By Courtney Roberts
Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate the love that you share with your partner. As a vegan, of course you want to make sure that your holiday is spent in a way that aligns with your values.
Los Angeles, one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the U.S., has no shortage of things for plant-based couples to do on this special day. This is your definitive guide to celebrating Valentine’s Day as a vegan in LA!
Start the morning off by surprising your sweetheart with donuts. Donut Friend offers a Valentine’s Day box every year, which includes two heart-shaped donuts with a strawberry glaze and topped with white and dark chocolate strawberries, and two x shaped donuts with lemon glaze, whipped cream, and strawberries! Yummy! Be sure to keep up with Donut Friend’s Facebook page so you can preorder these bad boys once they become available.
Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit animal sanctuary located in Acton that is home to over 100 rescued animals. They will be hosting an event from noon to 4 p.m. that includes a vegan lunch, a photo booth, and of course, time with the animals! Tickets are $30 each for adults and $15 for children ages 4-12 (children 3 and younger are free). Advance registration is required, and the event is expected to sell out, so make sure that you register ASAP!
Crossroads is hosting a special five course dinner. For $75 each, you can enjoy your choice of a chestnut foie gras or almond milk burrata, Italian wedding soup or cream of celery root soup, a romaine caesar or beet salad, black risotto or sun dried tomato tortellini (upgrade to fettuccine with black truffles for an additional $55), and a passion fruit crème brûlée or chocolate brownie ice cream sundae for dessert. Seating is available from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., so make your reservation today!
PLANT FOOD + WINE
Matthew Kenney’s upscale vegan restaurant Plant Food + Wine located in Venice, is serving a four course dinner that comes in at $85 per person, with an optional $40 wine pairing. The courses include oyster leaf, preserved tomato, and brioche; winter vegetables, dumplings and fennel bouillon; ravioli, celery root, white truffle, and hazelnut; abalone mushroom, variegated lemon, and caviar sauce; and finally chocolate, cherry, and brandy ice cream.
REAL FOOD DAILY
Real Food Daily is another popular vegan spot that offers a prix-fixe menu each year on Valentine’s Day. This meal includes four courses and a glass of Prosecco. Follow along with their Facebook page to get updates on their 2020 Valentine’s menu as it is released later this month.
At Downtown’s Grand Park, you can catch a free Valentine’s Day concert called “Lovers Rock” from 7 to 11 p.m. Enjoy a moonlit stroll through the park, pack a picnic or find a vegan option at one of the many food trucks that will be present, and listen to the sounds of reggae music. You can even bring your pooch!
If you and your sweetie are fans of cinema, you can catch a showing of the romantic classic Casablanca at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., but be sure to arrive early and grab some snacks at the concession stand! Here is a
helpful guide to eating vegan at the movies.
There is perhaps no better way to cap off Valentine’s Day than by taking in some of the amazing nighttime views that LA has to offer. One of the best places to do that is at the legendary Griffith Observatory. This place is a fan-favorite, and as such, be prepared to endure the crowds; but the view is definitely worth it.
If you live in Riverside County and want to skip the LA traffic, our friends at Aliment Kitchen are teaming up with An Amaro Pizzeria and Bloom and Wild Photography to bring you a six course meal, good vibes and good pictures! And if you’re single, this is the place to be because the event is open to everyone who wants to make new vegan friends! All you need to do is call 719 310 9283 fast as seating is limited.
However you decide to spend your Valentine’s Day, choose to spend it with love and compassion for your partner, as well as for the animals and the planet!
Courtney Roberts is a wedding videographer based in Southern California. Filming weddings is truly her dream job, because it combines her interest in storytelling with her passion for couples who are madly in love. She believes that empathy and connection are the basis of a meaningful life, and that veganism is an important part of that.