George Clooney + Eva Mendes Top Celeb Dream Dates; PDA OK on Valentine’s Day

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When contacted that OpenTable diners voted him most popular celebrity dream date, George Clooney was speechless (That's what "No comment" means, right?).

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we wondered if you couldn’t be with the one you love, which celebrity you’d love to dine with. In a new survey, OpenTable diners revealed that top celebrity dream dates include George Clooney, Eva Mendes, and Oprah Winfrey. Clooney was the most popular choice for women diners, snagging 44% of the votes, while Mendes is male diners’ top pick (35%). Winfrey, idol to millions of women, proved her influence as the third most popular pick for female diners overall, finishing behind Ryan Reynolds. With their smoldering good looks, it’s easy to see why Clooney and Mendes are the most desired dinner dates, but after 25 years on the air, Oprah Winfrey feels like every woman’s best friend, and who wouldn’t want to share a meal and girl talk with a close confidante — or someone who might give you a show on the OWN network?

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Chef Ed Cotton Weighs in on the Top Chef All Stars’ Star Turn on Jimmy Fallon

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Jimmy Fallon draws on his experience blowing his lines on SNL to help him blow out his birthday candles.

Chef Ed Cotton is back in the kitchen at Plein Sud in Manhattan and back with OpenTable, sharing his thoughts on the latest episode of Top Chef Season 8.

Fondue! At OpenTable, our most romantic restaurant lists always include fondue places and we get a bit of ribbing over that. I love it, tho’ — especially at Artisanal! What are your thoughts on fondue? Is it romantic? Have you made it?

I love fondue! I actually just purchased a fondue set for my house from Staub Cookware. I worked at a restaurant in Boston called No. 9 Park, and we used to have a gorgonzola cheese fondue with grilled leg of lamb that was marinated in black olive paste, served with a side of brioche croutons. That was a great dish! Fondue is romantic, but you have to be smart about what you serve and pair it with. And, now I want fondue; thanks a lot!

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Best Wishes to Thursday’s Winner of the ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Giveaway!

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Cory and Candace Baitz will enjoy a very presidential and romantical Valentine's Day, thanks to OpenTable, Limos.com, and Photoshop.

OpenTable and Limos.com are so sad (in a Carol Burnett kinda way) that our four-day giveaway has come to a close, but we are VERY glad to extend sincere congratulations to Cory Baitz (and his lovely wife Candace) of Chicago, Illinois, for winning Thursday’s OpenTable + Limos.com ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Giveaway prize package. Mr. Baitz will receive a $200 AMEX gift card plus a limousine ride, courtesy of Limos.com.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our giveaway with Limos.com. Happy Valentine’s Day, and be sure to look for more opportunities to win as we celebrate the many holidays of 2011!

Restaurants Are the Place to Celebrate Valentine’s Day, According to New Survey

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Diners are in the mood for romance and restaurants this Valentine's Day.

A new survey of OpenTable diners revealed that restaurants’ popularity is on the rise as a destination on and around February 14, with nearly 90% of respondents planning to dine out. While a lot of us will be dining out on February 14th, nearly a third of folks are going to spend Saturday celebrating.

Speaking of spending, deep feelings yield deep pockets, especially in Washington, D.C. Nearly 90 percent of respondents nationwide plan to spend more or about the same amount as last year with 58 percent planning to spend $100 to $200 — and 12 percent plan to spend more than $200! However, of the diners who said they plan to spend more this year than last, the highest percentage of respondents hailed from Washington D.C. (25 percent), followed by Baltimore (24 percent) and Miami (23 percent). In other words, if you’re in the market for a fellow foodie whose idea of a great date is a great meal, you now know where to look.

While 70 percent of diners planned to book comfortably ahead of time, nearly 19 percent will wait until this week. If you’re one of these diners who are still searching for the right restaurant, check out our Diners’ Choice Top Ten Most Romantic Restaurants lists in a metropolitan area near you. You can also research specials and menu details for February 14 at www.opentable.com/valentines to find one the perfect place.

Cheers to Wednesday’s Winner of Our ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Giveaway!

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Torisha celebrated her best friend's birthday in style in the Windy City.

Congratulations to Torisha Strong of Houston, Texas, from all of us at OpenTable and Limos.com. She’s won Wednesday’s OpenTable + Limos.com ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Giveaway prize package. Torisha will receive a $200 AMEX gift card plus a limousine ride, courtesy of Limos.com. We’re not sure whom she’s going to select to come along for the ride, but it’s safe to say that now would be a good time to campaign for a seat in her limo.

There’s still one last prize package to be awarded. If you haven’t already, upload your entry to the OpenTable Flickr group today! Tune in later today when we announce the fourth and final winner. And, check out the Limos.com second-chance sweepstakes on their blog for another way to win!

And, Tuesday’s OpenTable + Limos.com ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Prize Goes to…

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Susan writes, "We haven't been in a limo since our wedding day, October 23, 1982! I'd love to surprise my husband with another limo ride after 28 years of married life! Hope we have at least another 28 more!"

On behalf of everyone at OpenTable and Limos.com, congratulations to Susan Degutis of Mokena, Illinios, on being the lucky winner of Tuesday’s OpenTable + Limos.com ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Giveaway prize package. Susan — and the lucky guy in the limo, to whom she is happily married — will receive a $200 AMEX gift card plus a limousine ride, courtesy of Limos.com.

There are still two more prize packages to be awarded. If you haven’t already, upload your entry to the OpenTable Flickr group today! Tune in again tomorrow as we announce the third winner. And, check out the Limos.com second-chance sweepstakes on their blog for another way to win!

Congratulations to the First Winner of the OpenTable + Limos.com Giveaway!

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Lucky winner David Slack will ride in style, courtesy of Limos.com, and dine out on OpenTable's dime!

Congratulations to David Slack of San Francisco (our hometown!) on winning the first OpenTable + Limos.com ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Giveaway prize package. David will receive a $200 AMEX gift card plus a limousine ride, courtesy of Limos.com.

Jealous? There are still three more prize packages to be awarded. If you haven’t already, upload your entry to the OpenTable Flickr group today! Tune in again tomorrow as we announce the second winner. And, check out the Limos.com second-chance sweepstakes on their blog for another way to win!

One More Way to Win on Valentine’s Day, Courtesy of the Limos.com Sweepstakes

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There's an even better chance that this could be you on Valentine's Day, thanks to the Limos.com sweepstakes!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and for many of us that spells just one thing: p-r-e-s-s-u-r-e.

For a lot of folks, V-day means stepping it up for an ultimate date night. When it comes to taking your valentine out for an unforgettable night, there are two surefire bets: dinner at a fantastic restaurant AND having someone else drive you there. Think about it: No worrying about parking PLUS no hassles with traffic. If you decide to indulge with a fantastic bottle of wine or a cocktail (or two), there’s nothing stopping you. In other words, you get less time spent worrying and more time spent celebrating.

Like the idea? Well, you’re in luck — Limos.com just happens to be giving away lots of opportunities to make this valentine’s dream come true. All this week, they’re giving away limos in not one, but TWO sweepstakes!

Here’s how to enter: Post on the Limos.com Facebook page why you’d love a limo and be entered in our Valentine’s Limo-a-Day sweepstakes

Read more about the sweepstakes, here.

Or, if you have some great pictures of a Valentine’s Day – or any other day – made better with a limo, share them on the OpenTable Flickr group and be entered to win one of four limo + $200 AMEX gift card packages from OpenTable and Limos.com.

And, if you don’t win one of the giveaways, you can still be winner with a reservation from OpenTable and a stylish, chauffeured ride from Limos.com.

Jennifer Fisher is the online marketing manager for Limos.com.

Enter the OpenTable + Limos.com ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ Giveaway Today!

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You can leave the driving and the parking to a professional, thanks to Limos.com.

We’ve teamed up with Limos.com to pimp your Valentine’s Day this year! Share a fun photo of you with or in a limo on the OpenTable Flickr group for a chance to win one of the four limousine rides + $200 AMEX gift card packages we’ll be giving away every day for four days, starting Monday, February 7, 2011 through Thursday, February 10, 2011.

Consider the ‘Pimp My Valentine’s Day’ contest a fun opportunity to dig through your favorite prom, wedding, and night-on-the-town pictures. And, if you don’t have a photo of yourself hanging out in or standing with a limo, go take one and upload it to the group using the Flickr mobile app! Or, get creative with Photoshop! Just remember to keep your photos suitable for public consumption (After all, we don’t want to ruin anyone’s appetite!).

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