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Thrifty Ottawa Surprise Book Hunt

Duration: 3 hours
Budget: $20

This unique date idea combines the charm of book browsing in one of Ottawa's cozy second-hand bookstores with a homemade treat that will fill your hearts with warmth and sweetness. You get to explore each other's taste in literature and enjoy a comforting homemade dessert afterwards.

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  • Your partner is told to keep the day free and you both meet at a charming second-hand bookstore in the heart of the city. The surprise element of this date is the book hunt. Each of you get to pick a book for the other based on what you think they would enjoy. You only reveal your choices to each other after purchasing them.
  • Then you both head back to your place, where you surprise your partner by serving them a sweet treat - homemade brownies. You spend the rest of the date exchanging thoughts about your book choices over freshly baked brownies with a cup of tea or coffee.
  • The unexpected book choices in combination with the comforting homemade brownies adds an appealingly light-hearted, fun twist to the concept of a surprise date.

Preparation steps:

  • Firstly, decide on a bookstore for the day. Ottawa has many second-hand bookstores that offer a wonderfully diverse selection at affordable prices. Some popular suggestions are 'Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar' or 'Books on Beechwood'.
  • You'll need to prepare the brownies in advance. Look for a simple and classic brownie recipe online. Remember to ensure that your home kitchen is clean and tidy before the date.
  • Lastly, if you want to elevate the atmosphere of your cozy reading session, consider burning a scented candle or playing some soft background music.

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Some tips:

  • Try to glean some information about your partner's reading preferences prior to the date, it might help you in choosing a book they'll love. However, try not to let this influence your choice too much, part of the fun lies in the surprise discovery.
  • When baking, remember to test the readiness of the brownies by sticking a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out with a few crumbs, the brownies are done.
  • If you know your partner's favourite scent, consider using a candle of the same scent to set a pleasantly familiar and comfortable atmosphere.

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