I was not going to hide my vegan lifestyle, and I was going pay attention to whether or not I was comfortable dating those who consumed animal products. If love is about being true to one's heart, wouldn't that include being true to one's love for animals?
Picture this: you’re on a promising first or second date with a person you met on a dating app (or maybe IRL; apparently that still happens). She looks at the menu at the second place, since the first place lacked an option that wasn’t cooked in lard. A lot of vegetarians (myself included) feel the need to reveal their dietary restrictions before a first date to avoid the awkward scenario above.
One serves your favorite carnitas tacos; the other is known for its hefty cheeseburgers. Don’t worry, you say, there are vegetarian options available at both places. Now your date must make a decision: eat an unsatisfying meal or risk killing the good post-drinks vibe by trying to find a new restaurant.
Make Monday a date night and pick a different vegan or veg-friendly restaurant each week. Pick a kind recipe with ingredients they love, open a bottle of wine if you feel like, and get cooking. Chances are, they’ll warm up to them without even realizing it. 2% of people in the US are vegans, according to a Gallup poll last year. The odds might seem to favor plant-based dudes, but Rob Masters of the London Vegan Meetup Group says that veg ladies are more willing to pair with a non-vegan partner.
This is such a simple date, but it’s one of the best. Surprise him or her by bringing them lunch one day. If your gal or guy likes sweets, make them chocolate peanut butter cups or for a fancy treat, make my candied ginger pears. Just veganize the ingredients or make something in that general realm. No need to make a big deal about it being vegan, just share the yum food with love. Continue sharing all the good foods like my Cheesy Oozy Guacamole Bean Dip and Artichoke, Mushroom, and Leek Crostini with pesto from . So whether you’re a guy or gal, if you’re looking for a plant-based partner, the odds are tough!
If I’m suggesting a date with someone who eats meat, I try to find places where we can both order more than one item off the menu that we enjoy.