A Canada-Themed Date Night
If you’re looking for a unique date night idea, maybe try a Canada-themed date night! As Canada’s Southern neighbor here in America, I don’t often think about Canada as an exotic place to visit. However, Canada is a truly easy place to love. The landscape is incredible, the food is delicious, and the people are so dang nice!
It takes about 45 minutes for me to cross the border into Canada, but most people in the USA probably aren’t so lucky. If you want to experience the wonders of Canada, but can’t afford the money or the time that it takes to plan a trip, have no fear.
I’ve put together a great itinerary of a fun, Canada-themed date night so that you can experience all of the best parts of Canada from home.
What to Make For Dinner: Canadian Poutine and Split Pea Soup
This meal time is especially perfect for a cozy fall or winter evening at home. Actually, that’s the perfect time of year to plan your Canada-themed date night, because Canada often experiences large amounts of chilly weather due to how far north it is!
Canadian Poutine is just…. Heaven. The recipe calls for crispy twice-fried french fries, and then the fries are slathered in gravy and topped with cheese curds. Poutine is on most restaurant menus in Canada, probably because it’s just straight up delicious.
Split Pea Soup with Ham is my favorite soup I’ve ever made on the blog (and I’ve made so many soups from all over the world). This recipe is easy to make no matter what, but cooking the soup in the instant pot suddenly makes everything easier. And quicker! The split pea soup is thick and creamy and absolutely delicious. Plus, it’s a great main dish to go along with crunchy fries.
What to Eat for Dessert: Fast and Easy Maple Cookies
I am more proud of this recipe than I am of any other recipe on The Foreign Fork. These cookies are… just wow. They’re soft and chewy and sweet. But most importantly, they display the very best part of Canadian food culture: maple.
Canadians love their maple flavors, but it’s no surprise why! These cookies are the perfect way to try a typical Canadian flavor that you’re going to love forever.
What to Drink: Caesar
A caesar is Canada’s national cocktail. But almost no one has heard of it except for those within Canadian borders! A caesar is very similar to a bloody mary, but instead of tomato juice, they use Clamato juice (reconstituted tomato juice concentrate with sugar).
There is even a day on the Canadian calendar dedicated to their favorite cocktail. But you don’t need to wait until May 18th to try this signature caesar recipe. Just click the link above and make it for Canadian date night.
What to Listen To: This Canadian Playlist
This playlist features some of the most popular songs by some of the most famous Canadian artists. You could also listen to Celine Dione, Justin Bieber, Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, Michael Buble, Shania Twain, Drake, etc.
What to Watch: One Week
In the movie One Week, an engaged couple live in Canada. The man decides he needs an adventure before his marriage, and he rents a motorcycle and drives it across Canada.
I chose this movie because it showed the most beautiful parts of Canada. It allows you to really feel like you’re experiencing this country! Plus, it’s a beautiful story about the impact that a journey can have on the traveller, which is a concept near and dear to my heart.
What to Play: Trivial Pursuit and Table Hockey
It’s no secret that Canadians are obsessed with hockey. You may not be able to go play a game of pick up hockey with your honey on date night, but you can play a game of table hockey. Maybe you go to a local bar/arcade and play a game. Whatever you choose, make sure that you make your paddles “fight” at least once. It’s not a game of hockey without it.
If you’re looking for a more laid-back approach, you can play a game of trivial pursuit! Trivial pursuit was invented by Canadian, Scott Abbot. This game can be played with as little as two players, so it’s perfect for experiencing the fun of Canada.
And there you have it, folks. What to eat, what to drink, what to watch, what to play, what to listen to during a date night “in Canada”. Did you like experiencing what date night would be like in another country? If you liked this post, you’ll also like my Belgian date night post. Let me know what country you want me to make date night for next. Thanks!