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By Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson

February 8, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Blackberry Compote Linzer Hazelnut Torte…picture these desserts to love paired with Hawk Watch Winery’s 2013 Tinderbox wine selection for this weekend in Warner Springs as a warm up for Tuesday’s Valentine’s Day celebration of love.

Or, keep the love flowing until February 14th by finding your love before then and celebrating love with the suggestions below.

 Hawk Watch Winery has Tinderbox; others have Tinder. There are various ways love is celebrated and found.  Online dating sites all have good and bad reputations, but have taken over the personals of yesterday as ways to find love.  Busy lives make lovers take to these websites.  P.O.F. – or Plenty of Fish, Match.com or sites that cater to political preferences are all on the lips and fingertips, swiping and sharing notes on which ones are the best for seekers of passion.

 Those who have waited may be scanning the ads online or in print looking for the best deals for roses at Internet vendors or grocery stores.  Plus you are sure to see street vendors offering up floral bouquets stored in buckets on your way home from work.  Local florists offer the walk-in convenience as well.

 E-mail boxes are also filling up with online offers such as 1-800-Proflowers that state 99% on-time deliveries and 24/7 customer service. The savviest of lovers knows that delivering flowers to their lady at work can make big time points.  The savviest of ladies can find presents or gift cards for their males at the Home Depot, Lowe’s, or wherever his interests lie.

 In East County, other ways to celebrate love can be found.  On February 11th Hearts for San Diego invites lovers to attend a Cupid’s Carouse.  It’s an annual tasting party at the La Mesa Community Center.

 Some lovers prefer the unconditional love of a dog and might consider Grossmont Center’s Cupids and Canine’s Pet Adoption event on February 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as a place to find true love.

 Chef John Little with the Ramona Ranch Winery will be cooking up some love via beef short ribs to go with some dance moves at the Roundup Grill in Santa Ysabel on February 14th.  Not a dash and dine but a dance and dine. 

 Parents can perhaps enjoy the spot-on charm of the Valentine’s Day cards their children make for them at preschools and in school. Many a parent bakes Valentine’s Day cupcakes and cookies for their child to share at parties.  Not to mention finding the Shopkin’s Valentine’s Day dress, tattoos, or cards.  Michael’s craft stores also have supplies for your child, or you, to create objects reflecting love themes.

 Heart shaped boxes of chocolates may do the trick for some. Others might have a Girl Scout Cookie fixation and enjoy a stack of boxes that will define their version of true love.

 Couples who plan on dining out on February 14th this year might find their favorite restaurants are already booked, but the option of doing dinner and a night out at the theater, movies, or a concert can also be done every day leading up to February 14th.  

 Check your favorite merchant’s websites for Valentine’s Day offerings for specials on jewelry, dining, or goods.

 Whether your idea of love is played out with visions of romantic love, or that love is a sense of duty to a spouse and family, or with your friends sitting around playing Cards against Humanity----enjoy Valentine’s Day 2017.

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