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What to do for Valentines Day? Treat your Valentine to our French restaurant!

This year Valentine’s Day will be on a Tuesday (Tuesday the 14th February 2012) or less than 3 weeks from today! For a special treat why not book a table for two at Le garde-manger French restaurant Auckland for yummy French cuisine, if you like meat dishes or vegetarian dishes we can cater to all tastes and preferences. Call Florent on 09 362 0655 or book online click here.

The history of Valentine’s Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It’s no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France. Source: http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day

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Le Garde-Manger

Le Garde Manger French Restaurant

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Le Garde Manger, Auckland City
466 Queen St, Auckland

Phone 09 362 0655

Le Garde Manger, Ponsonby
265 Ponsonby Road

Phone 09 376 2516

Opening Hours

Breakfast
Mon to Fri: 8.00 am to 12.00 noon.
Sat / Sun: 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Lunch
Mon to Sun: 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.

Dinner
Mon to Sun: 5.00 pm to late.

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Recent Reviews

"Fantastic food and great atmosphere with comfortable decor. This place makes you feel at home and yet provides quality service and fun food. The best place in Queen street. I want to try it at lunchtime next time."

5/5 stars - Satomi Taylor