It’s afternoon on Valentine’s Day, and many San Jose residents don’t have any plans! San Jose-area singles aren’t necessarily in for an evening of depression and loneliness; there are plenty of things to do, that don’t require a partner, and getting together at home with some other single friends – or even just staying in by yourself – for High Tea and television or a movie this evening, can be a perfect way to spend the holiday. Here are some ideas for things to do this afternoon and evening:
- Have tea at a local tea shop (advance reservations required).
Tea with Love (through Feb. 28th), for $28.95 per person at Lisa’s Tea Treasures – Los Altos: 167 Main St., Los Altos, CA 94022. (650) 209-5010.
A Victorian Valentine Tea Party (Feb. 14th at 3 p.m.), for $30 per adult/$20 per child, at The English Rose Tea Room — 163 West Neal Street, Pleasanton California 94566, (925) 462-6233.
- Go to a local museum.
Exhibit: The Clothes Make the Victorian. Open through February 22 at the Rengstorff House: 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043. Open Tues./Wed. 11 am – 5 pm, Sunday 1 – 4 pm. Free admission. (650) 868-7708.
Tour Levi’s Stadium and Museum, 4900 Centennial Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054. $10 to $40 per person.
Exhibit: Silicon Valley Bikes! Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880. Open weekends, noon – 4 p.m., through May 31st at History Park, 1650 Senter Rd., San Jose.
- Get active.
Valentine’s Day Cooking Class (Feb. 14th at 6:30 p.m.), for $150 per person, at We and Our Neighbors, 15480 Union Ave., San Jose. CA 95124. (408) 826-2004.
Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight (Feb. 14th at 6 p.m.), at Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St. (near the Ferry Building), San Francisco. Free admission.
While there are several places where you can go to have tea – with friends or with a sweetheart – they, along with most other restaurants, will likely be packed on Valentine’s Day. Why not plan your own celebration, and put together an evening of treats for yourself and your closest single friends – or even just for you alone? Make a pot of tea, get your favorite things out of your tea party pantry, and ask your friends to bring their favorite things, too, and put them all on the table for everyone to nosh on. Indulgent chocolates and other desserts, as well as bacon and other “sinful”, diet-unfriendly nibbles are perfect for this kind of get-together, and go well with tea. Here are some easy, yummy menu suggestions:
Sausage rolls (wrap cocktail wieners in pie dough or puff pastry and bake)
Broiled, bacon-wrapped dates
Fig jam and bleu cheese on crackers
Scones, pre-made or from one of the popular scone mixes
English muffins (toasted)
whipped cream or butter
Cookies, purchased, or “semi-homemade” (like store-bought snickerdoodles put together in sandwiches with store-bought dulce de leche)
If you’re in the mood to cook, this is the perfect excuse to spend time on Pinterest or online, looking through all those recipes that sound so fattening, and yet so delicious! You don’t even have to have a formal, sit-down party; an open house with a tea table buffet would be perfect. While it won’t offset all the calories, the tea that you drink will help cut through all that fat content, and cleanse the palate as you enjoy your nibbles.
Copyright 2015, Elizabeth Urbach.
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