Show Your Palette Some Love: Some Original Valentine’s Dinner Ideas

Valentine's Dinner Ideas

Valentine’s Day is almost here, which means the pressure to do something fun and romantic with your partner is sure to intensify. In a recent survey of over 15,000 South Africans between the ages of 13 and 34, 40 percent said that they don’t feel the need to buy their partners gifts or flowers. Rather, they just want to be together. That’s what counts at the end of the day, and one of the best ways to have quality time with your partner is to enjoy a delicious meal together.

There are Valentine’s Day restaurant specials that can put a spring in your step, so make sure you check those out. It’s also a good idea to try different cuisine for a change. After all, research shows that couples can keep the spark in their relationship alive by trying new things. Here are some original Valentine’s dinner ideas to make you fall in love all over again.

Say “I Love You” In Japanese

You might think of sushi when you think of eating Japanese food, but Japanese cuisine is much more interesting than that – and you can sample some of that energy right here in Cape Town. At Marrow, which is essentially a broth bar, delicious soups are inspired by Japanese cuisine. They’re also really healthy, so you don’t experience guilt the next day. There are lots of broth varieties to try, such as the Asian Bone Broth Dressing that contains avocado, kimchi, and quinoa. Finish your meal with the house-made plum shrub. This is a fruit syrup that can be drunk on its own or mixed with a seltzer. Delicious and sweet!

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Be A Vegan Valentine

You might not be vegan, but the lifestyle and food is booming. Although there aren’t clear stats about how many vegans are in South Africa, more people are becoming interested in veganism, which is why vegan eateries are cropping up everywhere. So try out some yummy vegan meals this V-day – you’ll be showing the planet some love! Suggestion? Head over to the funky Lekker Vegan restaurant, where you’ll see that being vegan isn’t just about eating salad. Here you’ll enjoy gourmet vegan junk food, like vegan milkshakes, ice cream, and the delicious cruelty-free Gatsby, which is a gourmet burger with spicy sauce, vegan beef strips, and homemade chips.

Valentine's Dinner Ideas vegan

Go Greek!

If you tend to stick to the same foods you love to eat, broaden your cuisine horizons by trying Greek food. There are traditional yummy treasures to sample, such as moussaka, which is juicy beef that’s layered with béchamel sauce and eggplants, before being baked. You’ll be sure to love the spicy, flavour-packed meals of Greek cuisine, which combines Italian and Middle Eastern flavours. If that sounds good to you, go to the Fat Greek restaurant. Try the chicken skewers and delicious lamb gyros in a nice, intimate setting where you can get privacy with your special someone while enjoying mouth-watering foods. Also check out The Greek Fisherman – their calamari is one of the best!

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Do something different this Valentine’s Day by trying the Valentine’s Dinner ideas, something new and exciting cuisine with your S.O. From Japanese broth to vegan twists on conventional junk food, you’ll bring more love to the table and make it a day to remember.

We’ll be back soon with more foodie ideas!

Written by Jane Sandwood

Article Date: February 2018

MISSED OUR LAST ARTICLE? IT’S A BRANDY ALEXANDER RECIPE.

WATER CRISIS

Seriously. Do we still need to remind people to save? Unfortunately so, because only half of Cape Town residents are actually sticking to the water restrictions. This means that the rest of us who are already saving need to do MORE just to ensure we don’t actually hit Day Zero. It’s totally not fair (if you know someone who isn’t saving, punch them to sanity), but life never is. So let’s do something about it instead.

Here are some handy tricks to save, save, save our most precious resource:

In restaurants:

  • If you order a glass of water in a restaurant – Drink it! Yes, many restaurants have begun not serving tap water at all (which is not only a capitalistic decision but also illegal if they have a liquor licence), but the only reason they’re probably doing this is because so many people order tap water and then not drink it. Which is a waste.
  • Plead restaurants to stop serving ice. So many restaurants still provide glasses and buckets of ice or serve their dishes on ice. It may be comfortable and look oh-so-nice but it’s really not important. If enough people ask, maybe this will change.

In the bathroom:

  • Stick to one-minute showers. Shorter if you can. Also switch off the tap while soaping up, shampooing, scrubbing, or shaving. You can cut your water use in half that way! 
  • Don’t have big meetings, a fancy date, and haven’t sweated up a storm? Skip the shower. Wet wipes will do just fine.
  • Keeping clean and hygienic is important. But you don’t have to wash your hands all the time. Stock up on hand sanitiser instead and use it when you can.
  • Use Dry Shampoo if you can. Head on over to Lipgloss Is My Life and check out her beauty water saving tips for some suggestions of which brands to stick to. She also has some cool ideas of what else you can do to look awesome and not use water.
  • Use a glass of water to brush your teeth / rinse your mouth.
  • Use grey water to flush your toilet. ALWAYS. You can collect grey water from showering with a bucket, washing and rinsing your dishes in a bucket, washing your hands over a bucket, re-using the water you cook with (but if you’re cooking veggies you should just drink it; it’s healthy and delicious). Literally, so many ways to collect grey water.

In your garden & out and about:

  • Give up on your lawn. If we run out of water it’s gonna die anyway.
  • And give up on your pool. There’s still so many that top up their pools. Illegal much? Take a dip in the ocean instead. The cold is good for you.
  • Support the #DriveDirty campaign. Clean cars are so 2016.
  • And please don’t forget that all water-saving bathroom tips apply to your work and entertainment spaces too. Don’t flush if it’s a Numero One. No one is gonna be weirded out – we’re all so used to it now. And, businesses, please provide hand sanitiser to your employees so hand-washing is cut down. We’ve seen this done in a few places and it works brilliantly. 

And remember, you can report any restriction offence / water wasters to the City of Cape Town by calling 0860 103 089 (choose option 2: water-related faults), e-mailing water@capetown.gov.za, online through their Service Requests tool, by SMSing 31373 (max of 160 characters), or Whatsapping 063 407 3699. Please do this if you know of offenders.