Valentine's Day falls on a Wednesday this year so many of us are celebrating this weekend. Whether you're celebrating Valentine's or GALentine's Day with a special someone, we’re ready to help inspire you with local gifts and date ideas.  From exploring Chinatown with a coffee to-go from DALINA, to cozying up on our patio with a glass of wine, here are 8 ways to share the love while supporting local and including us in your Valentine’s Week plans. 

 

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1. Plan a brunch date at DALINA

Perfect for the weekend, connect over a mimosa and Uovo Affogato or our take on avocado toast with. Let the conversation flow freely and stay as long as you like. Single? Brunch at DALINA is perfect to celebrate GALentine's Day too! 

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2. Surprise her with flowers from The Wild Bunch

The first thing you'll notice when you step into DALINA are the gorgeous florals on display by Vancouver's The Wild Bunch. Every bouquet is styled to be a little different so you can find one that suits her best.

3. Go for a romantic walk through Sun Yat-Sen Gardens

With the sun rumored to make an appearance this weekend, it's a great opportunity to grab a hot beverage and take a stroll through the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown. You may get the first sight of spring! 

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4. Indulge in sweets with limited edition chocolates from Lisa Lou's

For a limited time only, Vancouver chocolatier and DALINA neighbour, Lisa Lou's Chocolate, is offering special Valentine's Day gifts. Shop for colourful, foil-wrapped Hazelnut Chocolate Hearts or Raspberry & Champagne truffles for all those you love.

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5. Say it with a card from Badger & Burke

Local Vancouver designers, Badger & Burke have created cheeky ways to show you care and specialize in retro-inspired illustrations for special occasions. Their Valentine's Day themed greeting cards are on point for those who are looking for a cheesy not-so-serious way to show their love. Pair with a candle from Vancouver Candle Co. (Strathcona is our favourite scent) and you've got a great Valentine's Day gift!

6. Dinner, a movie, and a drink

No need for unhealthy theatre food: sit down at DALINA for a fresh, casual meal then take a short 10-minute stroll to the International Village Cinemas to catch a flick. After, grab a cocktail at The Keefer Bar to recap your favourite scenes.

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7. Cozy up on our heated patio with a glass of wine

The patio at DALINA is heated and covered so you can cozy up outside with a glass of wine and Italian charcuterie board. Of course, you have to finish off with housemade tiramisu for two!

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8. Cook at home

Sometimes, the most romantic date can be right at home. We can help you out with the groceries and specialty items to make a delicious dinner for two. Add a few candles and some tunes, and you have a recipe for romance!

Thanks to all our customers for the love you show us everyday.  Happy Valentine’s Day and XOXO from the team at DALINA.