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Date night with my guy

Ever since Martin and I got together 20 years ago, we have had a standing date night every week.

Tuesday is our night for dinner and a movie; it’s date night.

It helps that Tuesday is the cheap night to see a show, and we don’t always go out for the dinner part of the evening, but we make it a commitment to spend the time together.

I know some of you might say that it’s just as easy to sit on the couch and stream something at home, but we like to make a date of it to break up the monotony of every-day life.

Sometimes we just have a quick sort of dinner on movie nights:

  • corned beef sandwiches with homemade coleslaw
  • naan bread pizzas with leftover chicken
  • grilled veggies and cheese
  • a dinner salad, with lots of veggies, toasted pumpkin seeds, maybe a bit of tuna or salmon.

We sit down and enjoy the meal together, then we head out in time for the early evening show. Now that we are middle-aged, we need to remember that staying up till midnight on a “school night” makes us tired and cranky.

If you are more of a young blood, I’m sure you could manage the late show.

About once a month, we go all out, dressing up a bit and enjoying a bite to eat before the show. We like to try out the local restaurants, and having a light nosh before the show means we still leave room for popcorn.

I have made a small list below of some of our Westside picks for movie night nibbles.

There are many more in Kelowna as well; I encourage you to be adventurous and try one that’s new for you, on either side of the bridge.

Within range of the Landmark Encore in Westbank:

Sukho Thai – a large selection of flavourful dishes in true Thai style. From inside you wouldn’t think you are on the edge of the highway, either.

La Cucina – they have good Italian wood-fired pizzas, and it’s right across the street from the theatre

19 Okanagan Grill & Bar – this restaurant is part of Two Eagles golf course, with some lovely views. They have some fun appies and good burgers. I love their quinoa salad.

MOMO Sushi – friendly staff and lots of choices for freshly made sushi at this location next to the theatre. It’s often busy on Tuesdays though, so allow enough time.

Downtown Kelowna and Westside near the Landmark Extreme:

Blu Saffron Bistro – the restaurant at Volcanic Hills Winery does private events too, so call ahead this time of year. Their sharing plates and appies are a bit more exotic, such as duck wings and Thai green mussels.

Yamato – in the mall where the theatre is, offering a range of Japanese fare. The pho (soups full of good stuff) are delicious, and we like their gyoza and green papaya salad. It’s another place that can be very busy on Tuesday. (Of note, their other location is not far from the Grand theatre, on Highway 97)

Old Vines Restaurant – the restaurant at Quails’ Gate can warrant an entire evening, but they do have some small plates and sharing plates available if you want a wine country experience. Just be prepared to decide to skip the movie if you’re having too much of a good time to leave.

Just in case you are stumped for which movie to choose, I thought I’d offer my two cents on some picks that we gave two thumbs up:

  • La La Land: Yup, it’s a chick flick, but with jazz. If you ever loved an old musical, or wanted to, this is a wonderful update of the genre.
  • xXx: The Return of Zander Cage offers more action for the fellas, and some humour to keep the gals interested.
  • Fantastic Beasts or Rogue One are a bit more of a gentle escape, if that’s what you’d like. Both are well worth seeing on a big screen.

There are other acclaimed films out there that we haven’t seen yet, too, like Fences and Lion. I must admit that for a romantic date night, I don’t like too many tears, and I am not a fan of horror flicks, but if that’s your thing, go ahead and make your date’s knuckles white from hanging on tight.

You can take my suggestions, or not. There is one ultimate secret to our dinner and a movie Night. It’s kind of like the old slogan, really… Just do it.

This is a night that we count as a date. Some nights, it is just nice to get out of the routine of work, home, chores, dogs – all the trappings of everyday life.

Other nights we really go for broke and dress up and talk of holidays and dreams and other stuff that is so very much not everyday conversation. On the way home, we are like Siskel and Ebert with our reviewer’s comments, and we laugh or shake our heads at what we liked, or didn’t.

It all creates shared memories that we have added to the repertoire over the years. It is the stuff of life that makes us remember how much fun we have together. I highly recommend it.

See you at the movies.



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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."

 

E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com

 



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