Adrenaline Junkies? Try these daring dates...
Try something new and daring to spice up your love life.
"Adventurous dates add excitement, which arouses the central nervous system," says David B. Givens, Ph.D., author of Love Signals and director of the Center for Nonverbal Studies. "If you get an adrenaline rush from, say, sky-diving, you're both charged up, and that feeling spreads into the relationship itself. You associate that rush of adrenaline with the person you're with." Here are five suggestions for daring dates that'll kick the romance quotient up a notch:
Daring Date #1: Defy gravity
There's no bigger rush than rising above your daily life-literally. "I took my girlfriend Jessica for a glider plane flight," Chicagoan Michael Kelly says. "Our pilot did all sorts of crazy tricks. Even though she was digging her nails into my leg, Jessica's shrieks were definitely happy ones." Conquering a fear together or just experiencing something completely unusual creates an instant bond. Find a high-flying adventure near you by logging onto 1-800-sky-ride, or do a Google search for "glider rides".
Daring Date #2: Spice things up
Sure, the two of you could make pottery or improve your French, but why not be a bit edgy? Leila Singer and her boyfriend Casey took a cooking course through their local culinary school. "Our 'Hot & Spicy' cooking class was actually really erotic," confesses the Miami resident. "We made everything from stuffed habañero peppers to an Indian curry. Testing our limits with our sense of taste was a really sensual experience." Plus, working together in a kitchen shows you how your sweetheart deals with teamwork, new ideas, and the inevitable disasters. Who says oysters and chocolate are the only aphrodisiacs? Find a class near you at Culinary Schools.
Daring Date #3: Get inked
If you've got an adventurous spirit, you've probably thought about getting your body permanently branded (over a third of people in their late 20s have actually done it). For an unforgettable date, hit the parlor with your partner. "I'd talked about getting a tattoo, so the guy I was dating surprised me with a visit to the best tattoo artist he knew," says Miranda Hall from Brooklyn, NY. "While the lotus flower was being etched on my skin, he held my hand. It was really intimate having him there for support." WARNING: Do not have your lover's name tattooed on your body! An ex's name doesn't look good, even on gorgeous specimens like Denise Richards, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp!
Daring Date #4: Play a part together
Have you ever fantasized about being a spy? A Swedish supermodel? Indulge your daydreams by acting out a role in public that you've never had the courage to slip into solo. On an early date with her boyfriend, Danielle Trelling from San Francisco put on a faux French identity. "There was a long line and a strict doorman at a 'happening' club," she explains. "Josh put on a believable French accent and said he was a famous actor, and the doorman fell for it! We drank and danced for hours and kept up our roles as Brigitte and Bertrand all night long." Not ready to take this kind of act to the streets? Check local acting schools for an improvisation class--- it'll introduce you to hidden sides of each other's personalities!
Daring Date #5: Sah-wing!
Ever since the Sex and the City trapeze episode aired, the once-exotic high-flying circus act has become a fun option for everyone. "Once during a first date, this guy and I took a trapeze class at a recreation center," says Claire Branson from Los Angeles, CA. "It was such a childhood dream come true! Plus, he scored major points for thinking of such a fun date to begin with." Bonus: Stepping (and swinging) outside of your comfort zone lets you be vulnerable and build trust with a new person. If all goes well, soon you'll be walking the tightrope of love! To find a class in your town, check out High Flying Trapeze Resources U.S.
For some more fun date ideas (and a little more tame), visit our Fun Romantic Ideas .
Feed that man! (The best apple pie in the world)...
They say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Well, we think the best route is actually a little further south than that... but food helps!
Try this out on your sweetie:
PAPER BAG APPLE PIE
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell (scratch or frozen)
6 cups, 4-5 large tart apples, like granny smith
½ cup sugar
2 tblsp. flour
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 tblsp. lemon juice
½ cup sugar
½ cup flour
½ cup softened butter
Thaw pie shell, use fork to indent the edges (looks homemade).
Peel, core and cut apples into thinly sliced pieces (6 cups), place in large bowl.
In a small bowl, combine ½ cup sugar, 2 tblsp flour, and 2 spices.
Sprinkle dry mixture over apples, and toss to coat pieces well.
Spoon into pie shell.
Sprinkle lemon juice over the pie.
Now make topping: combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over apples. May need a fork to smear it on evenly.
Slip pie into a large brown paper bag, fold open end over twice and fasten with metal paper clips or staples.
Place on cookie sheet in 425° pre-heated oven.
Bake for 50 minutes, remove and let cool on wire rack.
Sweet, succulent, a hint of tartness, perfectly spiced, sweet crumbles on top. Nirvana!
Don't expect leftovers.
Hey, for more great pointers on cooking man-pleasing foods, visit Food For Lovers!
*Romance Tip: Focus on the positive... try to think more about what you like about your partner than dislike. What do you enjoy most about your life together?
We hope you have enjoyed this issue of Love Bytes Ezine. Each month, we will bring you another inspiring photo, quote or poem, plus fresh new articles on love, intimacy, dating and relationships.
Cause if you don't have love, nothing else matters...
~Stella and the girls from Findlove-Keeplove.com