Have you something planned for Valentine’s Day?
The approach of Valentine's Day has millions of men buzzing with excitement or shaking knees, contemplating the perfect celebration for their loved ones.
If you're still on the lookout for ideas, the Metropole Hotel on McCurtain Street has a delectable overnight offer available (and it doesn't have to be restricted to the 14th).
For a more laid-back experience, the Village Deli at Ravens Court Garden Centre in Kerry Pike is hosting tapas nights during Valentine's week. Alternatively, consider a cozy evening at one of Cork's beautiful wine bars, such as L’Atitude 51 or Nell’s Winebar.
However, if the thought of venturing out seems a bit overwhelming, why not opt for a romantic night in with some hygge and TLC?
You don't even have to cook, as Cork offers exceptional catering services, and many restaurants provide delicious meals to enjoy at home.
I once knew a woman who cleverly arranged ready-made dishes from Marks & Spencer, creating the illusion of a homemade feast – though I never dared inquire about the outcome of that date.
Celebrating the day of love doesn't require an elaborate three-course meal; a selection of tasty nibbles or a well-balanced cheese and charcuterie platter paired with fine wine can create the perfect atmosphere.
You could just head to Bradley’s on North Main Street for some matching advice.
Pick a romantic movie, light some candles, and dim the lights while savouring delectable cheeses from Cork.
The English Market has you covered with Roughty Foodie crackers, artisan breads from the Alternative Bread Company, and a superb assortment of cold meats and cheeses from On the Pigs Back. All you need to bring is yourself!
For those seeking a more unconventional celebration, mark your calendar for Tuesday 13 February, as The Pav Bar (Intermission Bar) in Carey’s Lane is hosting a Drag Valentine’s Cabaret.
This promises to be an unforgettable event, and tickets are available at www.mockieah.com.
Over the years, I've been treated to culinary delights by Mr T, who transforms into a kitchen wizard (just turn a deaf ear to the noise and a blind eye to the mess afterward!).
One year, he whipped up a mixed cheese tart following a recipe meant for six to eight people, and we enjoyed it for almost a week.
Another time, he surprised me with homemade gnocchi, roasted Brussels sprouts, shallots, and blue cheese cream – despite my initial disdain for Brussels sprouts, it turned out to be surprisingly tasty.
While he worked away in the kitchen, I relaxed with a glass of champagne by the fire, deliberately tuning out the kitchen chaos and the occasional ‘fe** it’.
Whether you decide on a grand gesture or a quiet night in, may you enjoy every moment of this Valentine's Day celebration. Cheers to love!