Food Drink, Lifestyle

Date night ideas with social distancing in mind

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Raleigh, we love seeing how creative you’re being in the face of quarantines + social distancing. The support you’re showing for our small businesses locally is incredible, and we’re honored that you’re sharing what you’re up to with us as we go along each day.

Over the weekend, reader Rosanna L. reached out to let us know that she and her bf were planning a fun date night, and that got us thinking about how important it is to nurture our relationships and still spend quality time with those we love — or could love. Here, we’re sharing three totally-planned-out date nights, social distancing notwithstanding. And remember, there’s no harm in getting dressed up.

For couples, BFFs, or roommates:

🍺 Pick up a case of your favorite brew from State of Beer or a growler from Dram & Draught.
🍕 Grab a couple slices — or a whole pie — from Pizza Times or Vic’s.
🧁 Take a treat (or two, or three) from Bittersweet’s to-go window.
🧺 Lay out a blanket + your full spread on a nice patch of grass at Dix Park (6+ feet away from other people), and watch the sun set over Raleigh’s skyline.
🎧 If it feels right, turn the volume up on your favorite playlist and dance the night away.

For the fully-quarantined:

🍷 Have a bottle of wine (or a case, we don’t judge) delivered from Red Line.
🥘 Order a meal kit for pick-up or delivery from kō•än’s new online mart.
🤳 Video chat with your mom, your crush, your favorite colleague, or that new Bumble connection — so you can cook and eat together, but separately.
🎲 Play a game together, like virtual Scrabble or by reading out the question cards from We’re Not Really Strangers.

For you and your pet/coworker:

🍣 Get some sushi + sake to-go from City Market Sushi or Ajisai.
🧸 Pick up a special surprise for your furry friend at Unleashed or Woof Gang.
🌳 After sharing your meal (or treat), take an evening walk through the neighborhood or throw in some extra cuddles on the couch.
🎥 End the night by watching a movie together — we recommend The Secret Life of Pets 2.