12 Dates of Christmas: Food Crawl

This is date number seven in our 12 Dates of Christmas series. What do you do when you can’t decide between 3 restaurants? Go to all 3 for a food crawl!


Anyone who knows me knows I don’t have the biggest appetite. It’s not that I don’t want to eat; simple physics keeps me from stuffing much in. So when Brad suggested we go on a food crawl for one of our Christmas dates I was a bit concerned about how I would stuff 3 courses in.

A Christmas miracle happened. I somehow managed to stuff in some Mexicali Dip, lasagna and cheesecake without needing a tums. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t necessarily finish each course, but at least had a healthy sampling of each. Now I sit and wonder how I did it and hope I didn’t stretch my stomach beyond repair.

I think the key to enjoying all 3 courses is to have ample time in between to recover. For instance, after our main course I was sure I wouldn’t be able to stuff in any cheesecake at Perk’s, but instead of heading there right away, we went on a mini drive to look at Christmas lights. This did wonders for the gag reflex. I was so happy that I could shove in more than one forkful of Chocolate Eruption dessert.

The food crawl was probably one of my favourite dates thus far. We got to try out 3 new restaurants and enjoyed a full night of each other’s company.


After doing a bunch of Christmas themed dates that kept us mostly inside the house I was happy to get to do the food crawl. The idea is simple, take a pub crawl and replaced the pubs with restaurants and the alcohol with meals.

We both agreed we wanted to try at least one restaurant that was new to us. Our first stop was for appetizers at Mexicali Rosa’s. If you remember our post about the holiday parade, our car got trapped in the parking garage due to the traffic, so we went out for nachos. That was our first time at Mexicali Rosa’s and we really enjoyed it so we decided to come back. We ordered the Mexicali Dip which has beans, taco beef, Monterey Jack, sour cream, Pico de Gallo, guacamole, and green onions. It was very tasty with both the nacho chips and the pita bread for dipping. The best part about going to Mexicali Rosa’s for nachos/dip is that you get a little basket of nachos to snack on (instead of the usual bread) while you wait for your nachos!

After we finished with the appetizers we headed to Dofsky’s Grill for the main course. I had the Dofsky’s Burger (adventurous, I know) and Susan had Dofsky’s Signature Lasagna. We enjoyed it all very much. I got the burger because I wanted something that wouldn’t be too big since we still had another restaurant to go to. Little did I know that the burger was going to be massive. It tasted great though and I’m pretty sure we both liked it enough to go back some day. We were terrible at remembering to take pictures though, so you’ll have to settle for staring at my half eaten burger.

Lastly we went to Perks for dessert. If you’ve been reading our blog for a while you know that Susan and I enjoy Perks quite a bit, but we usually just go for coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. We had no idea they had such great desserts until a friend told us about it. We had some kind of Chocolate Eruption cheesecake or something that was really great.

The food crawl was a lot of fun. The best part about it for me is that we can do it again and make it feel like a totally original date if we pick a different set of restaurants. In the summer time it’s fun to pick places within walking distance of each other so that you can work off each course, but since it’s freezing cold this time of year we opted to jump in the car.

I would recommend a food crawl to anyone without hesitation. We had a great time. It’s fun to mix and match different types of food into one night, plus we got to experience a new restaurant. If you’ve ever done a food crawl we would love to hear about your experience.

Steve Sumarah: 2nd Half


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