How to Date Online in Los Angeles

People who want to date in LA today are mainly online. This is because most people here are really busy and don’t have time to go out or don’t enjoy the club scene. More and more young men and women in the City of Angels are meeting their significant other through online dating apps and sites. Here’s what you need to know to take your Los Angeles dating game to the next level.

The Best Apps and Sites

While opinions on whether online dating has better prospects than offline dating differ, you’ll find many to be familiar and happy with apps like Coffee Meets Bagel, Match, eHarmony, and Bumble.

My first choice requires a Facebook account. Every day at noon, users access a group of free profiles. Coffee Meets Bagel does a good job of weeding out fake profiles. You will meet young professionals who are looking for a serious relationship.

In terms of member count, match.com is the biggest player. The site will work for you as long as you try to create a good profile with decent pics. They also organize in-person mixers in Orange County and Angeles.

Like Coffee Meets Bagel, eHarmony opts for quality over quantity, yielding a limited number of profiles that should be the best fit.

On Bumble, you swipe right to approve and left to skip, not unlike Tinder. Physical appearance counts a great deal here too. Many of the people on the app are actors, models, fitness trainers, or yoga instructors. There are some business owners.

If you’re looking for a fellow Christian, give ChristianCafe a shot. This dating service is owned by Christians, who make sure all members are Christian devotees.

Critics of online dating claim the spark often goes away when you meet in person. You could go the middle route and check out Meetup.com groups. You’re still meeting people online, only based on shared interests, so there is less of a risk of running out of things to say and do when you meet. It’s important to be consistent until you find the right group. There are so many groups to choose from: hiking, photography, wine events, free concerts, events for single professionals, No Flake Singles and Friends LA, and more. Another advantage is that people meet in cool bars or restaurants so you’ll have a good time even if you don’t meet someone special. Your chances of hooking up with someone increase when they see you having a good time.

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Apps for London Trans Dating

While there are no apps specifically for trans dating in the English capital, there are a couple catering to the UK market. This is good news for members of the trans community as even in the UK, a lot of people remain intolerant of transgender singles. According to a 2018 study, almost 90% of people who are actively dating would not consider going out with a trans person. The respondents included queer, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans people, all of whom shared this unfortunate prejudice.

This is why three progressive groups of people joined efforts and created the apps Transdr, Teadate, and Thurst.

Transdr

Pegging itself as the alternative to Tinder for the trans community, this app hopes to make the dating scene a better place for its members. Sean Kennedy, who co-founded the site, describes the app as a new place for transsexual persons looking for a serious relationship to meet someone. In a way not unlike Tinder, this app lets users swipe right and left on each other.

Critics will point out the road to hell is paved with good intentions: Transdr has been accused of being transphobic itself because of poor word choice on the app’s Apple store landing page. Terms such as “dating shemales in London”, “trannies in Manchester”, and the like are said to have been used. The creators apologized for this, explaining the terms were used for SEO purposes. Whatever the case may be, over 6,000 people have registered on the app in the (so far) brief period of its existence.

Teadate

On Teadate, members can use a search feature to narrow their preferences, enabling them to discover other members they might be interested in. You can log in to Teadate via Facebook or email. Check the app’s site if you have issues with this. They will ask you weather you logged in via Facebook or email, what your Facebook user ID is if the former, and whether you use iPhone or Android, among other things.

Thurst

The makers of Thurst describe it as “a dating app for queer people of all genders.”

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Top 5 most beautiful hotels in Oakland

Once considered a mere suburb of San Francisco, Oakland is becoming the most stylish and elegant place in northern California. With that, tourists are starting to flock to this sunny city, and hotel offerings reflect this. There are hundreds of gorgeous hotels in Oakland – we chose 5.

Claremont Hotel

If you decide to stay at this charming place, Berkeley Art Museum, Greek Theater, Pacific Film Archive, People’s Park, and Memorial Stadium will be just 2 miles away. The hotel features a full-service spa, 8 outdoor tennis courts, and 3 outdoor pools. It is non-smoking only. However, it welcomes kids – there is a children’s pool and a club and supervised childcare (free).

The 276 guestrooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with digital channels, slippers, bathrobes, and other thoughtful items. Each room has a mini-bar. Other amenities include luxury bedding and 24-hour room service.

Executive Inn & Suites

This gorgeous property has a pool, free parking, an ultra-modern fitness center, free Wi-Fi, a shuttle bus service, a business center with Internet access, and meeting rooms. The building is very beautiful, truly an architectural work of art with fabulous views.

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Oakland Airport

This hotel features breathtaking views and property amenities such as a business center with Internet access, free Wi-Fi, a pool, a fitness center with a gym and a workout room, 24-hour room service, and an excellent restaurant.

Best Western Plus Bayside

The Bayside Hotel features stunning views, with some rooms overlooking the city’s estuary. The property is eco-friendly and fully non-smoking. The airy, spacious, beautifully designed rooms ensure a relaxing stay.

A Bed and Breakfast on Fairmount, Oakland

This hotel isn’t typically beautiful, but it’s charming and quaint. It is an artsy house with gorgeous views and nice, helpful staff.

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The best steakhouses in Oakland 2019

When it comes to enjoying a good steak in Oakland, you can be hard-pressed for choice. We’ve narrowed it down to three for your convenience: Galeto, Kincaids, and Belcampo.

Galeto

According to the vast majority of reviewers on Trip Advisor, the food here is absolutely delicious. The side dishes are fab as well. The steak is so tender it melts in your mouth, and the staff is helpful and friendly. It’s a great place for a date (romantic atmosphere), but it’s casual enough for a dinner with family and friends too.

Kincaids

Kincaids has 5 locations in the US, and the best restaurant is in Oakland, as luck would have it. It serves delicious steak, but also a variety of fish and seafood for those looking for something a bit different. It’s a great place for a casual lunch or dinner, but fancy enough for a date or business meeting. All the steaks are served with butter, fresh market vegetables, and your choice green onion potato cakes, parmesan-sprinkled fingerling potatoes, or mashed Yukon potatoes. The most delectable options: the 12 oz. New York steak, Filet Mignon, or 40-Day Aged American Wagyu Sirloin steak.

Belcampo Restaurant & Butcher Shop

Finally, this is place serving delicious, top-quality, compassionately and sustainably raised meat. Beef empanadas, dry aged burgers, or an Argentinean mixed grill – you’ll never want for choice. We love the beef tartare – a juicy concoction of minced beef sirloin with egg yolk, caper, shallots, and grilled bread. We also recommend the lamb tartare – minced leg of lamb with parsley, harissa, and flatbread.

Those looking for something unique would do well to choose the beef carpaccio – sirloin with red onion, crispy capers, pecorino, lemon, arugula, olive oil, and grilled bread. Finally, a good choice for a bigger group is the skewer dish with your choice of beef heart, leg of lamb, or chicken thigh.

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Top 5 best farmers’ markets in Oakland

Farmers’ markets are to Oakland what the Mardi Gras is to New Orleans. Fresh fruits and vegetables are all the rage in this sunny California city, with strawberries and artichoke counting among local favorites. The best markets in Oakland also have coffee, music, and baked goods to offer.

Grand Lake

This local favorite is huge and enjoys a prime location near Lake Merritt. Offerings include homemade sausage, bean and yam vegetarian tamales, smoked cheddar, and gluten-free baked delights from Bacano Bakery.

Temescal Farmers Market

Temescal features live music, which you can enjoy as you munch on organic delectables from Donna’s Tamales and Andy and Cindy’s Thai Food.

Old Oakland Farmers Market

Also known as the People’s Market, Old Oakland at 9th Street / Broadway takes place every Friday from 8am to 2pm. According to the Urban Village Farmers Market Association, this market has been the most accessible, diverse, and affordable one in the city over the past two decades.

Jack London Squares Sunday

Jack London Squares features gorgeous scenery, but its picturesque location on the border of Temescal and Rockridge is not the only thing it’s got going for it. This is the market for food lovers of every generation, from millennials to Baby Boomers, single and married, gay and straight, you name it. You’ll also see local chefs and food writers wandering about, lending the place a professional flair. There’s no better place to enjoy homemade pasta and California nuts than this!

Montclair Village

This tiny market in La Salle Ave. at Moraga Ave., open every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm, has all the necessities one could yearn for according to highly positive Yelp reviews. This is despite its being a block long. Organic food isn’t the only choice – prepared delights include French crêpes and even an oyster vendor.