I'm a Sunshine Coast journalist who jumped out of a lengthy mainstream media career 18 months ago to do some hearty work for the soul. A pescatarian sharing with you her secrets on our little piece of coast paradise.
Published February 8th 2013
Shout it from the roof tops or in a perfect and private moonlight tryst, whatever your style - the hard work of hunting for the perfect way to spend Valentine's Day is right here at your fingertips.
It's here again, and it doesn't matter whether you have a date or you don't - the pressure of Valentine's Day can unglue the most cool of cats. So skip the tiresome dinner and movie, and step out of your comfort zone and show the one you love - your partner or yourself - a date worth remembering with my picks of the best events on offer in 2014.
" Return to Romance Berardo's Restaurant & Bar" ENJOY romance the way it used to be with a magically intimate 2-set performance from first lady of song Marina Prior who will be joined by New York Cabaret Award winner Kane Alexander. A special four-course dinner will be designed by Berardo's new chef Timothy Montgomery. $165 for concert and dinner. Valentine's Day and Saturday 15th February, 6.15pm start. Berardo's Restaurant & Bar, Hastings St, NOOSA HEADS. ❤ Ⓐ ❥ ☾ ☄ ℉
"Sirocco Restaurant's Valentine Showcase" INDULGE yourself and your Valentine with a showcase menu at this award-winning restaurant, featuring six dishes creatively presented over 3 courses. The meal includes a glass of French bubble in honour of the occasion. $79.50. Sirocco Restaurant, 257 Gympie Tce, NOOSAVILLE. ❤ Ⓐ ❥ ☾
"Noosa Beach House Restaurant" WINE and dine the way the classics used to with an incredible Valentine's four course dinner bringing together the worldly flavours and experiences of master chef Peter Kuruvita. You will toast to the year that was and the one that is to be with Laurent Perrier on arrival, with the ladies receiving a special gift compliments of you and Noosa Beach House. $115pp, from 5.30pm. Noosa Beach House, 14 -16 Hastings St, NOOSA HEADS. ❤ Ⓐ ❥ ☾
"From Paris With Love Dinner" PERFECT for those looking for romance on a budget, treat your guy or gal to a two-course French inspired menu or for an extra twenty dollars - experience the entire repertoire with three courses. Each service comes with a glass of French wine. $49 or $69, from 5.30pm. 10 Hastings Boutique Motel & Café, 10 Hastings St, NOOSA HEADS. ❤ Ⓐ ❥ ☾
"On a Boathouse by the Sea Dinner" IF YOU and your squidgy love nothing better than a seafood platter, then get yourself to the Noosa Boathouse today. The Valentine's Day menu begins with a sparkling wine and single red rose on arrival, followed by a seafood platter for two. And being that there is no finer finale than chocolate, indulge yourselves with a variety of the sweet treats in a special trio share plate. $125 per couple. Noosa Boathouse, 194 Gympie Tce, NOOSAVILLE. ❤ Ⓐ ❥ ☾
"The Two Towers Dinner" IT'S your choice of two towers of incredible delights: from either tapas for two plus a bottle of plonk or share an ocean buffet plus a bottle of plonk! With oysters, prawns, bugs, calamari and whiting on the menu, it's no secret what's on my plate. $49.50 or $80. Sunshine Beach Surf Club, Cnr of Duke St and Belmore Tce, SUNSHINE BEACH. ❤ Ⓐ ❥ ☾
"Spectacular Sunset Dinner" SO close to the water, why wouldn't you want to spend the most romantic day of the year on it? Enjoy a three course a la carte meal, ordered and cooked fresh on board while cruising the spectacular Noosa river enjoying a glorious sunset. The menu caters for beef, chicken, seafood or vegetarian. $85, meet at 5pm. Noosa Cruising Restaurant, Noosa Marina, 2 Parkyn Court, TEWANTIN. ❤ Ⓐ ❥ ☾ ♫ ☼
"One Perfect Day - Palomino Picnics" - Looking for something out of the ordinary? Head off to your favourite private piece of paradise with a perfect travelsmart takeaway smorgasbord provided by the team at Palomino Picnics. Or let the team share their experience and advise you on the perfect location. Palomino Picnis cater for the charming rustic or the full blown smorgasbord of treats and will bring it to a location that suits you. (NB- Stay tuned for my own Palomino encounter coming your way on February 11) Palomino Picnics, 0407 188 045, Elimbah. ☾ ☼
COME ONE, COME ALL
"Nights on Ocean" THE heart of Maroochydore comes to life this Valentine's Day with this artisan extravaganza of arts, music and food! Scour the incredible array of stalls for that incredible, gift, sweet, or declaration of love and revel in the talents of extraordinary local bands and buskers in a night for the whole family. Ocean St, MAROOCHYDORE. ❤ ღ ♒ ☾ ♫ ☼ FREE
"The Notebook" - Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza Cinema - IT'S true. It is the reason Kleenex enjoyed a bumper return exactly 10 years ago. (Can you believe we have known Noah and Allie that long?) And yes, it's 124 minutes that have proved a popular punch line for bitter twisted comics the world over for the good part of that decade. But millions of fans across the world took the rich debutante and her mill working boyfriend to their hearts, and turned them into a love story for the ages. Personally? It's a very lovely story with some great support from big screen stalwarts James Garner and Gena Rowlands, but its the magic and chemistry in the pairing of Rachel McAdams and a Ryan Gosling that makes hearts soar. Tickets $17.50, 7pm start. Sunshine Plaza Cinema, Sunseeker Pde, MAROOCHYDORE. ❤ ☾
"Beachhouse Bar & Grill - LIVE MUSIC" - LOVED up or just loving life - everyone is welcome at Beach House CBD. There is live music all night plus loads of specials inc the famous "beer of the month". The Beach House Bar & Grill, Riverwalk Entertainment Precinct, Sunshine Plaza, 156-164 Horton Pde, MAROOCHYDORE. ❤ ❥ ☾ ♫
"Em's Things We Love" - EVERY day we post pix of people, places, food, adventures and experiences that we love. So on the day of love, step it up a notch and spread it even further with Sunshine Coast business Em's Creative. The homegrown marketing agency taking Australia, New Zealand and the UK by storm are inviting you to capture an image you love - be it your fabulously frenzied family, your coveted morning coffee, your sweetheart or your friend. Whatever inspires you and fills you with love this Valentine's Day, post it on Instagram and hashtag #emsthingswelove and share it with a larger world. ❤ ღ Ⓐ ☪ ♫
"Starry Nights Valentine's Special Feature The Notebook" IT'S as close to a drive-in as we get here on the Sunshine Coast, and on a clear night there is truly nothing better than your favourite movie under the stars. It's one of my all-time favourite Coast night outs low key, simple and oh-so magical. So tonight, stretch out under the stars with your Valentine on the rooftop of Cooroy's Library. 9 Maple St, COOROY. ❤ ღ ☾ ♫ ☼ ◈
"Be Wild At Heart this Valentine's Day at Australia Zoo" - Put your animal magnetism to the test at the premiere Sunshine Coast tourist attraction.The competition tests which girl or guy is best at luring the zoos dingoes, camels or elephants with some great prizes. Free activities including face painting, kids rides and wildlife shows will ensure the entire family is entertained and if that's not enough, there is a romantic weekend away for two up for grabs at Oceans Mooloolaba. It's a sure fire way to shoot Cupid's bow into your family's day. Tickets - Adults $59, children (3-14) $34. Australia Zoo, Steve Irwin Way, BEERWAH. ❤ ღ = ♒ ☼