Valentine’s Day in San Diego

Valentine’s Day is widely recognized as a day of love and devotion…it’s either loved or loathed by singles and couples alike. While February 14th once meant getting free chocolate from your 2nd grade classmates, things change a bit for the 18 and over crowd who become consumed by the complexities of ‘what to buy’, ‘what to wear’ and ‘what to do’ with your loved one. We at Snake Oil got you covered with all sorts of ideas that you can try this year for Valentine’s day.

1. Stay in

Forget your diets for the night and find a recipe that you and your loved one can both agree on and tag-team dinner. Don’t forget the cocktail!


Black Cherry Sour

2 oz Rye whiskey

0.5 oz Amaro

1 oz Fresh pressed lemon

1 oz Simple syrup

1 ea Egg white, freshly cracked and separated

1 oz Fresh pressed black cherry juice

3 dash Barrel aged bitters


Add cherries, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker tin. Muddle until fruit is heavily pulverized. Double strain into a new shaker tin. Add egg, rye, and Amaro and dry shake hard for 10 seconds. Add ice and shake again until thoroughly chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Allow head to form and drizzle bitters over cocktail. Garnish with a cherry slice.

2. Spreading Love


Hand out flowers or thoughtful notes to friends/co-workers or people in your life that you may never get the chance to show your love for.

Galentine edition: Created by Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day is a celebrated on February 13th with your gal pals.

Pick up some fresh flowers for your galentines at your local florist.

We like Isari Florist Studio.



3. Staycation


It’s easy to forget just how beautiful San Diego is when you’re driving the I-5 everyday during traffic hours. Sometimes it’s better to forgo the road rage and just take the coast –even if takes a little longer, it’s a nice reminder of how lucky you are to call San Diego home. Same goes for a staycation. Why leave Sunny San Diego, when you can just enjoy a nice meal out with your loved one?

This V-Day we recommend trying a new restaurant in San Diego:

For a fancy dinner, try Tidal, check out their menu here

For a more casual Sunday brunch, try the Broken Yolk in Del Mar.


4. Spontaneous Adventure

photo courtesy of SanDiegoRed

La Justina photo courtesy of SanDiegoRed

Sometimes planning takes all the fun out of adventure.

If you’re looking to be spontaneous with your loved one, try picnicking at Balboa or Coronado OR Day trip to Tijuana!

We recommend walking along Avenida Revolucíon and trying one of these great restuarants: Tobu, Mamut, Oryx Capital, and La Justina.

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