While each new day provides new opportunities to be romantic, what we do on this day does not go unnoticed. Here are DINE’s picks for chocolate, wining, and dining. Mention DINE when booking. (Be sure to also fill out our romantic contests: Music to DINE by; Dinner For Two; and a Private Cooking Class for Two with Chef Paganelli.) Happy Valentines Day…
For over twenty six years, the Swiss-Master Chocolatier has made people happy with “fresh-cream truffles and pralines” flown in from Switzerland and marketed with a “Beautiful Chocolates for Beautiful People” theme. This year, the Swiss Master says she again expects women to come shopping early for Valentine gifts, while men might leave it to the last minute. Look for beautifully wrapped fresh cream truffles and pralines in heart-shaped packages of 34, 22, and 12; or another must-indulge treat: adorable “Will you be my Teddy Bear?” chocolates.
Unplug and Uncork! Jackson-Triggs is awarding one lucky couple the tools to create the ultimate Valentine’s Day moment. Transportation to a winery for a private dinner in the wine cellars, plus overnight accommodations at a five-star hotel. So, put away your smart-phone and enjoy some quality face-time with your sweetheart! Follow this link by February 6 to win your chance to “unplug & uncork”, and bring back the romance this Valentine’s Day.
Azure Restaurant & Bar, at the Intercontinental Hotel (downtown) has every aspect of romance covered, beginning with a complimentary flower upon arrival and Valentine favors upon departure (February 14th only). They also offer an add on component at The SPA InterContinental of a 60-minute couple’s manicure or pedicure gift voucher! But let’s get to the dinner. Carmelized fois gras, strawberry poppers, poached lobster with saffron tapioca and champagne, warm chocolate souffle, oh my! It’s a good thing this five course menu is avaiable from February 10th to February 14th, because there’s also the Parmesan crusted organic chicken, and the seared tenderloin in pomegranate jus…
Blu Ristorante is serious about romance. Our four course dinner begins with an amuse bouche of a date and goat cheese roll, which we choose to have followed by a maple smoked artic char, with grilled scallions, oranges, emulsion, and toasted pine nuts. Pasta at Blu is a must, so we happily receive butternut squash ravioli with brown butter and sage. And for a main…its between the verde roasted duck breast with parsnip purée, heirloom carrots, jus, and chickpeas, or the seared swordfish, with mango and raspberry agrodolce sauce and watercress. Perhaps the only thing better than enjoying a beautifully prepared dish is sharing it.
“…Set a course for adventure, your mind on a new romance…” For those who remember The Love Boat theme song, Captain Stubing never had it so good… A popular staple on the Nami Restaurant menu is indeed, The Love Boat, and it is chock full of assorted sushi like tuna roll, salmon, yellowtail and shrimp; a colourful array of tuna, snapper, mackeral, surf clam, and octopus sashimi; along with shrimp and vegetable tempura, salmon teriyaki, torikaraage (Japanese style deep fried chicken), and rice. A dessert of seasonal fruit is also afloat. “Welcome aboard. Its love!”
The unique and elegant setting of Rosewater can be a perfect spot for a romantic evening any night of the year. For this Valentine’s prix fixe menu they put cupid in a chef’s hat. We love the colours and panache of the endive, blood orange and tangerine salad, with duck prosciutto and pomegranate pearls. Following an intermezzo of meyer lemon and prosecco sorbet, we have difficulty choosing between the parsley crusted halibut with saffron poached Yukon gold potato, with champagne cream, and lobster hollandaise, and the three pepper steak with garlic sautéed potato, goat cheese crumble and green peppercorn sauce brandy cream. It’s a good thing there are two of us–we love to share.
In Japanese “Ai” means love, and “Koi” means “be in love”. Takesushi offers a special Valentine’s omakase menu and sushi & sashimi menu with love in mind. Traditional Japanese appetizers and soup precede a range of courses from sashimi and sushi to grilled, steamed, and deep fried dishes, to desserts. Try a flight of assorted saki, and say kampai!!
In typical Toni Bulloni style, this Valentine’s menu offers choices beyond coffee or tea. Many choices. Rack of lamb, or veal chop, or New York steak, or chicken involtini, or seafood linguine, or seared tuna, or heart shaped ravioli…and there’s the appetizers and desserts…They’ll make sure this Valentine’s Day you’ll fall in love…with them!
In our 2011 issue of DINE we referred to Quebec City as “a unique jewel, as if set in a snow globe”. There is no more romantic setting than a weekend retreat to this historic fortified city. At the Auberge Saint-Antoine, a one-night valentine’s package includes an awaiting half bottle of Moet & Chandon on ice; a chance to win a Veuve Clicquot Rose champagne; dinner for two at the renowned Panache, with music; a la carte breakfast for two at Panache with two glasses of champagne to start; heated valet parking. Ooh la la!
February is Heart and Stroke Month. Eat well, exercise, and please, give generously. www.heartandstroke.ca/