In last week’s poll, we asked whether you prefer frozen yogurt or ice cream. The majority wanted to treat themselves to real ice cream. While you are at it, you might as well treat someone else. Here are three ice cream specific date ideas.
Be sure to vote in this week’s poll, too: Would you rather study something sciencey or artsy if you went back to school?
For the scientifically inclined couple
The ice cream place: Nice Cream
The date: Meet your date at Nice Cream in the southwest. Choose from one of the seven flavours currently on the menu and indulge your inner science-nerd as you watch how it’s made. Your order is made in front of your eyes using a homemade ice cream concoction and liquid nitrogen. Liquid nitrogen is kept at -196C, meaning it can freeze the mix rapidly. And there’s billowing liquid nitrogen vapour that only adds to the atmosphere of this sciencey date. The result is incredibly smooth ice cream, which you can add some crunch to with topping like gingerbread or walnuts for an extra 75 cents.
Then, take a car (or rent a Car2Go and discuss the future of electric cars along the way) into the city’s northeast until you get to the Telus Spark science centre. Right now you’re going to want to make sure you see the travelling exhibit Body Worlds Vital.
Fun extra: Plan this date for either the second or third Thursday of the month. Adults Only Night runs the second Thursday of every month (the next one is on May 12 and titled Future Humans) or the new Adults Only Night Energy Series on the third Thursday of the month. You can add some music and beer to your science outing this way.
Nice Cream, 4604 37 St. S.W., 403-454-8868, thenicecream.com
For the low-key, outdoorsy couple
The date: Meet your date outside Bridgeland Market. Buy a box of Made By Marcus ice cream bars (or get a pint to share later) and walk down 1 Avenue N.E. Don’t chow down on the treats yet – you might want to walk into some of the stores down the road, like Lukes Drug Mart or Greater Goods.
After checking out the neighbourhood, walk down Edmonton Trail and along the river pathway before crossing the George C. King Bridge to St. Patrick’s Island. Wander through the park and find your ideal picnic spot. Whether you choose to settle down by Bloom, by Trout Beach or on The Rise, it’ll probably have a river view and a downtown view. Eat your ice cream bar (there are three in a box, but you’ll find a way to share the extra) or share that pint while enjoying the view and each other’s company.
Fun extra: Plan to do this date again in August. Starting on August 4, the free outdoor movie series is returning to The Rise in St. Patrick’s Island every Thursday night.
Bridgeland Market, 1104 1 Ave. N.E., madebymarcus.ca
For the culture and food-loving couple
The ice cream place: Burger 320, Kensington location
The date: Plan this date for a Thursday evening. And save the ice cream until last on this date. Start the date with cocktails at Container Bar, or if it’s chillier and that patio is closed, choose Winebar instead. Walk through Kensington and do some window-shopping before taking a right on 2nd Avenue N.W. and walking to Vendome Caf. Opt for a relatively light dinner – you’re saving room for dessert, after all. Order a sandwich like the Vendome club or tuna melt, and get the Vendome hash as a side to share. Enjoy the meal while listening to live music performed by local musicians. The music usually runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Walk back through Kensington to Burger 320. Order a gelato in a hot-pressed waffle cone and walk along the river pathway with your cones as the sun goes down. Or, if you’re not up for more walking, take a seat on the benches in Poppy Plaza.
Burger 320, 130 10 St. N.W., 403-515-0035, newfoodorder.com