I have been a single lady most of my life. As an early adopter of dating apps, I tried dating via OkCupid, Tinder, Coffee Meets Bagel, Hinge and Happn. While I met mostly interesting men, I have to admit that I did not enjoy the online dating experience of uploading selfies and sexy pictures, swiping and engaging in the same getting to know each other conversation over and over.
In 2014, together with my friend Katharina, we decided to take luck in love into our own hands. We started organizing group dinner dates for ourselves and our friends in Berlin’s best restaurants: Sauvage, Katz Orange and Clärchens Ballhaus. The events were very popular and word of mouth spread quickly – we even had to remind some friends that they could not attend while they were in a committed relationship.
Two years ago, after moving to San Francisco, I met my partner on Tinder. I was lucky. I was not looking for a serious relationship but I was swiping out of curiosity. I remember that his pictures were not great, they were old, blurry and showing a bunch of his friends. However, he mentioned he liked cooking Paella. That made me swipe right. After all, the way to the heart is through the stomach. It took a lot of back and forth until we finally met. I applaud his persistence. We have been together for more than two years now and food is the common thread in our relationship.
I have many friends who are not that lucky. They sign up on any or all of the dating apps, they swipe, message and ask their matches out. It rarely works and I can tell you many horror stories…
Piña Colada wants to take the frustration out of dating and focus on the real life experience in a relaxed group setting. Tell us what you are looking for and we match you with up to seven like-minded singles and invite you for dinner in a great local restaurant.
Piña Colada is a local San Francisco based group dinner dating service run with ❤ by a female immigrant.