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  • Reader Suggestion: Bingo for Life

    Date: 2011.07.04 | Category: Cheap Date Suggestions By Others, Comedy, Drink Dates, Indoor Dates, Inexpensive dates, Night Dates, Ongoing, Uncategorized, Vancouver area | Response: 0

    Today we got a FABULOUS idea for a date night from the lovely Miss Emily.  She wrote (I hope it is okay that I am plagiarizing you Miss Emily, but it is how I got through university)….

    I recently went on a double date to bingo at celebrities. It is run by a couple of drag queens every Wednesday night at 8:30. They recommend a $10 donation per player.. and highballs are on special. All the money goes to Vancouver Friends for Life Society which is a non-profit wellness centre in the west-end for people with terminally ill diseases… Anyways we all left there with our abs hurting from laughing so much.. the MC is hilarious.. Anyways I recommend checking it out if you would like to try something different.

    This totally sounds like my kind of night!  I am a big fan of both bingo, drag queens and supporting a great cause.  Thanks Emily!! 

    Check it out….here’s the link:

    Friends for Life Bingo Night

  • Cheap Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

    Date: 2011.02.06 | Category: Comedy, Food and Drink Dates, Indoor Dates, Inexpensive dates, Limited Run, Music Related Dates, Night Dates, Outdoor Dates, theatre, Uncategorized, Valentine's Day, Vancouver area | Response: 0

    Okay, love it or hate it, February 14th is fast approaching in the city of Vancouver.  Pete and I haven’t figured out our plans yet, but we have compiled this list of options so far.  Over the next couple of days, I’ll keep adding to the list.  If you have some good cheap date ideas for V-day, post a comment.  Let’s spread the love.

    Vancouver Date Night Looking for Cheap Dates for Valentine’s Day

    Idea #1: Sweet Heart Serenade at the Rio Theatre
    I love how this sounds.  “A unique Valentine’s night event for sweet hearts of all ages! Acoustic performances by Said The Whale and Jasper Sloan Yip, followed by a special screening of The Princess Bride.”  How fun is that?  I do like the Princess Bride.  A definite option.

    Rio Theatre Website for Info

    Idea #2:  Tenor Nights at Ciao Bella Restaurant and Piano Bar

    Le Bistro PromoIf you love opera, then mark these dates on your calendar Feb 12, 13, and 14 For only $59  (which includes dinner) Tony Caruso (vocals) and Glen Stevenson (piano) give you a show that is easily worth $200.  Tony’s voice is so pure that you will get shivers.  The two gig regularly at Ciao Bella so make it a plan to see them before fame knocks.

    Ciao Bella Restaurant

    Its sister restaurant Le Bistro de Paris is also having a 5 course dinner menu for $69.  Le Bistro de Paris

    Idea #3:  St. Valentine’s Day Massacre at the Vancouver TheatreSports League

    VTSL has it annual Massacre Tournament with cut throat improv competition by teams from Atlanta, Calgary, Orlando, Bellingham and Seattle.  It’s going to be bloody funny.  Shows Feb 11, 12, 13 and 14th.

    VTSL Massacre Info

    Idea #4:  Vancouver Aquarium Valentine’s Sleepover

    Okay, this one isn’t cheap but it sounds cool.  When else do you get a chance to sleep with the fishes…unless you are in trouble with the mob.  On Feb 12th.  Need to Register ahead, $121 ($110 members)

    Sleeping with Fishes at Vancouver Aquarium Info

    Idea #5:  Art of Loving teaches a Creative Kissing class on Feb 14th.

    It is always good to learn new skills.

    Art of Loving Kissing Class

    Idea #6:  Contact  Partner Yoga and Thai Massage

    Okay, this is super awesome.  Each 2 hour yoga workshop includes a half hour of Thai Massage (which couples do on each other) Only $40/couple.  They have date night classes happening regularly throughout town and classes on Feb 11 and 12.

    Contact Partner Yoga Site

    Contact Partner Yoga on Facebook

    Idea #7:  CIBC Lunarfest and snacking.

    We are big fans of just roaming around the city, eating street food and one cool idea is to wander CIBC Lunarfest (until Feb 13th).  Open daily between 4pm-11pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza

    Lunarfest Info

    Okay…that is the list so far….any more ideas?

  • We’re Famous!

    Date: 2011.02.03 | Category: Uncategorized | Response: 2

    Well, this was really fun.  We were contacted by reporter Cheryl Rossi about our blog.  She was very lovely and we chatted with her about our adventures.  Her story appeared in the Vancouver Courier yesterday.  Check it out: 

    Couple in a rut spice it up with outings

  • Bowling at Varsity Ridge

    Date: 2011.01.20 | Category: Day Dates, Indoor Dates, Inexpensive dates, Night Dates, Ongoing, Uncategorized, Vancouver area | Response: 0

    bowling shoes

    The cool thing about doing this blog is that we are forced to try things we have never done before or have not done in a long time.  This past date night was no exception.  Pete suggested that we go bowling.  To be honest, I hadn’t bowled since Gym 7 when I picked bowling as my sport since it was the only one that didn’t involve running.   (I still managed to only get a C+.  Sports are really not my thing.)

    I didn’t know where one would go to bowl in modern times – thank goodness for the internet.  A quick search for bowling in Vancouver gave us a few options.  We chose the bowling alley at Varsity Ridge because it was close to home.  I often drive by the Ridge Theatre complex on 16th and Arbutus Street but didn’t realize there was a bowling alley there (it is actually on west 15th – look for the big white bowling pin). 

    bowling ballsWhen we entered the premises, it was like stepping back in time…in a really cool way.  Everything looked very vintage.  The ceilings were low, the carpet was dark blue with bowling pins on it and yes, there was wood panelling on the walls.  It was like bowling in your parents’ basement.  We rented our shoes (yes, they were disinfected and yes, I still brought an extra pair of socks) and were given lucky lane 13. 

    There are two sides to the bowling alley at the Varsity – the side with lucky lane 13 can be turned into a glow in the dark bowling alley at certain times.  The cost to bowl was very cheap – $5 per person per game.  Our shoe rental was $2.25.  We grabbed a beer as well (Varsity is licenced) but their food options are limited.  It would probably be a good idea to make a reservation for a date night because I am guessing it could geconsolet busy at peak times.

    I couldn’t really remember how to bowl but since everything is automated – the machines keep score for you and tell you when to throw the ball – it is really easy.  Essentially, you just throw the ball down the lane and hope 1) it hits some pins 2) it doesn’t fly out of the lane and hit something else.  

    The vibe was fun.  There was a great mix of people – from seniors, to hipsters to young families.  Everyone was cheering with lots of good natured banter.  Since it was Pete’s first time bowling, it is no surprise that my score was much higher than his – mine was 144 and his was 61. Not that I am keeping track.  Or rubbing it in his face.  Or taking a picture of it and posting it on a public blog.  But it is probably the only sporting event where very unathletic me could beat super athletic Pete.  Ha!  Yes. We will bowl again soon.  Loved it. 

    Click here for info on Varsity Ridge bowling 

    Click here for the rules of 5 pin bowling

  • Pacific Spirit Park

    Date: 2010.11.18 | Category: Dog Friendly Dates, Inexpensive dates, Outdoor Dates, Uncategorized, Vancouver area | Response: 0

    Last year we got a dog and have discovered one of those  incredible hidden gems in our city – Pacific Spirit Park.  It has become one of our favourite day date places to go.  The park is on the west side of Vancouver (UBC neighbourhood) and is over 54 km of walking/hiking/mountain biking trails.  It is a good idea to grab a map of the various trails so you don’t get lost when you are inside the park.  (Remember Hanzel and Gretel?  They should have had a map!!)

    We love it because it is so tranquil to walk amongst the old growth forest and just relax.  The trails are soft and it can get quite muddy when it rains so be sure to wear old shoes.  The smell of the trees is incredible….it is like walking in your very own oxygen purifier.   Even if it is raining, the huge trees offer a nice protection from downpours.  It is honestly very special. 

    After the walk (or before) there are tons of options for lunch, coffee or window shopping  in Point Grey Village which is located on West 10th.  There is a Starbucks (of course!) at 4582 West 10th and our new favourite place to stop for Chinese food is called Ginger and Chili.  It is located at  4423 West 10th.  Check it out!

Looking for a cheap date?

So are we! Tired of the standard date night fare consisting of a generic dinner and a movie, Pete and Maggie vowed to find other fun yet inexpensive things to do here in Vancouver. Follow us as we explore other options for dates out with our significant others, our friends and ourselves. There is plenty of good cheap stuff to do...let’s find it!!

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