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Date night: An evening of delight

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We may be limited with what we can do for date nights these days, but that doesn’t mean that we have to settle for yet another at-home movie night. After months of restrictions and two sets of lockdowns, it may feel like there’s nothing we can do that’s both romantic and COVID-friendly, but don’t fret; we’ve got you covered.

This month, give yourself and your partner the full date night experience. You know, like you did pre-pandemic. First, head downtown to Bernard Callebaut for a cup of the best hot chocolate in Edmonton. Find them on the northeast corner of 124 Street and Jasper Avenue. Bernard Callebaut serves mindblowingly delicious hot chocolate made with real chocolate shavings for a rich and delicious treat. They have five types of chocolate to choose from, ranging from sweet milk chocolate to delicious dark chocolate, to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. If you’re feeling adventurous, we recommend the spicy dark chocolate; it is sure to please!

Once you’ve picked up your hot chocolate, it’s a five-minute drive down to the Victoria Park Iceway. This is not your average outdoor skating rink. The iceway is a three-loop skating trail that wraps through the gorgeous trees of our river valley. Some parts of the trail have a magnificent kaleidoscope of colours at night, which make for stunning photos. Just be sure to come prepared since indoor change areas are currently closed. There is an outdoor change area available, but only bring what you need and keep all your other belongings in the car. The washroom inside is still open, though you must wear a mask to enter. Bonus tip, keeping your mask on even while outside is a great way to keep your face warm while you’re skating if you choose to go on a chilly day.

By the time you’re done skating around (or falling on your behind), you and your partner are sure to work up an appetite. Take the night off from cooking and enjoy some exquisite French cuisine from The Marc, which has been listed as one of the top three dining experiences in Edmonton by Avenue Magazine. Their menu offers worthy specials and classic French fares, such as a rich duck confit or tender scallops. If it is safe to do so, we recommend dining in for the full experience. If not, ordering for takeout is an excellent option as well. Pick up a bottle of your favourite vino, set out the candles, and you’re set for a romantic dining experience at home. The plus side to ordering to go is that once you’re full of all that delicious food and wine, it’s just a short walk to the couch to kick up your feet and cuddle with your partner.

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