One of the biggest challenges many new vegans face is social situations, and particularly what I refer to as "Dating While Vegan." This was the topic of an article featured this Valentine's Day in the Portland Herald Press.
What I always recommend is to be authentic, honest, and respectful, which is generally good practice anyway, but is particularly important for first impressions when dating. You can read more tips like this in my new book, Eat Vegan with Me, which is excerpted in this article.
Also featured is one of my favorite dessert recipes for the holiday, Vegan Dirty Blondies, made with chocolate chips, pecans, and shredded coconut. Prepare them in an 8"x8" pan, or make them fancy in a pretty tart pan and drizzle with your favorite sauce. They're best enjoyed chilled where they develop a decadent, fudgey consistency.