95 to $33. 2117 E. 7th Avenue, Tampa, 813-248-4961,

Tuesday, February 14: Mitchell’s Fish Market
This seafood destination boasts an MSC Chain of Custody certification, which ensures the freshest seafood is being served, by implementing documentation and DNA testing. This will surely impress your valentine. The special features a filet accompanied with your choice of Crab Cake, Shrimp and Scallop Skewer or Lobster Oscar for $27.95. 204 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, 813-289-3663,

Tuesday, February 14: MOSI Planetarium
If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional Valentine's Day dinner, how about dinner under the stars of MOSI's planetarium? Enjoy a light dinner while "visiting" romantic cities like Paris and learning about ancient love stories. Love songs in the background will evoke additional passion. Register at 813-987-6000. $100 per couple, $80 per MOSI Member couples; 6 p.m., 4801 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, 813-987-6000,

Tuesday, February 14: Pelagia Trattoria
Several specials will be available at this Modern Mediterranean destination, boasting seasonal and local ingredients. Patrons can look forward to Lobster Bisque, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Brussels Sprout Salad, choice of turbot or veal entree and Godiva Chocolate Cake as a decadent finale. 4200 Jim Walter Boulevard, Tampa, 813-313-3235,

Tuesday, February 14: Pollo Tropical
For you lovebirds on a budget, don't despair. You have an option as well, with Pollo Tropical's Two Can Dine for $9.99 coupon special. Enjoy your choice of TropiChop or 1/4 Chicken Platter with rice and beans, side order of Yucca Sticks or Sweet Plaintains, fountain drink and Flan. Valid for lunch or dinner, dine-in or takeout. Text SWEETHEART to 52198 to obtain your Valentine's Day Two Can Dine for $9.99 coupon. 3134 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, 727-230-0002; 3900 Park Boulevard, Pinellas Park, 727-362-9600; 6276 W. Waters Avenue, Tampa, 813-319-6360; 3285 W. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, 813-319-1850,

Tuesday, February 14: Shor Clearwater
This is a "shor bet" for a special Valentine's Day in Clearwater Beach. Enjoy a choice of soup, choice of salad, choice of four surf or turf entrees, choice of dessert and complimentary Norman Love chocolate truffle. $65 Prix Fixe. Validated parking (for three hours) is available. 301 S. Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater, 727-373-4780,

Tuesday, February 14: Spaghetti Warehouse
This may be a warehouse, but this is one delicious warehouse. You and your sweetheart can enjoy a free appetizer (except Sicilian sampler) with the purchase of your two entrees. For the ultimate lasagna experience, try the 15-Layer Lasagne entree. 1911 13th Street, Ybor, 813-248-1720,

Tuesday, February 14: Spain Restaurant
Catch a matinee at nearby Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, then head to Spain for a romantic dinner, complete with romantic music (from 6-9 p.m.). Enjoy the Valentine's Day Prix Fixe Menu, which includes a four-course dinner and one alcoholic beverage for $45. 513 Tampa Street, Tampa, 813-223-2831,

Tuesday, February 14: Stone Soup Company
“Soup for you,” and your Valentine, at Stone Soup Company. Enjoy a healthy, wallet-friendly three-course dinner, bottle of wine included, for $35. Reservations are recommended. 1517 E. 7th Avenue, Tampa, 813-247-7687,

Tuesday, February 14: Sunday’s Fine Dining
Valentine’s Day may fall on a Tuesday this year, but you can still enjoy a special at Sunday’s Fine Dining. Feast on lobster, filet mignon and an exclusive chocolate dessert. A bottle of Yellowtail Bubbles Sparkling Wine and soup or salad to accompany the entrée, are also included. This Surf n’ Turf Dinner for Two is $100. 1919 E. 7th Avenue, Ybor, 813-248-4000,

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