Woman dates men based on how close they live to her favourite food spots
A woman only likes to date men who live near her favourite food spots – and said she’d never date a vegan as it would mess with her diet.
Heroic Lauren Tenner, 26, is a fan of food and arranges her day around her favourite meals, and even carries around a map of eateries she wants to try.
She lives in London and to her, romance is closely liked to culinary proximity, so living near her favourite chip shop is a huge plus.
Lauren plans her hookups very smartly so she wakes up near food places she wants to try and will make sure she leaves early enough to catch their breakfast specials.
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Lauren said it’s a ‘win-win’ if a date just so happens to live near a good restaurant.
She even arranged to meet a man in Finsbury Park because it was close to renowned Bake Street Cafe which is 75 minutes from her West London home- to arrive in time for their breakfast special creme brûlée cookies.
On other occasions she has left a date early to get a kebab, shared fish and chips with a German who couldn’t understand her and indulged in shepherd’s pie in her bathtub after her date was desperate for a dip.
Lauren, a community manager, originally from Belfast, Ireland said: “I have a Google map with pins in all my favourite food places and places I want to try.
“If they so happen to be near someone I want to date, it’s a win-win.
“I’ve always been very passionate about food and the past two years in London I’ve thrown myself into dating.”
One of her endeavours included a delightful breakfast bite after a hook-up in Finsbury Park.
The foodie, who lives in West London, said: “Bake Street near Hackney would take 75 minutes from my house.
“There’s no way I’d make it there for a creme brûlée baked cookie so needs must – I went on a date in Finsbury Park to make this happen.
“I met him on Hinge and we went on a date on Friday night so I was ready for Saturday morning specials.
“I left his at 9am and got there for 10am after a leisurely walk over there.”
Lauren enjoyed a creme brûlée cookie, tater tots and a hot Nashville chicken sandwich.
Another time, in December 2021, Lauren went on a date in East London and had to invite herself back so she could stop off at Dom’s subs in Hackney.
She said: “I had to say: ‘Am I not coming back?’
“I had a Yule Hog and Mexican spiced pork sandwich, it was absolutely delicious.”
Despite her passion for food, Lauren doesn’t recommend food on a first date as ‘it’s too much of a risk’.
“I did go for fish and chips on a first date with a German man because he didn’t drink and he didn’t warn me beforehand,” she said.
“He showed up at the pub and ordered a Diet Coke and I thought it was better than getting really drunk.
“He found it really hard to understand my accent.”
Lauren’s dating app of choice is Feeld – a spicier dating app.
She said: “One guy I met on Feeld said that he didn’t want to talk about air fryers and that was a big red flag.
“I’m a big fan of my air fryer.
“I realised within 10 seconds we weren’t going to get on so I made my exit.
“I was all the way in Brixton so I stopped off in Stockwell to get a donner kebab from Taste More for £8.50.
“I had better chemistry with the guy behind the till and I was probably the only person to have had a sit in meal ever.”
Another memorable food date was when Lauren ate shepherd’s pie in her bath.
She said: “I mentioned I had a bath in my house and I asked him what his favourite thing to eat was.