Happy Valentines Day !!!

Tuesday Feb 02nd, 2016


A popular legend that surrounds the origin of Valentine’s Day is of a Christian Saint named Valentinus. It states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the jailer’s daughter, Asterius, who was blind. Valentinus was executed, but before his death he apparently wrote the daughter a letter which he signed “Your Valentine”.

From its humble, martyred beginning, love it or hate it, Valentines has become the Hallmark sanctioned, $100.00 roses -Godiva chocolate holiday of the year!

Whether you’re in the “handmade card and dinner at home” camp or the “take the opportunity to spoil someone” camp, here are a few ideas on how to spend the night doing something different on a big or small budget.

Taste of Oakville: this amazing gastronomic event runs from January 26th to February 11th. If you want to avoid the crowds and higher prices, why not celebrate a couple of days early? Some of the top restaurants in town offer amazing prix fixe menus that include appetizer, main course and dessert. A great assortment of venues including high end restaurants. If you want to dine on Valentines Day, just call for reservations.

Check out the offerings at www.atasteofoakville.com

After dinner: How about a show?

Mississauga Living Arts Centre has 2 great well timed shows.

Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida on Friday February 12 at 8:00 p.m.

They are one of Canada’s most influential cultural couples. Maida is the frontman for Our Lady Peace and a four- time Juno winner. Chantal has 2 Juno wins to her name. This should be a great collaboration!

If Broadway is more your style, then catch Saturday February 13th’s show, A Broadway Valentine, at 7:30 p.m.

Using familiar Broadway love songs and some parody and comedy, this show takes us on a journey through a married couple’s life and all its ups and downs. Familiar songs from West Side StoryFiddler on the Roof and Phantom of the Opera should have you humming along.


If you’d rather not venture out, how about dinner at home and a movie. The perfect excuse to order in from that Thai restaurant down the street that delivers that you’ve been meaning to try. Now, what to watch?

Here are 5 movies that all do romance a little differently, but might just be the perfect way to spend the night on the couch.

Casablanca: A classic. The quintessential tale of love and romance with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Love Story: A tear jerker, but amazing performances by Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal.

When Harry Met Sally: A quirky tale that explores that question of whether men and women can just be friends.

Titanic: Love transcends class and circumstance in this one

Love Actually: Lots of stars and lots of love stories intertwine in this gem.

Whether you want to go out or stay in, enjoy fine dining or take-out, one thing is irrefutable: however you want to show it, the world can always use a little more love.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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