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Your Most Indulgent Valentine's Day Meals

LAS VEGAS ( TheStreet) -- With Valentine's Day fast approaching, TravelsinTaste brings you indulgent dining experiences and gift ideas to make it a day of enchantment:

At The Palazzo in Las Vegas, Lavo offers a sophisticated setting to enjoy dinner with menu items such as Mediterranean king crab salad with roasted beets, mache, citrus, Rose Petal Shaped Pasta with shrimp, asparagus tips, black truffles and a 6-ounce Kobe filet mignon and baked langostino. Its sister restaurant, Tao, has a menu perfect for enjoying under the watch of the restaurant's iconic 20-foot Buddha. Selections include a trio of Shibumi oysters served with blood orange mignonette, pickled fresh turmeric and ginger flowers and a "salt and pepper" stir-fried Maine lobster risotto with crustace sauce.

One of Vegas' sexiest restaurants, Strip House , with its siren red walls and old-world glamour, can provide the perfect spot for a romantic night on the town. Sumptuous selections include Kataifi-wrapped crisp shrimp with chopped avocado, cucumber and flying fish roe; or surf and turf -- an 8-ounce filet mignon and broiled lobster or a 14-ounce bone-in filet. Or travel to the ends of the world without the expensive air fare at Fleur by Hubert Keller , renowned for its small plates from a variety of countries. Couples can have a five-course menu of Keller's delicacies, including Kusshi oysters; jumbo lump crab cake; seared scallop; petite filet; and a chocolate hazelnut bar.

If it's a Valentine's cocktail you desire, stop by Legendary Rao's at Caesars Palace for its delicious Cherry Drop Martini to set the mood. Featuring a romantic blend of Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Cointreau, fresh sour and cane sugar syrup, topped with maraschino cherries and candy hearts, guests will be able to toast to a fabulous evening at Las Vegas' premier Italian restaurant.

How about topping your date off with some culture? You can experience the 50 Greatest Photos of National Geographic , the Imagine Exhibition Gallery's newest installation at The Venetian. Opening on Valentine's Day, the exhibition showcases some of National Geographic 's most-remembered and celebrated photographs from its 120-plus-year history, including Nick Nichols' iconic image of Jane Goodall's encounter with a curious chimp and Thomas Abercrombie's never-before-seen view of Mecca.

In Miami, kick off the evening with the perfect kiss from Meat Market : the Champagne Kiss. Guests can indulge while enjoying aphrodisiacal notes such as six Kusshi oysters topped with cucumber sorbet and black bowfin caviar. Or try multiple innovative surf and turf options, including a 2-pound lobster with Angus chateaubriand, a wood-grilled filet or Snake River Farms Kobe-style gold filet. Chef Andrew Carmellini's wildly popular The Dutch at the W South Beach Hotel lets guests get cozy over tuna tartare -- with harissa, Israeli couscous and Greek yogurt or Guinness-Braised short ribs -- with yukon golds and roasted brussels sprouts.