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Featured Success Couple: Lindsey and Dan

Lindsey and Dan

He found me and emailed me some form of generic, but sweet “hello.” He seemed interesting, but was way too young for my taste! I was looking for “the one” and in my mind there is no way a 26-year-old dentist could be ready in any capacity for what I was looking for. As a result I wrote back a teasing email giving what I would call a young “puppy” a hard time. I asked why he was “cougar chasing” on match.com. Not knowing me like he does now, he apologized for offending me (and says now that he thought I was bitter and grumpy). After explaining I was teasing, the witty banter began and quickly turned into rapid fire emails. Eventually that turned into long telephone conversations. I am rather cautious and kept fussing about his age, so it took him about 3 weeks to actually take him seriously enough to go on a date. Continue reading

The Dateline: Getting to Love You

You and your match are well past the first date and have championed through the middle stage of getting comfortable with one another, and things are starting to get serious. We like to call this the “getting to love you” phase, and it is full of touchy subjects like discussing finances, moving in together, and of course, walking down the aisle. Based on our findings from the Singles in America study and this dating timeline, we asked singles to weigh in on these relationship firsts. Check out when they think these more serious dating and relationship monuments should occur below.

Featured Success Couple: Beth and Alex

Alex and Beth

“LOVE AT FIRST CLICK”

How do two technologically impaired people from opposite coasts find each other? Match.com of course! In October of 2010, Alex took the plunge into online dating. Within four hours of searching online, he found Beth, his #1 draft pick. It was love at first click.

On their first date, Alex opened the car door for Beth (seemingly uncommon for west coasters) so Beth was already smitten. What had planned to be just a quick picnic turned into a 5-hour date including a petting zoo and trip to the Berkeley Rose Garden. Alex still claims he hired the musicians who were playing there when they arrived. On the 3rd date, Beth brought over some greasy (gluten-free of course) man-food to Alex’s apartment and they watched the Giants game. Alex and his belly fell in love. Over pupusas, they discussed their future! Things progressed quickly and they moved into a cozy Berkeley bungalow. Continue reading

Herb Marinated Roasted Sweet Potato Bites by Chef Fabio Viviani

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4 Ways to Survive a Not-So-Great Date by Whitney Casey

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Let’s face it- no matter where or how you met, there’s always a chance that the first date with someone new could be a dud. Though it may sound defeating, the pros of putting yourself out there and dating vastly outweigh the cons. To make the best of any dull date, use these tips from our relationship expert, Whitney Casey:

1. Bon Appétit!   

Always pick a place where a) you know you love the food, or b) you’ve been dying to check out. That way no matter what the night leads to, you will eat a good meal and/or check that spot off your list of places you’ve wanting to try! You’ll avoid wasting your time and money if you head to a desirable spot. If it isn’t dinner, the same formula fits for coffee, dessert, movies, art exhibits etc. Either revisit some place you already like or check somewhere off your “to do” list. Continue reading

Whitney Casey’s Tips on the Tipsy: Drinking on the first date


You want to seem like yourself, but you want to feel relaxed on a first date- they can be nerve-wracking! So should you order an adult drink, or stick with water on the rocks? On our Facebook page, we asked “Yes or no- do you drink on a first date?” Overwhelmingly, our fans answered yes- so here are some tips on drinking alcohol tastefully on a first date from our relationship expert, Whitney Casey.

Keep your drinks chic: When at a cocktail lounge (not a bar), don’t order a beer. This is a place for cocktails or champagne. Think vodka and mixers at a classy joint.

Brews with the boys: When at a sports bar, don’t order the aforementioned cocktail… stick with a beer. Out of over 3000 respondents on Match.com, the majority said they choose to enjoy a casual beer while on a date, so you’re in good company if you’re a brew lover. Also, wine can be seen as a high maintenance or snooty drink at this venue. Continue reading

Match.com & Fabio Viviani: Spice up your date night with romantic Italian recipes

Fabio Viviani, a favorite chef from Bravo's "Top Chef"

Hello everyone – this is Fabio Viviani and while you may recognize me as a professional chef from Bravo’s “Top Chef”, the truth is that my best education came from the knowledge and skills I learned in the kitchen beside my mother and grandmother – the leading ladies in my life. What motivates me most in the kitchen is attempting to carry on the legacy that these wonderful women left behind: creating delicious, home-style Italian comfort food straight from the heart, to the souls of those I love.

In addition to being a proud mama’s and grandma’s boy, I pride myself on cooking with passion and love. Today I’m announcing an exciting new partnership with Match.com (Ok, so you’re wondering what this is all about, aren’t you?). No, I’m not a relationship expert (though I’m not ruling out the fact that I might have a few tricks up my sleeve – I am Italian after all!). You don’t have to worry (yet!) about ‘Fabio’s Top 10 list of how to score the meatball of your dreams.’  I actually have the pleasure of working with Match.com to help bring to life the awesome connection between love and food.  I’m sure many of you will agree that the best meals you’ve ever eaten are those that were made with love, with heart and soul. Continue reading

Fabio Viviani’s Shrimp Incazzati (Spicy Prawns)

Shrimp Incazzati by Chef Fabio Viviani

Also known as “Pissed off prawns”, this dish is a quick, fuss-free food for any seafood lover. The shrimp is easy to eat and perfect with a beer or a great glass of wine. This is a 3 minute fix! -Fabio

Shrimp Incazzati

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 of a shallot
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 20 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Basil
  • 1 lb. prawns or large shrimp (peeled and de-vained)

Instructions

1. In a coffee or spice grinder, grind the garlic, chili flakes, and shallot.

2. In a medium (and deep) saute pan, add 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Once warmed, add in the mixture from the grinder and carmelize for about 10 minutes. Add in the cherry tomatoes and the fresh leaves of basil.

3. Bring the fire to high and once the tomatoes start to cook, add in the Prawns or big shrimps. Once cooked (they will change in a pink color; about 3 minutes each side), let the dish rest for about 5 minutes.

4. Now grab them by the tail and eat them away! Make sure you have some cute napkins with some water and lemon juice squeezed onto them- this will remove any shrimp smell from your fingers. Enjoy!

Fabio Viviani’s Balsamic and Gremolata Meatballs

Balsamic and Gremolata Meatballs by Chef Fabio Viviani

These meatballs are tangy, healthy, and have a nice kick. They are perfect to pair with a light white wine for a good start to a saucy night! -Fabio Viviani

Balsamic and Gremolata Meatballs 

Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 4 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Salt and pepper

Gremolata:

  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbs. plain breadcrumbs
  • Balsamic vinegar

Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the pound of ground beef with 4 oz of ricotta cheese, 1 egg, salt and pepper and ½ cup of breadcrumbs. If you like a little spice, add 1 tbsp of chili flakes in the mixture. With the help of a spoon or an ice cream scoop, shape the meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and space them evenly.

3. Place the baking sheet of meatballs into the warm oven and cook them for about 20 minutes; then let them rest for 5 minutes.

4. In the meantime, mix the fresh parsley with the lemon zest, salt and pepper, and 1 tbs. breadcrumbs.

5. Drizzle the meatballs with 2 tbsp of thick, aged balsamic vinegar and top with the gremolata (parsley and breadcrumb mixture).

Fabio Viviani’s Gnocchi de Patate: Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

Gnocchi de Patate by Chef Fabio Viviani

These are called “Pillows of Love” in Italian. It is a great dish because it’s easy to make and perfect for two people. You both can work on the gnocchi as well as the sauce, so put your match to work! -Fabio 

Gnocchi de Patate

Ingredients

Pasta:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 lbs. potatoes, baked for 45 mins at 400 degrees, cooled, and mashed

Sauce:

  • 25-30 Cherry tomatoes, whole
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Extra Parmesan for topping
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

1. In a stand up mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the flour and Parmesan with a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper; mix well. Add the mashed and cooled potatoes into the mixer and let mix for about 5 minutes on medium until the dough is nice and unified.

2. Remove the dough from the mixer and roll into one ball. Cut the mass in fist-sized balls and roll them with the palm of you hand until forming a cigar shaped roll. With the help of a knife, cut dumplings about ½ inch in length.

3. In the meantime, add 2 tbs. of extra virgin olive oil into a medium saute pan. Once warmed, add the cherry tomatoes and cook over medium heat until cherry tomatoes are blistered, about 10 minutes. Add pinch of salt, some crushed red pepper and 10 basil leaves, set aside.

4. In a pot of salted boiling water, cook the Gnocchi until a few of them are floating. Add them to the tomatoes and cook them on medium heat for about 3 minutes. Top with extra Parmesan.

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