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Fabulous ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

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It’s been a funny old year so far – and it’s only February – so why not throw yourself into celebrating Valentine’s Day in style in Subiaco?

Food-to-go is our love language

If you’re planning the ultimate picnic in one of Subiaco’s parks, we suggest you stock up on decadent treats at Simon Johnson Providore on Rokeby Road. They stock caviar and champagne hampers which makes the whole decision-making process so much easier. Go the whole hog with the Dom Perignon and Beluga Caviar hamper ($950) – we love their Mother of Pearl Plate to serve up a glistening spoonful of caviar. They also stock non-alcoholic Jukes, a range of sophisticated drinks around a core of organic apple cider vinegar (added bonus: the packaging is extremely cute). Or if you’re channelling something altogether more Parisian, keep it simple with a fresh baguette from Layers Bakery and slather on some Camembert and juicy strawberries (Farmer Jack’s is the place to go for fruit and other snacks). Your date will be super-impressed too if you whip out some gorgeous glassware from nearby Bed Bath & Table to toast your amour. Don’t miss the chance to stock up on some exquisite patisserie too from Louis Bloeglin, Subiaco’s very own French master of puff, crème anglaise and spun sugar. Louis regularly creates incredible special pastries and Valentine’s Day will be no exception.

If you’re planning on spoiling your beloved with a home-cooked meal, don’t forget to pick up one of Bespoke Blends special Valentine’s candles. They’re sure to get you in the mood, even if you burn the lobster mornay.

Dine in style

Several Subiaco venues are hosting Valentine’s Day special events, giving you the chance to share your love with the community at large. It’s a great excuse too to get dressed up and go the whole hog on the wine, roses and cheesy romance thing. Here are just a few of the venues to choose from:

Restaurant Caleb
Award-winning Chef Caleb is pulling out all the stops for Restaurant Caleb’s three-course dinner celebrating ‘endless love’. The Amore Senza Fine evening ($120 per person with house sparkling on arrival) begins at 6pm and kicks on to an after party til late. The menu is certainly drool-worthy. For entrée, The Famous Burrata will set the scene for a memorable night. It’s a hand-crafted mozzarella ball stuffed with Puglian mascarpone cheese and infused with Margaret River truffle honey. It’s decadent and rightly famous (in Subi circles at least). Then for your main, tuck into Duck Cognac, served with sultana quinoa, parsnip, beetroot and a berry jus. Finally, for dessert, Chef will take you to heaven with a combo of his favourite desserts. Booking is essential, and you’re guaranteed personal service from one of the friendliest hospitality teams in town.

Pitcher & Iron
Nothing says “I love you” more than a plate of waffles, cream and chocolate sauce and thankfully, there’s a place which caters for this particular expression of affection right here in Subiaco. Pitcher & Iron has been turning out perfectly made waffles for ages and their range of options to gild the battered lily, so to speak, is enough to inspire a declaration of love to the waiter.

Urban Soul Foods
Head to Rokeby Road’s most soulful venue for a four-course feast ($100 per person, BYO) and choose from double-baked cheese soufflé, mixed mushroom gnocchi, Margaret River lamb rump, a baked bitter chocolate slice and peach Melba. Arrive at 6.30 pm and, armed with a complimentary glass of bubbles, you’ll be in the mood for love in no time. They may call it their Nothing Fancy, Just Love Valentine’s Dinner, but we think it’s fancy enough for us.

Draw me like one of your French girls

OK, we know Leonardo DiCaprio gets all the girls, but he was onto something when he picked up a paintbrush and immortalised Kate Winslet on canvas during Titanic. If you’re keen to bring your date along to a night of DIY art, head to 4Sistas Sip n Paint on Rokeby Road. On February 14, they’re holding a date night – a Lovers Special – where you only pay $140 for two people, whether it’s your boo, bae or bestie. It’s a really fun way to spend the evening together, and you never know – it may inspire you to take what you learn home where you can share more of your, er, etchings.

Keep fit and flirty

Cyclebar Subiaco are a relatively new arrival to the Subiaco fitness scene but they’ve wasted no time in upping the ante when it comes to encouraging us all to sweat – in a good way. During February, they’re offering discounted ride packs (five classes for $125, a saving of $14, or 10 classes for $250, usually $319). If that doesn’t get the heart pumping, nothing will. Once you’re ready to wind down after your flirtatious fitness spree, head to Pupa Fast Nutrition to start the recovery process – their range of healthy smoothies and teas are the beloved refreshing drink of choice for many in Subi.

Dance the night away

The Gold Bar is holding a special Valentine’s Day event on Saturday February 12 from 10pm til 4am. Dress code is formal (so go all out on the glam stakes) and DJ Stevie M, DJ Adeboii and DJ Big Joe promise to keep the venue going off like a frog in a sock til the wee hours. Tickets are almost sold out so head to the website to secure your entry to an event which promises ‘Royalty Vibes’. Crowns optional.

Don’t miss . . .

See Subiaco have created an Instagrammable Valentine Day’s installation, designed to snap that magic moment between you and your boo.

From Friday, February 11 to Tuesday, February 15, head to Forrest Walk, and you’ll find our organic, eco-friendly and very loveable installation. Take a cute Insta snap and tag @SeeSubiaco to go into the draw to win a very special prize.