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Learn Origami or Something Else Random while Self Isolating

We’re imagining that dating while under quarantine or self isolation isn’t easy. Thankfully, we have a few ideas to make dating while under self quarantine, self isolation, or if you just don’t want to go out. The first one is learning something new. We’ve had a lot of fun doing oragami, and there are countless tutorials on YouTube, Instagram, and Tik Tok.

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An Honest Review of Dating Apps when you’re Dating in your 30s

After a couple of months being single, it felt like it was time to try some of the most popular online dating apps. How else do you date when you’re dating in your 30s? I had read reviews of the major dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and had heard about Hinge and others, but there is no substitute for trying them yourself. Here’s my honest review of Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, and even Plenty of Fish in 2020.

Tinder

I was excited to try Tinder. After hearing things like all the rules of tinder, the memes, and to see how much of it’s reputation Tinder really lived up to.

Feels like lots of people just looking

There are a lot of profiles on Tinder, and maybe it’s me but not a lot of matches. It feels like Tinder is more of a game rather than a an actual place to meet people. I also wonder how many profiles are stagnant.

While Tinder got it’s reputation for being the hook up app, I haven’t really found that to be the case.

Tinder Premium

This will be a post for another day, but if you’re wondering if Tinder Premium is worth it, I’d say yes. It’s nice being able to see the people who swiped yes to you, and the boost definitely gave a nice increase in views. I haven’t had any luck from top picks or super swipes yet though

Very mainstream

Everyone knows Tinder. It’s by far the most main stream of the apps. This also means there are a lot of people you wouldn’t be interested in it. Personally, I’d love some filters for specific deal breakers, but that’s part of the simplicity of Tinder that makes it such a great app.

Fake profiles

I hadn’t heard anything about this outside of Catfishing – but I thought that was just people using old pictures or pretending to be someone else. There are a lot of fake profiles. Maybe they’re just seeing what’s out there, maybe they’re trying to find someone specific, but they’re definitely out there.

There are plenty of escorts, or something shady. You can tell the profiles because the 416 phone numbers 555 are hidden like this 4565 in the descriptions. Sometimes you’ll be asked to find the hidden email address. Shout out to them for their creativity.

Summary

What I liked most about Tinder is how quickly and easily it is to get up and running. Upload a few photos, drop some emojis in and you’re set. The 100 likes go fast on the free account thought.I’m not crazy about how they charge more if you’re over 30, and am actually curious as to how they can legally do that without some sort of age discrimination. If you’re dating in your 30s, Tinder might make you feel old quick!

Oddly enough, I found Tinder’s desktop experience too be top notch. See the video below for a quick demonstration.

If you’re just starting out on Tinder, my biggest piece of advice would be that just because someone swipes right, on Tinder you swipe right to say yet and match with someone, doesn’t mean that they’re into you just that you weren’t hideous, so don’t get your hopes up too much.

Bumble

My first impression with Bumble was how happy I was to get some matches right away. I actually met a couple for coffee and it was OK, but I didn’t really feel anything.

Lots of barriers to entry

Perhaps the best thing about Bumble is that you have to really work to get a match. Both people have to say yes, then the woman has to be the first to start messaging – within 24 hours. This means for a conversation on the platform to happen, a lot has to go right. After my first week on Bumble, I didn’t have many matches and ended up checking the app less and less.

Didn’t pay for Bumble Premium

Unlike Tinder, I didn’t splurge to pay for premium. If there is interested in the comments, I’ll do a full write up tear down wondering if Bumble premium is worth it

Most Number Of People I Knew from Highschool

This may have been the most interesting thing about Bumble to me, was that I saw the most profiles of women I knew in High School. At first I didn’t swipe right to them, but later I did to train the algorithm that they’re worth surfacing to more people. I don’t have any proof on how the algorithm works, but more swipes have to be a good thing, right?

None of them swiped back at me. Guess dating in your 30s isn’t that different from dating in high school.

Bumble review

I think that Bumble is the best app, and I really like the idea of Bumble BFF and Bumble Biz. I’ve seen Bumble do a lot of events, like having a place at Austin City Limits. Unfortunately, I just didn’t get enough matches to keep trying on the app. Saying yes, no exaggeration thousands of times, ends up getting pretty depressing pretty quick.

Hinge

Everyone said Hinge is best

When I first started talking to my friends about dating apps and online dating, they all said Hinge, Hinge, Hinge. While I should have listened to them, I also wanted to try them all, and had this post to write.

Decent number of likes per day

Hinge has a great free version, I’ve only ran out of likes once or twice. I also like that you can see who likes you and if you want, you can message them. This seems to be by far the best user experience.

Love the profiles

Hinge also seems to have the best profile flow. You can see someone’s picture right away to decide if you’re even remotely attracted to them, or get to know them from their other photos, which can easily be pulled from Instagram, or the profile prompts. Profile prompts are conversational items like two truths and a lie, never have I ever, or something you’d never do again.

Love the profiles

Hinge was by far the best app that I used. As a pleasant update, I’m now dating an awesome woman from there, and we’re looking forward to trying a number of these Toronto date ideas come summer. If you’re dating in your 30s, Hinge is your best bet.

Plenty of Fish

This was the first dating app I joined. I know a few people who have used it, it’s free, and I figured why not start with something more web based. I never ended

Not many fish in the city!

The first thing that surprised me about Plenty of Fish was that there were very few matches from Toronto. Lot’s of matches from the surrounding 905 suburbs like Brampton, Oakville, and Pickering, but very few from within Toronto proper. This might make POF a viable option for those outside of the city but not me.

Low res photos

This was another weird thing about POF, the images seems to get really compressed. Not like when uploading a photo to Facebook or Instagram, but web resolution circa 2003. This made the site feel very dated, and as the kind of person who starts a blog/podcast/online dating course when he becomes recently single, it didn’t seem like my tripe.

Lots of hookers

As I would find out as I joined other networks, mainly Tinder, this isn’t something exclusive to Plenty of Fish, but I did find it to happen quite a bit. It’s pretty disheartening to finally get a match, or see that someone likes you only to know they’re an escort.

Feels dated

Overall, Plenty of Fish just felt a bit dated to me. I’m sure it has it’s merits, some of which I’ve listed below, but if you’re a fairly technical person in a major city, it probably isn’t the app for you. If you’re dating in your 30s for the first time in a while like, you may have remembered POF from back in the day. It doesn’t feel as though it’s changed much.

What I liked and summary

POF is free which is a good way to dip your foot into online dating. I also liked that you can set your search filters and parameters. Finally, it’s nice to be able to check out a few profile and send the message you’d like to send. However, for anyone in a major city, I’d skip pof.

Not tested

There were a bunch of other apps I had heard of but didn’t try out including, Coffee Meets Bagel, Match, OK Cupid and any other niche sites or apps. What has your experience been? Would love to hear your stories in the comments below.

 

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Top 10 Date Ideas Houston Couples Love

There are no shortage of amazing date ideas Houston couples love. If you’re looking for your next date in Houston, you’ve come to the right place. It doesn’t matter if it’s a first date, or a regular date night a few years into marriage, or a special occasion like your eighth anniversary, Houston offers lots of romantic spots and destinations. Some well known, some which we hope you’ll discover for the first time in this post. Below you’ll find date ideas Houston offers their hopeless romantics.

are some of our favourite ideas on classic dates, coffee or drinks, to something out of your comfort zone, we think you and your partner will enjoy. Fun fact about Houston, did you know it’s the home to both NASA and Beyonce?

Let us know in the comments your favourite date ideas Houston offers.

1. Go to a local brewery 

Craft beer has hit just about every city over the last decade, and Houston is no exception. Going to a favorite or new brewery is always a great date idea in Houston. Just about every neighbourhood in Houston has a great local brewery and in addition to selling beer to take home (or to the park) they often have a tasting room. Some of our favourites are Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Brash Brewing Company, and 8th Wonder Brewery, named of course after the Houston Astrodome.

Going to a brewery can be a great first date if you’re both into craft beer, or if you’re a couple make it a regular event to try a different brewery. Many also have board games like Connect 4, or Jenga

Speaking of board games…

2. Go to a board game cafe

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While board game cafes first starting getting popular in late 2013, they’ve been a staple of Houston date nights much longer than that! While heading to a board game cafe might not be one of the most original date ideas Houston can give you, it’s certainly a fun date night. Tea + Victory is our pick for the best board game cafe in Houston, as it’s only $5 per person to play their collection of over 600 games! From a classic like Monopoly to a turn-based strategy you’ve never heard of, a boardgame cafe can be a great twist on a classic date.

The best part about heading to a Houston board game cafe for your next date? They often sell many of the games you can play, making for the perfect gift down the road.

3. Head to a local maker event of Houston farmers market

While farmer’s markets have been popular in coastal cities for decades, they didn’t really take off in Houston until the 80s or 90s. If you’re looking for early in the day dates ideas, Houston offers many farmer’s markets, featuring locally grown Houston produce and other local vendors. Often featuring locally raised and butchered meats, kombuchas and other tasty treats. Heading to a farmers market can be a great start to an awesome day, especially if you are picking up ingredients to have a date night in or make a romantic meal together.

Here are some of the best Houston farmer’s markets, perfect for your next date:

  • Urban Harvest East Side Farmers Market
  • City Hall Farmers Market
  • Tomball Farmers Market
  • The Woodlands Farmers Market at Grogan’s Mill
  • Rice University Farmers Market
  • Memorial Villages Farmers Market
  • Eleanora’s Market
  • Westchase District Farmers Market

As with any farmers market make sure you’re looking for fresh, seasonal products actually being sold by farmers. Many farmers’ markets also serve as markers markets, which is the perfect time to support a local Houston business.

4. Get inspired for date ideas in Houston from tourists 

Most people in Houston have only been to the Space Centre or with a friend or relative from out of town. Why not pretend you’re a tourist in your own city and do a hop on hop off tour, visit somewhere iconic, or even somewhere weird you’ve never been to, or go see some of the strangest things Houston has to offer like the burping bayou house covered in beer cans.

Houston has many word-class tourist destinations that make for great date ideas including the Houston Zoo, Museum District, including the Houston Museum of National Science, or if the weather is nice, pack a picnic from the farmers market you went to earlier and head to Buffalo Bayou Park.

5. Go to a free Houston art gallery

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The problem with most touristy locations is that they tend to cost money. A lot of money. While it’s great to support institutions, and you may want to consider a membership, there are also lots of local places you can visit in and around Houston.

Fortunately, almost every neighbourhood, from Westchase to Westwood has a neighbourhood gallery. These are often free or donation-based and support local artists and entrepreneurs.

If you want to discover local artists and stay outside, Houston has a great street art scene. This area is often overlooked by tourists and has outstanding graffiti from some of the top names in street art. From artists known in the US and around the world, to the local Gonzo247.

Bonus idea: Find inspiration for a wine and paint night while you wait for your Matty Matheson lasagna to finish cooking.

6. Date ideas Houston offers year-round including catching a show outdoors

Unlike finding date ideas in Toronto, a cold city, looking for outdoor date ideas in Houston is something you can do year-round. One of those date ideas is the Miller Outdoor Theatre. This is a great low-key, yet culture-packed date spot. An awesome way to woo your latest fling or show your significant other a date with a hint of refinement.

Local tip: Parking can be a pain on weekends so make sure you leave ample time to find a spot – or are comfortable walking.

7. Go to a park

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With over 500 parks and green spaces and more than 125 miles of trails for walking, running and biking, Houston has been ranked first among similar cities of urban density for total green space.

If you’re looking for date ideas, Houston offers the 445 acre Hermann Park isn’t just the ghost walk below, it’s also the home of several of our date ideas including a Sam Houston statue, the Houston Zoo, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Lake McGovern, Miller Outdoor Theatre, a miniature train, the Houston Garden Center, and an 18-hole golf course.

8. Historical walk

If you’re looking for historical date ideas Houston is a city rich in history. This includes a walk down along Texas Avenue and visiting landmarks and designated places by the HAHC around the historic Main Street and surrounding areas.

Preload a walk to your smartphone and find a cozy spot along the way to replenish yourself.

9. Date ideas that will scare you

Looking to spice up your historical walk? Well good news if you’re looking for spooky date ideas, Houston has a ghost walk for you. Looking for something you want to sleep by yourself after? Check out a Houston ghost walk. There are many haunted walks around Houston including Hermann Park after dark. Much scarier than during the day when it’s filled with picnickers and joggers. The perfect way to set yourself up for a night of Netflix true crime.

10. Take a class together

Have you ever seen those competitive reality shows about glass blowing or blacksmithing? Who doesn’t want to take that up as their latest hobby, but we know that no matter what we make it will turn out as a blob of metal or glass.

Since you’re not going to hand blow a vase or sculpt something suitable to sit on your other half’s desk, why not make an afternoon of shared laughs out of it. Bonus points if you take a class that will help you fix something around the home. Check out TXRX Labs for classes from metalsmithing to guitar building.

 

For all those looking for date ideas, Houston’s Hermann Park is one of the more versatile spots. What’s your favourite date idea Houston has to offer?

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Matty Matheson Lasagna – Unforgettable Date Night Recipe and Review

Looking for your next date night recipe? If you want to stay in, you can’t for wrong with a great lasagna. A couple years ago, Matty Matheson came out with his now-famous get you laid Lasagna. He recently updated the recipe on his YouTube channel. In this post, we take a look at both and will update the post with a review of what we think is the best Matty Matheson lasagnas.

How to make Matty Matheson’s “Guaranteed To Get You Laid” lasagna for your next date night

This is the original Matty Check out the video below. We’ve also grabbed the ingredient list from the original post on Vice to make it easy for you if you already have an idea of how to make lasagna. If you want the step by step directions as well, they’re in the original vice post.

Ingredients make Matty Matheson’s “Guaranteed To Get You Laid” lasagna

Check your fridge and pantry for these, and grab the rest from your local farmers market/butcher/bakery/grocery store.

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup good olive oil
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons dried red chilies
  • 1 liter beef stock
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 box of oven ready lasagna noodles
  • 3 pounds shredded mozzarella
  • 250-gram wedge of Parmesan cheese

Naughty or Nice Chorizo Lasagna to get nice before you get naughty on your next date night

On his new YouTube channel, Just a Dash, Matty Matheson revisited lasagna, this time making a naughty or nice chorizo (sausage) lasagna. This one is served with a salsa verde. You can’t go wrong with anything Matty Matheson makes, but the salsa verde takes the classic lasagna, and your next date night to a whole new level.

Ingredients you need to make Matthy Matheson’s Naughty or Nice Chorizo Lasagna

One thing you’ll notice about the naughty or nice lasagna is that there are fewer ingredients, making it in our opinion, easier to cook. You have enough on your plate most date nights, no need to make it more complex than it already is. It also seems like the ingredients are a little bit more accessible to what we normally keep in our kitchen – or if your date night is at their place.

  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 lbs. fresh chorizo sausage meat
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato puree, divided
  • 2 cup beef stock
  • 2 cup ricotta
  • 1 cup queso fresco
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 16-20 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

Ingredients for the salsa verde

This might be the secret weapon of this dish – especially for your next date night. You can add this salsa verde to any lasagna dish. If you’re taking a shortcut and ordering in or cooking one from frozen, this gives your lasagna a touch of sophistication.

  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1/2 chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint
  • 1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper

Matty Matheson Lasagna review

We haven’t had a chance to make either lasagna yet, let alone both side by side to compare, but if we had to choose, which we do, we would pick the naughty or nice.

  1. Good chorizo is so underrated. You can get just about any flavour or spice you’d like. It’s also typically fairly cheap to source from most butcher shops
  2. Less is more. At least when it comes to ingredients and you don’t have a full pantry.
  3. The salsa verde is what takes it to a whole new level. If you’re using milder chorizo add a bit more jalapeno. Spicer chorizo? use the salsa verde to cool your mouth and balance it out.

Final thoughts on making Matty Matheson Lasagna

You’ll notice Matty Matheson doesn’t measure too much when he is cooking, instead, he is always tasting! If you’re making your own dish, keep tasting as you go. And start with decent quality ingredients.

Have you made Matty Matheson’s lasagna? Let us know in the comments how it went and what you’d do differently next time. Check back for more date ideas, especially if you’re dating over thirty.

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The 9 Best Date Ideas Toronto Has To Offer

Looking for some of the best date ideas Toronto has to offer? From making dinner together with local ingredients from a farmers’ market to pretending to be tourists here are some of the date ideas Toronto has given us.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a first date, or a regular date night a few years into marriage, Toronto offers lots of romantic hideaways. Some well known, some hidden gems (sorry, not sorry for sharing them). Below are some of our favourite ideas on classic dates, coffee or drinks, to something out of left field we think you and your partner will enjoy. Let us know in the comments if we’ve forgotten any of the amazing date ideas Toronto has to offer. 

1. Find a local brewery 

Just about every neighbourhood in Toronto has a great local brewery, often with a tasting room, and if you’re lucky, they’re dog-friendly. Some of our favourites are Left Field, Great Lakes Brewing, and Black Lab Brewery.

Going to a brewery can be a great first date if you’re both into craft beer, or if you’re a couple make it a regular event to try a different brewery. Many also have board games like Jenga or Connect 4. This is one of those date ideas in Toronto that starts to foster other date ideas Toronto has to offer.

Speaking of board games…

2. Go to a board game cafe

Snakes and Lattes first popped up in 2010, and since boardgame cafés have boomed in Toronto, and for good reason, they’re fun as hell! While the coffee or drink date is rather cliché, make it more fun while playing a game. From a classic like Monopoly to a turn-based strategy you’ve never heard of, a boardgame cafe can be a great twist on a classic date.

They’re also a fun, cheap destination for you and your significant other.

3. Head to a local maker of farmers’ market

If you’re looking for fresh date ideas, Toronto has many farmers’ markets during the summer months. Check out one of the many farmer’s markets, featuring locally grown Ontario produce and other local vendors. Often featuring locally raised and butchered meats, kombuchas and other tasty treats. This can be a great start to an awesome day, especially if you pick up a homemade pie for dessert.

While farmer’s markets aren’t as popular in the winter, there are tons of makers markets like the One of A Kind Show, and the Stackt Market. Some are free, some charge admission. These are also a great way to get Christmas and holiday gift inspiration out of the way.

Farmers’ markets also provide a cornucopia of ingredients for the perfect date night in, like making Matty Matheson lasagna.

4. Do something touristy for a change

When it comes to date ideas Toronto has so many things you probably haven’t done already, but many people have! Most people in Toronto have only been to the CN Tower with a friend or relative from out of town. Why not pretend you’re a tourist in your own city and do a hop on hop off tour, visit somewhere iconic, or even somewhere weird you’ve never been to, like the infamous Pacific Mall.

Toronto has many word-class tourist destinations including the Toronto Zoo, Casa Loma, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. There is no reason to keep going to the same Toronto spots your next date night.

5. Free date ideas, Toronto has many free art galleries 

The problem with most touristy locations is that they tend to cost money. While it’s great to support institutions, and you may want to consider a membership, there are also lots of local places you can visit.

Fortunately, almost every neighbourhood, from Mimico to Leslieville (and places not along the 501 streetcar route) has a neighbourhood gallery. These are often free or donation-based and support local artists.

6. Unique Date Ideas – Toronto’s most scenic TTC route

If you don’t quite have the time to throw a dart at a map – pick a random subway station – bonus points if you’ve never been there before, and head out on an adventure. Find a local spot nearby ahead of time, or pick something random, like the 3rd coffee shop you walk by. There are so many spots in our own backyard we rarely see.

If you’re looking for something more scenic, the 501 streetcar path has over 25 km of track from Long Branch in the west end of Toronto to Neville Park in the east, it’s the longest streetcar route in North America.

Just make sure you avoid it during rush-hour and try not to get caught up in a short-turn. Ok, what the hell are we thinking, don’t take your date out on the TTC. While they’ve all since been retired, if you ever have the chance, make sure to ride one of the classic streetcars including the recently retired CLRV fleet.

7. Go to a park for a Toronto date night

Toronto has over 1500 parks. That’s 1500 date ideas Toronto can give you! From local parkettes to urban greenspaces like Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto has no shortage of green space. High Park in the West End even has a zoo! Many of the neighbourhoods around Toronto parks have cute restaurants, pubs, and cafes to pop in to warm up in the winter or cool down in the summer.

While hanging in a park this is more of a summer date night idea in Toronto, many have skating rinks and winter activities as well. Including off-leash dog parks for a dog walk date. While it isn’t a park per-say the historical Distillery District is one of the most romantic go-tos.

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8. Historical walk just about anywhere in Toronto

Toronto is a young city, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t great historical walks you can go on. Canada’s Walk of Fame along King street, and walking up the longest street in the world (ok we know it isn’t officially anymore, but it always will be in our hearts).

Why not make it a mission for you and your significant other to find as many Toronto historical plaques as you can?

9. Spooky Date Idea – Ghost Walks

Looking to spice up your historical walk? Looking for something you want to sleep by yourself after? Check out a Toronto ghost walk. There are many haunted walks around Toronto from Black Creek Pioneer Village to the ever romantic Distillery District that will teach you a little bit about Toronto history and leave you and your partner holding each other just a little bit closer.

What has been your favourite date night you and your partner have had in Toronto?