This Valentine’s Day there is plenty to treat your other half to, or yourself!
Here is a comprehensive list for you to have a glance at, to give you inspiration for the day of love!
Valentine’s Day at Arras
At this stunning restaurant nestled in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, it’s the perfect choice for an inner city splash out. Think amazing food, stunning intimate interior and LOTS of brownie points! There’s a five course menu and an eight course degustation to choose from.
Bucket List Bondi
“Come in to The Bucket List and break bread with your Valentine on February 14!” – The lovely guys at Bucket List: Bondi ‘s beach-front trendy eatery, have baked a special heart shaped loaf.
Top chef Tom has created a platter that he calls -‘Love to Share’. It promises to be amazing and has a bit of an aphrodisiac theme -rock oysters, tartare of salmon served with avocado crème, fresh figs , almonds, pomegranate and zucchini flowers … which will be sure to get you in the mood! at $40 it is incredible value.
Valentine’s Day with the Keystone Group
GAZEBO WINE GARDEN
The Scoot N Root
Glass of Madam Coco rosé, 1 x red stemmed rose, shared platter of aphrodisiacs to start and a main course – $55 per person
Glass of Taittinger, 1 x red stemmed rose, shared platter of aphrodisiacs to start, a main course and dessert – $99 per person
*Have dinner with us then head then over to Darlinghurst Theatre to see Torch Song Trilogy. If we book for you – we can get you a concession rate to the play for $35!*
Fall in love at The Winery
Indulge in a desert tasting plate for two for $26 which can be ordered on the night.
Surf, Wine and Love at Manly
A delicious dinner, decadent desserts and a wine list to swoon over! We also have a rose, chocolate and glass of bubbles for $15 to make your dinner that little bit extra special.
NEWTOWN HOTEL – THE ANIMAL
Get animalistic this Valentine’s Day
Enjoy bubbles on arrival, a flower for your valentine and a feast for 2 from our Greek Eatery – $55 per person
AND if you are flying solo this Valentine’s day…
Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ
Who needs boys anyway?
$35 Banquet menu including cocktails on arrival.
MCA Café’s “Sounds on the Terrace”
At the MCA Café in the Rocks, guests can soak up free live music and spectacular views from Circular Quay to the Harbour Bridge at the Café’s Sculpture Terrace where Sounds on the Terrace takes place. This is the perfect spot to start your Valentine’s evening with pre-dinner drinks before your dinner reservation nearby. Or you can make a night of it in the relaxed ambience, sipping champagne and enjoying shared plates with friends and loved ones. New Sydney-based act, Recall will feature music composed by Daniel OʼLeary on the night.
MCA Cafe & Sculpture Terrace
The MCA Café and Sculpture Terrace is located on Level Four of the Museum of Contemporary Art. The understated but luxurious finishes of the Sculpture Terrace provide a sleek contemporary backdrop to suit any occasion. Open to the public as well as Museum visitors, the café has a contemporary atmosphere in which to enjoy lunch, morning or afternoon tea, or simply to drop in for a coffee. The seasonal and sustainable menu changes daily, to utilise fresh, local produce.
Date: Thursday 14 February 2013
Time: 05.30 PM – 09.00 PM
Location: MCA Sculpture Terrace, Level 4 Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
More Info: http://www.mca.com.au/events/sounds-terrace-14-feb/5822/
Vaucluse House Tea Rooms
At the Eastern Suburbs’ historic Vaucluse House Tearooms, Fresh Catering will present an exclusive dining event featuring live entertainment for couples celebrating Valentine’s Day, Thursday February 14th. The Tearooms are situated within the grounds of the Vaucluse House Estate.
Guests will be treated to a sumptuous three course dinner prepared by award-winning caterer, Fresh Catering, together with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. With bookings available after 6pm, the price for each guest is $65. Live harp music will feature throughout the night, filling the room with a touch old school romance.
Celebrate Valentines at The Star Casino
This February, The Darling hotel will be running its special ‘Be My Darling’ package including an overnight stay, romantic breakfast for two in your room and two cocktails at Cherry bar. For those seeking extra relaxation, it’s possible to upgrade your booking to a Jewel Suite for an additional $250 that entitles guests to a couple’s massage to the value of $350.
(Be My Darling $399; Jewel Suite Upgrade $250; to book quote “BEMYDARLING”; available Sunday-Thursday February 2013; 1800 800 830;www.thedarling.com.au)
In celebration of the month of love, The Spa at The Darling is offering two exclusive pamper sessions for both men and women – The Romeo and The Juliet. For the guys, what’s not to love about an invigorating sports massage, followed by a relaxing scalp massage and a refreshing beer afterwards as part of the treatment? The Juliet includes an express facial, back, neck and shoulder massage, the short and sweet pedi and an indulgent glass of champagne at the end.
(The Romeo – 1hr 15 $200; The Juliet – 1hr 30 $200; available February 2013; 1800 800 830; www.thedarling.com.au)
The contemporary Japanese restaurant will be serving an indulgent eight course menu, created by renowned chef Chase Kojima, including some of the restaurant’s most famed dishes such as its signature sushi and Abalone Tempura. Chef Kojima brilliantly fuses traditional Japanese culinary craftsmanship with modern Australian flavour.
($120 per person; bookings required; www.star.com.au/sokyo
BLACK by ezard
Award winning chef, Teague Ezard, has put together a seven course degustation menu for Valentine’s Day showcasing what makes BLACK by ezard one of Sydney’s top restaurants. From a delicate sashimi through to a luxuriant wagyu rump, the menu features the perfect balance of Australian and Asian flavours.
($130 per person, matching wines $70 per adult; bookings required; www.star.com.au/black)
Stefano Manfredi brings the best of romantic Italy to your table at Balla this Valentine’s Day with a four course set menu beginning with an antipasti feast, followed by a choice of fresh pasta, a main course of either wood grilled John Dory or veal tenderloin, finishing off with a delicious Italian dessert.
($125 per person; bookings required; www.star.com.au/balla)
With its stunning harbour views, Cherry bar is the perfect setting for a stylish pre-dinner tipple to begin your evening. Choose from a host of impeccably made cocktails, made with only the finest ingredients, including fruity Bellinis, aromatic Mojitos and robust scotch based drinks.
Rock Lily: Thursday 14th February
It’s rockabilly night at The Star’s live music venue this Valentine’s Day with a dance competition open to everyone! Strut your stuff on the dance floor to Australia’s best live swing acts for the chance to win prizes galore.
7:30pm-9:30pm – Aston Martinis
10:00pm – 11:30pm – Jordan C Thomas
(Entry is complimentary and no bookings are required. With a limited capacity, Rock Lily operates on a first in best dressed basis;www.star.com.au/rocklily)
24/7 Sports Bar Thursday 14th February
It’s set to be an unforgettable Valentine’s Day for cricket lovers this year as Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee and Brad Hadden make an appearance at the 24/7 Sports Bar. There’ll be a chance to get the players’ autographs, listen to a short Q&A and enter a competition to win a framed signed bat by the Australian Cricket team.
(Entry is complimentary and no bookings are required. With a limited capacity, 24/7 Sports Bar operates on a first in, best dressed basis)
For bookings, more information or enquiries, visit www.star.com.au or call 1800 700 700.
So as you can see there is PLENTY to choose from! Hope you have a simply wonderful day and celebrate it with those that mean the most to you!
The day that they call Valentines Day is almost upon us, on the 14th February couples, singles and friends and family use this opportunity to tell their loved ones just how much they mean to them.
From experience I have found that there is definitely a split opinion when it comes to Valentines Day Celebrations. They usually come in the following two categories:
These people believe that there shouldn’t be just one day that you are forced to, by society, to proclaim your undying love to your partner, friends and family. They often refer to it as a ‘Hallmark Holiday’. They feel that you should be able to make grand gestures ‘just because’, not just because it’s Valentines Day, and well that’s the done thing…
Singles also fall into this category, these singles hate romance being paraded in front of them. They ask for the ‘sick bag’ and they’ll probably arrange an ‘anti-Valentines’ evening – Cue takeaway, horror/ comedy DVD and the rest of their single/ anti-Valentines loved up friends.
Then there’s the:
This category of people love everything there is to love about Valentines, they love what it stands for, they love any excuse for a grand gesture and embrace it with both arms and share the love. They’ll book/ cook a special meal for their nearest and dearest, they’ll have flowers delivered to their respective other’s workplace and they’ll probably splash out on an expensive gift.
Singles also fall into this category too – they might go to all lengths to bag a date as they don’t like to be alone on Valentines Day. They might even want to celebrate the ‘day of love’ with their best friends and toast all that Valentines Day stands for in their minds – A day to show how much you love your friends and family. If grand gestures can be celebrated anytime, why not today?!
I have been guilty of falling into all of the above categories at some point in my life. What I can say is that I do believe that you should be able to show your loved ones how much they mean to you anytime sure, however I do think then why not celebrate Valentines Day? The day of love, romance and grand gestures – seems like the perfect time for me. (I’m of the school of thought, that if you want to do big romantics acts at anytime of year, then do! Just because you choose to do one on Valentines Day too, doesn’t use up your quota!)
Here are a number of gift suggestions, for either your partner (girl or guy), your friends on family members:
Pamper Hamper Gifts http://www.pamperhampergifts.com.au/
This luxury gifting site provides the ultimate selection of pampers to suit your loved ones perfectly:
With a nod to adventure this fragrance conjures the grace and beauty of remote destinations. Light yet sophisticated, Galapagos makes the most of kaffir lime with an added hint of lemon, verbena and kumquat. http://www.pamperhampergifts.com.au have put this gorgeous gift together in hope of someone pampering themselves from head to toe in indulgence!
Instead of automatically reaching for these obvious gifts shoppers should think about going for something a bit different this Valentine’s Day.
JOYA-Australia created a special package with a thoughtful and more unexpected gift that will keep you and your Valentine relaxed and your relationship rolling smoothly – on Valentine’s Day and beyond.
Couples all over the world have been discovering JOYA – freely rotating crystal spheres in smooth, handy timber holders – makes massaging easy, enjoyable and relaxing for both partners, opening the door to a wonderful way to connect with each other and to enhance each other’s well-being.
http://www.joya-australia.com.au – Starting price is $74
Something a little bit cheeky…
Swarovski Crystal Vajazzles that can be worn all over the body! They are a huge hit with celebrities and have become the ultimate easy DIY adhesive to compliment any outfit for any event especially great for Valentines Day to be able to spice things up in the bedroom and do something unique!
They’re funky and very affordable $10 each and last for 7-10days, they make your body sparkle and glisten in the sun with 7 stunning designs to choose from, including some Hearts Vajazzles and Funky Heart Swirl designs.
They’re all waterproof, sweat proof and ocean proof!
They can be purchased online from http://www.playfulmansion.com.au/catalog/accessories-9113
Rebello Wines ‘Strawbellini’
An internationally acclaimed sparking wine made from fresh Sunny Ridge Strawberries from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
It’s the only strawberry and moscato sparkling blend sold in Australia.
Strawbellini is available at premium liquor outlets across Australia and online at http://www.rebellowines.com.au where it can be purchased for $19.
DIY Ladies Tool Kit
This contains a comprehensive choice of quality manufactured tools in hot pink. Perfect for doing repairs at home and around the office.
Available from – http://www.latestbuy.com.au/Valentines-Day-Gifts-Guide.html which also has a great selection of gifts for men and couples too!
Remington Runway Curls (H480AU) – RRP $93.95
Treat your special lady to these innovative velcro rollers and let her create romantic inspired curls with ease. Four separate sized rollers create runway ready curls in almost any length for salon professional results at home.
Pamper Hamper Gifts http://www.pamperhampergifts.com.au/
This luxury gifting site provides the ultimate selection of pampers to suit the guy in your life:
Mr Metro is aware of the importance of good grooming. More men than ever are interested in taking better care of their skin & a simple daily ritual of cleansing, moisturising & grooming will maintain great looking healthy skin.
Remington Black Diamond (R7150AU) – RRP $203.95:
Spoil the man in your life to the Aston Martin of smooth shaves with this luxurious new rotary
shaver. Featuring an exclusive Black Diamond Technology, coupled with Remington¹s Pivot & Flex functionality this tool offers smooth results like no other.
DIY artisan cheese making kit:
Mad Millie bring you the Specialty Cheese Kit with which you can you make your very own heart shaped cheese this Valentine’s Day.
The French Neufcahtel is a cream cheese in the shape of a heart and is sure to melt the heart of all romantics out there this Valentine’s Day.
Surprise and impress your loved one with the gorgeous heart shaped cheese and create the most romantic French inspired picnic for your partner by teaming it with their favourite wine or champagne.
Available via: http://www.madmillie.com/
A NEW premium Sportswear and Streetwear fashion brand on the Australian market, known for it’s innovative style, form and function. It’s the type of clothing you grab from your wardrobe, wear and enjoy 24×7. BCNU has been designed differently to traditional gym gear instead it’s a style of clothing that can be worn for training, handing out, play’n or just lazing around at home.
Added feature of sportswear range is that it features material which has moisture management system built into the shorts and training tops, vest which draw moisture away form the skin, keeping a guy dry and comfortable whilst working out.
The BCNU range consists of sports shorts, tank tops, athletic vests, hoodies and sweatshirts that are bold and masculine featuring brilliant colour choices.
Check out the website http://www.bcnuclothing.com to view the entire collection
iSwim Waterproof Case w/Headphones
Enjoy your tunes on the beach, in the pool, on the boat or anywhere! Keep your iPod or mp3 player safe from water, sand and dirt in a truly waterproof, sealable case that will not only protect it from weather or waves, it’ll float if dropped in water too.
Available from – http://www.latestbuy.com.au/Valentines-Day-Gifts-Guide.html which also has a great selection of gifts for men and couples too!
Finally for friends, lovers and family… you can’t go wrong with a gift from Red Balloon:
Valentines Day Gift Guide Ideas from Red Balloon can be found here: http://www.redballoon.com.au/valentines-day-gifts
Spending a day on the water, leaping from a plane or learning to cook a killer soufflé are some of the top ways we choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, according to online experience retailer redballoon.com.au.
After selling more than 1.7 million experiences in just over a decade, RedBalloon is a popular choice for the loved-up wanting to celebrate February 14 in a romantic or adventure-fuelled fashion.
Top Valentine’s Day experiences in 2012:
2. Eating out and cooking classes
3. Massages, beauty and spa treatments
4. V8 and rally car experiences
RedBalloon customer Sheri Gould was one who opted for the skydiving option, proposing to her boyfriend Max after leaping from 14,000 feet on Valentine’s Day last year.
As part of a daredevil skydive proposal arranged by RedBalloon, Sheri surprised Max with a skydiving experience – little did he know Sheri was taking the biggest leap of her life.
“I was very nervous as we boarded the plane – I had to jump first so that I could be on the ground and on one knee ready to pop the question when Max landed,” Sheri said.
“There was a huge banner reading ‘Will you marry me?’ laid out on the ground as Max came into land, and a film crew capturing the moment for TV.
“It was a real logistical and emotional exercise. But when he said yes it was the happiest moment of my life.”
Sheri and Max plan to wed in Sydney this year.
For both of you:
Love is sweet and so is chocolate! And to celebrate the most romantic day of the year, Australia’s favourite chocolate-based cafe Max Brenner, is inviting you to treat your someone special to its new range of romantic, love inspired gifts.
Bursting Heart Chocolate Box; intimacy meets fashion as this heart shaped chocolate box designed with tattooed imprints and pulsating colours, expresses your love. Bursting with milk chocolate cubes filled with delicious hazelnut praline and roasted coconut, this original treat includes the romantic inscription; “Gift It to The One You Love”. (RRP: $21.50, 80g). The heart shaped tin will serve as an eternal reminder of a love that lasts all year round- even after the last morsel of chocolate is gone.
Sweet Love Praline Box 9; this delectably sweet and delightful gift includes nine of Max’s signature Pralines presented in a ‘Sweet Love’ designed box featuring a heart shaped window revealing the chocolate within. Add that extra bit of romance by filling it with Max’s newest Praline –whipped milk chocolate ganache enrobed in white chocolate and adorned with the words “Sweet Love”. (RRP: $21.50)
Sydney Social 101 hopes that you all have an amazing Valentines Day, no matter what you decided to do! We hope this guide has provided you with some inspiration with regards to gifts!
COMING UP: Where to celebrate Valentines Day – Sydney venues to spoil the one you love…
GOLDEN SILVER COLLECTION LAUNCH L’Aqua Gold Room, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney
THOMAS SABO invited the Australian fashion and lifestyle press on Wednesday afternoon to the launch of the new Spring/Summer 2013 Sterling Silver Collections at L’Aqua Gold Room, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney. Around 100 media and a handful of selected celebrity guests celebrated the international lifestyle brand’s exquisite new ranges.
The THOMAS SABO GLAM & SOUL Women’s Collection renowned for its 925 Sterling silver sparkled with a completely new design signature for the brand – 18 carat yellow and rose gold plated silver. Entitled GOLDEN SILVER, this new feature of the SS2013 collection was unveiled against a backdrop of picturesque harbour views.
The modern look of the women’s collection is inspired by the fabulous designs and colours of Moorish culture and includes warm-coloured elements incorporated into the gold-plated pieces of jewellery. Drop-shaped arabesques, intensive bright turquoise and golden yellow suns from One Thousand and One Nights are combined in new style statements.
A highlight was the presentation of the new SS2013 campaign which features Poppy Delevingne as the new global brand ambassador for the Women’s GLAM & SOUL Collections. Poppy Delevingne, a top British model and internationally celebrated style icon, is the face of the evocative campaign for the women’s wear and perfectly captures the spirit associated with the GOLDEN SILVER range with her youthful twist and seductive charm.
Poppy Delevingne: “The new Spring Summer 2013 Collection by THOMAS SABO offers the modern woman every opportunity to take centre stage. With the many new combination options using silver, rose gold and yellow gold, you can find the right accessory for every occasion, every style and every personality.”
The THOMAS SABO REBEL AT HEART Men’s Collection was presented autonomously for the very first time. With countless items of jewellery with rebellious attitude, blackened silver is the material that lends the designs their special coolness. Although created for the rebellious gentleman, the REBEL AT HEART Collection includes numerous unisex items of jewellery. The celebrity testimonial for the new the men’s collection is internationally successful violin virtuoso, David Garrett. David Garrett is a huge jewellery fan and a role model for men’s jewellery as he demonstrates the courage to experiment with exceptional styles and accessories.
Warmly welcomed were local celebrities Samantha Jade, Alice Burdeu, Danny Clayton, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jaynie Seal, Brendan Moar, Maude Garrett, Sophia Conn, Lachlan Cosgrove, Briden-Starr and Rochelle Fox who joined esteemed fashion media identities in attendance.
L’Aqua Gold Room provided the perfect setting for the presentation of the THOMAS SABO GLAM & SOUL and REBEL AT HEART Collections, which will be available from leading jewellers nationally in March 2013.
Plans for this weekend?
We have it each week, there it literally so much to do in Sydney that each weekend is fully booked about two month in advance – what I feel is important however is to not fall into the trap of doing the same thing every single weekend. There are so many amazing suburbs out there, which are host to many a hidden/ relatively unknown bar.
Each week I’m going to do a ‘Suburb in the Spotlight’ this week its Manly. Rather than go for the obvious, I’m going to profile the ‘lesser-known bars’ that remain the suburbs best kept secrets… until now…
This week the spotlight is on Manly
Manly is one of Australia’s most renowned beaches, but lovers of the outdoors, food-lovers, bar-hoppers and shopaholics will know there’s much more to this iconic Sydney suburb than just surf and sand.
Here is a profile of some of the bars that you should check out if you’re planning on visiting this stunning , seaside suburb.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, I used to be a cocktail bar tender in my Manchester days. I loved it, great team, free alcohol and I loved knowing how to make a balanced cocktail with just the right amount of sugar syrup and lime juice. It also didn’t hinder the attention from the guys either, there seems to be something about bar staff and their desirability stakes shooting up the scale as they serve you a cocktail, shaken but not stirred (over crushed ice).
A seven can become and eight and a four can even become a respectable six, how does this happen?
So I was contacted by the lovely guys at Miss Marley’s in Manly with regards to its Cocktail Masterclass which they pitch as a great introduction into the art of mixology & the background of its Pan American drinks menu.
They advise that their highly experienced & award winning bartenders will guide you & your group through the elements of this art, from its origins & history to the tricks of the trade.
Demonstrating two of Miss Marley’s most popular cocktails, the Margarita & one of our exquisite in house creations, then a Grand Finale “The Cocktail Cup” where you get a chance to create a future classic & they are the judge!
The Masterclass is for groups of 8-16 guests. Perfect for hens parties, networking, team building events or simply to show off at your next dinner party!
A selection of delicious canapés are served throughout…
You can expect to get involved, be inspired, in great spirit & in the know!
For more info contact Miss Marley’s on: (02) 8065 4805 or email@example.com
From the team that brought us Miss Marley’s tequila bar, comes a Mexican cantina just around the corner.
Tequila & Taco’s
The boss, The owner, The main man. The Cantinero – In Mexico you will find Cantinas all over the country, The Cantinero, is the owner of these fine establishments!
Cantinero is soon to be the talk of the town. In a Manly first, the team from recently nominated “Australian Small Bar of the Year 2011 Miss Marley’s” & Tequila Tromba of Mexico, have opened a “pop up / take over” bar concept
Where they transform local favourite, Ground Zero coffee house into a secret hideaway Cantina style venue by night. The Intriguing & ambient space with it’s lantern lined entrance leading to the intimate dining room & large outside terrace area is sure to get local movers and shakers buzzing for the coming summer nights.
Jumping on the bandwagon of the Mexican street style taco & botana craze sweeping Sydney right now.
Cantinero exec chef Lupita Manzo Moreno brings a wealth of “real mexican” flavour & tradition spins it around & delivers big flavour with a fresh, light modern twist on the ever popular street cuisine of Mexico. Cantinero serves up delicious taco’s and botanas for the more discerning of diners who are looking for a difference when it comes to Mexican as we know it.
Alongside the food will of course be Tequila! Recently launched premium Tequila Tromba will be the focus of the drinks menu with a small list of “must have cocktails & signature serves”.
4 Pines is a brewery come bar that is located opposite Manly Wharf, they have their own ales and they are amazing in my opinion! It has a great atmosphere and is regularly host to acoustic/ band performances from local Aussie talent.
Choices include their pale ale, kolsch and (my bessie fave) heferweizen. From Mondays to Thursdays, the cinema and bar have a deal where for $33.00 you get a main meal in the 4 Pines restaurant and a movie ticket, while Mondays is ‘Monday Madness’ where you have the option of Mussels or Spaghetti & Meatballs + Pint for $20. There is also live music every Monday kicking off from 7:30pm.
It is a nice alternative to Manly Wharf and provides a more laid back ambience, perfect for a date or drinks with your friends. The balcony provides a perfect suntrap between the hours of 2 – 6, so if you’re wanting some al fresco drinking/ dining - this is a great shout!
If you’re looking for something to do this Valentines, they have a great Mr and Mrs event taking place, further details below:
Here are some of the other places you should try to frequent whilst visiting/ staying in Manly:
The Manly Wharf Bar
Bavarian Beer Cafe
Fish Cafe Food & Wine Bar
Ivanhoe Hotel Manly
New Brighton Hotel
Old Manly Boatshed
The Pony Room
I am probably oe of the few girls that doesn’t cry at soppy chick flick movies, the Notebook being one of them. I get that it’s romantic and I do like it as a film, but cry… no! Same with Green Mile, Titanic etc – However show me a cartoon of a weeping baby lion, well, then I crumble!
Well for those of you that are stuck for something to do this Valentine’s Day, the guys at ME Bank Starlight Cinema have a great suggestion! Cue a retrospective screening of the romantic film favourite, THE NOTEBOOK (Rated PG). Combining a starry night sky with delicious food and wine, the north shore outdoor cinema is the perfect setting for romance.
In THE NOTEBOOK Allie (Gena Rowlands) is in a nursing home suffering from dementia and Duke (James Garner) reads to her from a worn notebook. He is reading the story of how they met, in a bid to trigger some long lost memories. This is their story.
Seventeen year-old wealthy debutante Allie (Rachel McAdams) meets Noah/Duke (Ryan Gosling) while on holidays in Seabrook, North Carolina during the 1940s. They fall passionately in love, with Noah’s father’s (Sam Shepard) approval; but Allie’s snobbish parents John and Anne Hamilton drive them apart. After the war, Allie becomes engaged to Lon (James Marsden), but Noah has never loved anyone but Allie. When Allie sees Noah’s photo in the local paper, she heads to Seabrook to see him again.
Lovers young and old can bring their own rug, cushions and picnic basket or indulge on a bean bed in the Crust Lawn Lounge. For those wanting an extra special treat for their Valentine; the renowned ‘ME Bank Star Class’ includes a deck chair, hamper and waiter service on the Dining Terrace before the film.
Guests are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy a selection of music from Jazz crooner Lana Nesnas, adding to the romance of the night.
Tickets for ME Bank Starlight Cinema are on sale now at http://www.starlightcinema.com.au.
DATE: February 14th, 2012 (Cinema runs until March 4, 2012)
TIME: Gates open from 7.00pm, films commence at sundown
VENUE: North Sydney Oval – Miller Street, North Sydney
TICKETS: On sale now at www.starlightcinema.com.au
Here’s a sneak preview for you, hold the tissues!
As the day of love fast approaches and Sydneysiders prepare to get all hot under the collar thanks to the good loving of their significant other, I felt it customary to do a post about what you can get up to in the fabulous city as the night falls on what is billed to be the most romantic day of the year. In addition, for those of us that aren’t attached, I’ve also included some great ideas for activities/ venues to frequent to ensure that everyone can appreciate Valentine’s Day 2012!
Dinner for two
Spoil someone special this Valentine’s Day with a romantic and decadent dinner at glass brasserie.
Enjoy a glass of French Champagne on arrival, before your selection from Luke Mangan’s exceptional three course menu.
You may choose a signature dish to start; Hiramasa Kingfish sashimi, ginger, eschallot and Persian feta, followed by delicate Truffle poached jewfish with warm cucumber, garlic flower, onion, peas, white asparagus and shimeji for main course. Indulge in Vanilla crème brulee with macadamia biscotti for the sweetest of endings to your romantic evening.
WHAT: Luke Mangan’s Three Course Valentine’s Day Menu
WHEN: Tuesday 14 February, seating from 5.30pm
WHERE: glass brasserie, Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney, 2000
COST: $160 per person, three courses including glass of French Champagne, tea and coffee
Providing culinary excellence in Luke Mangan, one of Australia’s leading chefs and restaurateurs, glass brasserie exemplifies Luke’s cooking philosophy, which is to source the finest and freshest local ingredients and showcase with a clean and contemporary twist.
A Sydney dining experience like no other, glass brasserie is a stunning, 220-seat restaurant which frames a breathtaking view of the Queen Victoria Building and is illuminated with natural light from a 13 metre floor to ceiling glass wall. The restaurant’s contemporary design, with striking high ceilings and inspired interior, sets a beautiful scene for the most romantic day of the year, making it the perfect Valentine’s Day destination.
Something a little different
I’m a big fan of the website www.redballoon.com.au as inspiration for dates that are a little bit outside of my comfort zone – Think paragliding over Sydney Harbour, Walking with Sharks or even Jet boating in view of the Opera House.
However if even these don’t push your buttons, there are a number of Valentine’s Day gift ideas on the site that show that you’re not the average cookie, and we like this a lot! Sure dinner for two is romantic and thoughtful; I guess it depends on what you look for in terms of spontaneous gestures.
I also think there is a raft of ideas to do with your mates should you choose to not celebrate Valentines, either due to the fact you’re a fabulous singleton or rebel against ‘Hallmark holidays’
Whichever way (I’ve been known to enjoy Valentine’s Day both as a Singleton and with my significant other – both have their plus points for sure!
Here’s a couple that stood out to me:
Now I did this for my friend’s birthday this time last year and it was amazing! For as little as $50 each (which let’s be honest is less than a round of vinos at The Shelbourne!) you can fly over the Sydney Skyline with two of your best friends or your other half! Starting at Bankstown Airport and flying to Watson’s Bay over the Harbour Bridge – It is a sight to behold. Here are some of the shots we took whilst on the journey:
Now I haven’t had the pleasure of doing this for myself, but it’s on my hit list for sure! This is the ideal opportunity to take a friend or your lover to go abseiling or rappelling in the breathtaking Blue Mountains. Most importantly it is a sport that everyone can experience and enjoy (even if you’re sh1tscared of heights – they can be your Prince Charming!) To put your mind at rest, there are qualified and experienced instructors present, who will ensure that your Abseiling Adventure is safe and unforgettable! Even better, a delicious and wholesome lunch and refreshments will be served in the beauty of the Blue Mountains.
Lunch with Llamas – $55
If you’re feeling really wacky and want to plan a Valentine’s Date that your partner won’t forget, how about a Lunch with llamas? You’re not at the Mad Hatter’s tea party but in the beautiful Hunter Valley at a llama and rare breeds farm! You’ll get the chance to sit down to a three-course lunch in the fresh country air, surrounded by friendly llamas and fragrant lavender fields. What a different memorable excursion!
For further info on Valentine’s Day specific gifts, available in NSW, click here
I’ll be posting more ideas over the next few days as inspiration for you to make your Valentine’s Day in Sydney the most memorable ever!
Tell the grandkids that there’s a new little gem hidden in the heart of the city, it’s so much fun over at Grandma’s Bar!
An inconspicuous doorway underneath a guitar shop on Clarence Street is the surprising entrance to the small bar that is Grandma’s. As you enter and descend down the AstroTurf staircase, lined by bird wallpapered walls you are transported into a bar that could quite easily be located in a laneway in Melbourne, you would never believe that you were a two second stroll from the hustle and bustle of Town Hall Square.
The bar’s owner James Bradey can often be found manning the fort and preparing the vast array of cocktails that are available – the cocktail menu is more like a cocktail book and to read from cover to cover would take you about a week! I can however tell you about the first page, ha! The it is dedicated to the team’s favourites (Clover Club, Negroni and a variety of fruity cocktails, my personal fave). The other the pages after are filled with tiki and rum drinks, the Hemingway I’m told is very popular.
I found the best method was to just ask them to surprise me – when it comes to alcohol, there isn’t much that I don’t like (which bodes well for me) Shock! If you get there after 7, you’ll struggle for a seat, so try your best to get thee before, the only dilemma of these small bars – lack of seating. What it lacks however in seating, it makes up for in the bucket loads in atmosphere.
Everything about the bar oozes retro, from the decor to the toastie snacks, but the cherry on top has to be the punch bowl (circa 70’s house party-esque) which changes daily.
Suffice to say it’s the kind of bar where you get settled and can get caught putting the world to right. If you haven’t already been here, I would highly recommend it. A great first date (or any date for that matter) venue!
I just recently went to its first Birthday Party, congrats! They’ve done good! What a year it was! The winner of: Best Small Bar at the Time Out Sydney awards, Runner-Up in Best New Bar, while also receiving a strong nomination in Sydney City’s Small Business Awards. I have a feeling 2012 is going to be just as successful!
I love the face that there is no signage and you could literally walk past and not know it’s there. Sydney’s little secret, I’ve told you in confidence ok?!
275 Clarence St
Nearby Stations: Town Hall
Telephone 02 9264 3004
Open Mon-Fri 12 noon-12 midnight; Sat 5pm-12 midnight
16 February to 5 April, 2012 – City, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst
So here it is, my first post with regards to what to do and where to do it in Sydney (deep breath)! If you’re frequenting Sydney in Feb and/ or March and are interested in heading to some of the most popular Sydney haunts whilst you’re here, or if you’re a Sydney-sider and looking for inspiration as the season turns from Summer to Autumn – Look no further…
Now in its fourth year, Merivale’s annual restaurant and food festival, March Into Merivale, will return from 16 February to 5 April in 2012, bigger and better than ever with $33 lunch and dinner deals and more than 60 culinary events across 21 venues including; one-hatted restaurants Uccello, Felix and Bistrode CBD, three-hatted est. as well as the neighbourhood faves, Ms. G’s, El Loco and The Beresford Hotel.
Headlined by fourteen of Merivale’s top chefs, the 2012 theme ‘Eat My Words’, brings to life the chefs’ food philosophies, individually captured in a lineup of creative and cheeky campaign images. Think Dan Hong ‘breaking the rules’, Peter Doyle demonstrating his belief of food honesty and balance, Jowett Yu embodying his love of all things pork.
The food festival will officially launch on Thursday 16 February with a gourmet extravaganza stretching the length of Ash Street, right up and into the ivy room from 6-9pm. Tickets cost $20 and include tastings from Merivale restaurant and pub stalls where guests can stop and chat with their favourite chefs. It will be worth going for sure, my mouth in practically salivating at the mere thought!
This year’s festival will again feature a $33 meal and drink offer at Merivale restaurants and a 2 for 1 version at the group’s pub venues. In addition, the festival will feature fun and unique food events such as; The Sopranos dinner at Uccello, Epic Meal Time at The Beresford Hotel, The Morning After The Night Before brunch at Ms.G’s as well as The A Team dinner presented by Citibank, featuring a five course dinner at Sailor’s Thai ivy prepared by a lineup of five of Merivale’s Asian chefs.
As the blog builds momentum, I’ll be reviewing individual venues for you from the perspective of a 26 year-old living in Sydney, who likes to go out and eat, drink and dance the night away!
I’m told that festival favourites returning to the schedule of events this year include; the Henschke and Blackmores Dinner at Mad Cow, Italian Family Sunday Lunches at The Beresford Hotel, Foodie Film Nights at Ash St Cellar, sushi and cocktail classes and Raid The Cellar.
Merivale CEO, Justin Hemmes said, “March Into Merivale is a celebration of food and wine and of course, our talented chefs and sommeliers. And Sydneysiders have plenty of opportunity to ‘eat their words’ with the packed calendar of fun events and the $33 lunch and dinner deals at all restaurants and pubs.”
For more information about March Into Merivale 2012 program, visit www.merivale.com or phone (02) 9240 3000.
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