(Words by Alexia Spyridonidis)
Valentine’s Day is easily the most romantic day of the year and what better way to spend it than with the ones you love the most. Whether you’re hitched, halfway or heavily single, we have all your go to Valentine’s must do’s and must haves. Before we get into the bread, benefits and booze, does anyone know where Valentine’s day even originated?
Dating back to Ancient Roman origins, the holidays were celebrated in Rome, a festival with the name of Lupercalia. The primary idea of the festival showcased the upcoming of spring, however, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery, held annually in mid-February. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I, interchanged Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. It further evolved into a day devoted to celebrating unconditional love and romance from about the 14th century.
Now let’s ditch the history lesson and get to what everyone’s been waiting for…
Here at GAT we have collated everything you need to know about where you need to go and what you need to buy, in order to spoil the most important person in your life this Valentine’s Day.
GAJA By Sashi
4/86 Pirie St, Adelaide SA 5000
GAJA, meaning ‘elephant’ in Sankrit, symbolizes strength, wisdom, royalty and solidarity in Hindu culture. Sashi Cheliah, MasterChef Australia season 10 winner in 2018, never settles for less. His authentic style cooking leaves his customers wanting more after every robust and full-to-the-brim flavoured mouth-full. His contemporary approach to the unforgettable classics is what GAJA strives on. His current practice to Indian, Singaporean and Malaysian dishes leaves your palate wanting beyond what’s given to you. Sashi’s menu will explore the road less travelled, with dishes that appeal to the curious foodie in us all.
LocatedPirie Street, Adelaide, the location is flawlessly central for all love birds this Valentine’s Day. And what would encourage you more to get out the house on ‘heart’ day? An exclusive Valentine’s Day specially created and visualised by Sashi himself. GAJA will be whipping up a storm with a limited-edition dessert and delicious cocktail to accompany the delicacy.
GAJA presents his Valentine’s Day “Chocolate Strawberry”, a Chocolate Brownie, Strawberry Cheese Parfait, Fresh Strawberries and Meringue accompanied by the divine “Valentine Fizz” cocktail, containing a mix of Rhubarb Gin, Mulberry Gin, Prosecco, Lemon and Ginger.
ANTIICA PIZZERIA E CUCINA
226 Morphett Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Perfect for date night, Antica Pizzeria will set the mood this Valentine’s Day. Walking into the dream-like restaurant, it’s the perfect location for your Valentine’s date. Rated “Adelaide’s Best Pizza” by the Advertiser, Big7Travel and Broadsheet ADL, you’ll be sure to impress your significant other by bringing them to the best of the best.
With a range of different meals, your pick from the Italian inspired menu will leave you speechless. Mouth-watering combinations of pizza, pasta and main dishes will leave you and your date pleasantly surprised thanks to their delicious variety of entrees and mains. Book your reservation online now – you will not regret it.
Now you’re well aware of where to go, now we need to educate you on what to get. A flawless guide containing gift ideas for him and for her. We’re on it!
Handbags and accessories
Australian designed handbags and accessories, your woman needs at least one Willow Bay accessory in her wardrobe. With free shipping over $, your shopping is made ‘oh so’ easy. The brand specialises in showcasing the beauty and versatility of a range of materials including neoprene, faux leather, linen and cotton. Willow Bay offers a locally sourced and designed collection of beautifully curated bags that are by necessity, both function and versatility. The brand specialises in experimenting with fabrics to create unique yet timeless pieces, perfect for your partner who wants another staple in their wardrobe this summer.
Happy Way, a protein powder supplement which is specially designed for women, was established in 2015 by Ben and Hien, who joined forces to help female clients who were seeking suggestions on protein powder but struggled to find one to suit the needs of their body. Proudly Australian owned and operated, Happy way underwent months of researching, gathering data and testing in sample groups to ensure they got the breakthrough their clients deserved. To date, the business is determined to develop a holistic approach towards women’s health. By further developing their products, Ben and Hien are contributing to the overall development of women’s nutrition by providing products that encourage and promote body positivity. Perfect for your partner who is heavily involved in getting active or wanting a change of lifestyle. The core begins with Happy Way’s vow to help you – Happy Way never compromises on the quality of each individual ingredient in our products to ensure they are further contributing to the women’s health approach, offering the best products for a reasonable price.
Women’s High-End Clothing
‘DÈRMA Department is an Australian women’s clothing label incorporating high-end designer fashion with effortlessly wearable collections tailored for the modern woman’. The brand targets a younger audience, creating looks that inspire the younger generation to embrace their effortless yet unique sense of style. The online based brand is fully owned and operated within Australia, creating contemporary styles that reflect a young woman’s classic staple. Wanting to get your partner something edgy yet completely versatile? Look no further than the one and only Derma Department.
An all Australian manufactured and operated men’s swimwear company which began in 2016, as two long-time friends felt the need to fill a large gap in the male swim and resort wear market. The two men wanted to create a brand where the male market could show personality through their holiday and swim fashion. The business meets the highest level of standards of style and comfort, which embodies the playful essence of the man who loves to travel, with a sense of European style and refinement up his sleeve. With various iconic prints and styles, your man will be walking from the beach to the bar in complete colour confidence, knowing his sense of style is finally being carried through his resort wear. Just like Vacay Swimwear, your man could be chasing an endless summer, too.
Phone chargers loved around the world, Snap Wireless have 25,000+ happy customers and counting. With power banks for your phone, tablet and a variety of rechargeable devices, Snap Wireless has you covered this Valentine’s day. As seen at Telstra, Miss Universe Australia, DailyMail, mymac, The Grass is Greener and Man About Adl, Snap Wireless offers magnetic phone cases, wireless chargers, power banks and their all new “SnapMount”, a 10W fast wireless car charger. Along with their individual products, they sell all products in bundles, as well as gift cards in case you’re like us GAT gals and can’t decide which one is the perfect gift to give this Valentine’s day!
AUSSIE BATTLER CO.
Men’s and Women’s Clothing
Aussie Battler Co, an Australian clothing brand who provide the “sickest new threads” for all you true battlers out there. The perfect attire for your Valentine, Aussie Battler Co. pulls their new collection straight from the streets of Australia, to you. Their mission this year is to provide lifestyle wear for all fighters in Australia, to encourage the strong, determined generations with their armour. Styling your partner this Valentine’s Day in Aussie Battler Co. means styling in reliable, quality and edgy clothing to face all your battles, head on.
Clothing, Footwear, Homewares, Tech, Beauty and More
100 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA, 5000, Australia
In our very own Adelaide Central Plaza, located in the heart of Rundle Mall, David Jones covers you for absolutely everything Valentine’s Day related. “Supplying visitors with luxurious brands and the very best in bedding, technology, fashion, homewares, jewellery, shoes, books, toys, interior decor and so much more! As one of our largest stores, you’ll have access to a whole range of in-store shopping services to choose from, ensuring you have the premium quality shopping experience. From lingerie fittings to children’s shoe fittings, discover all our services in store. One of David Jones most valued services, ladies aged over 50 can attend the Rose Clinic for a complimentary breast cancer screening service, with appointments available all day. With convenient direct access from Wilson Adelaide Central Car Park located on North Terrace, Rundle Mall’s main shopping precinct could definitely be your one stop shop this Valentine’s Day!
ELIXIR SKIN FITNESS
Skin Products and Services
Rose Bonasera, Dermal Therapist and Director of Elixir Skin Fitness Adelaide, believes in developing a strong partnership between herself and her clients. Elixir Skin Fitness help to provide motivation and discipline for their customers in regard to their skin treatments and skin nutrition, to achieve the best possible outcome. At Elixir Skin Fitness, the goal is to provide clients with sophisticated, state of the art medical grade treatment modalities and skin care products/nutrition. The level of understanding, combined with creativity is how Rose and her team thrive at Elixir Skin Fitness, they have developed the perfect combination of skin treatments and ingredients to look after each client on a very individual and personalised level. For both men and women, Elixir Skin Fitness offers skin packages, gift vouchers and client consultations, to suit all your ‘bae’s’ needs. As they say “no two skins are alike”, which is how they conquer the world of individualised programmes to suit each client.
No matter what your status is this Valentine’s Day, single, taken or hungry, we’ve got you covered.