Category: Ross Felix


Mingling The Old Fashioned Way

January 29th, 2011 — 2:53pm

This week, I had the pleasure of catching up over lunch with my wise friend, online dating guru Ross Felix.

Founder of The Dating Revolution, Ross knows plenty about finding love in cyberspace — he went on 400 Internet dates before meeting his wife online. Very happily married, he’s on a mission to make it easier for singles to connect with their mate. And, during lunch, he said the key to that happening is having a multilateral approach, i.e., not limiting yourself to online dating only.

His words really resonated with me — because I’ve been getting back to basics when it comes to meeting new people. Since returning from my European Dating Blitz, I’ve joined a new church, signed up for a couple of Meetup.com groups and, just last night, went on a (fantastic) blind date.

One of the greatest lessons from my European adventure was how, on that side of the pond, making connections still happens primarily through traditional means. Whatever merits online dating has, it can’t and shouldn’t replace putting yourself out there in a non-virtual way.

I’m thankful this year is serving up so many opportunities to put cyberspace mingling on the back burner. And especially thankful for living a city that offers groups devoted to just about every interest imaginable and, of course, for matchmaking-minded friends.

| online dating, Ross Felix, traditional ways to meet people

Dinner With An Online Dating Trailblazer

November 23rd, 2009 — 5:30pm

Wednesday, I headed over to Tenzan restaurant in Midtown for dinner with Dating Revolution founder and CEO Ross Felix.

Tenzan: The Midtown outpost of this Upper West Side eatery offers swift service & tasty sushi
Over a delicious selection of sushi rolls, we talked about the highs and lows of online dating, and being single in New York.

Whether it’s following certain rules or throwing out the playbook altogether, many Gotham singles seem to think there’s a strategy that has to be followed when it comes to making a lasting connection. Ross and I both agreed that common sense and putting yourself out there are the most important keys to dating success.

A JDate.com success story, Ross — with the support and creative input of his fiancée – is breathing new life into the Internet dating space. Currently in beta testing mode, Dating Revolution will offer a number of safeguards and tools that Match.com and other existing sites don’t.

Dating Revolution will solicit member feedback to help enforce dater honesty, while color coded searching will make it easier to find matches faster. And you can also maximize opportunities for connecting by joining niche communities within the site specific to religion, hobbies, etc.

For a limited time, membership to the site is free. to find out more.

| JDate.com, Match.com, Midtown NYC, online dating, Ross Felix, sushi, Tenzan, The Dating Revolution

Girls Night Out: Whiskey Trader

November 22nd, 2009 — 11:21pm

Tuesday night, after seeing “Superior Donuts,” I headed over to the Whiskey Trader in Midtown for a happy hour hosted by The Lost Girls.

Bartending Goddesses: (from left) Lost Girls authors and bloggers Amanda, Jen and Holly

While enjoying a couple of cosmos mixed perfectly by Jen, my Divalicious friend Heidi and I talked about male profiling — i.e., making assumptions about men in suits. She presumes they’re dull and conservative, I think a suit usually spells sophistication.

Speaking of assumptions about the opposite sex, I decided to vet my theories on texting versus calling with a couple of friendly guys at the bar.

When I said that texting to make plans is less considerate than making a call, both men balked. They maintained that it’s hard to know when is a good time to call a woman, and one even tried to liken texting and emailing to the lost art of letter writing.

With all due respect, I think these are just excuses for not taking initiative and picking up the phone. As founder Ross Felix puts it so well in this blog post, guys need to man up here. A quick call goes a long way toward making a girl (this girl, at least) feel courted.

Coming up…a look at Broadway’s sizzling “Burn The Floor” and an action-packed night out in Hell’s Kitchen.

| Burn The Floor, calling instead of emailing or texting, Dating Revolution.com, Girls Night Out, happy hour, Hell's Kitchen, Midtown NYC, Ross Felix, The Lost Girls, Whiskey Trader

Girls Night Out: Whiskey Trader

November 22nd, 2009 — 6:21pm

Tuesday night, after seeing “Superior Donuts,” I headed over to the Whiskey Trader in Midtown for a happy hour hosted by The Lost Girls.

Bartending Goddesses: (from left) Lost Girls authors and bloggers Amanda, Jen and Holly

While enjoying a couple of cosmos mixed perfectly by Jen, my Divalicious friend Heidi and I talked about male profiling — i.e., making assumptions about men in suits. She presumes they’re dull and conservative, I think a suit usually spells sophistication.

Speaking of assumptions about the opposite sex, I decided to vet my theories on texting versus calling with a couple of friendly guys at the bar.

When I said that texting to make plans is less considerate than making a call, both men balked. They maintained that it’s hard to know when is a good time to call a woman, and one even tried to liken texting and emailing to the lost art of letter writing.

With all due respect, I think these are just excuses for not taking initiative and picking up the phone. As DatingRevolution founder Ross Felix puts it so well in this blog post, guys need to man up here. A quick call goes a long way toward making a girl (this girl, at least) feel courted.

Coming up…a look at Broadway’s sizzling “Burn The Floor” and an action-packed night out in Hell’s Kitchen.

| Burn The Floor, calling instead of emailing or texting, Dating Revolution.com, Girls Night Out, happy hour, Hell's Kitchen, Midtown NYC, Ross Felix, The Lost Girls, Whiskey Trader

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