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In a Pickle

Paul and I have been married for 8 years and with small children we just don’t get out much. I would say for us there are two major obstacles. The first is that childcare can be hard to find and expensive in San Francisco and the second is when we actually find ourselves with a free evening we end up going to the same few restaurants or seeing a movie. We both like going on dates, there is something special about a date where we talk and act differently. We just don’t make a lot of time to do it. So when HowAboutWe approached us about trying out their services for couples, I was very interested. If you haven’t heard of HowAboutWe, they started as an online dating site but have since expanded to include HowAboutWe for Couples – a membership service that gets couples out on tailored dates for 2, they plan the whole thing! It’s super fun to browse all the dates in our area and pick out the ones that sounded interesting. Paul and I love cooking together, so for our first date we thought it would be fun to try something new and take a pickling class (although, a tasting tour of the Ferry Building and trapeze lessons also caught our eye.) A HowAboutWe concierge helped to plan and schedule all the details of the date. The pickling class was really fun. It started at 8pm so we were able to grab dinner nearby beforehand. During the class we learned the basics of pickling and we each brought home two jars of our creations. I’m already looking forward to our next date (a yacht excursion!) If you’re interested in HowAboutWe for Couples, you can sign up for free to browse all of their dates. Plus if you’re a new member, you can get $50 off your first date by clicking here! (Expires 12/31/13.) Having someone take the planning element out of our date was huge and we loved getting out of our dating rut. Thanks HowAboutWe!

A Pickling Date #datenight #howaboutweA Pickling Date #datenight #howaboutwe

This post is sponsored by HowAboutWe for Couples: a service that gets people in relationships on wonderful dates, tailored for two.

Photos by Paul Ferney

  1. molly ruth

    September 18, 2013

    oh jordan! thank you so much for introducing me to this. coming from a mom of twin five-year old girls this is a valuable resource.

  2. kimberly

    September 18, 2013

    dates with an exclusively breastfed new baby are hard… but so important. thanks for reminding us of this:)

    also- I love that shirt! will you share its origin? xo

  3. Kat

    September 18, 2013

    Wish they had the service in Canada.

  4. juni

    September 18, 2013

    so cute!! I love pickles :)

  5. Tanya

    September 18, 2013

    I have always been curious about this! Now if only they had a service for single women, not really looking to date, but looking for cool stuff to do! I need a cruise director to overhaul my free time!

    Tanya (

  6. Caitlin

    September 18, 2013

    fun! i’ve always seen ads for it but never realized it was for couples too.

  7. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    September 18, 2013

    Fun! I think it is so important for couples to get out and try something new together.

  8. Valerie | Lily on Fillmore

    September 18, 2013

    What a fantastic concept/idea — and the goodies from pickling are definitely further incentive to participate!


  9. Rei

    September 18, 2013

    Agreed on the sentiments regarding Canada, but it’s such a great idea! Pickling classes sound like a neat twist on the couples cooking class idea. :)

  10. Birdy& Bambi

    September 18, 2013

    This looks so fun and it’s vegan as well!
    I’ll send my lovely boyfriend the link, maybe I can convince him!


  11. Louise

    September 18, 2013

    I have to say, you and your husband look stunning in these photos!

  12. Desiree

    September 18, 2013

    Looks like so much FUN. Love this idea!

  13. Ashley O.

    September 18, 2013

    This is such a neat way to change this up!

    Of course they don’t have it in Austin :(
    Another reason why I need to move back to SF asap! lol.

  14. Allie @ 6000 Miles to Home

    September 18, 2013

    I’ve been avoiding the How About We ads on facebook for months, but if they’re cool enough to create a pickling date, maybe they’re worth checking out!!

    p.s. if you ever need a sitter in SF let me know, you’d get the bloggerbuddy discount!

  15. YoungMild&Free

    September 18, 2013

    What an awesome idea for a site! And I absolutely love your outfit.


  16. Rhonda

    September 18, 2013

    This is such a great idea!!! Pickling has never looked so fun, P.S. :)


  17. Sahra

    September 19, 2013

    ooooh that looks like so much fun! My bf and I have been wanting to try “How About We” for months now!

    XO Sahra

  18. michelle

    September 19, 2013

    What fun!

  19. jill (mrs chaos)

    September 19, 2013

    We might actually go on dates this way. Maybe.

    (In our defense, our kids are ridiculously busy. But still.)

  20. Sonya

    September 19, 2013

    What a fun date idea! I highly suggest the trapeze class though. I bought one class as Gilt City deal (I live in Chicago). That was in May and I have been doing it all summer and plan to continue, it is highly addicting. Not that it becomes a hobby for everyone, but even one class is a lot of fun.

  21. Meg

    September 21, 2013

    This is fantastic!

  22. lyndsay // coco cake land

    September 21, 2013

    that is a completely rad idea – tailored dates! i think my husband and i have been on three dates in a year since our little guy was born! oops. pickling class is such a cute idea!

  23. samantha hahn

    September 24, 2013

    I love that picture of you in the hat!!!

  24. Paulette Leto

    September 30, 2013

    That’s a cool site! I’m unfortunately between relationships now, but I’ll have to keep that in mind for the future.

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