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Think Outside of the Chocolate Box

Feb 01, 2018 02:17PM ● By Maleesa Johnson

Though always a classic standby, the dinner and a movie date has been played out. Even worse: on February 14th, it’s just flat out too crowded. If your date is a bit more Holly Golightly than Daisy Buchanan or more Jack Dawson than Mr. Darcy, we have some ideas just for you. We have nothing against traditional dates, and your partner probably doesn’t either. These are simply a few ways to keep them on their toes. The best part: all of these suggestions are right in your own backyard. Because who isn’t tired of driving to Dallas or Fort Worth on Valentine’s Day?

Get Cooking:

If your date doesn’t mind getting their hands messy, try out a cooking class at TasteBuds Kitchen. We know what you’re thinking: Why not just cook at home if you’re going to have to cook your own meal? The answer: convenience, trained professionals and learning experiences. All ingredients are already there, so no grocery shopping necessary!

To further sweeten the deal, TasteBuds is hosting a Valentine's Date Night. The adult/BYOB class will be centered around Italian cuisine. Participants will learn how to make a delicious Chicken Parmesan, Wild Mushroom & Truffle Oil Risotto, sweet pink Cannolis and more. Don’t forget to bring the vino.

Get Gaming:

Work up a bit of nostalgia by taking your date to an arcade. Remember those days? But they just got a lot better, because Free Play Arcade in Arlington is far more than fun and games – it’s food, drinks and games! After a rousing round of Galaga, treat you and your date to a refreshing round of one of the many local brews Free Play has on tap. According to their website, Free Play has one of the largest selections in North Texas. Enjoy a “shareable” of mini street tacos to top off a perfect night. Close to home and a guaranteed good time, this is one date that will please both Mr. and Ms. Pac-Man. 

Get Thinking:

Red Door Escape Room

What better way to bond than to escape? But we aren’t talking about a last-minute flight to Vegas. Rather, solve a murder mystery at Red Door Escape Room. With multiple scenarios to choose from and rooms that are available for two to six participants, Red Door Escape Room can also serve as a fun group date location. Grab some other couples and get solving! Just be sure to book a room in advance.

Get Walking

Change it up a little by celebrating a bit early. The weekend before Valentine’s Day, The Sweetheart Wine Trail in Grapevine is back for the ninth year in a row. The event allows guests to stroll through the historic downtown and visits participating wineries at their own pace. Participating wineries include Cross Timbers Winery, Grape Vine Springs Winery, Homestead Winery, Messina Hof, Sloan and Williams, Wine Fusion and Umbra. Each ticket-holder is given a commemorative wine glass and three wine samplings per winery, paired with food. The event is held on Saturday, Feb. 10 and the following Sunday.