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Kale Me, Maybe? Food Box HQ Says #HipNJ Singles Least Likely to Date Vegans

Are you vegan and stuck home alone on date night? Food Box HQ may have the reason why.

‘Going Vegan’ may be the hottest global food trend right now, but it turns out a plant-based diet isn’t the food of love… New research from Food Box HQ has revealed that 31% of New Jerseyites would not consider dating a vegan. This compares to a national average of 28.2%.

The popular mail delivery review service polled 2,500 people, and found that overall men are more bothered by prospective partners’ culinary preferences than women, with a huge 33.5% stating they wouldn’t date a vegan. This is compared to the 23.3% of women who would say no to a date. Almost a third of men would try to persuade their vegan/veggie partner to eat meat!

Interestingly, it’s the older generation who consider eating habits more of a deal breaker, with 31.9% of 45-54 year olds saying they wouldn’t swipe right for a vegan. Millennials were more accepting of the lifestyle choice however, with a lower 25.9% of 18-24 year olds stating they would consider veganism off-putting.

But how do vegans feel about dating meat-eaters? Well, it turns out they’re not as strict with who they date as they are with their food – a huge 89.5% of vegans said they would consider starting a relationship with a meat-eater.

When asked if they would consider giving up meat and go vegan for a partner, 70.1% of Americans said they would not. And while 12.2% of Americans said they would cut down on their meat intake for a partner, they also admitted they would still eat it while their partner was away!

But though the majority of carnivores refuse to give up chicken wings or a juicy steak for love – only 16.4% of them would try to persuade their vegan partner to eat meat. This varied hugely between the sexes however, with almost a third of men (31.6%) saying they’d try to persuade their vegan/vegetarian partner to eat meat, compared to just 2.4% of women.

When asked about the most unattractive diet habit in a partner, respondents said that the most off-putting thing is ‘obsessing over healthy eating’. This was closely followed by ‘overeating fast food’, ‘overindulging in alcohol’ and ‘always dieting’.

It was mainly women who thought being health obsessed was unappealing, whereas men felt that ‘overeating fast food’ was the most unattractive diet habit in a partner.

Finally, Food Box HQ’s survey revealed that poor table manners and dinner date decorum may be costing singles their chance of a second date. Respondents said that ‘talking with your mouth full’ was the worst thing a date could do, followed by ‘chewing too loudly’ and ‘eating with fingers instead of cutlery’.

Dan Scalco of Food Box HQ, says: “Dating tends to revolve around eating out, whether it’s a romantic meal out or breakfast in bed, so finding a partner who respects or shares your values toward food is really important. America is certainly becoming more accepting of healthy and ethical dietary choices, but our survey has shown that more than a quarter of people still wouldn’t date a vegan. We expect this percentage to decrease as veganism continues to trend in 2018, and more restaurants start offering plant-based options.”

Americans say ‘obsessing over healthy eating’, ‘overeating fast food’ and ‘overindulging in alcohol’ is unattractive. But like the old saying (kind of) goes; “If you can’t handle me at my preferred diet, you don’t deserve me at all!”

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is known as the day of romance and love around the world. Valentine’s Day has been celebrated for many years as the feast of Saint Valentine in the Catholic Church. What are you going to do for your significant other this Valentine’s Day? Take them out to dinner, buy them flowers or get them a box of chocolate. Hip New Jersey wants to know how everyone is celebrating today! Here are some ideas if you are couldn’t think of any yourself.

In Flight Balloon Adventures

Love is in the air ❤❤❤ #inflightballoonadventures #hotairballoon #adventure #love #valentinesday #engagement

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Grain House Valentine’s Day Dinner

Treat your #Valentine to an amazing and romantic fireside 4-course dinner at the #Grain House in Basking Ridge! Details are at #grainhouse.com

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Our top Valentin’s Day pick would be the In Flight Balloon Adventure if anyone special is thinking about Hip New Jersey!

New Jersey’s Best Date Spots

By Katy Kronberg

Dating can be a nerve-racking experience. You meet someone, ask them out, they agree, and then reality hits. “Where am I going to take this person for the date?!” Choosing the perfect restaurant is not an easy task. The pressure is on to make a good impression. To calm your anxiety, #HipNJ has come up with a list of restaurants that are great places to take your date!

Café Archetypus – Edgewater

If you’re looking for a unique spot to take your date, Archetypus is the perfect choice. This dark, candlelit café is designed as though the guests are sitting inside a cave. The walls are carved with beautiful, intricate artwork, which ignites a romantic atmosphere. Most known for their seemingly endless list of decadent deserts, the menu is simple and modest.


Cuba Libre – Atlantic City

Located inside the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City, this Cuban escape offers authentic food and ambiance. Cuba Libre serves as both a restaurant and nightclub, so the date can go beyond dinner to drinks and dancing! The décor makes guests feel as though they are on vacation in Cuba, and the food seals the deal.

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Grounds for Sculpture – Hamilton

Grounds For Sculpture is situated on the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds in Hamilton. The grounds encompass many things, such as artwork, landscapes, historical buildings, classes, shows, and more. A date here could include dinner and a moonlight tour around the property. Can you say romantic? There are a few different restaurants to choose from that cater to all price ranges. Perfect choice for a relaxing and unique date.

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Mario’s Tutto Bene – Union

Once you eat at this restaurant, you will wonder how you ever survived without it. Mario’s has everything an Italian restaurant needs. The guest is treated to a lovely experience with every course. From drinks, to appetizers, to the pleasant surprise of Intermezzo, to the entrée, and finally to the absolutely delicious desserts, you cannot go wrong with any menu choice. Plus, Friday and Saturday nights turn into a lively Karaoke scene. Prices are reasonable and the check is 25% off on Wacky Wednesdays.


McLoone’s Pier House -Long Branch

Romance is bound to be in the air when sharing a meal while looking out onto the beach and watching the sunset. McLoone’s rests on the boardwalk in Pier Village in Long Branch. The menu includes everything from fresh fish to steaks and salads. During the summer season, the windows are opened and the restaurant offers open air dining. Not only incredible for lunch and dinner, Sunday brunch is a great option for a weekend date.

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Thai Kitchen – Bridgewater

As its name states, Thai Kitchen is an eclectic spot for authentic Thai cuisine. Popular in the community, arriving in prime mealtime means a wait, but it’ll be worth it. The wait staff is extremely helpful in explaining the dishes, so it is a good place to try new things. Portions are generous and every customer leaves fully satisfied. Being a little adventurous in your choices can make for awesome date conversation as well!


Kyma Cuisine – Somerville

Kyma Cuisine is the perfect Greek escape in the heart of Somerville. Once inside, the restaurant’s blue and white atmosphere transports the guest to the coasts of Greece. The staff is extremely welcoming and makes each guest feel at home. The menu has endless options so there is something for everyone. A date at Kyma is definitely not something anyone will forget.


Toast – Montclair, Asbury Park

Simplicity at its best, Toast is a popular spot for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. There are two locations, one in Montclair and the other in Asbury Park. The restaurant’s mantra is “Peace, Love, Pancakes,” which would sound good to any breakfast lover! Known for their pancakes, the recipe is promised to please any crowd with offerings from classic buttermilk to red velvet. Toast is a fantastic way to start a daylong date, whether it’s heading to the beach or wandering through downtown Montclair.

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Jersey Shore BBQ – Belmar

What are the two best things about summer? The beach and barbecues. Jersey Shore BBQ gives you both! Just a short walk from Belmar beach, it is a welcoming community hotspot with good people, but even better food. Classic home-style barbecue right off the beach…it cannot get better than that! As a mid-day meal or after a long day on the beach, Jersey Shore BBQ will be a date pleaser.

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Mizu Sushi – Cranford

In Japan, sushi originally started out as a fast food because of the quick popularity and easiness to make. Mizu Sushi goes way beyond that, making their dishes look like artistic creations. Just looking at their Instagram account will make you hungry! This date spot would be anything but ordinary. It also makes for a great #foodstagram!

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