There are your roses and chocolate kind of ladies and then there’s me. If the thought of a typical Valentine’s Day Date (or V-Dayte as I may unaffectionately refer to it) causes you to barf a little in your mouth then hey, brush your teeth okay? Gross. Anyways, we’re probably also on the same page.
In my attempt to craft my own version of romance while simultaneously satisfying my boyfriend’s desire to date a woman with feelings, I have put together this short list of unconventional and ACTUALLY FUN V-Dayte ideas. And let’s face it: if you’re looking for ideas at this point, most of your traditional options are already booked up (and I would know, because I tried to book a room in Niagara Falls yesterday. Yeah. I was that person. Look at my FEELINGS!)
Without further ado…
5 Actually Fun Valentine’s Dayte Ideas
Mysteriously Yours Mystery Dinner Theatre
Mysteriously Yours is a theatre company meets restaurant. All shows are interactive, detailed, solvable mysteries based on familiar themes with lots of comedy and audience participation. Their current show, Getting Hitched! An Engagement Party directed by Alfred Hitchmock is hilarious and had me in stitches when I visited last week. You don’t have to sacrifice food quality to pair with the show either. The menu options at Mysteriously Yours are delicious and filling.
(Hey gluten-haters: lots of options for you too!)
The February 14th show is sold out but tickets are still available to the show on February 13th if you want to celebrate a day early because heck, everything is sold out.
High Tea at Dufflet
Dufflet has been one of my favourite bakeries since moving to the city about 10 years ago. Their baked goods are amazing and now you can enjoy them as part of a High Tea service on Sundays. I visited a couple weeks ago and shared my full review here, but thought this might make a great Valentine’s Dayte idea for the day after. At under $15 per person, you don’t need to break the bank for a unique date idea.
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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time Exhibit at AGO
I have personally been looking forward to this exhibit for the past few months and will be checking it out in a couple weeks. It has been one of the most talked about AGO exhibits I can remember and everyone I know is raving about this exhibit. Explore the work of Basquiat at the AGO in Basquiat: Now’s the Time. Basquiat was a popular artist in NYC in the 80s and this is the first major retrospective of his work in Canada following his death at the young age of 27.
The exhibit opened February 7 and runs until May, but impress your date by making sure she’s one of the first to see the exhibit in Toronto.
Okay, so everything is booked up and you don’t want to end up staying in, braving a potential cooking disaster, or finding another excuse for a Netflix binge (am I sponsored by Netflix yet? No. Dang.) Get out there and join all of the happy couples trying not to kill each other and themselves ice skating at Toronto’s best outdoor ice rinks. Nathan Phillips Square and Harbourfront Centre both offer ice, skate rentals, and hot drinks and snacks to kill time off the ice with. Who knows, maybe you’ll even witness some public displays of engagements!
So there you have it. Happy Valentine’s Day!