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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Cheap Date Night at Down the Street

"If we can't be free at least we can be cheap."
- Frank Zappa

February was a long month for Lisa and me. Both sets of our kids' grandparents were down south, and we realized how spoiled we are by their ready willingness to babysit. So... no dates.

I guess we're making up for it, because we've had a bunch of great dates lately. There was our recent St. Paddy's pub crawl that began with dinner at the Parlour. Just on Thursday we celebrated Lisa's birthday with a wonderful meal at Pazzo followed by the highly successful (and rockin'!) Peace and Love For Yeager fundraiser. But last week Lisa and I returned to the scene of our very first  date ever when we hit Down the Street for Cheap Date Night.

 It was actually a triple date as we were joined by Paul and Amanda Finkelstein (from the Screaming Avocado Cafe and Twisted Carrot Cafe respectively) and Paul's sister and brother-in-law.

The company and ambiance were so enjoyable no one was in a hurry, and the prices for food and wine were fantastic, so we ordered all three of the sharing plates.  The Vegetable Pakoras were a nice Indian nibble.

The Middle Eastern Dip plate was passed around.

We got a couple of orders of  the Taquitos.

The entire table ordered the Pulled Pork Poutine for an appetizer.

Everyone loved their entrees: Sausage Panzerotti, Asian Beef Short Ribs, and/or Linguine with Cherry Tomatoes and Asiago.

Trevor (on left), Paul's right hand man from the Screaming Avocado, also cooks at Down the Street. He'll be holding down the fort at the student run cafeteria later this month when Paul and a group of SNSS students return to Nunavut for another adventure above the Arctic Circle. I think our next date will be to Stratford Northwestern's Culinary Club Dinner on Thursday April 19. Talk about a great deal: $25 for three courses and a glass of wine, and it all goes in support of the student adventure to Cape Dorset! Seatings are between 5:30pm and 7pm, call 519-271-9740 ext. 307 for reservations!

Cheap Date Night at Down The Street has ended but they are still the best place to go out for a date... their Spring Preview Menu looks incredible and will be available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout April.

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