The second date: now what?

You’ve done the first-date-dance.  You met for coffee and checked one another out.   What is the next step?

Skip the dull  and trip   the light and fantastic

NO MORE: ‘same old movie-dinner date’ and take a leap – to a new level of fun and unusual way to getting to know one another on that second encounter.

 A Formula One Dater

Keven is a classic ‘formula dater.’  His first date is always at Emporio Rulli Gran Café on Chestnut Street. If she passes his subtle evaluation- he asks for a second date. If she agrees, he always surprises his date with a volunteer gig at the SF Food Bank . His friends agree, Keven is a little eccentric and very eclectic. However, he says you can tell more about a person in 60-minutes of sorting canned goods, than you can sitting across from a person having dinner at Absinthe. Yes, he does advise his dates to dress ‘casually and comfortably.’ After the unique ‘getting to know you’ exercise, Keven and date end up at one of his three favorite restaurants: A-16, Zuni or Tadich’s.

November Idea: Run – don’t walk to the  fascinating 1968 Exhibit at the the Oakland Museum. You can tell more about a person in one hour at this exhibit – than you can in 3 dinner dates. Peace.

Want to be a Hunter and Gatherer?

Wild Food Walks – Forage You could say, “Only in San Francisco” and be partially correct. There is a movement afoot – to join ‘culinary guides’ and explore gourmet groves, hillsides, meadows and open spaces to discover Mother Nature’s gourmet and wild bounty. The verb forage  ‘is the act of looking for food or provisions’. Forage, the company is a unique, educational and entertaining way to get to know the City and alternatives to food shopping at Safeway. Forage says their goal” is to push people out of the supermarket, to get them trying new foods harvested sustainably and fairly by their neighbors”.

photo_4426_20071211Secret Dinner Parties in San Francisco

In addition to culling hillsides for fresh produce, Forage has an alluring, by invitation only, clandestine dinner party, too. There are special dinners, in secret locations with perfectly amazing menus. Sign up in advance and on the actual day of the event – hours before- you are given a secret address to the Forage dinner party. Check it out and check your carbon footprint at the door.

Zip the Light Fantastic

1. Getting high in the Redwoods – Zipline through the Redwoods. The two hour all-inclusive guided tour includes six zip lines up to 440 feet long and two sky bridges at heights of up to 150 feet near Santa Cruz with Redwood Canopy Tours.Whee!

2. California Academy of Sciences  The third Wednesday is  Free Admission Day at Golden Gate Park’s new Jewel in the Crown -Cal Academy- open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Check out the planetarium, aquarium, rainforest, roof garden and natural history museum. Always hook up a docent; their vast knowledge make the experience come alive. See if you can find the Warhols. Multiple venues for lunch or dinner blocks away at 9th and Irving Streets.

3.  Laugh- in Check out Mill Valley’s Tuesday is Comedy Night at the Throckmorton  hosted by Mark Pitta and Friends. Pitta, a local legend, comedian, and classic boy-next-door-cute guy, hosts an evening of comedy. Go up the street for a drink at Vasco – home of Marin’s most handsome and amiable bartender. Tell a friend.

4. Go Wine Tasting in Berkeley – Moo? Twenty wineries dot the landscape of the East Bay including Oakland,  Emeryville, and Alameda. Think of it as a new wine country.

Broaden your horizons; walk on the beach, share a picnic, volunteer at One Brick and explore the myriad  unique events happening in the San Francisco Bay area daily. Have fun.

 “Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor” William Cower

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