Now don’t get me wrong I’m not a complete anti-Valentine’s Day ogre, I have had many loved up Valentine’s Day dates that have been just… lovely! Don’t you think though that forced fun is just nauseating? I get the concept, it’s a great way to show the one you love that you care, blah blah blah. How about we try this for a concept, it shouldn’t just be on one day a year that this happens because a well-known card company can cash in on GFs guilt trips and un-spontaneous other halves.
Us girls like to be surprised and wooed – it’s a long time since I’ve been wooed let me tell ya! The past four Valentine’s Days I’ve spent with the girls, hiring a fun fest film, cooking an amazing dinner and putting the world to right. Honestly – the best Valentines Day’s ever!
For those of you that are loved up however (how about you get a room so you can show each other how much you care, rather than parading it in front of the rest of the human race?) Just kidding of course…
I had a particularly sickening dinner with my family last week, my mum has arrived in Sydney after not seeing her for 12 months. We went for dinner at The Spot in Randwick, a cool place with a number of fantastic restaurants. We headed to Chao Praya, a lovely BYO Thai restaurant (not make sure you let the chef know how spicy you like your dishes, they can go slightly overboard on the chilli front if you’re not careful!). There was a couple sat next to us eating their dinner whilst holding hands and eating with one hand, I mean COME ON! That’s just silly!
So this Valentine’s Day I will again stick with tradition and have a great girly night in with my bessies, we will be making sure we have the best of the best chocolate. (FYI the chocolate over here SUCKS compared to chocolate in the UK – they put a substance in it to stop it melting at room temperature, which results in a not nice consistency! I miss Galaxy!!) SO with this in mind, when you do find a good chocolate, you tend to stick with it and buy it by the shed load! Ha!
I’m impartial to the odd Cherry Ripe – big fan! They’re my main chocolaty downfall I tell ya! Kind of a cross between a Bounty and a Raspberry Ripple, if you can imagine such a thing, yum!
However, I recently received some AMAZING chocolates from one of my friends to sample, I have to say, the crown for the ‘Top Aussie Chocolate’ is under stiff competition. I had the immense pleasure of sampling the GUYLIAN Belgian Chocolate Sea Shells, each filled with a delicious, roasted hazelnut praliné made to the original signature recipe. Unbelievable, they literally melt in your mouth!
If you’re in a relationship and go for all that mushy, gushy stuff, Guylian’s ‘I love you’ gift box is the perfect gift. They show that you care and then you can munch them all yourself! It’s the thought that counts right?!
They’re made from West African cocoa beans apparently and are 100% cocoa butter (with no vegetable fats – great not a big fan of fats are we now??).
Whether it be a little treat for yourself other half, a delightful after dinner chocolate or something delicious to share with friends (actually scrap that I don’t do sharing of the food type variety) when entertaining, Guylian products suit every occasion.
Guylian offer the following core products throughout Coles, Woolworths and other selected retailers across Australia.
- Guylian Sea Shells 65g, RRP $3.59
- Guylian Les Exclusives 315g, RRP $18.29
- Guylian La Trufflina 90g, RRP $7.99
- Guylian Sea Shells 250g, RRP $13.99
The ‘I Love You’ 100g gift box is stocked nationally in Woolworths with an RRP of $7.99.
Guylian supports the Project Seahorse charity with every box of Guylian Sea Shells purchased across Australia and the globe. Project Seahorse is an organisation dedicated to preserving seahorses (who doesn’t’love seahorses ey?! Do your bit and reward yourself with a chocolaty treat!) and other marine life worldwide. For further information, visit www.projectseahorse.org.
However if you are loved up this St Valentine’s Day and you want to woo your senor, I can highly recommend Sydney tapas hot spot Argyle Bazar. Famed chef Miguel Maestre (interview with Miguel to follow, I heart that name FYI!) and his team have designed a set menu to fire hearts and fuel romance – Spanish style!
If you’re a fan of booze and Spain, they have really hit the nail on the head as the dining experience will begin with a ‘Lover’s Sangria’ on arrival, followed by yummy tapas dishes to share and finally Miguel’s endorphin-releasing ‘Trilogy of Chocolate Mousse’.
St Valentine’s set menu $75 pp
Glass of Lovers Sangria on arrival
3 tapas dishes
“Triology of Chocolate Mousse”
(Belgium White Chocolate Mousse with toasted Cardamon, Milk Chocolate Mousse with Goji Berr and Valhrona Dark Chocolate Mousse with Black Cumin)
In case there’s more than one Valentine to woo (you know my thoughts on playing the field people!!)… Dine at Argyle Bazar between Wednesday 9th and Sunday 13th February and receive a complimentary ‘Lover’s Sangria’.
More info: Argyle Bazar, 18 Argyle St, The Rocks, NSW
Reservations: (02) 9247 5500 or email@example.com
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