The DIY guide to Valentine’s Day | Gourmand and Gourmet

The DIY guide to Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day might be the most romantic day of the year, but sharing a date with the rest of the world doesn’t always make for the most idyllic setting. If a restaurant brimming with other loved up couples doesn’t sound like your dream date, maybe it’s time to get your craft on and DIY up some Valentine’s mood. Don’t worry, there’s no need to get out the glue gun and start sequinning things, because we’re talking DIY of the food and booze kind. And you won’t even have to lift a finger with the help of these cupids around town. Lucid Sweets | Online Nothing will say ‘you’re pretty sweet’ like a box of Lucid Sweets gorgeous red and pink meringue kisses, in flavours of vanilla bean and raspberry. Wrapped up all nice in red and white, you won’t even have to worry about putting a ribbon on them – talk about thoughtful. Just get in touch with Lucid Sweets to order. Dalton Hospitality | Catering Does your special someone deserve to be spoilt rotten? How about treating them to a romantic night away complete with 5 star catering on a luxury yacht cruising through Moreton Bay? Dalton Hospitality’s crew will take care of everything, from the fresh seafood nibbles to the Champagne Collet, while you enjoy the ocean views from their 27m yacht, Pure Adrenalin. Of course, you can always take things down a notch and just pick up one of their gourmet picnic baskets – it is the thought that counts after all (but seriously – get the yacht). boat2 Riverlife | Kangaroo Point The DIY element of this Valentine’s experience is a little different – and involves some physical exertion (no, not what you’re thinking). Discover the river city from a different perspective and take a night time kayak tour or abseiling session with Riverlife, before enjoying some delicious fare at their riverside venue washed down with a few boozy beverages afterwards. Passiontree Velvet | Carindale & Indooroopilly We know your sweetheart is probably sweet enough already, but trust us when we say they’ll love a box of Passiontree Velvet’s luscious treats for Valentine’s Day. With four new éclair flavours like rose and raspberry, strawberry and cream cheese, lemon meringue and The Valentine, with chocolate, choc cookie chunks, pistachios and strawberry choc hearts, in store just for the occasion, they’ll be on a (sugar) high after just one bite. You can even order a special Valentine’s gift box filled with four eclairs, 6 macarons and a tin of rose tea up until February 14. passiontree velvet valentines day brisbane Room with Roses | CBD Whisk your sweetheart away to a secret rendezvous with a high tea hamper from Room with Roses and you’re pretty much bound to get lucky. Lucky because you’ll me munching on dainty ribbon sandwiches, smoked salmon roulade and fresh asparagus and Parmesan frittatas of course (uh, what were you thinking?). Opt for the deluxe, gourmet or chocolate hamper and you’ll even get some luscious sweets. Craft | Red Hill Taking the risk of possible kitchen disasters and cooking up a feast at home (or just getting takeaway)? Craft will be able to tell you the perfect wine to go with your three course meal, so at least the wine will be perfect even if the soufflé fails. Depending on how bad your cooking is, you may want to pick up some small batch spirits as well. Spring | CBD Feeling organized and want to really get into the DIY spirit? Book yourself into a chocolate making class at Spring on February 6 and you’ll get all skilled up just in time to whip up a batch for Valentine’s Day. Or, to be really sneaky, give your special someone the class – then you’ll get to eat the results. Glitter is optional. Words by Ranyhyn Akui