V-Day game plan for procrastinators

Is this you? "I'm wild for (insert lover or would-be lover's name here). Luckily I still have plenty of time to make the perfect Valentine's Day plan." Um, V-Day is Sunday. This Sunday. Most of the premium reservations have been snatched up, but we've been stockpiling an extra quiver of Cupid's arrows:

{ACE IN THE HOLE}

Stop in for the $40 heart-shaped box of hand-painted chocolates from William Dean Chocolates (12551 Indian Rocks Road Suite 1, Largo, (727) 593-0656), which includes many of the racy flavors that have made this local company an overnight sensation on the national chocolate circuit. Chief chocolate officer William Brown experiments with the wild and the wacky: lemongrass and coconut, port wine with figs and plums, or red hot cinnamon. He even makes one with mango jelly, milk chocolate, lime and habanero. Remember the scene in Chocolat when the inattentive husband eats the chili-fueled chocolate? We're just saying.

{RESTAURANT MOST LIKELY TO GET YOU PRONE}

The Queens Head (2501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; (727) 498-8584). They have beds right there out front, illuminated by candle, torchlight and even a crackling fire. If that doesn't get your sweetie in the mood, check his or her pulse.

{DARKEST, ERGO SUPER ROMANTIC, RESTAURANT}

La Cote Basque Winehouse (3104 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport; (727) 321-6888). You know, need-a-menu-in-Braille kind of dark, with menu offerings like crepes, chicken Cordon Bleu and escalope de veau a la Francaise. Saying all those French words aloud sends a little frisson down your spine.

{MOST CLICHED YET RIDICULOUSLY EFFECTIVE}

Fondue at the Melting Pot (2221 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg; (727) 895-6358, and other locations). They're still taking reservations for a special V-Day feast ($125 per couple), leaving nothing to chance with lobster tails and choice of passion fruit white chocolate fondue or dark chocolate raspberry (the roofie of the culinary world).

{MOST LIKELY TO TURN YOUR WORLD AROUND}

The View at CK's (Tampa Airport Marriott; (813) 878-6500) has been revolving slowly for the past 30 years as amorous duos intermittently avail themselves of the Tampa views. Although not open on Sunday, it's where to stop in Saturday night at the bar for a martini (maybe a Box of Chocolates with Absolut vanilla, Kahlua, Chambord and other goodies, or a CK's Nightcap with Van Gogh espresso vodka, Sambuca and Baileys) and let the room spin.

Laura Reiley, Times food critic

V-Day game plan for procrastinators 02/10/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 3:30am]

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