Friday Five (Favorite Date Night Ideas)

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but by the time Friday night rolls around I am exhausted and in the mood to do little else but drink wine in my pajamas (okay not so different than every other night).  However,  I do like to acknowledge the weekend with some low key date nights. Here are my faves:

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  1. Carry out and catching up on the DVR (and usually it’s a week’s worth of Jeopardy’s). Food supplied by one of our faves: Baba’s, Nacho Mama’s, Mi & Yu or Matsuri. Or instead of doing a traditional dinner, graze on apps or put out a picnic spread. Charcuterie and cheese platter anyone? Open a bottle of wine or some seasonal beer and relax!
  2. Game night with friends. Friday is the perfect night for staying in, drinking in the comfort of your own home, and building the longest road in Catan.
  3. Happy hour in Harbor East. The best thing about going to happy hour on a Friday? You’re home by 9pm. A lot of great restaurants that we don’t eat at on the reg because they are too pricey have great happy hour specials like Ouzo Bay and Fleming’s.
  4. Visiting family. We’ll visit Adam’s parents in the county on Friday nights and bring Jack to run around in the yard with their big dogs. Jack tires himself out and we get to catch up with the fam. It’s a win win.
  5. Walk to dinner at a BYOB. Our current fave is Zaatar where I order the chicken kabob platter every. single. time. Flavorful chicken, salad, hummus, grilled veggies and crack pita. We also like Brendali, Byblos or Thai Arroy.

Alright, alright, I realize that a lot of these are food related, but that’s the thing about Friday nights, you gotta eat, so you might as well make a date out of it! We cook dinner at home pretty much every night during the work week so it’s nice to be able to forgo cooking on the weekend.

What are you up to tonight? I think we have carry out and Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix show Master of None on the agenda!

Linking up with Heather for Friday Faves

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Date Night Deals

Between weekend travel, weddings and summertime spending, my wallet’s been aching a bit lately. It wasn’t until I went to Yelp Corfu, a new Mediterranean tapas place on Cross Street, and saw a $20 for $30 Yelp deal that I remembered how often I used to rely on Groupon, Living Social and other deal sites for affordable date nights (and girls’ nights out!).

I used to always open and read those daily deal emails. I loved them. In fact, I loved them so much that I kept signing up for more. Groupon, Living Social, Capitol Deal, Yipit, Woot. It got out of control. So I slowly stopped checking them, forgot about them, and that was that. But when I saw the Yelp deal for Corfu–which is supposed to be great, by the way–I started poking around my old haunts to see what kind of bargains I was missing out on.

Thought you all might be in the same boat so I figured I’d share my findings. In no particular order:

Two-hour social painting event from Paint Nite. Was $45; now $25.

BYOB ceramics classes at the ClayGround Studio. Was $40; now $21.

Comedy magic show for two at Illusions Bar and Theater. Was $32; now $16.

$16 for $30 worth of Thai food at Thai Yum. 

$16 for $30 worth of Turkish food at Cazbar.

Two pints of Belgian beer, fresh steamed mussels and one row-nut dessert at Rowhouse Grille. Was $32; now $15.

$15 for $30 worth of sushi and more at Sticky Rice.

$10 for $20 worth of Southern-inspired food at Myth and Moonshine.

$25 for $50 worth of comfort food at Langermann’s.

Bottle of wine with cheese and a shared plate at Silo.5% Wine Bar.

$20 for $40 worth of gourmet pub food at Heavy Seas Alehouse.

$20 for $30 worth of Mediterranean tapas at Corfu.

$10 for $20 worth of seasonal American cuisine at Liv2Eat.

**When buying a deal, be sure to read the fine print on how/when the voucher can be used as well as when it expires. Also remember to tip on the bill amount BEFORE the applied discount.**

Of course, Baltimore’s Restaurant Week also starts on Friday, so that’s another way to try a new spot without breaking the bank. If you haven’t already made your reservations, get on it!