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Surprise Your Man With A Romantic Date (Without Breaking The Bank)

This past Saturday, I planned a day of fun for that special someone in my life. I don’t claim to be a planner… in fact, I’m more of a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of gal. So, I must admit I was a bit apprehensive about how it would all go down. Luckily it was a success, and a fun, romantic date that can be easily recreated, no matter where you live! 1) Art: We hit up four or five art galleries in Chicago, each with a different look and feel. Art galleries are great because they are… - Free (usually) - Quiet and visually stimulating - Off the beaten path: we had nearly every gallery all to ourselves 2) Wine: Find a wine shop in your area with a tasting bar, or better yet, free tastings! Just Grapes in Chicago is a fantastic little shop with the most unique, undiscovered wines and sparkling wines, and offers free tastings on Saturdays. Why I loved this part of the date… - Free (if you have a spot like Just Grapes in your area) - Trying something different: my guy hadn’t dabbled much in red wines, so the tasting gave me the opportunity to introduce him to something new - Challenged our senses: for each wine we tasted, we tried to pinpoint one specific component (on the nose, palate, or finish) before reading the description - Who doesn’t love a good afternoon buzz? And we picked up two fabulous bottles to bring home with us 3) Food: I packed a picnic before the date, and it was totally easy and delicious! - Chocolate covered strawberries: I picked up two bags of Ghirardelli baking chips, one milk chocolate and one white chocolate. I covered the berries in the milk chocolate, drizzled the white chocolate on top, popped them in the fridge, and Voila! - Cheese and crackers: Since the date was all about trying new things, I chose three unique, distinct cheeses, one of which I highly recommend! The Drunken Goat from Spain is a semi-soft artisan goat cheese which has been soaked in red wine, and was delicious. - Hummus and pita chips: This one is totally up to you, but Sabra hummus and Stacy’s pita chips are simply two of my favorite snacks ever! - And, of course, the sparkling wine purchased at the wine tasting! So, if you are ever looking for an easy, romantic, stress-free way to spend a Saturday, use some or all of these tips to surprise the one you love!
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