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Cute and Cheesey Heart-Shaped Foods for V-Day Dining

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Valentine's Day means different things to different people, but its universal symbol is the heart. Sometimes pierced with cupid's arrow, sometimes shattered like an old mirror, sometimes grilled on a skewer, a heart can be a tasty thing, too. Here now, a map of heart-shaped foods especially for this Valentine's Day 2013.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Sycamore Kitchen

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Karen Hatfield is making heart-shaped cookies at Sycamore Kitchen this Thursday only. Pick from Chocolate Mint, German Chocolate, Jasmine Shortbread, and Chipotle Chocolate, $1.75-$2.75. First come, first served.

The Cheese Store Of Beverly Hills

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For those who prefer cheese to cake, The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills is offering three types of heart-shaped cheeses this week. Pick from a Camembert from Normandy or one of two fresh goat's milk cheeses from California, one with spicy red pepper and the other with floral pink peppercorns. $20 each. Wine and champagne suggestions available.

Compartes Chocolatier

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Compartes is doing more than bonbons and truffles this year for Valentine's Day. Pick up one of these 6"x6" dark chocolate hearts, hand-studded with organic fruits, nuts, and spices. $24.99 each.

Ray's & Stark Bar

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Chef Kris Morningstar is getting romantic with pasta dough, coloring it with beet juice, filling heart-shaped pieces with creamy ricotta and topping the whole thing with blood orange-browned butter, and Sicilian almonds. As part of a three-course tasting for $65.

Auntie Em's Kitchen

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Want something tastier than a conversation heart? Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock is selling vibrantly iced sugar cookies complete with cheeky love notes. $2.50 each.

M Café de Chaya

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Macrobiotic mecca M Café de Chaya is offering a fine selection of heart-shaped sweets now until February 15. Among them is this apricot-laced Sacher torte.

Apollonia's Pizzeria

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Some people prefer pizza to chocolate, and for those people, there is Apollonia's heart-shaped pizza. The 18" pie is $25 plus tax. Delivery and vegan options available.

Semi Sweet Bakery

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Up the red velvet ante with Semi-Sweet's red velvet cake donuts. Because everything is better in donut form.

zinc@shade

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zinc@shade in Manhattan Beach is offering a menu full of heart-shaped dishes in addition to the hotel's overnight and weekend packages. Included in the $75 four-course menu are heart-shaped cornbread muffins, a heart-shaped hearts of palm salad and heart-shaped passion fruit panna cotta, with bing cherry compote, pomegranate whipped cream.

Kokekokko

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For the meat-loving Valentine, how about a row of chicken hearts, grilled, sauced and pierced with a cupid-like skewer? Only at Kokekokko in Little Tokyo.

Short Cake

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In addition to the chocolate heart cake with chocolate mousse and raspberry lavender preserves ($15), Short Cake is offering smaller Valentine's like bags of TCHO heart-shaped brownie bites ($3.75) and Linzer hearts with SQIRL raspberry lavender preserves ($3 per pair).

Bottega Louie

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Bottega Louie's pastry chefs are offering a Heart Flocage this week, from Wednesday through the weekend. Flocage is actually the technique that achieves the matte, speckled appearance on the exterior of their heart-shaped yogurt mousse. The top is glazed with raspberry gelee and garnished with a rose petal. ($11, serves 1-2.)

The Sycamore Kitchen

Karen Hatfield is making heart-shaped cookies at Sycamore Kitchen this Thursday only. Pick from Chocolate Mint, German Chocolate, Jasmine Shortbread, and Chipotle Chocolate, $1.75-$2.75. First come, first served.

The Cheese Store Of Beverly Hills

For those who prefer cheese to cake, The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills is offering three types of heart-shaped cheeses this week. Pick from a Camembert from Normandy or one of two fresh goat's milk cheeses from California, one with spicy red pepper and the other with floral pink peppercorns. $20 each. Wine and champagne suggestions available.

Compartes Chocolatier

Compartes is doing more than bonbons and truffles this year for Valentine's Day. Pick up one of these 6"x6" dark chocolate hearts, hand-studded with organic fruits, nuts, and spices. $24.99 each.

Ray's & Stark Bar

Chef Kris Morningstar is getting romantic with pasta dough, coloring it with beet juice, filling heart-shaped pieces with creamy ricotta and topping the whole thing with blood orange-browned butter, and Sicilian almonds. As part of a three-course tasting for $65.

Auntie Em's Kitchen

Want something tastier than a conversation heart? Auntie Em's in Eagle Rock is selling vibrantly iced sugar cookies complete with cheeky love notes. $2.50 each.

M Café de Chaya

Macrobiotic mecca M Café de Chaya is offering a fine selection of heart-shaped sweets now until February 15. Among them is this apricot-laced Sacher torte.

Apollonia's Pizzeria

Some people prefer pizza to chocolate, and for those people, there is Apollonia's heart-shaped pizza. The 18" pie is $25 plus tax. Delivery and vegan options available.

Semi Sweet Bakery

Up the red velvet ante with Semi-Sweet's red velvet cake donuts. Because everything is better in donut form.

zinc@shade

zinc@shade in Manhattan Beach is offering a menu full of heart-shaped dishes in addition to the hotel's overnight and weekend packages. Included in the $75 four-course menu are heart-shaped cornbread muffins, a heart-shaped hearts of palm salad and heart-shaped passion fruit panna cotta, with bing cherry compote, pomegranate whipped cream.

Kokekokko

For the meat-loving Valentine, how about a row of chicken hearts, grilled, sauced and pierced with a cupid-like skewer? Only at Kokekokko in Little Tokyo.

Short Cake

In addition to the chocolate heart cake with chocolate mousse and raspberry lavender preserves ($15), Short Cake is offering smaller Valentine's like bags of TCHO heart-shaped brownie bites ($3.75) and Linzer hearts with SQIRL raspberry lavender preserves ($3 per pair).

Bottega Louie

Bottega Louie's pastry chefs are offering a Heart Flocage this week, from Wednesday through the weekend. Flocage is actually the technique that achieves the matte, speckled appearance on the exterior of their heart-shaped yogurt mousse. The top is glazed with raspberry gelee and garnished with a rose petal. ($11, serves 1-2.)

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