Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Chef Mavro’s in Hawaii

Lovers looking for a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day might consider a trip to Hawaii. There’s still plenty of time to book a flight (for added Aloha consider Hawaiian Airlines (www.hawaiaanair.com) and dinner at Chef Mavro on Oahu (www.chefmavro.com).

My favorite chef  (picrtured here with his wife, Donna)  and island favorite, Mavro’s created  automatical  week long 3, 4 and 6 course   menus for the occasion from February 8 th menus (and Grand Tasting) highlighted by an irresistible Valentine’s Pavlova dessert with any menu. 

On February 13 and 14 Chef Mavro has created a “gourmet’s dream” 6-course Valentine Menu ($140) with caviar, oyster, foie gras, truffles, lobster & wagyu beef and of course the Pavlova with the option of specially selected wine pairings ($63).

Reservations from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (808) 944-4714 Confirm a table 24/7 on our website www.chefmavro.com.  AAA Five Diamond award 2011; the only Hawaii restaurant to hold the Three Toques 18/20 rating from Gayot; and Honolulu magazine “Chef’s Choice 2011.”  Farm-to-table contemporary regional cuisine.

‘gourmet’s dream’ valentine menu

the best of Provence and Hawaii

February 13 and 14, 2011  


california white sturgeon caviar, poached pacific oyster

celery root remoulade, champagne emulsion

paul & jean-marc pastou, 2009 sancerre, la côte de lury

foie gras parfait

green apple kanten, ume coulis, baby shiso

dr. f. weins-prüm, 2008 estate riesling, mosel

truffle poached egg “osmose”

peterson’s upland farm egg served with a potato mousseline

serrano ham ribbons

domaine zind humbrecht, 2008 pinot blanc, alsace

keahole lobster a la coque

cream of kahuku corn, chorizo puff, crustacean essence

dusted valley, 2009 viognier, yakima valley


our sommelier rare wine selection

henri clerc, 2008 puligny montrachet

(add 6.50)

100% wagyu beef

sautéed strip loin & braised short rib duo, no egg béarnaise

red cabbage marmalade, essence of sumida farms watercress

domaine serene, 2006 pinot noir, evenstad reserve, willamette valley


our sommelier rare wine selection

château rauzan segla, 2007grand cru classe  margaux

(add 6.50)


honeydew in champagne gelée

 Valentine’s pavlova

hawaiian vanilla meringue, raspberry poached in maple syrup

crème fraiche, valrhona chocolate bavaroise

domaine la tour vieille, 2008 banyuls


wine pairings 63.00

 chef mavro – 1969 south king street, in Honolulu, jus to outside Waikiki, (808) 944-4714,  www.chefmavro.com.

Spice up your meal with some mighty fine win.

Flying to Honolulu on Hawaiian Air adds to the romance with the onboard Aloha spirit and amazing meals (yes you can still find good food aloft). Cupid’s tip: book in First Class, Hawaiian is offering special up grade fares at www.Hawaiianair.com.

Rock Your Lover’s Mojo on Valentine’s Day

Rock your lover’s mojo and amp up your own at a romantic resort with dreamy pampering, massage lessons, champagne and more….

Offered for the month of February at Terreana Resort and Spa, the package include:

Love Yourself Package:  two 30-minute mini services and a glass of champagne or smoothie (pick the bubbly). Cupid’s choices:  Rose Petal Soaking Bath; Chocolate, Vanilla or Rose Body Scrub; Reflexology with Rose Petal Foot Bath; Facial; or Massage. The package costs $150 per person and includes gratuity.

Loving Touch- In Room Spa Package for Couples:  Learn how to rub each other the right way with this in-room lesson by a massage therapist.  After you’ve mastered the techniques, you get to relax in a candle-lit rose petal bubble bath and sip champagne. The 75-minute Loving Touch Experience costs $250 per couple. 

 Couples Massage Package:  a 50-minute couples massage for $100 each is offered from Monday through Thursday and $125 on Friday and Saturday. Spa Couples Fireside

Couples Flickering Embers:  You get to canoodle and cocoon  in VIP spa suite by a warm fireplace wrapped up in nutrient-rich, detoxifying volcanic ash and washed off a neutral bath of fragranced essential oils and healing magnesium.  There’s an herbal elixir included along with a balancing abdominal massage of the Hara, the energy center of the body. Warm, comforting marine poultices are placed across the lower back, knees and neck, inspiring a deep relaxation and reconnection. Flickering Embers lasts 120 minutes and costs $325 per person–so it’s for the big spender.

For spa reservations, call 310-265-2740, 866-802-8000 or go to www.terranea.com

About Terranea Resort  is located 20 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, above the Pacific Ocean on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts.

Resort amenities include The Links at Terranea, a 9-hole par 3 golf course; The Spa at Terranea, a 25,000 square-foot oceanfront spa; and three unique swimming pools, one with children’s play area and a 140-foot waterslide. Three ocean view restaurants offer a variety of food and beverage experiences including Catalina Kitchen for casual, all-day dining; mar’sel, the free-standing signature restaurant; and Nelson’s, a cliff-side restaurant and bar with spectacular vantage points for whale watching. Designed to reveal the Resort’s dramatic outdoor vistas, Terranea’s conference and meeting facilities include 135,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. Other amenities include a children’s center with interactive programs and several miles of scenic bluff-top trails that connect miles of off-property coastal trails. A secluded beach cove also adds to the unique experiences at Terranea Resort. For more information visit www.terranea.com.