Stop Taking Your Date to In-N-Out

July 11, 2016

There, I said it. Matter of fact, tag Starbucks, Chipotle, and Olive Garden onto that forbidden-fruit list of restaurants, too! BOO YA.

Because if you and your partner have a “usual” at any of these places, the future isn’t looking so bright. So what should you do instead?

Read on, grasshopper. You will soon learn of 5 dinner date ideas that will keep your relationship fresh without breaking the bank.

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    Sunset Safari Kayak

    So you want to kayak, but you're a little wet behind the ears? LA River Kayak Safari has just the solution! On this evening run down the LA river, you'll learn how to champion small, Class II rapids, as well as lazy river sections. Your enthusiastic guides are swift-water trained and will teach you everything you need to know about paddling techniques in order to navigate the waterway. This route is a little longer and more challenging than the morning and midday runs, but it's nothing you can't handle! You'll pass through Elysian Valley (Frogtown) and see where an underground spring joins the LA River. Your trip will include a short bike ride, a whole bunch of river lore, and a downstream paddle that is thrilling, challenging, and full of resplendent wildlife. Make sure to keep an eye out for all the rare birds of Southern California. Go with the flow and reserve today!
    Sunset Safari Kayak

    2825 Benedict St, Los Angeles

    • Escape the city and enjoy an evening of kayaking down the LA river
    • Learn paddling skills and techniques from enthusiastic swift-water trained guides
    • Pass Elysian Valley and see where an underground spring joins the river
    • Keep an eye out for wildlife, especially rare birds of Southern California
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    Spanish Tapas Cuisine

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    Spain is a nation of traditions, none as significant as the traditions around food production and eating. Because of the traditional late dinner hour, tapas emerged as a way of staving off some of the earlier hunger pangs. This class will introduce students to an assortment of traditional Spanish tapas served with sangria. Learn how to incorporate the dishes into your own tapas party or serve them as appetizers to any great meal. Your dinner parties are going to be on a whole new level after you perfect these tasty treats.
    Spanish Tapas Cuisine

    150 E Colorado Blvd, Monrovia

    • Learn how to create an assortment of traditional Spanish tapas under the guidance of a skilled instructor
    • Sip sangria as you practice new cooking techniques, learn about new ingredients, and create a delicious meal
    • Understand the tradition behind the food and the cultural history of this dish
    • Eat your tasty creations and practice your new skills at home for your family and friends
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    43 positive reviews
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    Dolphin & Whale Signature Safari (2.5 Hr)

    Feel like you need a little more porpoise in your life? If you answered "No, I want to see whales and dolphins," then this is the sea-faring safari for you! You'll set sail on high-tech catamarans, in search of some of the year-round dolphins and whales famous for populating the waters off of Dana Point. What could you see? December through May the annual migration of Gray Whales between the waters off Alaska and the lagoons of Baja, CA takes place. In the months between May and November Blue Whales, the largest animal on earth, can be seen. And throughout the year Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, and occasionally Orcas visit. Rare whales that could be seen at any time include Bryde's Whales, Sei Whales, Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales, and False Killer Whales. And playful dolphins, some in mega-pods of up to 10,000, are seen off Dana Point all year round too! Only aboard the catamaran Manute'a can you see dolphins underwater, without getting wet, in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Capt. Dave's original catamaran DolphinSafari is so close to the water that it's like viewing dolphins and whales from a kayak. Both boats feature our Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets to give you a really up close encounter! Lily, our luxury power catamaran, features cushioned bow seating, upper deck with wind and sun protection, and a beautifully appointed interior. Mrs. Captain Dave's yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on all trips. Along the way, naturalists will treat you with insights about how these amazing creatures live and play. It's going to be a whale of a good time!
    Dolphin & Whale Signature Safari (2.5 Hr)

    24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point

    • Embark on a dolphin and whale watching adventure that gives you an up-close and personal view of the marine life
    • Observe dolphins and whales in their natural environment with vessel features specially designed by Captain Dave
    • Learn about the behaviors of these underwater creatures from professional naturalists
    • Enjoy an intimate look at a surreal underwater world aboard advanced, eco-friendly catamarans
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    Central Bank Room Escape

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    Here's the deal: you and your partner are a pair of expert thieves, known for having pulled numerous high-profile heists. Your next target? A stash of diamonds hidden in the general manager's office at Central Bank. In the dark cloak of the night, you managed to deactivate the alarm, sneak into the bank, and reach the office of the manager's assistant. The only problem is that time is of the essence! The alarm will sound off in exactly one hour. If you find the diamonds and escape in time, you'll be rich beyond your wildest dreams! If you fail, you'll end your career behind metal bars. The stakes are high -- what will you do?
    Central Bank Room Escape

    8255 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Steal a stash of diamonds from Central Bank and escape before the hour is up
    • Put your brains and wits to the test during this intense escape-the-room event
    • Work with your team to devise a foolproof plan
    • Feel the adrenaline rush through your veins as you and your friends work under the pressure of the clock
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    25 positive reviews
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    Basic Knife Skills

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    When you're preparing your meals, do you spend more time trying to avoid your fingers than focusing on the type of cut you're making? In this class you'll begin to cut like the pros as you learn how to Chop, Slice, Julienne, and Dice vegetables quickly and efficiently. You will explore the more complicated Brunoise, Paysanne, Batonnet and Tourne knife cuts as you feel more confident. This is a great class to add variety to your dishes and improve your skills in the kitchen. Leave with a ton of new tricks up your sleeve to show off at your next dinner party!
    Basic Knife Skills

    150 E Colorado Blvd, Monrovia

    • Learn how to Chop, Slice, Julienne and Dice vegetables quickly and efficiently
    • Explore the more complicated Brunoise, Paysanne, Batonnet and Tourne knife cuts
    • Get more confident in your knife skills and create more variety in your everyday dishes
    • Follow the careful instruction of a trained chef to perfect your technique
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    43 positive reviews
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    Fused Glass Pendants

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    Are you in search for the perfect gift for someone you love? They say love is something you do, not something you say. So why don't you do something this year about your less than ideal gift-giving abilities. In this class, you will be creating and designing your very own fused glass pendants, the perfect gift to show someone you care. No experience is necessary in this class as you will learn a number of different glassblowing techniques, including the basics of cutting, firing and coldworking. So if you're in search for the perfect gift to give, look no further. The gift is in you, just make it!
    Fused Glass Pendants

    5668 York Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Learn the basic techniques of glassblowing such as gathering, blowing, and sculpting
    • Apply your creativity spending the day painting sculpted glasses
    • Create your very own unique glass blown pendants
    • No experience necessary
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    5 positive reviews
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    French Pastries Baking

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    If there's one thing France takes the gold medal for is, without a doubt, pastry making. Those delectable, flaky, buttery bits of heaven are enough to make any mouth water . . . and any wallet open. Tired of spending all of your savings to satisfy your sweet tooth? Learn the secrets to making your own French pastries at home through this introductory baking class. A professional pastry chef will guide you as you whip up tantalizing treats including cream puffs, madeleines, chocolate ganache, and napoleons. No experience? No problem. All skill levels are invited to take this adventure in French baking.
    French Pastries Baking

    10938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City

    • Learn the art of French baking from an experienced pastry chef
    • Create delicious pastries including madeleines, cream puffs, and napoleons
    • Develop new baking skills in the French tradition
    • No experience necessary
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    5 positive reviews
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    Japanese Cooking 101: Omnivore

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    Are you a nom nom nomnivore? If so, you'll not want to miss out on "Japanese Cooking 101: Omnivore," an introductory Japanese cooking course that runs you through all of the basics of this wonderful culinary tradition. You cover Japanese stocks, seasonings, and key ingredients, and you'll get hands-on instruction in proper knife skills and other cooking techniques. You'll also learn all about the best, non-MSG seasonings to be found in all of LA, get a history lesson on various Japanese foods, and cook 7-8 dishes that will have you so full that by the end of the class you'll be saying, "nom nom nomore!"
    Japanese Cooking 101: Omnivore

    810 S Spring St, Los Angeles

    • Become acquainted with the basics of Japanese cooking while preparing multiple traditional dishes
    • Learn how to properly slice-and-dice, honing your Japanese knife skills alongside a professional instructor
    • Gain hands-on experience cooking two stocks and preparing them in the traditional Japanese style
    • Sample your cooking, satisfying your love of culinary learning and food at the same time
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    74 positive reviews
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    Canning: Jams, Preserves and Pickles

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    Discover the joy of canning at home! This fun class will teach you how to make your own jams, preserves and pickles. You will not need complicated equipment or recipes. Discover how jars, lids and a big pot are the essential tools you need to make your own delicious pickles or blackberry jam. Your chef instructor will teach you about seasonal fruits and vegetables that are perfect for canning. You will learn how to safely can great produce throughout the year.
    Canning: Jams, Preserves and Pickles

    395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

    • Spend four hours learning food canning skills that last for a lifetime
    • Learn how to make great jams, preserves and pickles
    • Discover how to choose your fruit for canning
    • Learn to save money by canning
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    24 positive reviews
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    Terrific Thai Cooking Class

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    Do you wish you could make fresh spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce at home? This class will teach you the basics of cooking Thai food. You will discover new flavors and spices as you learn more about balancing the heat in your food. Convert your kitchen into an exotic paradise by making jicama, mango, Thai salad or rice soup with chicken, cilantro and crispy garlic. Beef, tofu and zucchini in red or green curry sauce, paht Thai noodles with chicken and sweet rice pudding or crispy bananas with a chocolate sauce are also on the menu.
    Terrific Thai Cooking Class

    10938 Ventura Blvd, Studio City

    • Learn how to make hot and spicy Thai food
    • Discover how to balance flavors in your dishes
    • Make your own delicious peanut dipping sauce
    • Spice up your next family meal
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    5 positive reviews

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