February 20, 2014
In honor of the “month of love” we decided a great way to celebrate would be to each share our favorite date nights with you readers. This week, Chelsea will be sharing her ideal date night ideas.
When the ladies of Caitlin Arnold Weddings and Events decided to write about our ideal date nights, my mind kind of went blank. I’m not very romantic when it comes to Valentine’s Day—I’m not a fan of chocolate, I dislike roses, and going out to dinner on February 14th to me screams marked up pre fixe menus and crowded restaurants. I’d simply rather take the money my husband and I would have spent and save it to go to a Niner’s game. When this thought came to my mind, I realized that my husband and I had recently just had my fantasy date night.
December 23, 2013. The day my beloved 49ers would play their last game at Candlestick Park. Going to the ‘Stick isn’t incredibly romantic or five-star, but I could think of nothing else I’d rather do than grab some hot dogs and beers and celebrate a Niner’s victory with my husband and 69,731 other screaming fans. An additional plus: we saw NaVorro Bowman’s Pick at the ‘Stick, one of the best pick 6 of all time, and you better believe that we recorded the game on our DVR and re-watched that play over and over again! Someone, somewhere has a video of me being that crazy 49ers fan crying my eyes out with joy as we celebrated clinching the playoff berth. To top the night off, fireworks lit up the stadium to send all us happy fans out with a bang.
I recommend that every couple see one of their favorite teams live and scream and cheer together, it’s a great way to let loose and have some fun. You may not be fans of the same team, but making time for each other’s team is a wonderful gesture to show your love. Better yet, go when they play against each other for some friendly competition!
However, since the football season is over and I understand that not every couple is sports fan, I’ll share with you another date night idea my husband and I enjoy, which costs a lot less than most tickets to sporting events. Recently moving to San Jose from Los Angeles, the one thing my husband and I miss most about LA is the abundance of food trucks. We would track down our favorite ones, hop on our beach cruisers, and grab an inexpensive and amazing meal. I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was when I discovered Moveable Feast—a fleet of food trucks that set up in various locations throughout the Peninsula. If it’s cold, they set up heat lamps, if it’s hot they have tents for shade, and they have stacks of big red buckets that when turned upside down make a great place to take a seat and enjoy your meal. They even have live music and entertainment every so often.
One of the cool things about food trucks is that they typically have amazing chefs working out of them as a way to make and save money before going on to bigger ventures like opening restaurants. So you get great food that is super creative for less than $10 a meal.
Some of the trucks I’d recommend following? MoGo BBQ (@MoGoBBQ on Twitter)—Korean/Mexican fusion, with great Korean tacos and burritos with kimchi fried rice. If you’re looking for a healthier or vegetarian option, Eat on Monday‘s truck is a local organic truck. They have an organic veggie burger, and though their menu changes regularly they always use local, organic produce and grass fed beef. If you’re looking for something sweet, Treatbot (@Treatbot) has delicious homemade ice creams. Their signatures include The 408 (caramel ice cream, fudge swirl, and crushed Oreos) and Ube (purple yam and taro).
These are just some of my suggestions but make it a date night and try some food trucks with your significant other. It’s a great reason to get out of the house and enjoy some great food—with none of the kitchen cleanup afterwards!