For singles who want to find that special someone in the year 2011, local author Rachel Machacek has done some research for you. Machacek turned herself into a dating guinea pig to write her new book "The Science of Single," out Jan. 4. She spent a year dating online, attending singles events, having her friends set her up, using a matchmaker, using a dating coach, reading self-help books and even traveling to other cities, to determine whether there was a "science" to finding the right one. While her results are inconclusive, her experiences left her with plenty of tales to tell. "There are ways that I found to be more comfortable for myself, and I think that's kind of an important notion," Machacek. "Online dating is just so easy," she said, while using a dating coach was more challenging.

Washingtonians will love that some of Machacek's dating disasters are set in bars and restaurants we know well. Her first date (with a guy who sadly showed no interest in her) took place at L'Enfant in Adams Morgan. That being said, she still recommends the bar for a first date spot. "I'm very adamant about going to places that are kind of small and cozy and comfortable," she said, also giving high marks to Room 11 in Columbia Heights.

Machacek will be holding area events to promote then book, including a reading and discussion on Jan. 9 at Politics & Prose and another event on Jan. 20 at Tryst in Adams Morgan.