Would you go out to eat with strangers?

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Would you go out to eat with strangers?
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Fri, 02-10-2012 - 2:37pm

Would you go out to a restaurant with complete strangers? That's the premise of a new-ish website called GrubWithUs.com...

Guess who's coming to dinner? A group of strangers!
http://bites.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/07/10339901-guess-whos-coming-to-dinner-a-group-of-strangers


"...launched by two friends who wanted to expand their network after moving as recent grads to a new city (it's now available in 12 cities).The site allows one to "make new friends over good food." It's like a social dining network cum dining club — for about $25 to $40, you can buy a ticket to a dinner hosted by a restaurant, and perhaps walk away at the end of the night with a couple of new friends."

I guess it sounds like a good premise - especially for someone who is outgoing - but I think I'd be nervous...sort of like a blind date or something.

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Fri, 02-10-2012 - 11:45pm
Sounds like a fun way to get to meet new people, especially for people who have recently moved, but I don't have the personality for it, either!


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Sun, 02-12-2012 - 6:47pm
No, I couldn't do it. And I know it wouldn't be something my husband would like to do either. I'm happy to just stick with my little circle of close friends. But if we go out to eat, it's almost always a family affair. If we get together with friends to eat, it's always hosted at someone's house. I don't know why it happens that way, but that's the way it is for us.
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Sun, 02-12-2012 - 7:21pm

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Mon, 02-13-2012 - 3:30pm
Isn't that funny? I guess it's easy to be outgoing and chatty online, but put me in a group where I don't know anyone and I'd be panicking!

DH and I have met a handful of people through a friend via Facebook. He's always making friend suggestions to us, which I thought was weird at first, but he asked "Why wouldn't you want to know new people who share some of the same interests or values?" Thinking of it that way we said okay, why not, it's just Facebook. Well when DH posted a call for donations for the under privileged children in his class, it was those people who donated tons of books. DH said "It's kind of weird to be 'friends' with these people that I don't even really know." Yes, welcome to my world! :-) It really is nice to get to know new people who share the same interests!
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Tue, 02-14-2012 - 11:16am
The thing is, the people who are outgoing enough to do dinner with strangers probably don't really need to do it, cuz they are outgoing & can meet people on their own, unless they have a really isolating job or something. DH used to think it was weird, actually, still does that I have so many online friend's that I've never met. He has a lot now, through FB, too, but that is "different".