Valentine’s Day eats and treats are as diverse and unique as the lucky recipient. That’s why it’s one of my favourite days of the year. I’m not one for over-the-top expressions or declarations of love and all that *gags*, but I’m definitely feeling the food. Fondue, chocolates, a long-overdue dinner out, yes, yes yes!
From break the bank to mini treats and eats, here are a few sweet thangs for your sweet thang.
FANTASTIC EATS- RESTAURANTS WORTH A LOOK
A killer view and a special open-on-Monday attitude, Scaramouche continually tops best of Canada lists for their consistently delicious and modern approach to Canadian cuisine. Chef Keith Frogget has been at the helm for decades at his eponymous Toronto institution. Celebration-worthy for sure, this is not a budget meal. Takeout is also available, including *whispers* ordering a whole coconut cream pie to go.
Come for the double entendre, stay for Chef Laura Petracca’s celebrated eats at The Rabbit Hole. Wellingtons make tongues waggle, and if you can’t score a cozy corner spot at this Adelaide hotspot the Chef has you covered, with take-home kits with everything minus the candles and cheesy soundtrack to keep your bunny hopping. Book ahead for both experiences.
The ‘Love Parade’ arrives just in time to charm the pants off of your hottie at CHOTTO MATTE. Expect the unexpected with this colourful and sensual experience that will feature live dance performances, feathery costumes and heart-thumping music. Special food menus will spice up the rotation of Nikkei inspired eats. Reserve early for this exotic event that runs February 12-14th.
TREATS AT HOME
Our girlfriends at Gia have crafted a sensuous at-home experience for vegan and vegetarians featuring Chef Ravenscroft’s creative takes on classic Italian. What’s sexier than freshly baked focaccia? Nothing. $120 for dinner for two. Order ahead at Tock.
Spanning a large swath of the golden horseshoe and more, the delivery team behind PORTA aims to impress with flash-frozen fancy Italian eats right to your door. Pizzas and pasta come ready to devour, consider upping the ante with a meal for next month while you’re at it too.
With the finishing touches coming to the long-awaited Castlefield location, Kitchen Hub continues to expand its offerings. If your bae has a sweet tooth then this is your one-stop-shop: Le Dolci cakes, The Cheesecake Factory lineup and Kawartha Dairy ice cream are just a few of the restaurants that support a dessert-for-dinner Valentine’s Day.
Sticking to a similar script as last year, Marben’s heat-up at-home Valentine’s Day menu features an 80’s throwback theme available on February 11th-12th. The four-course spread, plus snacks, includes a rad playlist, designed to keep you and a date dancing til dawn, all for $130. Order ahead, this spread sold out completely last year.
We are crushing on the stellar strawberries and more from our friends at AVOCA Chocolates. With three locations in the city, it’s easy to access these beautiful creations. Smash hearts, strawberry bouquets (lead photo) and of course, their delectable handpainted truffles always hit the spot.
Head to Kaumo’s Kitchen in North York for their intricate sweet treats, including super adorable Mandalorian-themed hot chocolate bombs, DIY cookies and cakes. Be sure to order ahead and let them know Auburn Lane sent you! 🍫
There’s no better way to spell out your feelings than through deep-fried dough, and if there is, we don’t want to know it. Our pals from Letterbox Doughnuts give new meaning to The Medium is the Message but don’t think too hard on what to say, it’s the thought that counts, right?