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7 Fresh Houston Date Night Ideas

Date nights are one of the highlights of my week. My husband and I don’t get to do them as often as I’d like – between work schedules, sitters and $$$, organizing an adults-only outing can be a major project. So, when we do go out, we like to make it count by trying something new each time. Here are some fresh ideas to spice up your next date night:

1) A Luxury Movie Experience at iPic

Sure, it’s twice the price of a regular movie ticket, but, for a special night out, it’s totally worth it. Cuddle up with your honey in a private reclining pod, and get food and drinks brought right to your seat.

2) A Macarose at Amorino Gelato

Do you like gelato? How about gelato that has been expertly shaped into a flower, every petal a different flavor, with an exquisite macaron placed in the middle? I have eaten ice cream all over the world and I’ve never seen (or tasted) anything like this. Not a fan of ice cream? Other options include crepes and a decadent “Hot Chocolate Experience”. Also, this place is conveniently located steps away from iPic (see above), if you’d like to try both in one night.

3) Breakfast or dinner or a cooking class or… at Pondicheri 

Indian hot spot Pondicheri offers a truly multifaceted food experience. Choose from sit-down lunch or dinner, grab a pastry or freshly squeezed juice at the Bake Lab upstairs, shop for unique spices or dishware, attend a special pop-up dinner or take a cooking class. We’ve tried dinner downstairs and breakfast at the Bake Lab and loved both.

4) Dream Home “Shopping” Trip

It might not be the right time to build, buy, or renovate your way to the home of your dreams…but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning! Look up a few open houses in a nice neighborhood and go open house hopping. Then, hit up Crate and Barrel or Restoration Hardware and pick out furniture. The best part of a date like this is figuring out what your SO likes and doesn’t like and negotiating compromises – I’ve been with my husband for 10 years and was surprised to learn some of his preferences! And, when it is time to move or renovate, you’ll already be in sync.

5) Dry Powder at the Alley Theater

This one’s for the finance guys (and gals). Dry Powder is a play – a story of power, passion, and private equity first produced in finance capital NYC, where it got raving reviews. My husband and I have been looking forward to this one for months.

Not into high finance? Check out the rest of the season at Alley Theatre or Stages Theatre, two of my favorite theaters in Houston. I’ve loved every show I’ve seen at either of these.

6) Cooking Class at Well Done or Sur La Table

For a unique spin on dinner out, take a cooking class with your SO. If you’re thinking that you do enough cooking at home, don’t worry – the staff at pro cooking classes does the dirty work for you, from ingredient prep to the dishes. The fun parts are left to you, and the type of dishes you’ll learn to make are a far cry from your typical at home dinner. French, Italian, Mexican, desserts, beer – whatever your taste buds are craving, you’ll find a class for it.

7) Fancy dinner at Riel 

Riel is a brand-new Montrose restaurant with a menu that defies the conventions of fancy restaurants. It’s French, it’s local Texan, it’s Asian…and there’s even a smidgen of Ukrainian. Leave your preconceptions at home. Borscht here is not like any borscht you’ve ever seen. I rarely eat mustard, but I loved the strawberry mustard that came with their meat pie. Also: delicious hanger steak entree, yummy fresh fish dishes and the sticky toffee pudding is to die for. And, everything can be shared!

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