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"This is less of a getting-drunk thing and more of a strictly educational endeavor."
They say being a starving creative professional is sooo romantic, but “they” clearly have no idea what a strict diet of rice and beans does to a person’s libido and digestive system. Being broke actually takes a lot of effort to make bearable. Here’s a date to make the best of your pitiful paycheck.
5pm: Take one of the Brooklyn Brewery’s free Saturday tours (79 N 11th St), running on the hour, every hour between 1 and 5pm. The one catch is that beer tokens are $5 each, or 5 for $20, so this is less of a getting-drunk thing and more of a strictly educational endeavor.
7pm: You wanted to conserve the dwindling amount of spaghetti you have for the week, so head on over to Bushwick’s famed Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos (271 Starr St). Nosh on arguably the borough’s best tacos, tortas and quesadillas while the factory’s employees roll out fresh tortillas in the back. The best news? No one item exceeds $4.
8:30pm: Cuddle up with those beers and have yourselves a good ol’ Planet Earth marathon on the couch. Reassure one another that you are having way more fun on this date than anyone ever could doing something expensive.
The Let's Make Dinner Date always sounds like a good idea, and for evolved couples, it can be a mutually enjoyed activity. But, come on, let's be honest. We know that most of the time it's really one person who "makes" dinner while the other person just stands there. Still, it's worth a try.
Anytime: Invest in the The New Brooklyn Cookbook, and find the recipe for a favorite dish from a local Brooklyn Joint. The content is culled from restaurants that "put Brooklyn on the culinary map," including Al di La, Roberta's, Vinegar Hill House, Buttermilk Channel, and 27 others. You’re bound to find one where you’ve dined.
Saturday, before 3 pm: : Pick up fresh produce from the McCarren Park Greenmarket. Delight in free samples.
5pm: Start cooking, and don't forget to delegate responsibility. If you're the type who likes to sit back and watch, at least offer to do the dishes.*
*This is very important, otherwise you will lose brownie points. Trust us.