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February 10, 2012

You’ve Got The Love

In the next few days, they’ll be rolling out the red carpet, pulling out all the stops, dressing to perfection, singing their hearts out, posing for pictures and showing their love. No, it’s not the Grammy’s, it’s Valentine’s Day and whether you’re vying for a moment in the spotlight or a spot in his / her heart, it’s time to start performing and we have some suggestions to get you center stage. And the nominees are…

You've Got The Love Rolling in the Deep – Adele
There’s a fire starting in your heart… probably best not to start one in your kitchen! Get ready to impress this Valentine’s day by whipping up a gourmet feast for two with a little bit of help from much-loved food prep and delivery service Secret Ingredient. They are offering a one-day-only Valentine’s Day 3-course package including Duo of Fig Crostini with Rocket Salad, Truffled Mushroom and Leek Risotto and Chocolate Crust Cheese Cake with Cherry Sauce (http://www.secretingredient.com.hk, HK$500 for 2 ppl). If you fancy skipping dinner and heading straight to dessert, sign up with SPOON’s Pastry Chef extraordinaire Yannick Oppermann for a “L’Amour au Chocolat” Class on Febuary 11, which includes a 3-course SPOON lunch (+852 2721 1211, HK$2,988 for two).

Dearest – The Black Keys
You hear me say I love you? Your message will come through loud and clear with one of Ellermann Flower Boutique’s Silver Screen inspired Valentine’s bouquets. Choose from the fresh and elegant “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” featuring Ecuadorian Polo White Roses and Australian Hydrangeas (HK$1200), the “Gone with the Wind” comprised of rich dark red Ecuadorian Black Magic Roses (HK$1500), and many more! Celebrating at home? Ellermann is your one stop shop with the ‘Big Valentine’s In’ Hamper featuring a gorgeous floral bouquet, a bottle of Bollinger champagne, a La Maison Du Chocolat gift box, a Voluspa Gardenia scented candle and a DVD of ‘The Notebook’ (HK$3200). Score! (+852 2291 0388, Click here to view the bouquets)
**DSTS Exclusive**: Ellerman will be giving away stunning Hollywood inspired Valentine’s bouquets to two lucky winners. To enter, please email contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk and tell us, which is your favourite bouquet and why?

Paradise – Coldplay
Dream of para-para paradise? Find your very own oasis at Plateau Spa with the “Be My Valentine” Package including a Milk Bath with Rose Petals, a 60- minute Relaxing Aroma Body Massage for two, a 30-minute Anti Stress Facial for two, and two glasses of Champagne at the Waterfall Bar (+852 2584 7688, HK$3,699 for two, Feb 7-17, 2012). Or give your love the gift of tranquility by booking her in for a “De-stressing and Nourishing Spa Journey” at The Peninsula Spa including a 30-minute detoxifying full body exfoliation, a 60-minute detoxifying full body massage, a 30-minute warm marine algae full body wrap and a poolside lunch featuring healthful cuisine (+852 2315 3322, HK$1500 per person).

What’s My Name – Rihanna
Oh na, na, what’s my name? If she’s having trouble differentiating you from
the rest, take her for a dinner to remember at The Pawn. Start with a dessert inspired “martini of love” at the bar before heading upstairs for a 5-course menu featuring Shetland lobster soup, pressed foie gras, milk-fed lamb and a feast of desserts (HK$980 per couple, +852 2866 3444). Or cosy up for a delectable evening at 208 Duecento Otto with their “Italian Valentine’s” featuring either a specially created A La Carte Menu or a 3-course Tasting Menu including a choice of slow roasted tomatoes with burrata, champagne risotto, chocolate ravioli and a welcome Bellini (HK$500 pp, 2549 0208). Prefer a little afternoon delight? Head to Café Gray Deluxe for their Red Roses Afternoon Tea featuring teas and treats inspired by Jo Malone’s Red Roses fragrance and a complimentary hand and arm massage (+852 3968 1106, HK$185 pp, HK$345 for two ppl, until Feb 29). Need to seriously up your game? Go above and beyond at Ozone with their “Take Your Breath Away” dining experience. For one incredible night you’ll get exclusive use of the private dining room at the world’s highest bar, a 10-course dinner menu, a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal 2004, a bouquet of 99 roses and a box of 99 chocolates. (+852 2263 2263, HK$19,999 +10% for two)

Just a Kiss – Lady Antebellum
Don’t want to say goodnight? Take her for divine cakes at the recently opened
desserts cafe from Bonnie Gokson of Sevva, c’est la B (+852 2806 8168). Or seal the deal with chocolates galore at Jean-Paul Hevin’s brand new two-story Boutique et Bar à Chocolat on Lydhurst Terrace (+852 2851 0633). Feeling a little cheesey? Stop into Classified and tuck into their heart-shaped Neufchâtel cheese along with chocolates, strawberries and crackers (HK$198) or you can even pre-order and take one home for your amour (HK$138).

Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
Got the moooooo-ooves? Then you may be in need of some sultry lingerie to take your little rendezvous to the next level. Check out newly opened lingerie boutique Avec Amour on Wellington Street, which features beautiful European and Australian brands in tastefully chic styles (+852 2978 3998) or get your favourite American underpinnings brands delivered straight to your door from Flaunt Boutique (http://www.flaunt.hk). Or transition from the bedroom to the beach with figure hugging and super-comfy pieces from Marisa Zeman’s Nude is Rude in LKF (+852 2867 8842).

Firework – Katy Perry
Baby you’re a firework…time to light up the most fun-filled Valentine’s events in town. This Saturday February 11th, celebrate the opening of the W Paris –Opéra at the W Hong Kong in a night filled with sultry cabaret performances, decadent cocktails, delectable Godiva chocolates, and scintillating sounds from one of the world’s hottest female DJs, Scarlett Etienne (To RSVP, click here). On Tuesday the 14th, head to Sheung Wan dining hotspot Heirloom for their Anti-Valentines party featuring Black wine, bitter sweet cocktails and their much loved home-style cooking (info@heirloomhk.com, $350 incl 2 drinks, space is limited). Next Thursday February 16th, join Jack Wills for a legendary Traffic Light Party featuring traditional British seaside fare, cocktails, a vintage ice-cream van and other Valentine’s surprises to launch the Spring Collections at the new Causeway Bay store (To RSVP, click here).

The stage is set, the cameras are ready, let’s make this a night to remember. The people at the Grammy’s won’t know what they’re missing!

**DSTS Reader Contest**: Looking for a truly unforgettable Valentine’s experience? Enter to win 2-tickets to the “invitation only” MOBar Unplugged Concert on February 18th. This event will re-ignite the series, which previously featured Wyclef Jean, Delta Goodrem, John Legend, and many more, creating unparalleled intimate live music events in Hong Kong. To enter, please email contact@dimsumandthensome.com.hk and tell us what song is playing on your Valentine’s soundtrack this year?



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