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Love Is In The Air

February’s the month to celebrate love, love, love! Knowing that the best way to someone’s heart is through the stomach, we offer delicious ideas that will ignite sparks of romance in your life, melt your beloved’s heart and lift you up to cloud nine. If all these fail, well at least, you’ll have a full tummy.

Words: Alice Yong

Lavender Bavarois Cake

Let Her Eat Cake

Surprise your lady love with a luscious Lavender Bavarois cake topped with macaroons or, rekindle the flames of passion over a candlelit dinner at Swez Brasserie, Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya, Malaysia www.eastin.com.

A speciality dish from La Scala

Seeing Stars

Discover the secret of Chef Alfonso Iaccarino’s success at The Sukhothai Bangkok. The owner of 2-Michelin Star restaurant Don Alfonso 1890 in Sorrento, Italy, will cook for guests at La Scala restaurant’s The Art of Dining 2012 series with his son, Ernesto. Reservations are essential for the Wine Dinner on February 1 while special Set Lunch and Dinner menus will be available from February 2-4. www.sukhothai.com.

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”George Bernard Shaw


Death By Chocolate

Brother and sister team Kevin and Celine Yeo from 3 INCH SIN tempt with their wickedly indulgent chocolate molten cakes that come in Baileys, Cherrie Jubilees and Lemon flavours at Cluny Court and Millennia Walk, Singapore. Newer creations include ‘A Brighter Side’ (chocolate tart with orange marmalade tart base) and Mogador (chocolate mousse with raspberry glaze). www.3inchsin.com.

Afternoon Tea-sers

Soak in the magnificent view of Lake Wakatipu while lounging over a delicious Sunday afternoon tea served at Eichardt’s Private Hotel in the heart of Queenstown, New Zealand. Prepared by Executive Chef Gwen Harvie, you have a choice of ‘Eichardt’s Garden Tea Party’ or ‘Signature Afternoon Tea’ sets. www.eichardtshotel.co.nz.

The Italian Job

Jumbo Scallop Risotto with asparagus and wild mushroom, Rack of Lamb baked with Parma ham in puff pastry and Osso Buco, Italian braised veal shank are just but some of the offerings served amid the cosy, contemporary setting of Cellini’s Italian restaurant at the Dorsett Regency Hotel, Hong Kong. Apart from exquisite main dishes and tasty desserts, high-tea is available between 2:30pm and 6:00pm. www.hongkong.dorsettregency.com.

 Game for a Quickie?

The art of food seduction is easy with Quickies: Morning, Noon and Night, a nifty cookbook penned by chef cum restaurateur Denise Fletcher. Her collection of 70, easy to follow recipes with beautiful photographs also includes useful cooking and baking techniques and tips. Available from major bookstores or online at www.marshallcavendish.com.

Oyster Mania

Most people find eating oysters sensuously sexy despite there being no hard scientific proof that the mollusc is an aphrodisiac. Low in calories but rich in vitamins A, B1(thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), C and D, as well as minerals: calcium, iodine, iron, potassium, copper, phosphorous, manganese, sodium and zinc (which controls progesterone levels), oysters probably acquire their libido-boosting prowess from folklore.While Casanova apparently consumed up to 50 oysters a day, King Henry IV tossed back as many as 300 in one sitting!

Valentine Cook Out

Malaysian actor and heartthrob
Alan Yun waxes lyrical on Valentine’s Day

Q. How would you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

A. I’d cook my signature dish of pasta carbonara and prawns with white wine sauce for a romantic dinner at home. It’s more meaningful to prepare a dish with whatever ingredients one fancies, and then cook them with love. Champagne and white wine would be ideal to top the evening off.