Feedback Friday


Today’s Feedback Friday is from an IJL Seattle male client who just went on his second IJL date. This was his experience:

“It went really well! It was a pleasant evening. She was attractive, intelligent and a great conversationalist. I liked that she is a successful business woman and a stable mother. I’m really pleased with this date and I’m excited to get to know her more!”

-IJL Seattle male client, age 68

This client was previously married 30 years, so his experience goes to show that you can find romance and a connection at any life stage!

Happy Dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,




Staff Obsessions: Seattle Spring Events, Part 2


There are tons of fun, tasty spring events going on in the Seattle area over the next month. All are guaranteed to be delicious, fun and full of entertainment. So plan ahead, pick a festival (or a couple) from below, and set that date!


Taste Washington; Thursday March 31- Sunday April 3rd; CenturyLink Field 

Taste Washington, the country’s largest regional wine festival, has four days of events at CenturyLink Field. The festival highlights on that Saturday and Sunday with the Grand Tasting, (from 1-5pm) which has wines from over 225 wineries and food from over 65 restaurants. There are also VIP tickets available for the event, which includes access to the “Barrel Room”, a swag bag, and exclusive lounge.

Emerald City Comicon; Thursday April 7- Sunday April 10; Washington State Convention Center

Get a ticket before they are all gone! Visit the Northwest’s biggest “geek” extravaganza (outside San Diego) at the Washington State Convention Center. It is the premier pop culture and comic book convention featuring panels, exhibits, celebrity guests and more!

The Northwest Tequila & Agave Spirits Fest; Friday April 22-Saturday April 23; Fremont Foundry

The Fest was started in 2012, celebrating the love of tequila and mezcal. This fest has a new location and a newly expanded schedule, over 2 days is twice the fun! Plan on over 130 bottles of the best agave-based booze around. These features are unique, whether mixed in a cocktail, on the rocks or straight up.  The event is mainly indoor, but there is a courtyard and a large rooftop deck that features a VIP lounge. The party features music, nibbles from Seattle area restaurants, and seminars.

Washington Beer Collaboration Festival, Friday April 22-Saturday April 23; South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn

This festival is a unique style of brew fest featuring 50 local breweries, but only 25 collaboration beers. These beers highlight the creativity and collaborative spirit of the Washington Beer community. Enjot tastings and snack from several different food trucks, including Woodshop BBQ and Nosh.

Have fun and happy dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,

Taylor Name

Dating Tip Tuesday: How To Turn A First Date, Into A Second


The only thing better than a first date, is a second one. However, turning a first date into a second date can, at times, be difficult. Connection aren’t always mutual, schedules don’t always synch and some people just aren’t as well intentioned as others. However, if you’ve just had an amazing first date and you’re adamant about seeing that potentially special someone again, here are three easy ways you can turn that first date, into date number two.

Follow Up Like A Boss

Don’t be afraid to be the first to reach out. There’s no reason why you should adhere to an aging social standard that says the man should be the one to call, and you definitely don’t need to follow some fictitious rule like “wait three days”. If you like them and want to see them again, let them know! It’s honestly that simple.

Call, Don’t Text

We understand that technology has dictated how we interact with one another, but a call is more meaningful than a text message. It just, well, is. If you feel uncomfortable calling, we understand and maybe, for you, text messaging is the way to go. But if you think you can stomach an actual phone call, do it. The fact that you made the time to speak into a phone and hear their voice on the other end, won’t go unnoticed.

Be Flexible 

If you want to see someone again, then you need to make it a priority. Securing a second date is the start of compromise; the very compromise you would have to uphold when in a long-term relationship. So don’t be surprised if seeing your date again would mean moving your schedule around or pulling an all-nighter one day a week for work. When you’re beginning to engage in a relationship, it’s important to remember that you’re not the only one involved.

At the end of the day, how your first date is going to dictate whether or not it turns into a second, but there are things you can do after your date is over to help ensure that you see that person again. It’s all about continuously engaging, being honest, and having the courage to put yourself out there.

Happy Dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmakers,


Feedback Friday

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Today’s Feedback Friday is from an IJL Seattle female client who recently emailed me about an interesting coincidence that happened to her:


I thought you’d get a kick out of this. Today I was riding the bicycle at the gym next to a woman I talk to occasionally. She mentioned to me that her sister was having a really good time with the man she met a year ago. When I asked her how they met she said It’s Just Lunch. She suggested that I join IJL. Her son also used IJL.

She ranted and raved about how good you guys are over there. I let her go on and on and then finally I confessed to her that I had recently joined. She’s very excited for me. Hey, I’m excited for me too!”

-IJL Seattle female client, age 61

We always appreciate when clients spread the word about their great experiences with IJL. Hearing such rave reviews like this one helps clients get even more excited about the process!

Happy Dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,




Dating Tip Tuesday: How To Date When You’re A Parent

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Dating is hard for everyone, but it can be especially hard for a single parent. You’re decision, who you associate yourself with and who you decide to be romantically involved with affect more than just yourself, and the weight of your decisions is substantially heavier when children are involved.

But just because you’re a parent, doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the same love, romance and prospects as anyone else. Which is why, when you’re a single parent, you’re still entitled to a romantic life. The balance may be difficult to find, but here are a few ways to make dating when you’re a parent, easier.

Be Honest, Upfront And Always 

Having a child isn’t a piece of information you should ever feel like you should hide, and it most certainly help your dating life to avoid talking about your life in an organic and honest way. Be upfront about your situation; let your date know that yes, you’re a parent and yes, you’re up for (insert: whatever it is you’re up for). Communication is key when it comes to dating, for anyone, but especially when you’re a parent.

Take The Time To Self-Examinate 

It might be uncomfortable or awkward or even painful, but looking inward is key when you’re dating. Learn to be honest with yourself. Figure out what it is you’re looking for, want and need. You can’t be truthful with someone, if you’re not truthful with yourself, first.

Talk To Your Kids 

If your children are old enough to understand, be upfront and honest with them. There’s no reason to keep them in the dark as, well, let’s be honest: kids are smart. You don’t want your child to feel like you’re abandoning them, hurting them or putting them last on your list of important people, so be truthful about your intentions. Let them know that romance is important to everyone, and everyone definitely includes you.

Separate Your Dating Life From Your Parenting Life (For Now)

Being a parent means, more often than not, protecting your children. There’s no reason to involve your kid in your romantic conquests, until you feel like someone is in it for the long haul. We’re not saying that it’s healthy to lie to your kid, but we are saying that it’s healthy to protect your kid form a possible let down of what could turn into a revolving door or dating prospects. Don’t introduce your children to your date, until you are certain your date is going to stick around.

Find A Balance

Because you’re a parent, you’re incapable of investing all of who you are in one particular thing. Dating is just one facet of your complex life, so find a balance between being a parent, a coworker, a friend, and a date. You can put off a date to spend time with your kid; that’s completely warranted and healthy. And you can find someone to spend time with your kid, while you go on a date; that’s also completely healthy and warranted. Don’t let your guilt force you into putting too much time into one thing. Being a human is complicated and complex.

Dating is hard for everyone, but that definitely doesn’t mean it isn’t also worth it. For everyone. So whether you’re a single parent or just single, enjoy yourself, have fun and give yourself the opportunity to find the love of your life.

Happy Dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmakers,


Feedback Friday

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Today’s Feedback Friday is from an IJL Seattle female client who has been in a relationship through us for 4 months. She called this week to inform us that things are going wonderfully and they are still so happy together! She said,

“I still can’t believe how much we have in common and how well we get along. I’m meeting his entire family next month and we couldn’t be happier! Thank you so much for introducing us, we would have never met otherwise!”

-IJL female client, age 49

We absolutely LOVE when clients in IJL relationships call to update us on how well things are going. Looking forward to receiving a picture of this happy couple to add to our Love Wall!

Happy Dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,




Second Date Spring Ideas

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It is time to get creative on your dates and take advantage of the spring weather. There is so much to see and do in Seattle while getting to know your date in a fun setting. In case you missed it, last month’s spring date ideas were: bocce ball, mini golf, rooftop happy hours, watching the sun rise and take a hike, take a bike ride, or attend a sporting event. Here are some other second date spring ideas:

Go wine tasting

This is the classy way to grab a drink; you will learn a thing or two about grapes, vintages, and after a glass or two, more importantly about your date. Try Taste Washington, the country’s largest regional wine festival, with four days of events (March 31-April 3), at CenturyLink Field. The festival highlights on Saturday and Sunday the Grand Tasting, which has wines from over 225 wineries and food from over 65 restaurants.

Rent roller-skates, blades or bikes

There is a reason roller stating/ blading is still around- it is a great time! (And you may even get to hold hands). Take in the scenery at Greenlake, Alki, or Burke Gilman Trail. Explore the city a bit and then try a happy hour as your reward.

Go to the beach, watch the sunset and have a bonfire 

Yes, you may have to bundle up, but head to the beach and watch the sunset. Try Golden Gardens, get the fire pit going, sit on the beach and chat while having a cocktail. Don’t be afraid to be old school and make some s’mores! So simple and a fun date to remember.

Pick up take-out and picnic at Gas Works Park

Pick up your favorite take-out and bring your picnic and a bottle of wine to the hill at Gas Works Park. The views at sunset are just phenomenal and you can relax on the picnic blanket and get to know each other better.

Wander down to the Ballard Locks

This is a great weekend date idea, with great views of sailboats, motorboats and yachts passing through the locks. You can walk through and check out the sights, then head to the Ballard side and enjoy a happy hour or dessert.

Take a ferry ride

Enjoy the sights on a ferry ride with your date. Once you get to Colman Dock the fee is $8 to walk on and ride to Bainbridge Island or Bremerton. Pack your own snacks and then find a fun restaurant once you get there.

Happy Dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,

Taylor Name