So love it or hate it, it’s almost that time of the year again: Valentine’s Day (specials & giveaway)

This is what I will be doing this year for Valentine’s day:

Anybody with me?

But I’m sure while I’m out somewhere getting “Love sucks” tattoo’d on my arm ;) , all the loved up folks out there probably want to be doing something a bit more romantic, right?

Well don’t stress, I have a few really great ideas that might be of interest to you…

There are two Valentine’s specials happening at the beautiful Nitida Wine Estate over in Durbanville:

  • Tables at Nitida is hosting a picnic under the stars at their natural amphitheatre, featuring a live performance by pop instrumental trio Sterling EQ:
    tables_at_nitida-001- The Valentines Menu will consist of a selection of tapas including 2 Mediterranean dips, home-made fruit chutney, feta and olives, oven roast tomatoes, seasonal fruit, fresh garden salad & 2 Freshly baked ciabatta loaves; a cheese platter including a selection of 3 local cheeses with savoury biscuits; a Cold Meat Platter including a selection of 3 local cured meats; Mexican chicken quesadillas and spicy salsa, and caramel swirl ice cream cones (served).
    - There is a kids basket too which will consist of hot dogs, crisps, cupcake and fruit juice.
    - Tickets cost R600 per couple / R300 per person, which include the concert, picnic basket and wine, and are available at Computicket over here.
    - There’s free entry for under 12’s, and kids picnic baskets are R60 each.
    - Only food and beverages purchased at the venue will be allowed, and a cash bar will be available.
    - Doors open at 17h30 and concert starts at 19h00.
    - Guests are encouraged to bring along picnic blankets or camping chairs.
    - For more information, contact 021 976 0640 or
  • Then Cassia Restaurant, also based at Nitida Wines invites you to join them for a sexy three course dinner @ R320 pp:

    As I’m looking at these pics I’m thinking to myself, why the hell have I never been here?? It’s looks amazing…

    - Things will kick off with an amuse bouche of pumpkin, ricotta & prosciutto ravioli toasted in sage butter.  The starter is an ostrich carpaccio with quail eggs, confit tomatoes, rocket, parmesan crisp & foccaccia croutons.  Then cleanse your pallet with a Grappa, pistachio and honey sorbet before digging into a main of either grilled tuna served with asiago risotto & marsala zabaglione OR stuffed beef filled with spinach, feta & pine nuts served with polenta and porcini sauce, and finishing it all off with some yummy tiramisu.
    - For reservations contact them on: 021 976 0640 or

Closer to town at that elegant lady that is the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa is offering the following:

  • Equinox Spa is offering a Couple’s Deluxe Pamper Package for the full month of Feb:

    I love this spa…

    - The package includes: a relaxing full body Swedish massage complimented with a hot stone back massage, invigorating scalp massage, aromatic hand & foot compress, TheraVine™ appetiser facial, rounded off with a refreshing fresh fruit platter and glass bubbly at the hotel’s renowned rooftop Skybar.
    - This special pamper package is available at R1750 per couple and you will also automatically be entered into a draw to win a complimentary night’s stay for two at the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel with breakfast included. (Nice!)
    - To make your reservation contact them on 021 430 0511, or

  • Bistro 1800 Restaurant is hosting a 3 course dinner with complimentary bubbly and live entertainment on Friday, and a Valentine’s Day brunch which will take place on the Saturday:
    bistro1800-001Dinner is available at R500.00 per couple and R300.00 per single (or anti-Valentine guests) and the Valentines brunch is available at R195.00 per person and starts at 11:30am.
    - The dinner menu looks like this: Starter (to share) of 6 oysters with toppings (Pickled radish dressing Apple, vodka & Ginseng Fresh fig & caviar) OR a prosciutto salad with fresh fig, melon & raspberry dressing. Main: 200 gram fillet of grain fed beef with smoked vanilla mash, crisp asparagus, chili chocolate jus & truffle scented oil OR honey marinated, rooibos smoked wild salmon with fondant potato, crisp asparagus & soy reduction. Dessert (to share): Aphrodisiac Assiette which consists of 1800 chocolate fondant, homemade banana ice cream Coffee infused pannacotta, berry compote & Cranberry biscotti White chocolate & kiwi semifreddo with lychee sorbet.
    - The brunch buffet spread will include the following: Complimentary glass of champagne on arrival, vet koek & wrap station with curried mince & peas (tomato & onion, chutney, chillies, coconut), chicken & egg breyani, spicy lamb & sober noodles, baguette & rolls station with assorted cold meats & accompaniments, German potato salad, beetroot & orange Salad, tomato & onion Salad, assorted, smoked fish, assorted cheeses & crackers, fresh fruit salad and assorted cup cakes
    - To make your reservation contact Bistro 1800 Reservations on 021 430 0506, or

Of course, If I hear of any more Valentine’s specials, or think of my own romantic ideas, I’ll do another love themed post… cause I’m awesome like that.

NOW LISTEN UP, cause I might just be making your Valentine’s Day extra special this year.  I have a set of double tickets to that Nitida picnic to give away which is valued at R600.

To be in the running, you gotta send me the following tweet:

Hey @CTmylove I’d love to picnic under the stars with @TablesatNitida this Valentine’s day #LovePicnicWin

Or if you’re not on twitter, just paste this tweet in the comments section below. (just make sure you enter your correct email address so I can contact you)

Just take note of the following:

  • You have to be Cape Town based or be willing to travel to Cape Town on Valentine’s day.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Entries close at midnight on Sun, 2 February 2014.
  • The winner will be determined by lucky draw & will be announced here on my blog and on Twitter on Mon, 3 February 2014.

Good luck!


All images provided by Red Carpet Concepts.