Yet another fall semester is coming to a close and that can spell trouble for a relationship. As the pressure of finals ensues, you may find it difficult to keep that spice in your companionship. There’s no need to worry, College Lifestyles Campus Satellite at Indiana University’s Guys Tell All feature this month includes some fresh tips to kick-start a date night in the midst of final exams.
Nothing ignites a sense of passion quite like a glass of pinot noir and premium Italian cooking. Although a bit cliché, a trip to Bloomington’s premiere Italian eatery, Grazie, will surely put a romantic spin on your evening. Don’t be afraid to doll yourself up; dressing to-the-nines adds to Grazie’s classy atmosphere. It’s worth mentioning that Grazie is on the expensive side; however, it’s nevertheless a nice change from ordering the routine munchie madness. When you order at Grazie, remember that wine is the perfect complement to Italian cuisine, especially a red sauced pasta. After enjoying an elegant dining experience, make your way over to Oliver Winery’s downtown bar for the perfect nightcap. This establishment offers a wide selection of wine. From semi-sweets to dry whites, you’re bound to find the perfect wine to fit the evening. Wine tasting can be an adventurous affair for a couple. If you aren’t of the legal age to consume alcohol, head on over to Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse for a delectable dessert. We highly recommend the chocolate pate: a rich chocolate terrine with berry coulis and a artisan chocolate twig.
Netflix Night In
Money and time can be a rarity for college students. You may be taking some time off from your part-time job in order to prepare for finals. If your pockets seem a bit emptier than usual, a date night out might not be financially possible. However, you can still make a date special without spending your whole week’s paycheck. Then again, maybe money isn’t the issue. You or your significant other might not have enough time to enjoy a night out due to studies. How about we kill two birds with one stone here? Let’s try a homemade meal, followed by desserts and Netflix. For dinner, get out of your comfort zone and try a new recipe. Stuffed peppers can be quite tasty and fun to make, especially if you stuff them with something exotic (crab,bacon, etc). When it comes to dessert, baking cookies can be cheap way to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours.
Mark your calendars, the hit a cappella group Straight No Chaser will be returning to Bloomington at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18th at the IU Auditorium. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the all-male singing group, Straight No Chaser been a part of IU’s music scene for some time now. The group’s upbeat energy and charm is sure to send your date night in an optimistic direction. Before we get ahead of ourselves here, you might want to have a little bite to eat before attending the show. CLCS IU recommends trying Sweet Grass, if you haven’t already. This restaurant offers delicious, moderately priced food and, trust us, this restaurant sets the mood for a romantic evening. For instance, as you sit down the server will light a candle, all-the-while establishing a casual environment to ensure comfort. Be sure to grab your tickets at the IU Auditorium Box Office, they’ll cost $37-$55, depending on your preferred seating.
We hope these date ideas spruce up your relationship as the semester comes to a close. We know it can be stressful to balance both studies and emotional commitments. One of these fun date suggestions should fit your finals week schedule.
Drew Eldred is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow him @D1_Eldred. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.