Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Reader Seeking Advice

This morning I received an email from a reader looking for a date venue recommendation:

Met a girl, eharmony, ...who is a successful politician of sorts and is often in meetings, pictures, dinners etc.

I want to meet in either Montreal or Ottawa depending on the convenience factor for her and do something that is outside of her normal routines.



Obviously, he came here because of my romantic things to do in Ottawa post, but those either aren't romantic enough, or they're not outside of her normal routines enough, or they're not suitable for a successful politician of sorts.

So I suggested:

  1. Skating on the Canal: It is a cliché, but it is a wonderful thing that can only be done in Ottawa. Everybody always says "I should do this more often".
  2. Shoot some pool. She gets to look all sexy bending over the table. Maclarens on Elgin is nicely upscale for pool.
  3. Is she into sports? People say that an Ottawa 67s game is more fun than a Senators game. Then there's Spins'n'Needles, Disco Bingo, Roller Derby...

But he didn't like those:

...really looking to do something that is outside of her normal activities and requires intimacy (verbal!) and access to a one on one communication venue with the atmosphere and the surrounding environment contributing to a warm relaxing event .

So... Do we have more suggestions for K? Or should we let him figure this out on his own? Would we be doing a disfavour to the "girl" who is a successful politician of sorts if we give him a great date idea and it leads her to think he is a thinker-upper of great dates?


Miss Vicky said...

A bite, a pint and a game of Scrabble at the Manx.

A tour around the Cube followed by a meal at one of Hintonburg/West Wellington's fine establishments (pricey but worth it: Wellington Gastropub. Very basic surroundings but cheap and yummy: Vina del mar)

Aggie said...

I'm thinking National Gallery.

Anonymous said...

Museum of civ might be easier. Art can be a bit daunting to discuss, but everyone enjoys a good exhibit of egyptian mummies. Then if things are going well, they can sit close together on one of those comfy sofas in the rotunda while gazing up at the amazing painted dome. And i highly recommend the butter tarts they sell in the cafeteria.

or how about experiencing getting around the city without public transit? that would be different.

Anonymous said...

A good place to go for a cosy meal is the Elgin Street Freehouse (296 Elgin Street). The lighting is low, the cocktails are classy and the menu is interesting. It is just a very sexy atmosphere.

Anonymous said...

From a guy's perspective, definitely the roller derby.

Anonymous said...

So now that we know where to take Miss Vicky, Aggie, Marcie, Anonymous and myself on dates, it occurs to me that we are missing key information about the target date. So far the only criteria is to avoid meetings, pictures, and dinners.
Not much to go on.

Anonymous said...

I think he just wants somewhere warm and quiet to talk, but not your typical restaurant or bar. Based on his rejection of your initial suggestions, I don't think he's looking for something to do, just somewhere to be with her.

I would suggest a cabin in the woods for their third date, should there be one. For the first date we need to come up with a warm cozy bar or restaurant, preferably one with a fireplace. (Is there still a fondue restaurant in Ottawa?)

Unknown said...

He should bring her to Partner Yoga on February 13! I'm leading it at Rama Lotus. And it's a cheap date ;) 7:15 pm...

aandjblog said...

I would suggest Mud Oven. Why not make something nice together. He can make a bowl and she can decorate a cup. PLUS if it goes well, it sets up date #2 to pick up the items.

Also, the Taste of Winterlude is happening right now. He'll be able to do a nice table d'hote menu for cheaper than normal. I think it's on until Feb 22.

Another date idea, is going to a muesum. Science and Tech? Nature?

Pearl said...

The Wild Bird Care Center to show her his sensitive side?

Some small venue literary thing from listings at

Anonymous said...

would the race track be right outta the question?!

Anonymous said...

Thanks everyone for all your suggestions.

I have chosen the pint and bite and game of scrabble at the Manx and proposed it.

She is out of the country but I do expect a follow up and will provide the end result.

Thanks again!


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