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Brotherly Love A new study shows Philadelphians don’t go out to eat on first dates. That can’t be true, right? By Nicole Finkbiner nfinkbiner@philadelphiaweekly.com A date used to be dinner and a movie. A gentleman would pick up a gal at her home, take her to a romantic, candle-lit restaurant then a flick of her choosing. Courting rituals are a lot different these days. “I don’t think the idea of courting or romance exists anymore,” says local bartender Dina Melograna, 30. “Guys just want to get an easy lay.” Making matters worse, a nice dinner for two is going to run you at least $50, plus an additional

$22 to go to a movie—beverages and snacks not included—not exactly cheap in these hard, hard times of The Great Recession. But there are no shortage of great places to dine both affordably or extravagantly in Philly, so surely dinner dates haven’t become totally outdated, right?

fact, as far as dinner dates, we ranked second to last, just beating out the butter-and-cheese eating fatties in Minneapolis/Saint Paul.

According to a recent survey, yes, they have. Commissioned by the online daily discount service LivingSocial, the survey polled 4,000 customers ages 18 years and older in the 20 largest media markets about their dining habits.

So, yeah, LivingSocial: it ain’t exactly scientific. But it got us thinking about whether or not the slow extinction of the dinner date is an actual thing. That thinking got us to asking around, and oddly enough, many young, local single women we spoke to concur. Dinner dates, they say, are indeed on the decline in Philly.

Though roughly 55 percent of Philadelphians say they are most commonly going out to eat with their spouse or partner, only about five percent are doing so with potential partners. In

It also seems worth mentioning that Philly’s dining scene was self-ranked the ninth best in the country.

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the hook for dinner date’s slow demise. “‘Going out to dinner’ is really reserved for special occasions like an anniversary or Valentine’s Day,” says Temple junior, Alexis Sachdev, 22. “There’s also just really interesting things to do here besides sit in a dimly-lit Garces joint eating overpriced tacos.” The last date Sachdev went on was to a comedy club. That’s a lot more interesting and creative a date than coffee barista Jaime Fountaine of South Philly says she’s been on in a long while. Since getting out of a long-term relationship, the 28 -year-old has only been asked out for coffee or lunch—never dinner. She’s fine with it. “Drinks make a little more sense to me than lunch because they provide some sort of social lubrication, instead of just having to stare uncomfortably across the table asking a list of semi-personal questions and trying to decipher important clues from the answers,” she says. “You know, like when a dude can only name one book that he likes, and tells you that it’s his favorite, and that it’s Atlas Shrugged.” Trina Sansalone, 23, from Center City, agrees. She’ll take a couple of cocktails over dinner or coffee. “I think getting coffee with a guy is kinda awkward,” she says. “You don’t really know whether it’s a date or not.” Sansalone also notes that more fellas, especially those looking to save some cash, need

to start thinking outside the box. “If guys want to impress you, they can do other things than just take you to out to for dinner or drinks, like cooking a meal at home.”

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For 23 year-old Northeast native Nicole Leyrer, a typical date rarely involves actually going out. Rather, she’s perfectly content just hanging out at a guy’s house, ordering Chinese and watching Young Frankenstein. “Then there’s the house party dates,” she says. “I dated a guy who never wanted to go to a bar, club or restaurant but loved house parties. We’d hit a Wawa or pizza place before, then head over.” So, it seems, it’s not just men who are particularly reluctant to take a woman out to dinner. Melograna suspects it actually might have to do more with Philly women who are intent on keeping it casual, something she’s observed working at bars across the city. Leyer agrees, saying, “I think that people are allowing these dates to be more casual so they seem casual, therefore date-able,” says Leyrer. “No one wants to be labeled, ‘high maintenance.’” “Dinner sounds like a commitment, while drinks or lunch are things you could do with just about anybody,” says Fountaine. Philadelphia. Casual. Makes sense in a city where grown-ass men wear flip-flops, a Phillies

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From Worst To First Once one of the Worst Cooks in America, South Philly’s Jenny Cross is now keeping it tasty and exotic at Watkins Drinkery. By Brian McManus

To win meant being the best worst cook, the prize going to the most improved.

“I like hearty, earthy flavors,” says South Philly chef Jenny Cross, slipping a menu special she’s just conceived for the fall across a tiny two-top. Noticeably thinner since television made her a minor star two years ago, she remains kissed with a distinct rockabilly sheen. She’s still a pretty, ‘50s obsessed pin up, albeit with a few added tattoos— one a human heart on a plate, around it the words “Dinner Is Served.” Don’t let the message in the ink fool you: She’s as endearing in person as she was on the boob tube. Which is where, you’ll recall, you last saw Cross, her eyes full of tears, her dream freshly slipped from her grasp. Oh, and $25,000. That slipped too. That dream: To win a surprise reality hit called Worst Cooks in America, which aired on the powerful, star-making Food Network. Only “to win Worst Cook in America” sounds a bit misleading.

Cross placed a close second, after “much difficult deliberation” from a panel of celebrity judges which included off-puttingly prickish acclaimed food critic Jeffery Steingarten. If you watched the show or read the many, many comments on the many, many YouTube videos of it, you don’t have to be told this: Cross was robbed. The winner was a website copy editor named Rachel Coleman. She plans to write a book about the experience. Jenny Cross wanted the money to go to culinary school. Instead, she went to work, bringing what skills she’d learned on Worst Cooks to kitchens around Philly like Tir Na Nog and Marathon Grill. In the ten intense days she spent on the show she went from slathering cod in peanut butter and dumping a metric ton of cayenne on everything—

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“Usually when I try to cook I add way too many seasonings to hide mistakes in my food,” she says while preparing her horrific introduction dish on the show’s first episode—to making perfectly chopped and delicate salmon tartar, cod you’d actually want to eat (with mussels) and an out-of-this-world chocolate lava torte. She did it under the tutelage of two noted celebrity chefs—spiky haired Anne Burrell and Beau MacMillan and his many chins. MacMillan saw something special in Cross early on. “She’s got the most passion,” he said mid-season when he poached her from Burrell’s team. On that last episode, as she cried, he comforted her. “Since day one of this competition I saw a fire and a passion inside of you, and I know it’s still there,” he said. “It’s just gonna get hotter and hotter.” He was right. Flash forward to present. “We still talk,” Cross says of Chef Mac. “In fact, I told him the other day about all the wild game I’m cooking with now, and he was pretty impressed.” Wait. Wild game? Cross is now a chef at Watkins Drinkery (1712 S. 10th St., on Watkins) in South Philly. Owned by John Klein (who also owns The Dive, 947 E. Passyunk Ave.), it features unusually inventive and exotic eats for such a casual corner bar—venison, kangaroo, boar, alligator, duck, ostrich carpaccio, rabbit and Salento 2216 Walnut St. 215.568.1314. salentorestaurant.com $$$ CC BYOB Trattoria Prima Donna 1506 Spruce St. 215.790.0171. trattoriaprimadonna.com $$ CC AS BYOB Valentino on the Square 267 S. 19th St. 215.772.1905. $$ CC BR

Like the special she’s just plopped down, which exhibits all the traits she’s just rattled off. It’s called “Sloppy Joey.” And, you guessed it, it’s a Sloppy Joe made of kangaroo. “I like making things with a twist,” she says. The main twist in her “Joey” is obvious, of course—swapping beef for ‘roo. But there’s also more. It’s fragrant in a good way, almost Masala like. She’s cooked the ground ‘roo slow and low with ginger, garlic, poblano, red pepper, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder and finished with a porter stout. The fries it’s served alongside are accompanied with two types of aioli, truffle and smoked poblano. Hearty. Earthy. Fun. Messy. Campy.

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works, she’s the only person in the tiny back of the house. “It’s been a trial by fire, man,” she says. She’s loving her time at Watkins, but, like any chef on the come-up, has an eye on the future. She’d love to learn about different types of cuisine in a Garces’ kitchen or under Steve Delorean, currently a sous at 10 Arts, late of James, Brassiere Perrier and Le Bec Fin. After that, she’s thinking lunch truck. She’s still available for private catering for parties and the like through her Pirate Jenny imprint (therealjennycross.com) and, for the time being, is soaking up as much kitchen knowledge as she can manage. She’s got knife skills now. She can grill, sauté, fix a broken sauce. She can “cook meat like no one’s business.” She wants to create an “all bacon menu.” She’s already responsible for the bacon brownie on the menu at Watkins. Watch out for Cross. The tears have long dried. She keeps her peanut butter and her fish far, far away from one another. If she and Coleman were to go toe-to-toe in a kitchen today, Cross’d eat her lunch.

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Seafood Unlimited 270 S. 20th St. 215.732.9012. seafoodunlimited.com $$ CC AS

Liberty Bar 2204 Market St. 215.496.9797. 2204libertybar.com $ CC AS Misconduct Tavern 1511 Locust St. 215.732.5797. misconduct-tavern.com $$ CC AS Monk’s Cafe 264 S. 16th St. 215.545.7005. monkscafe.com $$ CC AS Pub & Kitchen 1946 Lombard St. 215.545.0350. thepubandkitchen.com $$ CC AS BR Roosevelt’s Pub 2222 Walnut St. 215.569.8879. $$ CC AS

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Ten Stone 2063 South St. 215.735.9939. tenstone.com $ CC AS BR

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fish. 1708 Lombard St. 215. 545.9600. fishphilly.com $$$ CC

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ART INSTITUTE OF PHILADELPHIA The International Culinary School Petite Passion, 2300 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103-3008 (215) 405-6766 When you dine at Petite Passion, you are a guest in a restaurant being operated by students studying Culinary Arts at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Philadelphia. These students spend eleven weeks in Petite Passion, either preparing your meal or in the dining room as your server.

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