• Megan Sullivan

Date Night at Home

Times have changed and now more than ever its time to stay connected at home. Here are some of the ways that we have been celebrating date night at home.




VISIT A MUSEUM


With the power of some amazing connecting technology you can easily visit your favorite museum from the comfort of your couch with your favorite glass of wine. Some top pics are






INDOOR PICNIC

Put on those jeans, wash your hair and get ready for the day! Grab a blanket, food and wine and set the tone!


Top Notch Picnic with Stone Barns: Dan Barber, the chef and an owner of Blue Hill in Manhattan, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester County, is assembling market boxes for pickup. The boxes are centered around a rich broth, and the ingredients will change every day. Boxes may include raw and fermented vegetables, whole grains, local meats, and pastured eggs from Stone Barns. A freshly milled flatbread will be available as well.


Keep it SIMPLE with a traditional at home picnic:

  • Crackers + cheese - shop local if you can

  • Sandwiches (can be easy by picking up ready made sandwitches)

  • Fruit (berries or larger fruit cut into bite size pieces)

  • Dessert (did you know, you can order Girl Scout Cookies online?!)

  • Bonus: Set the mood with your favorite Pandora station.

  • Don't forget that wine! We are loving the Organic and Clean Crafted wines from Scout & Cellar.





COOKING CLASSES + TASTINGS

In the era of online everything here are some awesome ways to sharpen and hone in on your cooking skills at home.

  • Order some Organic Clean Crafted Wine and host your own wine tasting!

  • Not cheap, but totally worth it! Sign up for a subscription to MasterClass - here you you can cook with some of the best like Massimo Bottura and Thomas Keller.

  • Massimo Bottura, chef of the three-Michelin-star Osteria Francescana, is teaching live “Kitchen Quarantine” cooking classes on his Instagram daily at 8 p.m. CET (that’s 3 p.m. EST) with his family in tow.

  • Aya Forster:@aryas_tablePreviously, Aya had been teaching hands-on cooking classes out of her home kitchen in Fairfield, CT, often on Japanese cooking topics. Now that those are suspended indefinitely, she’s taken to Instagram to announce whenonline classeswill stream, for a donation of just $8-10 (for now).

  • Christina Tosi (of Milk Bar) is taking to Social Media and going live on Instagram at 2pm to showcase some baking tips.

  • Antoni Porowski, of Queer Eye fame, is posting ad-hoc cooking videos on Instagram that he’s calling "Quar [as in, "quarantine"] Eye."

  • Milk Street is offering their online cooking classes for free until the end of April!

  • Practice traditional Italian cooking with Nonna Live!

  • Black Girls Dine Too is doing live virtual tastings on Instagram every Sunday at 8:30pm, and her older ones are archived here.

  • Lyons Wine Tastings is hosting a laid-back tasting every day at 1:00pm. (good thing you can nap in the middle of the day!)




GAME NIGHT

Who doesn't love a game night - while the tradition has been put aside in the recent years it is time to find all those lost pieces and get to playing! Don't have board games no problem - we have the internet with tons of great options where you can even gather all your friends and play a virtual game night.

  • Use HouseParty to connect with friends and family and play games like Trivia, Quick Draw (similar to Pictionary) and Heads Up! You can use houseparty on Chrome, iOS or Android.

  • Zoom or Facetime your friends and have everyone use this site to play "Remote Insensitivity" (similar to Cards Against Humanity)

  • Don't forget Sporcle, the online trivia platform - such fun.

  • Plenty of classic games have apps or online versions to play with friends including Clue, UNO + Monopoly, for those of us who are physically distant from our friends and families, but still want to get into an argument about who owns Atlantic Avenue.


DINNER + A MOVIE

OK so maybe you've already done this one (like, every day of quarantine….?) but have you had dinner and a movie with your closest friends?

  • Watch a movie with friends near and far using the new Netflix Partyextension!

  • Choose the movie as a group — have each friend choose two options, throw them in a hat and pull one out.

  • Plan what you're going to eat with your friends in advance, or have one friend take the lead by being your very own Bobby Flay by teaching the group the recipe live over Zoom that night. Better yet, order take-out and support local.

  • Have a gourmet popcorn barn, have fun toppings like, truffle, coconut, curry, ranch, chocolate & cinnamon and sugar.




SWEAT TOGETHER

Keeping each other accountable by working out together is a great way to stay active and healthy during this time.

  • Chelsea Piers is hosting live workouts on Instagram every day with some of your favorite instructors! It's a great way to get "back into the gym" and see some of your gym mates virtually. Check out the schedule here.

  • Melissa Wood Health - a little pilates, yoga and meditation to relax

  • Sculpt Society w/Megan Roup - a little sculpting, cardio and dance to turn it up

  • Just have a 30 minute dance party in the living room to your favorite pandora station!


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