Although the CNY holidays are over, we’re rolling the festivities right into the holiday of love! We’ve got sugar and spice and all things nice in this week’s Weekender – perfect for all you old romantics… or simply anyone with a sweet tooth!
Got your Valentine’s dinner plans sorted yet? If the usual Hong Kong spread of feasts that cost a fortune and dishes full of unpronounceable ingredients isn’t floating your boat this year, we have the perfect alternative – a romantic evening of hearty homemade Italian fare at The Pasta Place! This cosy family-run neighbourhood joint is doing a special three-course Valentine’s menu for only $250… just the thing for an intimate meal with your special someone. All courses are made in-house (we spy ravioli with homemade sauce… and scrummy chocolate fondant!), plus add only $40 per person to enjoy a Berry Spritzer cocktail, or glass of Italian red or white wine with your meal. For a Valentine’s Day with oodles of charm that doesn’t break the bank, you know where to go – make your booking now!
When: 14 February, 6-8pm or 8.30-10.30pm sittings
Where: The Pasta Place, G/F, 8 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $250 per person (includes tea or coffee, add $40 per person for a Berry Spritzer cocktail or glass of Italian red or white wine); call 2774 6692 for reservations
Brought to you in partnership with The Pasta Place
Catching a movie is a classic date night activity… but let’s face it, not exactly the most inspired of choices! Well, until HushUp Hong Kong’s Secret Cinemas, that is! For Valentine’s Day, a suitably sweet movie is in order – so they’ve arranged a special tasting experience to go alongside their movie screening of Chocolat. Head to the unique secret location for a mysterious evening with your Valentine, and indulge in Granada Food & Wine and Gaggia chocolate (including chocolate-wine pairings, cheese and charcuterie nibbles, coffee and ice-cream tasting and plenty more) before sitting back and enjoying the film. Photobooth fun, chocolate demos and a chance to shoot with professional photographers will seal the night with a kiss… Mwah!
SASSY GIVEAWAY: We have one pair of tickets to give away to the Chocolat Secret Cinema – simply drop your details in the form here to enter. The lucky winner will be notified via email later today so don’t forget to check your inbox!
When: 8 February, 6-10pm
Where: Secret location announced two days before the event to ticket holder (no more than 15 minutes from Central by cab!)
How much: $400 per ticket, purchase here
A little chocolate always brightens up our day… So imagine how we feel about the world’s best chocolates, all gathered and ready for our delectation under one roof?! Harbour City’s annual Chocolate Trail event features 20 brands of sweet treats from all over the world including Bvlgari’s Il Cioccolato, Frederic Blondeel and Chapon scattered across the mall in pop-up kiosks – you can either make a game out of trying to taste something from them all, or just let luck take you on a voyage of chocolate discovery! It’s not just chocolates though… they’ve also got scrumptious pastries and ice cream at the ready – we’re hearing particularly yummy things about Singapore’s Twelve Cupcakes, Ice Cream Gallery’s weird and wonderful flavours (hello Bacon & Egg!) and Fauchon’s new range of eclairs. Get ready for a sugar high!
When: Until 16 February
Where: Throughout Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Canton Road, Hong Kong
How much: Free to explore; prices of chocolates vary
Wondering where to go this weekend? Well, how about a day trip to Stanley? Perfect for any of you lovebirds in need of some date inspiration, Stanley Plaza have arranged a series of fun activities for couples in celebration of Valentine’s Day! Their Sweet Sundays are a great excuse to bring your family, loved one or even your furry friends for a walk along the harbour! Sneak in some shopping at the Sweet Walk gifts and canapés fair, have some fun with your precious ones at the doggie & couple workshops, head to the Lover’s Terrace for a great place to watch the gorgeous Stanley sunset together – and even get a free lollipop if you upload a photo to Facebook or Instagram! All this on top of what Stanley already has to offer (beaches, seafood and cocktails… yes please!), this should definitely hit your sweet spot!
When: 9, 16 & 23 February, 12pm-6pm (Lover’s Terrace is open every day until 28 February)
Where: Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley, Hong Kong
How much: Free; workshops are free with purchases over $100 or a donation of $20 to SPCA
A tall dark stranger…
Want a better love life, health, career and relationships in 2014? Why not get your fortune told and see what the Year of the Horse holds for you?! Join famous Hong Kong feng shui master Chow Hon Ming and his daughter, our former That Girl Thierry Chow for a Feng Shui Chinese Astrology private fortune telling at Little Square! From tips to enhance your life to what colours will bring you luck this year, you’ll come out feeling more confident and empowered to control and better your life over the next 12 months. There’s also a chance for your own personal Q&A in these private sessions – no more sharing your fortunes with everyone on Temple Street here! Bring in your loved one too for special couple’s sessions… and don’t forget to bag your free lucky charm too!
When: 10-28 February, 12-7pm
Where: Little Square, G/F, 21 Square Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $1000 for single package and $2000 for couple’s package; by private booking only at least a week in advance, call 9080 9649 or email email@example.com to book
This week fab nail salon, Nail Me, have created an exclusive offer specially for our Sassy girls! We’ve been good all January and now it’s time to treat ourselves to over 50% off a mani + pedi combo from this cool and comfy salon. Not only has Nail Me been tried and tested by team Sassy (see our review here), but it’s also conveniently located just off Star Street in Admiralty!
Make sure you pick this deal up quick, as we know with an offer like this it won’t be around for long! Each mani + pedi combo costs just $260, down from the usual $530. So go ahead and treat yourself and a friend, click here to buy now!
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