Gasp! Meeting Face-to-Face: A Guide to Speed Dating in the City

Sourced from Dashing Date's Facebook Page

Sourced from Dashing Date’s Facebook Page

Confession: my boyfriend and I met on Tinder. I wish I could regale you with an invented story of how we first bumped into each other on the seawall on a drizzly day. He offered me shelter under his umbrella. I agreed, suddenly struck with the certain knowledge that he was The One. But the truth is that we both downloaded apps on our phones, swiped right on each other’s pics, and lo and a behold, received an “It’s a Match!” notification. It’s not exactly material for a Harlequin romance.

Ah yes, the virtual nature of 21st century dating. Fortunately, for those of you who still believe in the merits of face-to-face interaction (how quaint), there is another option out there.

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Gasp! Meeting Face-to-Face: A Guide to Speed Dating in the City

Caffeinated Love: How and Where to Rock a Coffee Date in Vancouver

Flickr - Kris Krüg

Photo Credit: Flickr – Kris Krüg

Last year, the year I decided I was going to fall madly in love, I went on 32 first dates. It wasn’t quite an Adam Sandler movie (he and Drew Barrymore made it to 50) but it was a dizzying array of new people.

There was occasional disappointment (baths and ice cream became my best friends), but I’m fortunate to say that, for the most part, everyone I met was kind and pleasant. It’s just that a real connection, that feeling of being on the same electrifying frequency, was elusive.

Many of those first dates occurred over coffee since the proverbial coffee date has a few key advantages: it’s short, expectations are kept in check, and both people are sober. Believe me: a multi-course meal as a first date can be a recipe for extended awkwardness. And over the course of that year, I did learn a few things about acing that quick initial meeting.

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Caffeinated Love: How and Where to Rock a Coffee Date in Vancouver

Dating in Vancouver: Westside Wander

Photo credit: Beatty Biodversity Museum/Derek Tan

Photo credit: Beaty Biodversity Museum/Derek Tan

Many of my friends complain about the lack of a singles scene in Vancouver. In fact, when Vancouver Magazine published an article about dating here, my internet was set aflame with comments, emails, Facebook posts, tweets and news stories about the controversial article entitled, “Do Vancouver Men Suck?” The January 2012 article sent many single Vancouverites into a period of navel gazing (my-single-self-at-the-time included). Why was it so hard to meet and keep the interest of potential mates in this city?

It all boils down to actually getting out there and doing things. If your excuse for not clicking on that cute person’s OK Cupid profile is a lack of dating activities in Vancouver, then you’re mistaken.

Our city is bestowed with many date-tastic neighborhoods and activities. Vancouver’s Westside contains endless day or night courtship possibilities. Whether you like beach walks or fine dining, biology explained or sex explored, cool patios or warm barstools, the Westside offers up a range of naughty, nice or nature-inspired possibilities. Continue reading:
Dating in Vancouver: Westside Wander