5 Ingredients for the Perfect San Francisco Dateby Amanda Green on January 14, 2012
1. Plan a date-cation.
The rules of a date-cation are simple: Call in sick, then make the city your oyster. When you’re both playing hooky, it feel like you’re getting away with something — well, you are — and heats up the experience. Enjoy places that are crowded on weekends. Have a leisurely picnic. Leave town. Just don’t make it a habit. “I just got fired” doesn’t make for great date conversation.
2. Indulge your sweet tooth.
For starters, it pairs nicely with beverages. It’s also small and easy to share. Finding dessert can be an adventure in and of itself. Consider going on a cookie crawl or a cream puff expedition.
On a science tip, chocolate’s rich in the “love-chemical” phenylethylamine, a chemical cousin of amphetamine. So, logically speaking, the right cupcake could get you a second date.
3. Be romantic.
San Francisco daters are more likely than daters in other cities to use romantic verbs in their date proposals. Aww shucks, guys.
4. Go shopping.
Not only does this activity stimulate the economy, but it also allows you to peek inside your date’s head. Is she a bargain shopper who gravitates toward the sales racks? Does he pick the first pair of jeans without even trying them on?
You don’t have to stick to clothes, either. Keep it cheap at a thrift store or browse books and toys.
5. Date hi-lo.
Go out to eat somewhere fancy and opt for a free walk in the park afterward. Or go to a play, but eat from a food truck for dinner. Mixing it up is good for your wallet and keeps things interesting.
You’ve got the how, now check out where to date in San Francisco.