Valentine’s Day is known for love, and we all know a popular way to celebrate love is with food. Romantic dinners and tempting sweets are what this day is all about. If you’re wondering where to take your Valentine for dinner, Clark County has so many amazing restaurants for the perfect meal with your favorite person.

For a romantic river view, there’s the new Vancouver Waterfront eateries, Wildfin and Twigs. For an intimate dining experience that will make you believe you’re in Italy, there’s La Bottega in Vancouver’s Uptown Village. For an urban setting with the city to explore after your meal, check out Gray’s at the Park inside the downtown Hilton.

In case you don’t get those reservations made in time, don’t panic. You can still have a very special evening at home. In fact, many people prefer to stay in and prepare a home cooked meal for their loved one, complete with a delicious dessert, of course.

Pasta and meats are a classic choice for a romantic dinner. (Think Lady and the Tramp sharing a plate of spaghetti and meatballs.) But overdoing it on rich or heavy food isn’t always the best choice for the occasion. Instead, try substituting the pasta for spiral zucchini noodles, and instead of spicy meatballs, top with fresh shrimp in a pesto parmesan sauce for a light and creamy alternative. Get the recipe for recipe for Pesto Parmesan Zucchini Noodles With Shrimp here.

For dessert, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake bites or mini Salted Caramel Molten Chocolate Cakes would be a heavenly finish to this meal.

For the non-meat eaters, there are plenty of delectable alternatives for a Very Vegan Valentine’s Day meal such as Sweet & Smoky Glazed Tofu Ham with Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts for dessert. (Note: the total prep and cook time for the ham recipe is about six hours, so give yourself plenty of time.)

When Valentine’s Day falls on a work day, and you want to cook something a bit more special, there are ways to put a “spice up” a quick and easy meal such as turning an everyday Chicken Alfredo into Blackened Chicken Alfredo. The cook time for this dish is just 30 minutes and there’s even a “light alfredo” alternative.

Some yummy, goo-ey Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies would be a quick and scrumptious treat for the end of this meal.

Whatever your plans for Valentine’s Day, remember the most important thing is that you enjoy your time with loved ones. It’s not so much about what you’re eating, but who you’re eating with…

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