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


Feedback Friday

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This week’s Feedback Friday is from an IJL Seattle client who just had her first date. She had initially been very hesitant about dating, as investing in your dating life can come with its own reservations and insecurities. This was her experience with her first match:

“It went very well! He is very intelligent and interesting. You can tell he is very talented and good at what he does in his career. I enjoyed that our conversation flowed well and there was an even balance of give and take. He’s already called me and we plan to go out again this weekend!”

-IJL Seattle female client, age 32

Sometimes the hardest part is just starting, but you’ll never see what’s out there for you if you don’t give it a try! We’re happy she took the plunge and had a great first date. We’re looking forward to creating more opportunity for her and seeing where this experience takes her!

Happy Dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,




Dating Tip Tuesday: What Your Favorite First Date Says About You

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You can tell a lot about a person on a first date, but the kind of first date a person enjoys, might just be able to tell you even more. There is no end to the kind of first date a person can have, so if they make their preferences known while planning your initial encounter, you can start to gauge who they are, what they like, and what you should expect.

Of course, there are no concrete rules when it comes to dating. While you can assume what a person is like based on their choices, the best way to get to know someone is (you guessed it) taking the time to actually get to know them. If you want results, you’re going to have to invest your time, energy and emotions.

But if you’re looking for a few shameless short cuts, we have you covered. Here’s what your favorite first date, says about you.

Expensive Restaurant

If you enjoy a darkly-lit, one-on-one setting, chances are you’re a hopeless romantic. You like grand gestures, have a few too many romantic comedies, and believe in timeless love. You would rather stay at home with your significant other, spending time with them and them alone, than going to a club or a crowded public event. Chances are, you never forget a birthday or anniversary, and there isn’t a present too expensive because, hey, you can’t put a price on love, right? You’re all about your significant other, and when you’re around them, they have our undivided attention.

Movie Theater

You’re an introvert that, well, is constantly nervous. You don’t want to be put in a situation where you have to answer (or ask) a bunch of questions, so you would rather put yourself in an environment where “not talking” is the name of the game. You’re in no rush to force a conversation, and would rather connect with someone via common interests, than try to cultivate a relationship out of thin air.

Crowded Club

You’re an extrovert who not only loves people, but loves showing off their significant other to people. You love feeling alive, in the moment, and you probably don’t think too far into the future. You’re all about the here and now, and are (we’d assume) more interested in having fun than establishing a possibly long lasting relationship.

Theme Park and/or Bowling Alley

You’re a kid at heart, and wouldn’t want to spend a significant amount of time with someone who isn’t lighthearted, fun-loving and always up for an adventure. You love to laugh, and consider comedy to be the great neutralizer. You’re not interested in anything serious, but you’re not just looking for a fling either. You’re all about having fun and enjoying yourself, and if you can do that with someone long term, the better.

Concert Venue 

There’s no doubt that you’re artistic, and have a mind, body, soul connection that you would very much like to share with someone else. You don’t mind sitting with someone, enjoying a moment that doesn’t need words in order to be special, and experiencing a moment together.

There’s no quick, easy way to get to know someone. You still have to invest time and energy if you want to establish an worthwhile, long-standing connection. But hey, every little bit help!

Happy dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmakers,


Feedback Friday

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Today’s Friday is from a brand new IJL Seattle male client who just had his very first date! Here are his comments on how it went:

“What a lovely woman! I really enjoyed meeting with her. She’s definitely the caliber of woman I am looking for; she’s intelligent, successful and a great conversationalist. We had quite a bit in common and have similar lifestyles. I feel confident that I made a great decision coming to IJL. Tell my matchmaker, Sara, that she did a great job with this match!”

-IJL Seattle male client, age 58

Here’s to more great matches!

Happy Dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,



Dating Tip Tuesday: Can You Date Without Drinking?

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Far too often, dating and drinking seem to be – or are assumed to be – synonymous. Many dates start with, “Can I buy you a drink?” and – for most – ordering a drink makes a person feel comfortable with the idea of meeting someone for the first time, striking up a conversation and feeling genuinely comfortable with a situation that attempts to create real-life romance out of thin air.

But, can you (or anyone) actually date without drinking?

Short answer: of course you can. Trust us when we say, you don’t need a strong cocktail in order to make a connection with someone. While it might help settle the nerves, alcohol is not the great romantic equalizer. So if you’re sober, if you are not a big drinker or if you have your own, personal reasons for why you don’t want to order a stiff drink during a date; have no fear. We promise you, you don’t need to drink alcohol in order to make yourself appear approachable, desirable, or anything in between.

If you don’t drink alcohol, you’re cutting out the very real chance that you’ll have a little too much to drink, and make somewhat of a fool of yourself. We’re not judging (trust us, we’re not the judgmental type) but many date-goers who feel nervous, end up ordering a drink or two too many, and start saying things they shouldn’t say and acting in ways they shouldn’t (or wouldn’t, usually) act. It can be embarrassing, unbecoming and definitely unsafe.

If you don’t drink alcohol, your date bill will be cheaper. Drinks are expensive, there’s no way around it, and if you’re at a nice restaurant, chances are even the cheapest drink will cost you well over $10. How nice it is, to enjoy a meal but not break the bank. Right?

If you don’t drink alcohol, you won’t have to worry about finding a ride home. We’re all about safety and if you have a few drinks, you should really find a cab or an Uber or a sober driver, and sometimes that can cost you a pretty penny. It’s great to be able to end the evening, get in your car and drive your own vehicle – safely and soberly – back home.

Most importantly, if you don’t drink alcohol, you don’t have to explain yourself to anyone else. We understand that there is somewhat of a social and cultural push to drink alcohol on dates – or anywhere else – but you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do; on a date or anywhere else. Dating is all about meeting people, and feel comfortable while you do it. Can dating be somewhat scary and a little unnerving? Sure. But that is also why dating is so exciting and fun. Don’t dull those emotions down, by self-medicating via a few strong cocktails. (If you don’t want to.)

When you’re dating, you get to make up your own rules. There is no steadfast “right” or “wrong”, so you should never feel pressured to order an alcoholic drink if you don’t want to. You can date without drinking, and you can do it successfully.

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 just had “the best date ever!” This is what she said about her match:

“He’s my favorite match I’ve ever met! I love that he’s always pushing himself; he’s determined, driven and always looking to do more and do better. He’s interesting, passionate and very grounded. He’s also so attractive and I appreciate his positive attitude. He talked a lot about his friendships and how much he values those close to him, which was such a refreshing thing to hear. We were there for 3 hours and closed the restaurant down! He texted me that night and we’re getting together next week. What a great guy!”

-IJL Seattle female client, age 40

That wasn’t her first IJL date, but it was his! Happy we hit it out of the park on the first try!

Happy Dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,



Staff Obsessions: What To Do On Valentine’s Day If You’re Single

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Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day to glorify romance with a significant other. It’s also a day to celebrate love in general, with everyone around you; including yourself, your friends, your family and coworkers. You can be happy and single on Valentine’s Day (trust us, it’s possible) so resist the urge and fight against the unending pressure to couple up during the “most romantic day of the year”. Instead, celebrate the moment and know your time will come! Here are a few days to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit, sans date.

Send Valentine’s Day Love To Someone Else

Get creative with Valentine’s Day cards or treats to your co-workers, and friends and family. Also, treat someone who would be least expecting it- like the barista that makes your coffee every morning. This small Valentines gesture will help to spread the love and will go a long way.

Follow Through With A Task And Feel Accomplished

Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, so the majority of you will be lucky enough to be off work that day. If you do have to work, try to leave early to take advantage of the holiday. Finish something you have been meaning to tackle around your house, get your closet organized, rearrange furniture, and get ready for the week. Enjoy a yummy take out dinner and read that book you haven’t had time for. You will feel accomplished and ready for a new week.

Fall In Love With Something New

Challenge yourself to do something you haven’t done before or barely have time for because of your crazy schedule. Try a new yoga class, test out that recipe that looked amazing in the magazine,  go see a live band, try the painting class (wine included) you have been wanting to try!

Treat Yo Self

Valentine’s Day is all about love, so a good start is spending the day loving yourself. Take advantage of the day by doing whatever you want! Pamper yourself with a lavish manicure and pedicure, stay comfy inside and watch some old favorite movies, or a full season of your favorite TV show.

Participate In A Valentine’s Day Celebration

You don’t need a special Valentine when you have great friends. Round them up, exchange small gifts for fun, share appetizers and drinks, get all dressed up and enjoy a night out. Try a fun karaoke bar and you will be sure to have a night full of laughter.

Happy Dating!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,

Taylor Name