As the online food writer for ABC News-“Good Morning America” and a culinary school graduate, I suppose it’s safe to say I’m a “foodie” (no matter how much I might dislike the word). I’m also an active New York City dater, so when I started hearing more and more about dating sites that cater to people with a big interest level in food and restaurants, I became curious.
But it seemed inadequate just to tell readers the sites existed, so, despite not being online dating’s biggest fan, I signed up for three foodie sites to survey the scene. Anything for the readers.
Spoiler alert: I’m still single, after many messages and three dates. But I came away with observations about each service that can help better inform if you’d like to try them, too. Read on to hear my experiences with HowAboutWe, HiDine and SamePlate.
Serious Eats recently announced its partnership with HowAboutWe, where members suggest date ideas as a way to connect. Serious Eats positioned the partnership as a way to get the site’s single readers to “offline” with dates like “tacos and a spin around the Bronx zoo” or “a crawl of the essential dumplings of Flushing,” both of which sound like pretty great activities to me. I knew that Eater, Daily Meal and New York magazine also had similar partnerships to connect their like-minded readers, so I figured I’d check them all out to see how they differed.
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