Yes, we called them date-night ideas, but let’s be honest: you don’t need a date to treat yourself to any of these activities. We know that many of you continue to daydream about going out to a movie or for dinner and drinks; in the mean time, here are five ways to enjoy some fun BoQ experiences safely from home. (Since hours and availability are subject to change, we suggest calling businesses directly to be sure!)
Please continue following public health protocols in order to stay safe while supporting local businesses. For the latest COVID-19 updates, please visit the Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health website.
Settle in for a cozy night of — friendly, we hope — competition. If you’ve grown bored of playing Monopoly for the thousandth time, order a new game from Scalliwag Toys on the Downtown District Online Marketplace .
We have lots of inspiration after seeing Chef Ralph Saint-Dic whip up delicious charcuterie boards and colourful macarons! Chef Matt DeMille has also been sharing some videos of easy meals at home like falafel, fish & chips and some seriously good cheesy bread. Okay okay, and maybe some cinnamon rolls because we love our sweets. Get the full-on experience with one of Matt’s virtual cooking classes.
Dig into a lasagna from Lola’s Cafe, some charcuterie and cheese (courtesy of Trenton Delicatessen) from The Grind and Vine or an incredible Indian feast from Royal Haveli. We even made a food and drink map of places that are still cooking up your favourite dishes for delivery or takeout across the BoQ.
Order Flowers + Sweets!
Don’t underestimate the joy that some colourful blooms can provide. Surprise your significant other, roommate or yourself — “Oh, you shouldn’t have!” — with a bright bouquet from Blush Floral by Carrie or Dahlia May Flower Farm. We bet no one would be upset if you ordered a few sweet treats from Mrs. B’s Country Candy or Donini Chocolate as well, just saying!
Go On a Wine Tour — From Your Couch!
In fact, why not order a few local beers and ciders while you’re at it?
Many local wineries, breweries and cideries are offering home delivery or contactless curbside pickup. Explore our region’s sip-scape from home with something from Wild Card Brewing Co, Signal Brewing Co, Meyers Creek Brewing Co, Empire Cider, Daughters Cider, Rosehall Run, Grange of Prince Edward, Closson Chase, Sandbanks Winery, Keint-he Winery, Huff Estates, Karlo Estates and Apple Falls Cider.