Happy Tuesday, mamas! If you’re already looking forward to the weekend, you’ll love the concept behind this week’s giveaway. The formula for a “great date” is simple: Delicious food + fun = Great Date. Interested?
We’re partnering with two of our website sponsors — Foster’s Pint & Plate and Fast Lane Entertainment — to create this Great Date Giveaway combo. One of our readers will receive a $50 gift card to use at Foster’s Pint & Plate as well as a $50 gift card to use for fun and games at Fast Lane Entertainment.
These two businesses are less than 10 minutes away from each other in Rogers, so it’ll be an easy drive to enjoy both of them. And we’re big believers in this simple truth about relationships: A couple who laughs and has fun together stays together.
About the food:
My husband and I have a few favorite restaurants that we save just for date nights. Foster’s Pint & Plate is definitely on that list. We’ve never had a bad or even “average” meal there. You can tell that a true chef designed the menu because it’s surprising and special all at the same time. For example, Foster’s managed to take one of the least-liked vegetables on the planet — Brussels sprouts — and turn it into an appetizer I had dreams about for weeks after date night. It’s that good! I swear! My husband and I fought over who got to eat the last one. (I won.)
The overall vibe at Foster’s is perfect for date night. It’s got an upscale, metropolitan feel to it, but it’s never stuffy or pretentious. The long, sleek bar looks like something you might see in New York City, but the hospitality has a definite Southern flair. We always see plenty of other couples there when we visit, although if the sitter cancels and you need to tote a baby or kid along with you, it’s family-friendly as well. (The kids menu has everything from peanut butter and jelly to fried shrimp!)
You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but we especially like the ribeye or the Margherita pizza. When the weather is nice, we recommend sitting out on the patio which has this huge fire pit to enjoy during the evenings.
Last but not least, don’t make the mistake of skipping dessert! The Bananas Foster Bread Pudding is SO good, but we also love the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie and the Warm Brownie dessert. Yummmmmm.
About the fun:
After you’ve had a great meal, it’s time to play! Who says that kids should have all the fun? Research shows that couples who do new activities together form stronger bonds. So why not skip the movie you usually do and go challenge each other to a virtual reality game at Fast Lane? (We’ve played their new virtual reality experience called Hologate, and it’s SO fun!)
Or if video games are not your thing, you can always do some old-school bowling at Fast Lane. Bowling shoes and gutter balls never fail to make us laugh. And there’s always cause for celebration when one of us makes a miraculous strike.
Fast Lane also has a great bar, so you can enjoy a cocktail or two while you’re kicking your husband’s behind at the video game version of Connect Four. If you need a snack, they’ve got you covered there, too, with a nice variety of appetizers, pizzas, popcorn, etc.
If you win this giveaway, just be sure to hide that Fast Lane gift card in a secure place so your kids won’t try to swipe it for themselves.;-)
HOW TO ENTER:
If you’d love to win this Great Date Giveaway, scroll down to the bottom of this post and then scroll past the comments posted by other moms.
Then write a quick comment telling us about one of your favorite dates you’ve ever been on. (First date with your sweetie way back in the day?) (The first date night after your baby was born and you were desperate to get out of the house again?) (A double date with your favorite couple friends?)
You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.
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