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New Ideas For Date Night

Here, a few fun alternatives to your usual dinner-and-a-movie.

After chatting to the experts, we worked out how to apply the science of product recommendation, as used on sites like Amazon (‘If you like this book, why not try this one…’) to relationships. Our date recommendations work the same way: locate your favourite things to do, then try a fun alternative:

If You Like….
Meeting up with other couples for drinks,
It’s Because…
You revel in feeling like a pair and doing things in groups.
So You’ll Love…
Inviting people over for a backyard tournament. Play schoolyard favourites like touch rugby, volleyball and ping pong.

If You Like….
Going for a run around the area you live in,
It’s Because…
You feel at home outside and enjoy breaking a sweat.
So You’ll Love…
Braais with your boyfriend. Try this tasty dish from Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue Bible: mix a wasabi rub (one tablespoon wasabi powder, one tablespoon sesame seeds, one tablespoon salt), pat onto a tuna steak and grill for two minutes per side. Cut into strips, and serve with soy sauce. Set the mood by putting on some music, then recline in comfy chairs and stargaze.

If You Like….
Hanging out at a coffee shop
It’s Because…
Stylish surroundings and deep conversations are your cup of tea.
So You’ll Love…
Browsing a book shop. Linger in the travel section and flip through guides to places your both want to visit.

If You Like….
Clubbing
It’s Because…
You’re active night owls who appreciate swanky indulgences.
So You’ll Love…
Disco bowling. The new generation of boutique bowling alleys have everything from flatscreen TV’s to cool ‘80s music.

If You Like…
Taking day trips to new destinations,
It’s Because…
Coming across unexpected new places and ideas gives you a rush.
So You’ll Love…
Listening to free podcasts from TheMoth.org. The episodes feature celebs and authors telling stories. Play one out loud while you’re cooking dinner and discuss it over the meal. It’s more interesting than the usual ‘So how was your day at work?’ chitchat.

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