Valentine’s Day, if you weren’t aware, is one week today. If you don’t feel prepared, worry not. There are still a few days to order a thoughtful and romantic gift or meal to enjoy with your honey, or to reserve a table at one of Ottawa or Gatineau’s wonderful restaurants.
▪️Zolas' Valentine’s Day heat and eat romantic 4 Course Dinner For Two ($89.69) features Seafood Stew, Salad, Chicken Parmigiana or Blackened or Grilled Atlantic Salmon, and Chocolate Mousse or Tiramisu. Available for pickup or delivery February 12th, 13th, and 14th. If you prefer to dine in, the Zola’s Valentine’s Dinner features Penne Chicken Cacciatore or Grilled 12 oz Veal Chop, started, and dessert, for $69 per person.
▪️The Ottawa Artisans A Little Bit of Love Virtual Market finishes tonight at 9:00pm, offering the work of over 170 artisans and gifts for every budget. We spotted a satin lavender-scented eye pillow for $15, a stunning air plant terrarium for $145, and lots of other locally sourced gifts in all price ranges.
▪️Head to the V Hotel in Gatineau for a romantic staycation in a Trendy or Executive room, and enjoy a souvenir gift, two glasses of sparkling wine, chocolates, breakfast, and a three course table d’hôte dinner from on site restaurant Bistro Rumeur, all delivered to your room. From $350. Call 1-888-785-4117 to reserve the package.
▪️If you and your person are more whisky-oriented than hearts and flowers, a table at the Deacon Brodies A Sweet Valentine from the Highlands might be more your style. Book your spots in advance and then head to the pub on Sunday February 13th, where the malt whisky tasting will kick off at 4:00pm. It costs $59 per person and you can book by emailing [email protected]
▪️The table d’hôte menu at La Squadra (114 Rue Montcalm Gatineau) will possibly require a loosening of the belt: it's a traditional Italian meal including Sweet Potato Soup, Tuna Carpaccio, Spaghetti with Prawns starter, Braised Lamb Shank, and Lemon Sorbet. And you don’t even have to wait until Valentine’s Day, as it’s available on February 11th, 12th, and 14th. La Squadra is also offering takeaway boxes that include a sommelier-recommended bottle of wine. Book a table or takeaway box at 819-525-4505.
▪️Order by Wednesday (February 9th) to enjoy the Meatings Valentine’s Day menufor two, which features Smoked Beef Short Ribs, Fondant Potatoes, glazed carrots, a Caesar salad, and four assorted macarons from Petits Macarons. $85.
Things To Do
▪️Nita Beer Co announced that the brewery and its customers have raised $950 for Shepherds of Good Hope. The brewery has a trio of new beers heading down the pipeline: Berliner Weisse, Pineapple Sour, and Raspberry Sour will be appearing soon. If you love Tears of a Sasquatch Coconut Espresso Stout and Gut Schmecken Summer Session IPA, better hurry down, as these are running out fast.
▪️Registration for April sewing classes at the Green Needle has now opened. Choose from Sewing Basics, Clothing Alteration, Beginner Sewing for Kids, and Intermediate Sewing for Kids. The eight week Sewing Basics on Monday Evenings for example, costs $375 and covers everything from learning how to operate a sewing machine to hand sewing techniques and reading patterns.
▪️According to the company’s website, 90% of m0851’s cashmere and leather coats, bags, and accessories are manufactured in Montreal, and until February 9th you’ll find an additional 10% off sale items.
▪️Save 25% on selected styles at Message Factory. We spotted a green short-sleeved dress (spring is coming!) for $39.99, down from $95, and a great range of other spring and summer items for under $50. If you can’t decide what to buy, the Mystery Box includes two Made-in-Quebec items in your size, selected by staff, for $49.99.