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Dates for a man in your life.

Game Night and Grilled (Pimento) Cheese

This is so good that we’ve been twice – Game Night at West Egg.  Every Thursday night, West Egg cranks down the volume of business (which I’m sure they hate but we love) and they load up their large table in the front with games.  The kitchen gets all creative and makes a different grilled cheese every week – I had bacon jam and pimento cheese and OMG it was sinful!  Pictured below is what I noshed on the first time we went – their famous PB&J where the ‘B’ stands for burger and the ‘P’ does not stand for peanut but rather pimento cheese.  Highly recommend it and the mac and cheese!



Family Date Night….with wine!

If you have kids (or your date does), this is alllll you!  Tuesday night is family date night at Vino Venue in Dunwoody.  You’d never know this place was so great until you go in there.  Located at the end of a shopping center, it’s truly a gem with it’s rustic but still classy decor.  You can taste wines from all over the country, sit at the bar and order a beer or stay and have dinner.  This place really has it all.


So here’s the scoop on Family Date Night:

Parents, calmly enjoy your time in the dining room while your children are in our event room eating pasta and making/decorating cookies!

There is NO charge for the children!  We ask that the children please be ages 5 and over, and the time frame for joining us is from 5 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25th.


Prices range from $29.99-49.99 per person.


Centennial Olympic Park Date Night

In the next month or so, Centennial Olympic Park will be all aglow with Christmas lights and the ice skating rink will be installed.  Do the thing that most men don’t do and plan ahead!  I’m here to help you and make you look good.  Get your Groupon for a fantastic date night at park – SkyView!  For a fun, festive night, Centennial Olympic Park is the place to be and it starts with today’s deal find:

  • $23 for Date Night for two with chocolates ($37 value)

For dinner before, try Park Bar – great burgers, good drinks and amazing location!  I tried to be healthy when we went and ordered a chicken sandwich while my date ordered a burger.  After tasting his, I wish I had ordered a burger.  My sandwich was good, but his was one of the best burgers I have ever tasted!  After your burger enjoy the night views if the city and chocolates.

Happy dating!

The Second Hardest Date to Create

After Valentine’s Day is New Years Eve on the list of hardest dates to create.  Fear not.  We are here to help.

The most fun I ever had on a New Year’s Eve was when I wasn’t herding cats in a big group.  It was me and my date at an open bar party at Maggiano’s.  No one else to worry about or manage or babysit.  So my tip for this date: Just plan something for you and your better half that suits both of your personalities and don’t try to go to everything or make a big group ordeal of it.

I think a night time view of the city would be so romantic from the new Ferris wheel – SkyView.  Couple that with a yummy dinner before and you have yourself a night.  Park Bar is walking distance and has amazing food and a great selection of drinks.  I’d recommend the Hot Mess or Scotsdale Chicken – both VERY tasty!

Tip:  SkyView is open until 1:00 a.m. for New Years Eve only so you could go after dinner just keep in mind that cabs are hard to come by this night.

Looking for an out-of-the-box meal with International flare?  Try the Iberian Pig (Spanish cuisine) in Decatur or Cardamom Hill (Indian fare) on Northside Dr.  Check out this write up on Cardamom in The Globe and Mail.

The two most important things to remember when planning this evening:  make reservations and don’t drink and drive.


Buckhead: Fit for a King

Warning: This one is full price but sooooo worth it!

Bye-bye Nava. Helllooooo King and Duke!  I’ll keep this one short and simple because in my heart of hearts I believe that less really is more (for most things at least).

Enjoy a special five-course tasting menu and
front row seat overlooking the open hearth.
Two seatings are available for parties of 2 guests.

7 Nights a Week
6:00 PM and 8:45 PM

Menu changes daily.
$75 per person

For Reservations: 404-477-3500

Venturing Out: Athens or Augusta

Just a short drive away from Atlanta, Athens and Augusta provide a nice little escape if you need to mix it up.  I have just recently visited both cities so I have some recommendations.

Athens:  Only 1.5 hours from Atlanta and more black and red than you can shake a stick at, Athens is a great college town that even adults can enjoy.  My favorite unsuspecting hotel here is Hotel Indigo if you plan to stay the night but you can certainly make it a day trip.  That hotel is so great and trendy inside but it used to be an elementary school so from the outside it’s very unassuming.  Don’t judge a book by it’s cover – a Gold Leed Certified Hotel.

For dinner:  The National is walking distance and provides great fare and atmosphere. Their website describes it perfectly:

The idea behind The National is simple: to provide a casual neighborhood gathering spot reminiscent of the bars and cafés we’ve enjoyed on travels to Europe. Mediterranean inspired food and wine is served for lunch and dinner in the dining room and throughout the day at the bar. While our menu points to culinary traditions from abroad, we value our local farmers and our dishes reflect the changing seasons in Northeast Georgia.

If you want to make a day of it, plan to go in the summer and tube on Broad River.  Just make sure you keep an eye out for those pop up thunderstorms.  Lightening + water = danger!

Augusta:  A little farther of a drive, Augusta provides that overnight getaway with so many options.  Home of The Masters, it has over 30 golf courses from which to choose, but it also lots of other options to keep you busy.  The North August Greenway is perfect whether your a walker, runner, or biker (and FREE) but I love the option to kayak on the Savannah River, too.  Warning: it’s a slow flowing river so be sure to take that into account when you decide where to drop in.

For lodging, the Augusta Marriott is a personal favorite because it’s right on the river and you can earn/use points.  For dinner, the Bee’s Knees is walking distance from the Marriott and offers that local color or drive over to Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar for a casual meal.  If you opt for Rhinehart’s, make sure you find a sharpie to make your mark – all the walls are covered with quotes from the patrons.  See if you can find mine.

There are so many options in our lovely state of Georgia and I’m sure there are so many like that in other states.  Find out what yours has to offer by using the CVB of nearby towns in your area.

To coupon or not to coupon

A letter to the editor:

shutterstock_165910619Dear Date Escape,

I’m new to the 2013 dating scene and so much has changed.  I love your blog and the great ideas you share.  I just started online dating and I’m wondering how soon is too soon to whip out a deal coupon or app?

-40 and Single

That’s a great question!  So you’re on your first date and you have only just chatted via text/email/phone briefly and you’re wondering if you should try one of those deal sites to test her adaptability to your frugalness? Absolutely not.  There are many factors that should be considered when considering to use a coupon on a date but none of them matter on the first few dates.  I think you’re first safe date is date 5 and even then there are many factors to take into consideration.  I would definitely warn her the first time via email.

Hey check out this cool date idea on one of those deal sites.  Do you have plans next Thursday?  I was thinking we could try it.

As you start to learn more about her, find out how frugal and budget conscious she is.  If that’s important to you, pull out another a few dates later.  Don’t do it every time and make sure it’s a cool date idea so that she’s focused on that and not that you used a coupon.

Good luck!