Fun Foodie Dates That Don’t Break the Bank

We all give and receive love in different ways.  In fact, Gary Chapman’s best selling book, The Five Love Languages states that we communicate our love through words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, receiving gifts and physical touch.

After taking Chapman’s 5 Love Languages quiz, I discovered that my top love language is quality time.

“A central aspect of quality time is togetherness. I do not mean proximity. Togetherness has to do with focused attention…A husband and wife playing tennis together, if it is genuine quality time, will focus not on the game, but on the fact that they are spending time together.” -Gary Chapman, The 5 Love Languages

Quality time isn’t about money spent or gifts given, it’s about giving someone your undivided attention and engaging in meaningful conversation.  So I decided to come up with a list of cheap eats and fun activities to do for those who love to spend quality time, but don’t want to break the bank.  If you’re stuck on plans for Valentine’s Day, try these on for size:

Ice Skating and Brunch at La Pavillon Cafe 


Beat the winter temperature drop with this fun day date to La Pavillon Cafe.  They offer a jazz brunch for you to enjoy before heading out to ice skate and create figure eights in The Sculpture Garden.

Dinner & Mini Golf at H Street Country Club 

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Who doesn’t love tacos and margaritas?  H. Street Country Club has all your Mexican favorites.  After getting stuffed, head upstairs for a round mini golf with your beau. Extend this fun date, by dancing along H. Street at numerous locations.

Stargazing and Thai at Mango Tree


Okay, so maybe Mango Tree isn’t what you call a “cheap date,” but it evens out when coupled with free stargazing at the Kogod Courtyard.  Start at The Smithsonian’s American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery and come into the Kogod Courtyard to watch the sun set at 5:43pm before heading over yummy thai at Mango Tree located in DC’s new City Center.

Bocce and Italian at Pinstripes


I’ve never played bocce before, but I hear it’s pretty fun.  If you’ve never played bocce, then learning to play this game with the one you love makes it all the more fun. They have a $28 brunch buffet with made-to-order omelettes, carved prime rib, fresh seafood, desserts and bottomless mimosas.  Sounds mm, mmm good!

Quality time is the way to my heart (cough: fellas if you’re reading this).  Curious to know your or your loves top love language?  Head on over to take Gary Chapman’s quiz here and craft a Valentine’s Day date that is everything he or she needs.




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