The price of love

Valentine’s Day is a yearly
opportunity to splash out on a loved one, with wallets taking the brunt of what
can be a pretty expensive day.

Starting the special day in bed
will set you back $150 if you go for Icoa Fine Foods’ Breakfast-in-Bed Basket.
It includes a bottle of champagne, fresh organic orange juice, sweet breakfast
pastries, artisan breads, smoked salmon and egg salad and all manner of
goodies.

Cham-pain

Bubbles are a central part of the
Valentines mix – a bottle of the most popular and classic champagne purchase,
Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial, is $52.95 at Jacques Scott. A selection of Spanish
Cava or Italian Prosecco could provide more inexpensive bubbles starting at
around $10. To really push the boat out, how about a bottle of Dom Perignon Rose?
That’s if you have $480.95 to spare of course.

Chocolates are another essential
part of the day and Cayman Taffy is offering boxes of a dozen chocolate-dipped
strawberries for $24. Doug McPherson of Cayman Taffy said that there are
several boxes available, beginning with the $6, four-piece choccy box up to the
32-piece gift-box, which is $35.

“I’m doing a lot of chocolate
truffles at the moment, with chocolate roses attached,” he said. “Saturday
afternoon there will be a parade of men looking for stuff as we do!”

Cayman Taffy sells by the piece, so
total price is flexible, but often people order by the dozen.

“I have no idea why that is – it
must be an old English thing,” said the chocolatier.

A dozen roses

No Valentine’s Day would be
complete without red roses – a dozen, of course. With shipping and duty increases
the price has gone up slightly from last year, explained Del Child of Trisha’s
Roses. Twelve red roses are now a cool $100.

“It’s only five dollars more than
last year but demand is always mad on Valentine’s. It’s even better for us this
year as it’s on Sunday so it’s more spread out and we can deliver on Friday and
Saturday as well as pickups on Sunday,” she said.

Other stockists who can help include
Celebrations, who have a number of arrangements available including – for him –
the quintessentially Caribbean gift set One Love One Heart, which features a
Bob Marley CD, 6-opack of Red Stripe, peanuts, dominoes, lucky bamboos, a red
rose and a couple of golden calia lilies. This expression of togetherness is
$130. Many other specials are available.

Cayman’s vast selection of
restaurants means that there is plenty of scope to choose, if you can get a table
that is.

Most are doing Valentine’s specials
including Grand Old House, which is having a Valentine’s weekend. Their
Valentines Aphrodisiacal Menu is a five-course feast to remember. It’s $190.00
per couple, which includes a glass of champagne. Expect oysters, caviar, wahoo,
quail egg and all manner of delicacies.

The Ritz-Carlton, meanwhile, has several
specials to choose from, including an extravagant Sunday champagne brunch at 7.
It’s $85 with unlimited champagne and $58 to stay sober.

Island-wide there are offers and
specials happening over the weekend so a sharp eye should yield much joy.

Of course, you could just head over
to Seymour’s shack and grab some good jerkin’ for less than 10 bucks and then
spend the rest of the night watching the stars with your favourite Valentine.