Foodie culture has been around for quite some time now. Numerous books have come out discussing most people’s natural interest in cooking and sampling cuisines from different parts of the globe.
This culture has grown immensely in recent years, thanks to social media and digital technology. Nowadays, being a gastronome or foodie extends to other interests such as photography, which for food-lovers is called “food-tography” and has given birth to the trend of Instagrammable food.
Indeed, foodie culture is amazing, and it’s only expected to grow stronger in the many years to come. In fact, if you are looking for a fun date activity, you cannot go wrong by making food the central theme. It’s easy, and you can get as creative as you want as possible with it. ‘Need some food-centred ideas for a date with your someone special?
Here are eight of them.
1. Food Crawl
Food crawls are all the rage these days among young people. They are an opportunity for them to channel their inner Andrew Zimmern, Adam Richman, or Anthony Bourdain for this activity.
What you do in a food crawl is you select an area and explore its gastronomic offerings. In Abu Dhabi, there are food bazaars and famous streets for affordable eats. Visit these places and discover the different foods they have to offer.
Another thing that you can do is to check local tour companies. Most of them already offer food trip packages. You pay a fee and visit a variety of dining establishments where you will not only get to sample dishes but also learn culinary lessons and history, as well as make new friends.
2. Cheese and Wine Pairing Class
For something a little more elegant than a food crawl, try a cheese and wine pairing class. This is a fantastic chance to try cheeses and wine from different parts of the world. And, of course, you get a comprehensive lesson on the right pairings, which is helpful in fancy events where the spread can at times be mostly one cheeseboard after another.
A cheese and wine pairing class can be quite fun, especially if you enjoy throwing parties at home. It will teach you what cheeses and wines go well together and should be served. It’s worth noting too that in movies a lot of unique characters end up in such a class. So, you’re in for a blast if movies are true and accurate depictions of cheese and wine pairing classes.
3. Weekend Brunch
Brunch is another trend that’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Typically, large groups gather for brunch because it’s the perfect meal for catching up. However, it’s also ideal for an intimate and romantic date.
With brunches, the possibilities are endless. You can have the traditional breakfast fare, but you can also mix in more elegant entrees and even cocktails. Additionally, brunch can extend to the late hours of the afternoon. If you are from Abu Dhabi, go to Anantara for brunch. There’s an international steakhouse here that is known for its weekend brunches.
4. Foreign Cuisine Tryout
If you love food, but you tend to gravitate toward the same cuisines over and over again, how about stepping out of the box for an all-new dining experience? Visit a foreign cuisine restaurant and get acquainted with unfamiliar flavours, which you may end up loving?
Abu Dhabi is the home of restaurants that specialize in authentic cuisines. There’s a North Korean restaurant here, which serves the famous Pyongyang Naengmyeon that you have to eat with metal chopsticks. It’s an entirely unique noodle experience. The city also has Filipino restaurants where eating with your hands is the way to go. And, you can also find one of the best sushi restaurants in the country here, which does not only serve expertly prepared raw fish but other world-famous Japanese dishes as well.
5. Beach Dining
People always say that the salty ocean air stimulates the appetite, and this is why you can always find charming beach restaurants worth giving a try.
For a date night, enjoy the sea breeze and the magnificent view of a vase ocean as you enjoy everything from sophisticated French gourmet dishes to humble skewered treats from a family-owned restaurant. This is an excellent date idea, particularly after a long and demanding workweek. You can just sit back, relax, and chat with your significant other over a thoughtfully prepared meal.
6. Instagram Food Quest
Hit up the places that serve the most popular Instagram foods and join the hashtag squad for these foods. A lot of folks like to say that this is an activity for millennials, but who’s to say that the trend should be limited to young people.
Dates are always fun when you try new things together. So, give hip food a try. Who knows, you may end up liking them, and you can finally be “in” with the young ones these days.
7. “Worth It” Trip
One of the most popular food-centred series on the Internet is Buzzfeed’s “Worth It.” On this show, they feature a famous delicacy and try different versions of it at different places with different price points.
You can do the same for a date.
You can take recommendations from the show and discover for yourselves which one among the options is indeed worth it. Overall, it’s a good concept for a date.
8. Regional Food Festival
Regional food festivals are strategies for tourism. Cities set these events up and prepare their famous local cuisine in large batches for tourists to enjoy. Some foods are for sale, while some are for sharing. Also, at food festivals, new offerings are presented as well. Local restaurants and food companies take the event as an opportunity to get the public’s opinion on the products that they will be releasing to the market.
If you are lucky enough to live in a place where there are regional food festivals, you are sure to have a lot of fun. There are yummy eats and all kinds of recreation that you and your partner can participate in.
Food provides some of the best joys in life. Thus, it’s comfortable to say that if you want a happy relationship, make sure that you share a lot of food adventures with the one you love. Hopefully, the list provided above covers for many date days and nights with your partner.