They say the best way to your lover’s heart is through their stomach. This Valentine’s Day we suggest tucking into some of Toronto’s top eats and treats. Even if you refuse to leave the house, there’s a way to spoil your sweetie (self). Sweatpants are considered sexy, right?
But, we also have some tempting options that are worth playing dress up for.
KEEP IT SEXY (EASY) THIS VALENTINE’S DAY
Toronto’s connoisseur of crack, er I mean, cookies, Craig’s Cookies, has a wonderful bundle for your babe this Valentine’s Day. Crush your favourite classics or reach for the special Valentine’s Mix which includes: Red Velvet 🍫 Mars 🍫 Ferrero Rocher 🍫 Toblerone 🍫 Sea Salt Caramel 🍫 Sweet Lovin’
The mix is available as a half dozen (one of each flavour) for $17 and a full dozen (two of each flavour) for $33. Pre-order here craigscookies.com.
A cocktail worthy of those cookies belongs to Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers. The My Sweet Valentine is a gin-based cocktail that features Dillon’s Dry Gin 7, Niagara Grenadine and dehydrated raspberries. Pucker up, and get the recipe here: dillons.ca/blogs/cocktail-recipes/the-sweet-valentine.
With two teenagers at home, one way to comfort and show affection is through their stomachs. A fridge full of food and a warm dinner on the table shows you care and want to spend quality time with them. David Rocco‘s new line of sauces and pasta are approved by his own mamma, who carefully weighed in on the gourmet goods.
Face it, fondue is never a fon-don’t! A bubbly melting pot of cheese and a bottle of wine are a classic winter combo. Up the ante with a meat and dessert course. Scope out our Swiss-style recipe here.
Learn together and grow together. The ladies at Le Dolci have been courting classes on everything from heart-shaped pasta-making to delicious doughnuts, pies and more. Perfect for families, galentines or couples, Le Dolci’s sleek kitchen in the Junction makes for a perfect studio to get your hands dirty. Book classes, or just pick up something sweet LeDolci.com.
DATE NIGHT OUT – VALENTINE’S EDITION
Our friends at DOVA Restaurant on Carlton Street in Toronto have a sensual dining experience planned for Valentine’s Day. The mostly seafood menu echoes Chef’s approach to only the finest imported ingredients from his hometown, Sicily. Owned by IRL couple Roberto and Jacqueline, this special space is just missing Cupid’s actual arrow. Book ahead, this one-night-only event will surely sell out. dovarestaurant.com
Chotto Matte brings a distinct dose of revelry to their Valentine’s plans. From February 13-19, date night looks a little daring under the neon lights at this Union Station heavyweight. Sushi platters pair well with experimental cocktails, and a live DJ will be on the decks all night. Book your table and be sure to #comeasyouare.
Owners Jad and Tara are partners in life and in this beautiful bistro. If you haven’t been to J’s Steak Frites, now is the time to fix that mistake. Instead of mulling over too many choices, the conversation shifts to simply enjoying an evening out. And that’s not negotiable! Enjoy a 10oz AAA Certified Angus Beef NY striploin, unlimited fries, soup or salad, housemade bread and butter, and J’s secret sauce – all for $49. On Sunday, February 12 ONLY. Definitely book ahead- Jssteakfrites.ca
Byblos, both uptown and downtown locations, will be courting a weekend of convivial dining for Valentine’s Day. Only available uptown on the 14th, but 11th, 12th and 14th for downtowners, lovers will embrace the beautiful surroundings and sexy plates, like Jeweled Rice or Branzino Filet. $125 a person.