Tuesday, February 4, 2014

[Listing] Valentine's Day 2014


 Let's just start by saying that I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day. Having said that, it's always good to celebrate love, so Stitch and Bear have collected details of events and offers to help you out.

For the daring…
The wonderful Bijou Bistro in Rathgar is running a romantic menu throughout the month of February (6 courses and a glass of prosecco for €55 per person) with special treats for anyone who 'pops the question'. Any couple who get engaged at the restaurant will be entered into a draw to win a luxurious 5-star hotel break with dinner and champagne. Additionally, if your man gets down on one knee during Valentine's weekend (Thursday to Sunday), Bijou will gift you a bottle of champagne to charge your glasses. 

For the meat lovers...
For the daring (or assured cooks) out there, the Village Butcher in Ranelagh is selling a 30 day dry-aged cote de boeuf for two for €19.99 each. Cooking instructions can be provided also!

My much beloved Bison BBQ is offering a mouth watering cowboy steak with 5 Bison sides and 2 Bison kicks for €50 per couple. Make sure to book your seat quickly.

For the cheese lovers…
Café Novo at the Westbury Hotel has a "Melt My Heart" treat featuring a baked heart-shaped Neufchâtel cheese, served with a fig balsamic compote and toasted sourdough bread. Choose from a glass of white (Muscadet de Sevre, Loire Valley) or red (Les Crouzs Vielles, Rousillon) wine and pay just €22 for the whole lot. The offer runs from Monday February 10th to Sunday February 16th and bookings can be made by called (01) 646 3353.

For the restaurant goers…
Red Torch Ginger Thai restaurant on St Andrew's Street is offering a 3 course menu, with prosecco/cocktail on arrival, a bottle of wine to enjoy with your dinner plus tea/coffee for €80 per couple. 

Down in Cork, the Cornstore always offers good value, with an early Valentine's value menu priced at €29.95.

For those with a sweet tooth...
Unfortunately, chef Robert Jacob's course "Cooking with the one you love" at Donnybrook Fair Cookery School is already sold out, but you might find Robert's class "Macaron Heaven" quite tempting instead. Or it could be purchased as a strategic gift for the cook in your life. Tickets cost €75 with more information available on the Donnybrook Fair Cookery School calendar.

The cool Damson Diner is shaking up boozy romantic milkshakes with vanilla ice cream, fresh milk, homemade blueberry jam, Chambord raspberry liquer and vodka. It's served with two shows (if you can bear to share), whipped cream and a cherry on top for just €5.


For the animal lovers...
Dublin Zoo have a romantic morning on offer for the early risers. The zoo will open its doors for just 100 couples at 8am on the mornings of February 15th and 16th. Upon entering the zoo, the lovebird couples can collect a romantic breakfast picnic from Haughton House, before taking in the early morning sights and sounds of the historic Zoo. Throughout the morning, the team will host special keeper talks on the courtship, breeding and exotic romantic rituals of some animals. Couples will also receive a romantic goody bag and souvenir key ring. Tickets costs €65 per couple and further information can be found here

For those who like a guilty pleasure...
Fancy a bit of Swayze in "Dirty Dancing"? The Movie Junction Drive-in Cinema in Cork is showing this 80s classic over Valentine's weekend, with entry costing €20 per car including a bar of Butler's chocolate and a red balloon. Best of all, €3 from each entry will be donated to the Hope Foundation

1 comment:

gazzerooni said...

Interesting line-up. The macaroon heaven class sounds "heavenly" indeed