I love you a latte…

Date Night Posts

Raise your hand if you and your babe are the type of people that sit down at the beginning of the year to discuss goals and aspirations (while you can’t see both our hands are up) We love a new year and all that it has to offer (btw, if you don’t do this…do it! Hold each other accountable for what you want to accomplish and support one another’s goals and dreams) BUT…do you know what we love even more?!

Coffee…

Man, just sitting here thinking about it I get that warm feeling I get when I pour that first glorious cup ‘o joe in the morning (I will pause here for a sec so that you all can experience that same feeling I’m talking about). This year we sat down at one of our fav local coffee shops to dish about last year and rally for this year so this week we are sharing some of our favorite local coffee shops (we have too many to just choose one…duh!) and bonus – some tips for getting the new year convo juices flowing!

  1. AVOCA Coffee Roasters

AVOCA Coffee Roasters is an artisanal roastery and coffee shop and while they only have 2 physical locations (both in Fort Worth) their specialty roasted coffees can be found at a variety of retailers, coffee shops, and restaurants across Texas!

Okay y’all, I have to admit that this might be my favorite spot. As soon as you walk into their Magnolia Ave shop you are hit in the face with that freshly roasted/ground coffee smell that we all know. My go to here is a latte made with almond milk (holla to my dairy free peeps) and I usually cannot avoid having a cookie or scone to go with it. We typically will camp out at one of their tables or couch/comfy chairs to talk. The vibe of this place invites you in and is one of my favorite places to spend time with my babe and friends.

  1. Craftwork Coffee Co

Craftwork Coffee Co was onto something when the whole “co-working” idea swept the nation. The idea is that people want places to co-work but they also really want coffee so Craftwork said “Let’s give the people what they want – under one roof!”. Craftwork locations can be found in both Fort Worth and in Austin and while their co-working spaces are super legit (think wood accents, antique décor and 10/10 lighting quality) we wanted to share their coffee experience.

BTW, George slid me a note and wanted me to share this might be his favorite spot…Craftwork has a simple menu (which I totes appreciate because I butcher pronouncing half the drink names off a full coffee menu – I’m talking about you Affogato) What do we suggest? In George’s opinion you cannot go wrong with an Americano with cream and vanilla (honestly this is what he gets everywhere we go but he said Craftwork puts the right amount of “stuff” in it – man of many words peeps). If that is not your style – just ask them what is! The staff is super helpful and ready to help serve your coffee needs.

  1. Ascension

Ascension is a different kind of coffee shop that is catering to those that like coffee beans and grapes (aka wine wine) and a fun food menu that does not disappoint with locations all across the metroplex (closer to the “D” side of DFW) with a new location in Fort Worth coming soon! Ascension has the simple goal to elevate the everyday American café experience and they hit the nail on the head! They invest in their people, the products that they serve, the communities that they are located in and internationally by helping provide clean water, medical support and education/entrepreneurial initiatives.

You can’t go wrong with a classic latte but if you are feeling adventurous I suggest trying the Turmeric Chai Latte or the  9-Spice Chai Latte (think strong spice notes with hints of sweetness). I highly suggest you plan to stay and enjoy more than just the coffee though, the Avocado Toast is a café favorite since 2012 and you know how everybody makes pie but your grandma always makes the best version of pie – think of the Avocado Toast at Ascension in the same way. This place is so much more than a coffee shop and for that reason I recommend meeting there for drinks in the evening and then breakfast the next morning?

Let’s be honest though friends, there are so many great local coffee shops popping up everywhere – for that reason we listed some more of our favorites below and fully expect you to share your favorites also!

When George and I look at the new year and the things that we want to accomplish we typically will break down the conversation into 3 categories: Personal (specific to him and then specific to me), Professional, and then Joint goals.

Personal goals can be everything from starting a new routine (this is George’s this year) to trying to take more time to read and do the things that you actually enjoy doing (this is mine – side note about me I love to cook and write so I am making those things a priority). If you are having a hard time with this, think of something that you have always wanted to try or learn! Don’t feel pressured to choose something that you feel like you “have” to choose (i.e. loose weight or go to the gym…). Write down what you each want to accomplish individually and then ask your partner how you can help hold them accountable for it. George and I talk frequently about this but maybe try doing it once a week (on your date night?!) or more often to help hold you accountable.

Professional goals will vary for everyone but George and I both had very specific professional goals this year. We both work in finance but that does not mean that we even remotely understand what the other person goes through day to day. These goals will be specific to each other and while we always will hold each other accountable and encourage each other in these we also have found that having someone from your “inner circle” at work be in on these to help cheer you on and push you. 

Lastly and most importantly what are your joint goals for the year? The things that you want to go after as a couple. A few examples of this would be vacations, paying down debt or maybe it’s a goal to be more intentional with your time together. Whatever it may be talk about it! Don’t waste the moment and look back a year later wishing you had gone after that thing or gone on that adventure you guys have been dreaming about.

I love marriage and relationships because they give you so much more than just love and companionship but a true partner in life that is going to talk the talk with you then grab your hand and walk the walk with you also. Now…finish your coffee (if you are a slow sipper…) kiss your babe and go tackle this year.

Bonus Coffee Shop Suggestions:

  • Dwell Coffee and Biscuits – do not even get me started on their Gingerbread Latte and make sure you grab one of their Biswhiches (I love these clever people)
  • Black Coffee – recently opened hotspot that does not disappoint. The staff here is awesome and they have so many fun things to try!
  • Summer Moon – a wood fired roastery with locations across the metroplex and Texas. Their wood fired beans and secret Moon Milk is a must try!
  • George Coffee + Provisions – this place not only dishes out great coffee but is a 10/10 when it comes to photo ops
  • 151 Coffee – the customer service here is great and so if the coffee. George recommends the Irish Cream Coffee

New Year…who dis?

Date Night Posts

Well peeps, Happy New Year! Did you miss us?! Of course you did!

After a much needed break with family and friends celebrating the holidays…we back!

Date Night DFW has some really exciting things in the works for this year and we cannot wait to share them all with you! But first…will you do us a solid and share us with your friends? (Let’s be honest, date nighting with your bae is the best but date nighting with your bae and your BFFs…yes, please!)

Show off your love for your babe and your date night pride by sharing the image below and let’s do this 2020!

Dates, Eats and Dranks

Dates, Plates and Dranks

We wanted to try something a little different today by providing outing ideas for you and your boo or maybe even you, your boo, your kids, your friends, your dog…whoever else you are wanting to do something with. There is so much going on that it can be hard to find all that is going on. So here is V. 1 of Dates, Plates and Dranks (it rhymes better than drinks, okay?) – let us know what you think by commenting below!

Dallas

  • Chi Omega Christmas Market 2019 – Open from 10 am – 8 pm on Friday 11/22 – Saturday 11/23 at the Centennial Hall at Fair Park. Show casing more than 200 merchants with everything from home decor, clothing (women’s and children’s), toys, food items…the list goes on! This is a perfect event if you are wanting to get some Christmas shopping done or just want to walk around aimlessly somewhere other than Target. Admission is $12 – $15.
  • SNOWDAY – Open from 10 am – 10 pm on Saturday 11/23 at The Plaza at Preston Center, SNOWDAY is an immersive experience of the spirit of Christmas and joy of the holiday season. This is a perfect event for a family outing or just to get into the holiday spirit complete with interactive experiences, photo ops and the possibility of seeing Santa! Adults are $30 and children are $22.

Fort Worth

  • Holidays at TX Whiskey Ranch – Ongoing from 11/22 – 12/21 at the Firestone & Robertson Distillery in Fort Worth. I am labeling this as a “can’t miss”! General Admission is free for this event but they do ask for an RSVP on the date that you are wanting to go. This event is going to be perfect for an adults only night being just the two of you or with friends also. Take a tour of the distillery, enjoy the sights of the Whiskey Barrel Christmas tree and grab a limited edition holiday bottle with the opportunity to have it engraved depending on the day you go! This event really has it all – check out the Special Events calendar and schedule your date night here soon! (P.s. foreshadowing here…if you are still unsure about it – check back next week!)
  • 2019 Fort Worth Parade of Lights – Start off the holiday light spectating season in Downtown Fort Worth. Sunday 11/24 starting at 6 pm this is a tradition on Fort Worth that gets bigger and better every year, this is a free event but if you would like to reserve a seat to really enjoy the show seats start at $12. I suggest making this a full on downtown date night complete with dinner at Bird Cafe, getting coffee in Sundance Square and then topping the night off with a sweet treat from Funky Town Donuts.

Grapevine

Little fun fact about Grapevine, Texas…did you know it is the Christmas Capital of Texas with more than 1,400 Christmas inspired events in 40 days?!

  • LoneStar Christmas at the Gaylord Texan – if you have lived in Texas for any amount of time there is a good chance that you have heard of The Gaylord Texan Resort, you may have also heard that they take Christmas pretty seriously. The Gaylord Texan completely transforms their property with 1.5 million holiday lights, decorations and a life-sized gingerbread house. With a variety of event going on all season long head over to their events calendar.
  • Texas Star Dinner Theater – Unseasonable Greedings – This fun holiday dinner and show are ongoing every weekend through November and December. A unique theatrical experience that will have you on the edge of your seat this 90 minute murder mystery unfolds in 3 acts where each table will work as a team to solve the mystery including an opportunity to interrogate the suspects. I highly suggest this event that will have you laughing and talking long after it is over. Tickets are $59.95 which includes dinner and the show and a bar is available for adult beverages.

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Cheap Eats and Drinks and Geeks, oh my!

Date Night Posts

What would you say if I told you that it really is possible to have a date night filled with food, drinks, and entertainment (and yes love and laughter and happiness of course) with spending less than $30? Let me guess, you’re thinking….

“Wow, you guys are amazing, date night really doesn’t have to be a luxury!”

This week we wanted to start out by eliminating those excuses that date nights are limited to extravagant evenings and sometimes it’s the simple “let’s just go eat and drink beer” times that truly allow you to relax and enjoy togetherness. Now don’t get me wrong, your girl loves her a steakhouse and we will get to those soon but for tonight we are going to show you where the $30 in our pocket got us.

Crockett Row at West 7th in Fort Worth, Texas is one of my favorite places in the Metroplex, they have everything from art installations and galleries, outdoor seating areas and duh food and drinks. One of my “go to” locations in this area is the recently opened Food Hall – think food court but on a much classier scale; some of my favorite vendors include Aina Poke Co., Knife Burger & Bar, and Val’s Cheesecakes (more on these later).

Side story – did anyone else as a kid just love going to the mall food court?! I remember as a kid my family would go to the mall just for the food court…anyone else….no? okay.

Food Hall also offers a variety of events throughout the week and weekend. Every Friday and Saturday they offer live music and during the week they have partnered with Geeks who Drink for open to the public and free trivia nights from 7pm – 9pm! Which brings us to our date night….

Our goal this week was go spend no more than $30 for our date night; this means that food, drinks and any sort of entertainment all had to stay within our budget. We pulled into Crockett Row and parked in one of the 5 parking garages making sure to mentally note to get our ticket validated (if not, it’s $20 – we are on a budget remember? and who wants to pays for parking when validation is an option anyways?!) Walking into the Food Hall we navigated our way to the open seating section next to the bar and promptly grabbed our Trivia answer book.

Realizing we had a few minutes to spare before trivia started we split up to get food (THE best part about a food court – you each can get exactly what you want!) I landed on Aina Poke Co. which allows you to build your own poke (marinated fish) bowl, the concept is simple, delicious and bowls start at $12 – within budget! George headed over to Knife Burger & Bar for a double cheeseburger and some fries (girlfriends, who else loves it when your boo gets a side of fries?! Free snacks!) Lastly George grabbed a beer at the bar. All in, dinner was $28.97 – ahhh yyyeaahhh $1.03 under budget.

The 5 minute warning was given for the start of trivia and candidly George and I started to get a little nervous. It appears that the evenings “theme” was current events/random trivia questions – I mean we are hip and cool but on a trivia level…not so much. The rules were pretty simple though: 8 rounds – 5 rounds of questions asked by the Quizmaster (yes, that is the official title), 2 rounds of audio, and 1 round where you are given a piece of paper with clues and you have to give the answers based on the visual clues. Each team is also granted one “Joker” usage which allows for the team to double the points received for the round they opt to use it. Finally, a few of the rounds offers a bonus question allowing each team an opportunity to gain a few extra points.

Round 1 entailed current events – small note about George and I, we rarely watch the news… our present ingest of “current events” include subscription email blasts we read in the mornings and Saturday/Sunday game day programming. I think our point total for this first round was 3-4 points and rounds 2-3 were not much better. Round 4 was my favorite though which was the first audio round of the evening. The gist of the audio round was to guess the name of the song and the artist by listening to covers of songs. Covers – was a loosely based description, these songs musically matched the song but the vocals sounded like Beaker from the muppets was singing, we had many of great laughs this round. As this round ended we were informed of the current rankings….The George’s current standing…dead last!

Heading into the final 3 rounds we had accepted the fact we were not going to be the winners of the trivia game but we both had laughed and talked about so many random things prompted by trivia questions that we still felt like the night was a winner.

Then IT happened…the last bonus question round winners were announced – one of which was going to be chosen at random to win a Bonus Question Token. The question was: What was Nellie Bly able to do in 72 days that took Magellan and his team 3 years to do? Our answer: sailing an ocean – sounded like a good guess to us. Not only did this answer get us in the bonus question winner bracket but random draw elected us as the winner of the Bonus Question Token aka free item at the Food Hall!

Queue George and I quietly singing “we are champions my friends…..” at our table.

Wrapping up the game we actually ended up winning the dead last ranking!! Go team Georges! We agreed that this would be a fun evening with a group of people but all in all we got out of the house, ate some good food, and did something together that we would not have regularly done – all under $30 also!

Parting Trivia Question: Which George had to walk back into Food Hall due to forgetting to get the parking ticket validated?

This guy!

The Date Night Community

Introductions

What’s going on here?

Have you ever moved to a new city, been sitting on the couch with your boo scrolling through random events/yelp pages looking for something to do (preferably together) and getting so frustrated you end up just ordering take out for the 6th Friday in a row? No just us? (Well, you’re all liars)

My husband and I made the grand move to Fort Worth in February of 2019. We had so many thoughts and ideas of what this new adventure would have in store for us and all the wonderful things we were going to do. We had visions of our date nights going from a solid 4-5 which we had experienced in our sweet home town of Amarillo, Texas to being an extravagant 10+ on the weekly. The problem? We had no idea what to do and where to even start.

Now, I understand at this point you have your own thoughts and ideas on how you would have counseled us through this season but be real…everyone has been here. Jared and I live for date night, there’s nothing like getting out of the house, being intentional with each other and experiencing new things.

So we invite you to join us on our journey we are calling “Date Night DFW”. This is a multifaceted experiment, one to hold us accountable to get out and have those experiences to avoid the FOMO funk we have once been in, second to share our date night experience to hopefully inspire others to connect on different levels with your Bae and lastly so that you can share your fabulous date night experiences with others.

Welcome to our date night community!