David StesnerBy: Ariel Nagi
Face it: Dinner and a movie is sooo overdone…and, in case you didn't already know it, men aren't exactly loving the whole chick flick and candlelight dinner thing. We're not saying you have to sit through a 12-inning baseball game or chug down cervezas with his amigos. We say the best way to up the fun and lower the pressure for both of you is to try guy-approved-and either free or inexpensive-dates you can both enjoy. Check these out.
Ever heard the sounds of a Cuban drum circle? Jammed out to Brazilian jazz? Salsa danced to a live performance? There are thousands of free Latin concerts around the country, like the Jones Beach Free Latin Concert Series in Long Island, N.Y, Descarga 2012 in Los Angeles and the Tito Puente Latin Music Series in Boston. Google "free Latin concerts" to find one in your area.
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A Comedy Show
This is another fun option that can keep the mood light on your first meetup. Visit FreeComedyShows.com. Insider tip: Make sure you check out the comedian first to make sure they're more laughs than lame.
A Spa Date
If you've been dating your man for a while, go ahead and pamper yourselves! Men love massages, but who says we have to give him a massage when we can get one at the same time? Plus, we're not all certified masseuses! Search for a local deal at spafinder.com.
Visit a Brewery
What dude doesn't love a cold mug of his fave Latin beer? Try looking up your local brewery to see if they give free tours and samplings.
Go For Tacos and Margaritas for Happy Hour
Forget the traditional dinner at 7:30p.m. All cities are full of places that serve Mexican-American foods and Margaritas-our faves.
Go For Dinner and an Action or Horror Flick…at Home
If you can't let go of the traditional dinner and a movie, cook him his favorite meal and rent a movie you both like. (Just not a first date, though. This can lead to…expectations.) Guys love a laid-back night, plus we all know what mami always said: Cooking is the way to his heart!
A Day Cruise
Depending on your area, a day cruise is a perfect, glam night out full of music, drinks and romance. You can find great deals and include dinner and drinks with your ticket, and even live DJs! Check local music and tourist listings to see what's offered.
A Batting Cage
Going to a game is hectic and sometimes super-expensive (and it will suck if you're not into sports), so put a spin on the typical mini-golf date and hit up a batting cage to practice your beisbol. It's fun, a good workout for your upper body and a lot of men love a girl who can-or at least tries to-play some sports. And don't worry, there's plenty of pads and gear to protect you from hard balls (we mean on the field, of course).
Take a Cooking Class
This one will benefit you in the long run if abuela's cooking skills didn't rub off on you, and it's definitely out of the ordinary. It's a great way to bond with your man and get some tips on recipes to impress him with later on.
Take a Dance Class
If you read our last issue, you know Latin dancing can get, um, steamy. Take a class together. Then surprise him one night with your kick-ass Salsa or Carnaval-style Samba moves.
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