You know when you meet someone new right around Valentine’s day and you’re feeling really awkward about doing the typical romantic dinner and rose petals everywhere type of thing. Because it will clearly be too much.
So I thought it would be appropriate to write about a few laid back V-day activities for you and your new bae that aren't going to scare him/her away. There are so many chill things you can do together without getting all cheesy and lovey dovey.
1. Denial date
One of the easiest ways of dealing with Valentine's in the early stages of your relationship is by pretending it doesn't exist. Just ignore it and do whatever you would normally do if it wasn't February 14th. Would you be seeing each other and having dinner? Great, then do that.
2. Double date
Feeling a little awkward to commit to an intimate one on one date? No problem. You can totally have a double date. Do something fun together with your friends, like a real-life quest game at A/Maze. It's guaranteed to make you and your company feel comfortable. Not to mention that it's actually fun.
3. Giggity giggity
The obvious. Why not have a bedroom date? Get your 50 Shades Of Grey face on and "celebrate" away.
This year, Valentine's day falls on a Sunday which is perfect for a brunch. Grab your bae and head to one of these places for a delicious low-key celebration.
5. Card and/or chocolates
Hey, you might want to step out of your comfort zone A LITTLE bit and get him/her a card and/or chocolates. Why not? It's not that overwhelming if you think about it. Want to get a little more adventurous? Prepare these bacon-chocolate shot glasses and get tipsy together.
6. Reasonably priced dinner date
If you're afraid of going overboard, opt for a "reasonably priced" dinner date. Nothing too crazy, just something super down to earth, yet still Valentine's day appropriate... You know what I mean? Here's a list of Montreal restaurants that perfectly fit within this category.
Instead of having an actual date, why not get a little wild and party together instead? Head to a bar in Plateau, get some drinks and have an unforgettable night together.
8. Netflix and chill
Netflix and Chill is always a good idea. Especially considering that this coming Sunday the temperature is going to get ridiculously cold... it will be a perfect day to stay in and cuddle.
9. Say "YOLO!" and go all out
Who says you CAN'T get romantic with someone you just met? If it does't work out, you'll still get to keep fun memories you shared together. Go all out, have dinner, ride in a horse carriage, get fireworks, hire a private chef, fly to Vegas, go crazy, have fun! Your life, your rules.
10. Skip V-day (BONUS)
Another alternative would be to skip Valentine's day altogether. It's easy AND cost effective.
A refreshing video of a raccoon enjoying a shower on a hot summer day is making a splash on social media, courtesy of a young Montreal resident and his kiddie pool.
"Yeah buddy, the raccoon is taking a shower in your (kiddie pool)," Elena Parial explained to her son in the video, as the animal appeared to bathe. "He undid the plug and he's now taking a full-on shower."
Judging by the 47-second clip posted July 5, the raccoon was probably hot and thirsty as it drank plenty of shower water.
Unfortunately, the critter's paws damaged the pool's plug while yanking it out: "Luckily, our son's splash table wasn't a splurge price-wise," said Parial.
Naturally, the shower-loving raccoon has made a splash on social media.
"So cute. Sorry about the plug," stated one Facebook fan of the well-groomed raccoon.
Animal takes shower to beat the heat
Parial, who lives in Montreal's Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce borough, told MTL Blog the raccoon has been frequenting her back deck for about six months.
"He had been visiting us infrequently before but we became more aware of him as of December 28, 2020, when he attacked our compost bin in a particularly aggressive and messy manner," she said.
Parial said the raccoon may have found a "lady friend" by the looks of a subsequent video posted July 7, which shows a pair of critters frolicking playfully on her patio furniture.
"I don't have irrefutable evidence that the shower attracted the lady friend, but this is the first time we've seen him with a friend," she said. "It's a gross assumption but it makes for a good social media post."
A possible 'lady friend'
Parial said she does not mind the raccoon taking up residence near her home, as it's been much less destructive than the squirrels who "have eaten [their] patio lights and torn numerous holes in [their] patio furniture," but she does have some concerns.
"I'm worried that we'll unknowingly stroll onto our deck not knowing he's sleeping there and find ourselves in a situation," she said. "More importantly, I worry my son may find himself in a situation because he's got a keen toddler curiosity."
She's also afraid the raccoon could lose its fear of humans. "Currently, he scurries when my husband taps on our patio door. He scurries away and knows we want our space. I'm not sure how long this is going to last before he figures out we're just scared of him and any pests or diseases he may carry."
Kiddie pool has become a water source
Bill Dowd, founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, said Parial's kiddie pool has probably become a water source for the "highly intelligent, very inquisitive" creature.
"My recommendation to the homeowner would be to obviously remove that water source," he said.
"If I was a betting man," he continued, "I would bet that if you see the raccoon that frequently on her deck, I would suspect it's probably living underneath the deck or maybe in her attic or in her chimney or underneath the shed out back."
He said the pair in the video are probably enjoying a platonic relationship as it's not raccoon mating season, which runs from January to June, so they won't be making raccoon babies together anytime soon.
"From the behaviour that those videos show me, I would say they're juveniles are just kind of being teenagers," he said.
"Getting into trouble, being rambunctious and kind of wrestling and fooling around."
Teleport is a new video speed-dating platform where you get set up with five people that you share similarities with and get to go on five dates in 30 minutes.
Afterwards, you're able to continue messaging the people you met during the dates if you both chose the option to keep talking to one another.
It is designed for people of all sexual orientations.
To get paired up, you get yourself a "ticket" for different events that pique your interest, such as one called "Outdoor Adventure anyone?" then you will get to meet people who also signed up for the same event when it begins.
Teleport will officially launch in Montreal on June 17 at 8 p.m. and you'll be able to start signing up for events that evening, which will allow you to go on dates with people of similar interests.
"Starting June 17th, we will have weekly events on Thursdays, 8 pm where people are smartly paired," Teleport told MTL Blog.
Why do the creators think Teleport is necessary in today's world?
The creators of Teleport, Chad Goodman, Tyler Greenberg and Michael Ding have been working on the app for two years now. "We completely evolved the way you meet new people," the creators told MTL Blog.
"The future of social is live, in the moment, and as exciting as the real world. We believe that the best encounters are face-to-face. When you can see their smile, hear their voice, and feel their energy."
"Swiping right will never replace that magic. But, swiping and texting have replaced real connections. The very apps that seek to bring us together are what are making us feel so alone."
They concluded by saying, "Dating should be exciting, in the moment, and face-to-face, not a mindless game, swiping on fake profiles. Teleport is inspired by the real world, and we believe that it’s the first real dating app.”
Once Teleport launches on June 17, you'll be able to go to either the website or the app, which you can find under "Teleport Dating: Video Events" on the Apple App Store, and start building your profile.
When creating your Teleport profile, you'll be asked different questions like your star sign, how often you exercise, "do you enjoy drinking?" and more to help the team at Teleport get to know you better.
You can also write a bio about yourself and add various photos.
Once your profile is all set up, you can take a look at the events happening for Montreal and see which ones you'd be interested in video chatting people at!
Also located in the Hotel William Gray — this one on the 8th floor — Terrasse William Gray will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the terrace will be covered and heated depending on the weather.
The show is hosted by Afrim Pristine, who Food Network calls "the world's youngest Maître Fromager (Cheese Master)." Throughout the series, Pristine will showcase the cheese profile of cities and countries around the world, as he meets up with "culinary pioneers" of the cheese biz.
Quebec's episode is the fourth in the first season. Pristine tastes modern cheesy classics in Montreal (including poutine) and stops at two generations-old fromageries outside the city before travelling to Quebec City and Charlevoix.
You can expect to see him cross paths with Chuck Hughes of Le Bremner and Michele Forgione of Chez Tousignant. Montrealers know that these guys know their cheese!
Cheese-lovers everywhere can stream Cheese: A Love Story on the Global TV app with a subscription or through STACKTV on Amazon Prime. It premieres on June 9 at 8 p.m.