17. EatWith strangers
EatWith is sorta like the Airbnb of the foodie set. Instead of booking a room in someone’s apartment, you book a seat at their table. Create a profile for yourself at EatWith.com, see who in your city is cooking up what, and request to join the dinner party. What unfolds is (hopefully) a menu of homemade epicurean treats and an evening of sparkling conversation.
Because you are definitely NOT doing that with your friends.
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Meagan Drillinger is a freelance writer for Thrillist. She gets the Spanish Language MeetUp emails and figures that’s good enough. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @drillinjourneys.