Calling all lovers! Valentines day is only a few days away and we’ve got some suggestions to make your V-day memorable.

 

Enjoy a beautiful meal at home and pair it with a wonderful wine

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Staying at home is a nice way to enjoy a more relaxed Valentines day. You can definitely say I love you with a meal at home (cooked by yourself or even takeaway) and pair it with the perfect wine. Our friends at Vinomofo have selected a few of their favourite wines to pair with your meal:

Oysters - a Valentine’s Day staple, the aphrodisiac to serve up on the official day of love, and it goes perfectly with a light, dry sparkling blanc de blanc like Steven Webber from De Bortoli’s Bisou Bisou (rrp $15). The light, crisp nature of the sparkling pairs well with the salty, buttery flavour of the oysters.
Soft cheese – the makings of dreams, right? Pair your triple cream brie and prosciutto on the old cheese board with a clean, buttery style Chardonnay such as Mimi Flamingo, from Oakridge Wines (rrp $30). The creamy buttery nature nurtures the soft, milky texture and flavour profile of the cheese – it will leave good vibes in your mouth, and good vibes all round.
Ragu – now, we all know there is somethin’ a little special about a ‘Lady & The Tramp’ spaghetti & meatball moment, but the same can be said about a great tagliatelle with ragu. Pair this rich dish with a GSM such as The Orgy from Hither & Yon (rrp $15), the wine making brothers from Zeask Bros.
Peking Duck Pancakes - alright, so this may not be your traditional romantic meal, but we’re a bunch of foodies who love a good Asian fusion. Pair this dream of a pancake with a cool climate pinot noir, such as The Don (rrp $30) from Andrew Santarossa from Fratelli wines.
Get cinematic at QV Outdoor Cinema
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As part of the QV Melbourne Outdoor Cinema activity, they have a very special Ryan Gosling themed week to celebrate Valentine’s Day, with a screening of Crazy, Stupid Love to take place on Friday 10 Feb. On-site will be a special Teeling Whiskey pop-up bar to serve up the Teeling Whiskey Old Fashioned free to cinema guests, just like Ryan Gosling makes in the movie.

​Worth noting, you can sip on your Old Fashioned with a life size cut out of Ryan Gosling also at the cinema on Friday night!​

Room for desserts

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, QT Melbourne has designed one of Melbourne’s most expensive desserts for couples to enjoy. ‘Room for Dessert’ is a decadent dessert option; a specially designed sweet treat for two that’s served with a twist – a room key. 
 
Ordered directly from the menu at Pascale Bar & Grill, QT Melbourne’s in-house restaurant, ‘Room for Dessert’ evokes romance and spontaneity, allowing lovers to extend their dining experience into an overnight stay. 
 
Designed by QT Melbourne’s Pastry Chef, Youssef Aderdour, (trained under Alain Ducasse), the $300 dessert is an almond-pistachio madeleine biscuit with wild strawberry marmalade delicately presented on a pillow of Valrhona white chocolate, vanilla buttermilk mousse and crowned with a gift from the Swarovski Crystal Wishes Collection. 
 
The room key unlocks one of QT Melbourne’s ever-enticing doors, with a luxe king-size bed and a bottle of Perrier Jouët on arrival. Complete decadence for two. 
Pascale Bar and Grill at QT Melbourne, 133 Russell Street, Melbourne, https://www.qthotelsandresorts.com/melbourne/

 

Celebrate with a special night out

Some of our favourite restaurants have special Valentine’s day sessions

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Circa, The Prince is hosting a special ticketed event.  Held in Circa’s iconic dining room, guests can indulge in five tantalising courses designed to entice including dishes such as Hiramasa Kingfish w. young coconut, ginger + purple daikon, WA Scampi w. tomato, tarragon + scampi caviar and Chocolate delice w. raspberries + river mint (to share). Cost is $110 for 5 courses at dinner on 14 February at Circa, The Prince at 2 Acland Street, St Kilda. Book via calling 9536 1122 or emailing [email protected]

 

Mr. Miyagi will be hosting a very special nine course set menu in the main dining area for you and your loved one at $95 per head including a glass of bubbles. Valentine’s Day diners will be the first to try the new Mr. M dishes includingKorean BBQ Wagyu Flank, Sashimi Lego, Green Tea Bao Buns and the hero dessert dish, Mr.M’s Memories of Rocky Road. Mr Miyagi, 99 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181, (03) 9529 5999

QT Melbourne’s Pascale Bar and Grill’s Executive chef, Paul Easson has created an exquisite three-course menu to delight the senses this Valentine‘s Day. The evening includes delicious dishes to select from including a canapé of summer heirloom vegetable crudité and accompaniments with French Champagne, Milking Farm Yard chicken terrine, aioli and pickled caper leaves or four Sydney Rock Oysters with a Champagne mignonette. For the main event, selections include a confit duck ballotine with grilled mango, radicchio, apple balsamic; John Dory with BBQ corn and basil; or zucchini flowers with goats curd, pine nuts and mint, and a choice of side. As a final sweet note, the team have created an exclusive strawberry lovers scroll cake with almond biscuits, vanilla Chantilly, strawberry jam, raspberry juice and white chocolate.

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The menu is priced at $249 per couple and inclusive of Mumm Rose Champagne. Bookings are essential.

Pascale Bar and Grill at QT Melbourne, 133 Russell Street, Melbourne  https://www.qthotelsandresorts.com/melbourne/eat-drink/promotions/valentines-day-pascale-bar-grill/

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Step into a world of love, and enjoy the romantic essence of the Italian passion this Valentine‘s Day. Respected Italian chef, Joseph Vargetto, will be welcoming diners to indulge in Kew’s favorite locale Mister Bianco and CBD hotspot Massi for a romantic Valentine‘s dinner.  Mister Bianco and Massi will be taking bookings for seatings of 6.00pm and 8.00pm, all to enjoy a 4-course meal for $105 per person. Picture Disney favourite, Lady and the Tramp enjoying a romantic meal of authentic Sicilian cuisine and a house cocktail to celebrate with your loved one in a romantic Italian setting.
Massi, 445 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9670 5347
Mister Bianco, 285 High St, Kew VIC 3101, (03) 9853 6929

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Katherine Ng

Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. She has a particular penchant for items with bows, designer accessories and innovative beauty products. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and occasionally blogs through her personal website The Greedy Kat. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @katherinecouturing Blog: www.thegreedykat.blogspot.com

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