And the winner is…

Everywhere you look, people are handing out awards like they’re bailout packages. The Grammys, the Oscars, the Golden Globes, the Junos (if you’re Canadian), the Crappies (I don’t know what those are, I just made ’em up, but I have a feeling Joaquin Phoenix and Christian Bale would win big-time). Now, I’m pleased to announce the inauguration of a new annual award, the Luxurios—aka, who can treat your Lavalife.com columnist/blogger and his girlfriend the lovely Ms Texas Twister to the best Valentine’s Day package. And the winner is: the Opus Hotel, on Davie Street in Yaletown, Vancouver.

After an initial qualifying round that involved emails to a number of the city’s finer hotels, the Opus got back to us with the sweetest deal*: the “Koko l’amour” dinner in the Opus Bar. On Valentine’s night, the hotel is transforming its high-falutin’, futuristic** nightspot “into a sophisticated Pan-Asian dining room… drawing on dishes created for Opus Montreal’s extremely popular Koko Restaurant + Bar” (fr. the press release). Decor includes orchids, lanterns, provocative paper fans, and Miley Cyrus and her entourage (okay, bad joke. But I can get away with it, the Texas Twister is half-Asian). Speaking of the Junos, a nominated singer, Melody Diachun and her trio plays nu-jazz to get us in the mood for luv, followed by a DJ’d party. Whoot whoot! as the kids say.

And so, unless something earth-shattering happens in the next day or two, I’ll be back on Sunday to report on our evening. I just hope I don’t go home with a Crappie.

*Okay, they were the only ones who responded, but that just says more about how lame this city is than how poorly worded my generous offers of hosting us might have been.

**You can spy on your date via live video feeds in the bathrooms.

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