Monthly Archives: February 2013

Breaking The Ice Without Breaking The Bank: Part 2

by Sabrina Cohen

In this follow up to last week’s post, we highlight more date ideas that conserve your dollars without making you look like a cheap-ster. In fact, these spots are likely to earn you points for creativity. So ditch the typical dinner date and venture out to one of these spots on your next Meetmoi matchup.

DESSERT

Why do dinner when you can go straight to dessert? This new dating trend will keep things light and sweet, and encourages indulging on more than one level. NY’s Blue Hill is a farm-to-table restaurant offering $25 dessert tastings set against the backdrop of a romantic West Village brownstone.

LIVE MUSIC

Rockwood music hall is a live music venue perfect for dating on a dime. The intimate setting allows you to get up close and personal with performers—or your date. Talented up-and-comers grace the stage every night, and cover charges, if any, are minimal. No velvet rope, no BS. Arrive early to snag a candlelit table or cozy chairs in the balcony!

MUSEUMS

Museums offer thoughtful contemplation and instant conversation at seriously reasonable rates. If you live in a large city like NY, chances are you’ve got great options at your fingertips. Try something different like the Merchant Museum—NY’s only 19th century home to survive intact.

WINE BAR

Good wine is artful, sexy, and typically less costly than your average cocktail. The 8th Street Wine Cellar’s warm brick walls and candle lit tables provide subtle sophistication, minus the pretentiousness. Class it up with one of their reasonably priced boutique bottles.

Got some low-cost date concepts of your own? Share them with us below!

Sabrina Cohen is a blogger, copywriter, and creative consultant for MarketSmiths.com.

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Double Duty Dates

by Sabrina Cohen

Love isn’t always convenient. Sometimes your MeetMoi alerts pop up at a time when it just doesn’t seem possible to squeeze anything else on your plate, no matter how excited you are. In the spirit of romantic multitasking, we’re sharing a few last minute date ideas that’ll have you killing two birds with one stone.

Workouts

There are lots of fun ways to combine your date and your workout—a run, a bike ride, the gym—some even offer drop-in classes for non-members. It’s a great way break a sweat and sneak a peek of your date in form fitting attire! It’s also the perfect atmosphere to spark lighthearted conversation, flirtation, and even physical contact. Spotter anyone?

Shopping

Normal, everyday activities like grocery or gift shopping can provide an interesting view of your date’s tastes and behaviors. When you’re in a crunch, it can also be a great way to consolidate your time and gauge whether there’s enough chemistry to warrant a more in-depth date.

Movies

Calling all cinephiles! Awards season is in full swing, and the Oscars are right around the corner—February 24th to be exact. If you still haven’t seen the nominated films, the thought of catching up may be overwhelming. Pull double duty with a film date. It’s a convenient way to stay current, test the romantic waters, and have neutral material to discuss with your date.

Ever escaped the timing trap with a double duty date idea? We’re curious to hear yours!

Sabrina Cohen is a blogger, copywriter, and creative consultant for MarketSmiths.com. 

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Breaking The Ice Without Breaking The Bank: Part 1

by Sabrina Cohen

Dating not only requires an investment of time, but dollars as well. Even casual dating can quickly become financially hazardous. With a little creativity, however, you can learn to date cost-consciously without looking like a cheapskate. Check out this first installment of fun and subtly frugal dating ideas to try the next time you get that MeetMoi alert.

HOTEL HAPPY HOUR – Most bars offer some kind of happy hour special during the week, and meeting right after work is the perfect time to take advantage under the cover of convenience. Try upscale spots serving HH specials, like the John Dory Oyster Bar in the Ace Hotel.

CONNOISSEUR COFFEE – OK, so coffee can look like a cheap date idea, but it doesn’t have to if you avoid generic spots like Starbucks. Find an interesting cafe featuring specialty caffeinated concoctions, or other distinctive highlights worthy of conversation—cool music, artwork, an outdoor garden, or view for people watching. Milk and Roses in NYC is a perfect example.

LOADED LUNCH – Meeting someone on your lunch hour is a great way to gauge chemistry with limited time and money. Find out what kind of food your date is into and choose a spot with high ratings and low-priced lunch specials. Get a delicious bang for your buck at Tue Thai.

TAPAS TEASE – This Spanish tradition of small plates was designed to encourage conversation. Sharing also inadvertently encourages intimacy. Sampling several dishes is always more fun than one, and it’s likely to satisfy while leaving you and your date wanting just a little more. An authentic tapas bar will likely have killer drinks as well! Try sexy (and scrumptious) Sala One Nine.

What do you think about these undercover low-budget date ideas? Share some of your own below!

Sabrina Cohen is a blogger, copywriter, and creative consultant for MarketSmiths.com.

 

 

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Dater Profiles: The Paperboy

by Sabrina Cohen

Check out other daters Sabrina has profiled: Dater Profiles.

We all think we know what we want: A man at least 6′ tall, with dark hair and a six figure salary; A curvy woman with a master’s degree, blue eyes, and a dazzling smile.

But as the adage goes—looks can be deceiving.

Take, for example, The Paperboy.

On paper, he was everything I thought I wanted: sexy, educated, fit, stylish, successful, and fun. But after a few months, I realized there wasn’t much beneath the surface. I also realized that his paper traits had blindsided me to the truth.

After I broke it off, I wondered who else among those that appeared to “have it all” really did. I also wondered how many people get seduced by the mirage like I did. Or worse, who among us is actually living the smoke and mirrors: bettering our “paper selves” in the hopes that we’ll appear more desirable?

In other words, how many of us sacrifice inner authenticity for an outer marketing aura? For the ones that do, is keeping up appearances worth the effort?

There’s nothing that stands in for a person who makes you feel grounded, acknowledged, cared for, and truly known—especially when the “you” that person knows is the one beyond your paper persona.

Have you ever been hoodwinked by a fantasy? Tell us about it.

Sabrina Cohen is a blogger, copywriter, and creative consultant for MarketSmiths.com.

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Don’t Take This Personally: Advice for Single Parent Dating

By Jackie Potts

Dating is challenging enough when you’re a party of one, but imagine adding Mini-Mes to the mix. Still, plenty of funny, charming single parents want to meet and hang out too. This post is for you parents in the dating pool, and also you solo agents interested in dating single parents, but receiving mixed signals.

Parents have countless obligations. Take singlehood, and multiply it by 100. Recognizing these and not taking them personally makes dating a single mom/dad a lot simpler. For example, your single parent date might:

Arrive with spit-up on his shoulder, toys in her purse, or other thoughts on their minds. Don’t jump to the conclusion that he’s a slob, or she has ADD. It’s likely a temporary oversight.

Cancel at the last-minute. Kids are unpredictable. One minute they’re playing, and the next, “you’re standing in a pile of vomit in your stilettos,” says Sarah, divorced mom of 2. Kids also fall down, get in trouble, and, by the way, can’t drive.  All of these can impact your plans.

Not be spontaneous. Let’s say a co-worker gave you tickets to tonight’s Big Game and you invite the sports-fan dad you’ve been seeing. Instead of hugging you, he backs slowly away murmuring, “No, no, NO,” like Van Helsing confronting Dracula. Don’t panic. Single parents need at least a week’s notice, often two weeks, for a night out. They have to reserve a sitter, a back-up sitter, and another vomit-friendly sitter just in case the first two sitters are struck by ebola.

Refrain from inviting you home. Kids get attached more quickly than adults. Enough said!

Not have seen an (R-rated) movie in years:  One pro of dating a single parent is they’re
“easily pleased.” Having a conversation without the word “princess” can be enough to make their day.

Jackie Potts is a blogger at MarketSmiths.com.

 

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Dating & Dining: A 3-Course Comparison

by Sabrina Cohen

You can really get to know someone over dinner. Beyond the conversation are the cues that occur around the ritual itself. Do you project consideration and compassion, or is it all about you?

ORDERING

Does your date’s ordering style remind you of Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally? … “I’d like the apple pie a la mode, but I’d like the pie heated and I don’t want the ice cream on top, I want it on the side. And I’d like strawberry instead of vanilla if you have it, and if not, then no ice cream, just whipped cream, but only if it’s real…

Ultra specific ordering can hint at signs of rigidity in other areas. It’s not about conforming: it’s about whether there’s any room for flexibility. It may be evidence of someone hyper-controlling.

SERVICE

Like it or not, servers withstand a lot of flack from the general public, versus being accorded respect for a job that requires brains, charisma, and serious hustle. The best test of character is the way one treats service staff. As a former waitress and bartender, nothing turns me off more than a guy who is condescending, dismissive or arrogant toward the staff at dinner. I’m still scarred by one who actually snapped his finger to get a waiter’s attention. Engaging the wait staff with eye contact and appreciation shows class and kindness.

RESILIENCE

On your next outing, notice your date’s ability to bounce back from disappointments, like an incorrect order, undesirable seating, or long wait. A positive response to setbacks at dinner can reflect an underlying ability to go with the flow in general. Life is full of mishaps. Being too uptight to laugh off an imperfect moment could be a sign of someone with unrealistic expectations, or worse—a bad attitude.

Keep the conversation going! Comment below on your dating & dining perspective.

Sabrina Cohen is a blogger, copywriter, and creative consultant for MarketSmiths.com.

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Valentine’s Day: Singles Soirees

by Sabrina Cohen

For singles, Valentine’s Day can seem like a proverbial shot through the heart. Here in NY, however, opportunists everywhere are finally learning that singles can enjoy this holiday just as much as their coupled counterparts. Defy the dated Kleenex and ice cream notion: break out your MeetMoi app and head to one of these spots instead!

Missed Connections

Grand Central Station is best known as NYC’s landmark hub for train connections. Tonight it’s a hub for love connections as The New York Transit Museum hosts its annual Missed Connections party inside the famed Vanderbilt Hall. Highlights? The Transit Museum’s Grand by Design exhibit, music, poetry, tastings of wine, beer, and dessert… AND designated kissing rooms!

Unlovable at Brooklyn’s Bell House

This converted 1920’s warehouse is perfect for spying eye candy far across the room as cover band The Sons & Heirs plays their hearts out in tribute to The Smiths & Morrissey. Come early for comedian Dave Hill, and stay for the sweet sounds of British rock… and maybe a smooch in the corner.

Bar Crawl

Feigning young, raucous love on the run? Try NYC’s official V-day bar crawl: Ten Midtown East bars ensure endless opportunities to drink like a fish and swim from bar to bar alongside single strangers. Be sure to come up for air now and again, if you plan to make it back to shore in one piece.

What’s your plan for Valentine’s Day? Share your singles suggestions below!

Sabrina Cohen is a blogger, copywriter, and creative consultant for MarketSmiths.com.

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