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Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Recent courses included Cajun New York strip steaks, crabcakes and summer vegetable spaghetti. Have some evening entertainment on hand, too. Lawn games might be a good idea for the remainder of the weekend but pull out some games from Ali Cat Toys in Carrboro or puzzles from Flyleaf Books. Folks with older kids might enjoy the virtual cinema program hosted by The Carolina Theatre. (Or enjoy after the kids go to bed!) A variety of first-run films are
BONUS TIP! Date nights aren’t just for weekends. Consider getting takeout for dinner from any of our local restaurants on slower days of the week like Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when they could really use an extra boost.
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available through the venue’s website, and a portion of proceeds from virtual cinema tickets purchased will benefit Carolina Theatre of Durham Inc., the nonprofit that operates the historic downtown venue. Ticket prices vary per film, which are added and removed week to week. Don’t forget the concessions either! Popcorn, candy, drinks (including beer and wine) and Carolina Theatre merchandise are all available to purchase online every Friday for pickup from 4-8 p.m.
kip the cooking and grab a few specialty items for an alfresco lunch or dinner. Start with wings from Heavenly Buffaloes, the messiest but oh-so-delicious food that was made for picnics. Pay a visit to Weaver Street Market, Bulldega Urban Market or Durham Co-op Market for grab-and-go accompaniments such as dips or chicken salad. Or get potato salad and pasta sides from Mama Dip’s, which also offers complete picnic meals featuring courses like Southern fried chicken, deviled eggs and yeast rolls that serve two to eight people. And you can’t go wrong with pita and eight different kinds of hummus from Mediterranean Deli. Or, for $7.99 a pound, get a few sides like tabbouleh salad, Israeli red cabbage and broccoli salad. Don’t forget to stock up on some refreshments. The Oak House Wine Club allows you to try out three themed bottles each month, and each bottle comes with digital tasting notes. Acme’s to-go menu regularly features cocktail kits with names like Juicy Fruit or The Weekender. Just add your own booze at home. We also love Annexe sangria, in rotating flavors like Mango Mule and Piña Colada, served in picnic-friendly plastic pouches that will remind you of Capri Sun but more fun. Boricua Soul has similar togo pouches with offerings like Peach Passion Fruit Frose. Pick up some kid-friendly-yet-cool paper products from Parker and Otis; their selection ranges from galactic party cups to large paper plates featuring a quaint farm scene. Or find some reusable Melamine plates and glassware at Bungalow. Lay out your impressive spread – on a versatile throw from Indio or show your Tar Heel pride with a UNC throw blanket from Johnny T-shirt – and dig in!
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