February the 14th is when some celebrate love, some celebrate friendship and some eschew it all and retreat to a dark corner where such a saccharine festivity and its ilk are banished. Well, if you live in Durban, I’ve compiled a list of where to go and what to do whether you want to be romantic or just enjoy yourself with friends or even your beloved hound, and hopefully lure the retreated ones out from beneath their covers. There’s a real treat of wonderfully diverse bunch of things to choose from (including a Pet’s Valentine celebration), so I’ve divided it into various categories. Click on the highlighted and underlined event or venue names for website or booking details. At the bottom of the post is a collection of images of the menus that were provided. Most of these places require booking in advance so take note.
If you want to splash out
If you are feeling glamorous and indulgent and want to spoil your partner, here’s where to go:
Animal Anti Cruelty Association Pet Valentine’s: Bring your hound, best dressed Valentine’s dog gets a prize. It will be from 9am to 2pm at Artesia farm. Entrance fee is a bag of dog or cat food or pet blanket. Music and entertainment will be provided.
If you want to picnic
Grab a blanket, a basket and maybe an umbrella and go relax.
Tashiky Sushi is doing a sushi picnic basket delivered to your door, R500 for 40 pieces of sushi, two sushi salads, two big desserts and a bottle of bubbly. Orders for it close 12 Feb.
Makaranga has a basket for two filled with treats at R440
Spiga d’Oro is offering picnic packs for R600 a box, including condiments and cutlery
If you want something different
If none of the above appeals, here are a few alternative and fun choices.
Support the arts and watch a WWII romance,Just Yours, unfold on the stage at the Catalina theater, preceded by dinner at John Dory’s. R160 per person including dinner or R100 for just the show.
Talloula in Hillcrest is hosting a starlight movie and fun dinner. R225 per person will get you a movie, burger and ice cream.
Or set up a low-effort, high reward and impressive-looking romantic dinner at home (even if you can’t really cook) by ordering from My Chef. They have special Valentine’s meals like beef fillet medallions, cake pops, strawberry compote in meringue baskets, lamb shank, salmon fillet and passion creams. All at varying prices.
Or how about a couple’s cooking class at Gecko Culinary Adventures? Learn to cook a fancy starter, main and dessert for R800 per couple.
Enjoy a concert with your friends at the Litchi Orchard Market. Listen to Ard Matthews and a few others belt out some choons. R80 per person or R250 per car if you purchase tickets in advance. R100 per person or R300 per car if you purchase at the gate.
Grab a seat with your significant other on their kissing couch, have your pic taken and stand a chance to win R1000 and buy a special Valentine’s ticket for R180 for you and R10 for your partner Ushaka. They will also have salsa dancing and other fun events.
Mountain top picnic: Take a helicopter ride up to a mountain top overlooking the Inanda Dam and enjoy a picnic with champagne and chocolates. R1900 per person.
For those who had them up in an image format, I’ve provided the menus to peruse. Click to enlarge.
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