New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

If April showers bring May flowers, what does May bring? If you guessed more social distancing, you win!  Fortunately, there are some amazing people who use technology to bring all the fun of a night out to you. 

With live streaming and video conferencing, we can still feel a connection with others. Places normally considered to be a great date night locales are taking their magic online, providing a flavorful and fun opportunity to gather together apart.

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Get ready for a New Jersey Date Night that’ll leave you jumping into the deep end of the (live) stream!

Back on the Farm

Taking a cooking class with your love in the convenience of your own kitchen is always a fun date and The Farm Cooking School makes it both educational and tasty. Located in Titusville, The school is streaming live cooking classes ranging from Greek cuisine to creating your own pastas. 

Be sure to check out their variety of French cooking lessons with dishes including duck legs confit, roasted poussin with thyme-lavender butter and bouillabaisse. And if you want to share your date night with the kids, you won’t want to miss the chicken wing and dipping sauces class.

For more information on The Farm Cooking School and their streaming classes, visit www.thefarmcookingschool.com.

Italy in your Kitchen

Farinolio Cuccina in Westfield is offering live stream cooking classes via their Instagram page. With their strong staff of chefs including Chef Fabio Piceni, Chef Michele Mancini and food blogger Dawn Del Russo, you’ll learn a lot and your kitchen will smell like heaven! 

Some of the past recipes include taralli (a sweet or savory Italian snack similar to a pretzel), herbed breadsticks and ricotta fresca. 

For more information on Farinolio Cuccina and their streaming classes, visit www.farinoliocucina.com/calendar.

Two Seats, One Table and all the Ingredients

When you take a live streamed cooking class from Hudson Table, you have the option to pop over to their Hoboken location to pick up all the ingredients you need for your class! If you decide to pick up the supplies yourself, you’ll be prepared, thanks to the shopping list they provide. 

From grilling to fan favorites including Chinese and Italian, you and your date will be impressed with their class offerings. You might want to try their tapas night, as Chef Angie Martin guides you through creating arroz al la marinera (Spanish-style rice with seafood and chorizo) and mejillones con béchamel (baked mussels with béchamel sauce).   

For more information on Hudson Table, visit www.hudsontable.com/our-classes.

Quarantini Mood Enhancement

Live streaming for ambiance is available to make our home happy hour even happier. Virtual Piano Bar is on the ready to provide the perfect musical backdrop to your home-based cocktail party. 

Check out their schedule and you may find a few familiar faces, including Joe Regan, a regular entertainer at Westfield’s 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro. Mix a drink, kick back and sing a song or two and don’t forget the virtual tip jar for your pianist!

For more information about Virtual Piano Bar, visit www.virtualpianobar.com and www.facebook.com/onlinePianoBar.

Almost but Quite Nice

If you weren’t proficient at Zoom prior to March 14, chances are you are now. Technology can help create everything from a great date night to a family reunion, and in our “new now” we need it more than ever. 

Regardless of your relationship status, technology can help you create and maintain interpersonal relationships, taking off the edge from sheltering in place. If you’re quarantining with your love, live streaming can be a great couple’s activity or a fantastic excuse for some alone time to chat with friends and family. 

Of course, video isn’t as great as in-person gatherings, but focusing on the positive in all aspects of our lives fosters a good outlook and a favorable mindset. When you have that positivity in you it transcends to your relationship, and that’s the major ingredient to successful coupledom — even in times like this.

Craig Rogers is the guy who gets relationships write. Author of The 49th Challenge, Craig has written countless articles on dating, relationships and breakup recovery. To learn more about Craig, visit www.CraigRogers.nyc.

What’s your idea for a great New Jersey Date? Tell Craig all about it at crogersnyc@gmail.com.

 

More At-Home Date Night Ideas:

New Jersey Date Night: Life’s a Picnic

What Kind of Wine Goes with Quarantine?

Cuddle Up with Dinner & a Movie

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