With the clock ticking down to Valentine’s Day, about two dozen Valley residents tried a new spin on speed dating: one that ensures future dinner dates won’t end in a food fight.
Vegans and vegetarians swapped stories in five-minute speed rounds Sunday during Phoenix’s first-ever Veg Speed Date event at Urban Beans on Seventh Street.
The speed dating service, which launched in San Francisco five years ago, debuted in more than 20 cities this weekend, according to its website.“This is a really good turnout for a first-time thing where everyone is just testing it,” said event hostess Natasha Noir.
“We want them to go off their first instinct about a person and see if they’re willing to just jump in and get to know somebody.”While Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale all rank in the top 25 of Wallet Hub’s annual Best Cities for Singles list, there are relatively few hotspots for those who don’t eat meat.
One data analysis website ranked Phoenix sixth-worst among the country’s large metro areas for the number of vegetarian restaurants per capita.
(In a separate ranking of all metro areas, the survey placed Flagstaff among the nation’s leaders in vegetarian options per capita, ranking seventh best.)“Sometimes when people find you're vegetarian, they think you’re a little bit snobbish,” said a speed dater named Andrew.
Even though the event was billed as a chance to “meet your veggie soulmate,” vegetarianism did not dominate the discussions, according to a dater named Susan.“Interestingly enough, the last topic of conversation with these guys has been about vegetarianism,” she said.
“Really just talking about where do you live, what do you do?
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