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Non-Standard Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day This Year

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By , January 28, 2015 9:32 am

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that you either love or you hate. Sure, the air is filled with romance and sweet things to eat. But it also often comes with a lot of anticipation, planning, and obligation. However, not every Valentine’s celebration has to revolve around a stuffy dinner or unappreciated bouquet of roses.

There are lots of ways to cater this “Hallmark holiday” to your own relationship and make it mean something special to both you and the love of your life. And since February 14th falls on a Saturday this year, there are lots of options on the table. Let FunSherpa be your guide as you open your mind to a whole new way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Go to the Ballet via Limo Ride

If either you or your sweetheart has never seen a ballet before, Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to see what it’s all about. Chicago is one of the best places have a ballet and limousine experience because there are so many talented ballerinas in the city and a limo takes the hassles out of getting there. Before or after the show, take a walk around the trendy River North neighborhood to grab a bite to eat or nightcap before heading home.

Photo credit: ExpoMeloneras via Flickr

Photo credit: ExpoMeloneras via Flickr

Savor the Sweet Life on a Chocolate Tour

If you simply can’t part with the idea of chocolate on Valentine’s Day, then why not learn a little bit about the sweet stuff to celebrate as well? Boston Chocolate Tours offer the opportunity to learn about the process of making chocolate and return home with plenty of mouthwatering samples. You can take classes to create delicious chocolates and deserts on your own and follow the instruction of experienced chefs who love what they do. These tours last approximately 2-3 hours.

Get Creative with a Cooking Class

Cooking together is something that’s important to many couples, and the process can go much smoother when both of you have a deeper appreciation for culinary traditions. Consider signing up for a Lunch and Learn Cooking Class in Seattle to learn how to cook better meals at home! This is a great gift for the inspiring chef in your relationship and as a fun activity to do together. The experience lasts about 2 hours and bottled water and tea are complimentary.

Photo credit: Mood Town via Flickr

Photo credit: Mood Town via Flickr


Get Sensual with a Dance

There are few things in life more romantic than dancing, and we’ve found the perfect Dancing Together experience in San Diego. This dance class features private instruction in a friendly and relaxed environment, so there’s no need to be nervous. This is a perfect place for couples interested in social dancing as a hobby or who want to look more professional on the dance floor at their upcoming wedding. Classes last about 45 minutes and are taught by top-notch instructors who can accommodate all skill levels.

What are some other ways that you’ve considered spending Valentine’s Day this year?

Turn a Kitchen Chore Into a Lifelong Hobby: Take a Cooking Class!

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By , November 26, 2013 12:03 pm

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many of us have turkey and mashed potatoes on our minds. But this is also a great time of year to experiment with other types of cuisine, and better yet, learn how to cook new dishes in your own kitchen!

Photo Credit: Jake Berenguer via WikiMedia Commons

Photo Credit: Jake Berenguer via WikiMedia Commons

Even if you’ve been cooking at home for decades, a class can reinforce proper cooking methods, teach you to cook dishes you’ve never tried before, and introduce you to unique ingredients. At FunSherpa, we offer  a variety of cooking classes that cover appetizers, dessert, and everything in between.

Few other activities allow you to tap into your creative side while actually saving money on dining expenses. If you’re doing it right, cooking should feel like a hobby, not a chore. Check out some of these practical, exotic, and romantic cooking classes!

Basic Cooking Skills

As with any hobby, you should always start with the basics and work your way to more advanced challenges.   Basic cooking skills classes cover using the right type of knives for your dishes and how to keep them sharp. These classes also teach you how to prepare stocks, basic sauces, dressings, and toppings. Learn how to steam, poach, and fry vegetables the right way to create a perfect dinner!

Couples Cooking Class

Instead of spending so much money eating out in restaurants with your significant other every day, why not bond over new ingredients and healthy, homemade dishes? Couples cooking classes also make for unique and romantic date nights. Some classes are demonstration-only, allowing you to sit back, relax, and learn. Other couples cooking instructors will put you to work, teaching you to share cooking responsibilities with your better half.

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Photo Credit: Jorge Royan via WikiMedia Commons

Indian Cooking Class

Explore the delicious flavors of India while discovering new vegetables that will tantalize your taste buds. Some Indian cooking classes are taught privately from the instructor’s home to give you an authentic learning experience. You’ll learn how to use exotic spices to liven up rice, lentils, and beans, and lots of Indian dishes are even vegetarian-friendly.

Sushi Making Class

It might sound intimidating, but you can make the sushi you love going out for right at home in your kitchen. Immerse yourself in Japanese culinary culture and learn from the expertise of some of the world’s finest sushi chefs. In a sushi making class, you’ll learn how to handle raw seafood, slice the fish, wrap rice in nori, and neatly roll it all together. Just add your favorite fruits,vegetables, and sauces for a unique and delicious creation!

Dessert Making Class

An exquisite meal deserves an exquisite ending. Learn how to make delectable desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your friends, family, and co-workers every time. Dessert making classes cover the basics of pastry baking and expands on those basics to create unique sweets. By the end of class, you’ll feel confident whipping up pie crusts, cookie doughs, pastry creams, sponge cakes, ice creams, souffles, and more!

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