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Food blog plays matchmaker for food lovers

india Updated: Jan 24, 2012 16:14 IST

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Single woman looking for a man who knows the difference between a yuzu and an orange? What about a single male looking for a single female who’s not afraid to eat animal organs and offal?



A popular food blog has teamed up with an online dating site that pairs singles up by their epicurean tastes.



US-based Eater.com has teamed up with Howaboutwe.com to bring single foodie gourmand readers together in a new service launched this week. Along with its sister fashion and design sites Racked and Curbed, Eater.com attracts two million unique visitors a month.



Unlike personality profile matches, users on Eater.Howaboutwe.com post their idea of a fun date activity online -- skating, theater-going, movie -- and see who it attracts.



The site’s partnership with Eater was developed to put together food lovers whose first date ideas would invariably revolve around a mutual interest: eating and cooking.



In New York, for instance, some first date activities posted this week include tucking into lotus root and sushi, sharing plates of tapas and wine, heading out for Korean barbecue, or creating a kaleidoscopic mix of frozen yogurt flavors together and throwing on an assortment of toppings.



Or as another dater of few words wrote, just "Eat ham."



It’s not the first time online dating sites have tried to bring food lovers together. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, for example, collaborated with Match.com in 2009 to create a subsection for food-loving singles at jamieoliver.com/dating in the UK.



And Swedish site Restdejting, came up with a novel way to make use of lonely leftovers in the fridge and reduce the number of singles cooking for one. Users simply post up to five ingredients they have in their fridge and wait for their potential soul mate to come up with leftovers that can be used to create a full meal. Or serve as a good pretext to meet a cute single.



For example, smoked salmon could be looking for al dente tagliatelle, while frozen mushrooms could be looking for chicken.


"Meal for two? Please let me know."



Other foodies looking for love can also check out singlegourmetdating.com and perfectmatch.com for 'foodie dating'.