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The Hookup: Sake to Me

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The Hookup: Sake to Me

Maria the Date Couch, a multigenerational matchmaker, had invited one and all to Matsuri, a Japanese restaurant in the heart of Chelsea. I was so excited to meet new prospects that it didn’t even matter that I found her on Twitter. So off I went, prepared to meet a man and betting on Maria’s “skills.”

My friend Krista and I walked in together, poised and looking fabulous. We were immediately approached by a male host and encouraged to take a fill-in-the-blank name tag.  I stuck my name tag above my left boob and was proud that it read: “I love ME!”

Alas, Krista and I had singles to meet. But first we made our way to bar and ordered our free sake. Standing by the bar also gave us an advantage – a great view of the crowd that gathered before us, both women (competition) and men (prospects) alike.

“What do you think?” I asked Krista as we scanned the crowd.

“I don’t know…we’ll see,” she responded calmly. Krista was also on a find-a-real-man mission. Thankfully, our romantic preferences differ, so we wouldn’t step on each other’s toes.

“Is it me or are we the only ones with a natural tan?” I questioned while sipping on the bitter sake. Krista chuckled before nodding. I winced at the taste and the pool of men.

As the night went on, I realized we had been bamboozled. A true dating coach would offer variety and assure diversity. A true dating coach would motivate the crowd to mingle and merge by setting up tables and preparing activities, not reprimanding those who stood in corners. But hey, who was I to complain? I found this chick on Twitter, and even though I don’t like sake I drank it by the buttload.

So here is a tip to those going to random singles events: drink away even if you don’t like what’s offered. I sake promise it will make for a better time.

The Hookup was Sujeiry’s dating blog on To read past entries, go to The Hookup.

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Sujeiry is a natural storyteller, dynamic radio show host and the proud CEO of She's been at this digital media and content creation game for 15 plus years and pours her heart and soul onto - the only site for Latinas on all things love. After realizing there was a void in the love/relationship Latina media market, she took matters into her own hands and became the go-to sex and relationship expert on Latinx platforms. The former sex and relationship expert on works diligently and passionately to encourage women of color to be their authentic selves as they navigate all things love.


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