Valentine’s Day

How to enjoy the most romantic day of the year

Love is in the air and so is the opportunity to impress your significant other with a thoughtful and passionate plan for Valentine’s Day.

The origins of St Valentine’s Day are shrouded in mystery but many tales agree that the holiday is based on the Ancient Roman Priest and Martyr St Valentine. Valentine lived in an era of great social oppression and as such marriage was outlawed for soldiers. This was done in the belief that unmarried soldiers fought better because they didn’t have a wife to worry about. The Romans were a charming bunch.

Valentine objected to this ruling and began marrying soldiers in secret against the will of Emperor Claudius. Once discovered Valentine was imprisoned and tortured for his crimes against the state and suffered a three-part execution, which included a beating, stoning and decapitation. Although he met a gruesome end there are a few stories from his time in prison that culminate into part of the traditions that we follow today.

During his judgement Valentine is said to have prayed with and healed one of the judge’s blind daughters so effectively that he converted the judge to Christianity. In his final letter to the girl it is told that the words “from your Valentine” were inscribed and that is where we get the famous phrase.

Saint Valentine was a man that embodied the true power of love and its importance to humanity and he sacrificed himself serving his cause. So when your partner complains about you leaving the toilet seat up or down remind them that Valentine died so that you could even share that seat in holy matrimony.

Now that we know for whom this day is named here are a few places to go and things to do to commemorate yours and the patron saint of lover’s special day.

Hux TomahawkHux Bar and Grill are offeringa Valentine’s Day Dinner special with a glass of bubbles on arrival, an entrée to share, a 600gm Wagyu Steak with two sides and finished with a dessert tasting plate. $59 pp.

Booking information:
Call: 9880 8388

Greenwich Baths are hosting an outdoor Valentine’s Day Movie Night with a screening of Crazy Stupid Love. A beautiful gourmet picnic hamper with treats and a delicious dessert will be provided along with champagne on arrival. Child minding is available for kids aged between 2-14 and gates open at 7:30 with the movie beginning at 8. With only 50 tickets available it is best to get in quick if you want to enjoy this harbour side movie event. $99 for two.

GreenwichBooking information:
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Maybe you need a gift idea? You can’t go too far wrong with Willoughby Gift Hampers and Basket Delivery. Specialising in Valentine’s baskets you can either follow their selection or build your own collection from a variety of chocolates, soft toys, beauty products and champagne. Ordering to a destination within Willoughby is preferable with a very reliable courier service but surrounding areas are also manageable.

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Infuzions (Hornsby Westfield) are also hosting Valentine’s celebrations with their four-course menu, complimentary drink on arrival and a rose for your special someone. Share a beautiful meal as you also listen to one of Australia’s best male singers Cavan Te. Bookings are essential and Infuzions opens from 5pm – 10pm. $55 pp.

InfuzionsBooking Information:
Call: 9476 2003

Italian Restaurant Terrazza, situated in Chatswood is also hosting a Valentine’s Day themed dining experience with a special menu and live entertainment. They also do a selection of celebration cakes that must be ordered 24 hours before hand but look a great way to finish the night.

Booking Information:
Book Online:
Call: 9419 5304

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show just how much you care about your loved one and with a few of these ideas coupled with some genuine love and personal touches you could have a fantastic day. If not, then I pray you at least remember your Anniversary or even the Birthday of your partner.

Modern technology is a lot more advanced and I’m sure three part executions are very out-dated and don’t beget satisfaction until there are at least seven. So get thinking and may your day be filled with love!

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Sandra is a staff writer at The Kuringai Examiner. She likes to take on research-focussed articles. Shy and retiring, Sandra likes nothing more than scouring a pile of books and research articles for a morsel of information.