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Prologue: Winter 1998

We’ve all been there: on a date when we get that first invitation back to their apartment. Considering I made out with Haley in the street on our last date, one thing was certain: tonight I was going to see her topless.

Factoring that in with her preppy looks, her Princeton education and her Jewish background, I guesstimated that I had a 50% chance of sex-sex and a 40% chance of something even more personal to women than sex-sex: oral sex ... Read More

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Dating Advice for Beyond the Fridge

5 Romantic Comedies to Watch with a Date

What’s better than dinner and a movie? Dinner and a bottle of wine at your place. Now, I can’t tell you that putting on one of these flicks will guarantee a trip to Saucy Town. But it’ll help.

Think of them as a mini version of Wedding Crashers. (Though I love that film, it didn’t make the list) The way a wedding can whet one’s appetite for love, a great romantic comedy can do the same. It paves the way and sets the mood.

And the great news is that watching one of these films is a double bonus: even if you and your date don’t have a love connection, you still get to enjoy one of the all time greats in the process.

Depending on the day, I can easily find 5 others for this list, but for today, here’s my Top 5 in re. to pure entertainment, romance and setting the mood for you when it’s over:

1. When Harry Met Sally

2. Four Weddings and a Funeral

3. Annie Hall

4. Bridget Jones Diary

5. The Graduate

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As the weather’s warming up, we’re starting to think summer travel plans. If you’re single, it’s the perfect time to seek out adventure and up your odds in the process.

Enjoy this part of your life. When you’re married, you’ll look back fondly on these experiences. But you have to make the memories first.

During the winter, I touched on two killer destinations for men and women to meet singles of the opposite sex: http://tmblr.co/Zc4T9s14Jge4e

For summer, here are 4 destinations for men and women to throw into their consideration pool.

And as we all LOVE to travel, I’ll touch on more destinations for both singles and couples to consider throughout the season.

Single Women

Vegas

No matter how many women there are in Vegas, there’s always one constant: more men. It might not be the sausage fest of March Madness or the Super Bowl, but the odds will be in your favor.

Stonehill suggestion: As countless women dress like it’s Halloween every night of the year there and think sluttier = hotter, wear a cute sundress. You’ll look prettier, plus up your odds of attracting dudes you’d actually want to talk to.

Ireland or Scotland

I’m not saying you’ll meet the man of your dreams, but you’ll have a blast, plus boost your ego in the process. There are countless neighborhood pubs where you can make countless new friends. The people there are so friendly and fun, and after a couple of pints, you’ll have a bar of new besties.

Plus, most pubs are guy-heavy, so you’ll get plenty of attention. Outside the pubs, the countryside has some of the most beautiful scenery on earth and cities like Edinburgh are stunning. You can even try a Scotch or Whiskey tasting. It’s fun, tasty and guy-heavy as well ☺.

Single Men

Paris

Your first thought is, huh? Single dudes going to Paris? Never heard of it. Exactly!

Hordes of women hit this romantic city for many reasons, from the food, to the art to the romance. And that’s where you come in.

Don’t get me wrong. You should enjoy the food and art, too. But if love is in the air, capture that beautiful butterfly pal!

Chicago

Another surprise pick to some of you, but hells yes. A close friend of mine had his bachelor party there a few years ago and my first thought was, are you kidding?? Why not Vegas or South Beach???

Turned out to be the most fun bachelor party weekend I ever had. The food is great and tailor-made for dudes with some of the best steaks, BBQ and Pizza anywhere.

There’s tons of guy stuff to do, from Wrigley to chartering a boat up the Chicago River with a chest of beers to hitting the beaches.

And third, the women there are friendly and beautiful. If you dress well and have more to talk about than yourself or the Bears, you’ll make out like a bandit. And with those harsh Chicago winters, the locals want to squeeze as much fun out of their summers as possible. (Go you ☺)

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Fridge Clues

It’s fun to treat a fridge like a puzzle: a mystery to solve and inside are the clues.

Now, you can’t learn everything about a person by checking their fridge, but most often you can gain insight.

One insight that readers often ask me about is when you can learn about a person’s geographic location.

Of course, with foodie and specialty stores, you can get just about anything from anywhere in major cities, but for certain products, if you have them, the odds are you live in a specific area.

For example, if you have:

•   Hellman’s Mayo, you’re east of the Mississippi.  Best Foods, you live West.

•   Poland Spring, you live East of the Miss, Arrowhead you’re West.

•   Temptee Cream cheese, you’re on the east coast.  West of the Miss, you have…well nothing specific, the bagels are shit out here.

Now on the beer front, with the rise of micro-brews, the map has gotten interesting.  Publications like http://aleheads.com, http://www.seriouseats.com and http://www.thrillist.com have all produced maps of best local beers by state.

Check the out the maps above.  If you see these beers in the pic of someone’s fridge, it offers a clue on where they live or perhaps where they’re from.

And stay tuned for more #Fridge Clues to come.
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Fridge Clues

It’s fun to treat a fridge like a puzzle: a mystery to solve and inside are the clues.

Now, you can’t learn everything about a person by checking their fridge, but most often you can gain insight.

One insight that readers often ask me about is when you can learn about a person’s geographic location.

Of course, with foodie and specialty stores, you can get just about anything from anywhere in major cities, but for certain products, if you have them, the odds are you live in a specific area.

For example, if you have:

•   Hellman’s Mayo, you’re east of the Mississippi.  Best Foods, you live West.

•   Poland Spring, you live East of the Miss, Arrowhead you’re West.

•   Temptee Cream cheese, you’re on the east coast.  West of the Miss, you have…well nothing specific, the bagels are shit out here.

Now on the beer front, with the rise of micro-brews, the map has gotten interesting.  Publications like http://aleheads.com, http://www.seriouseats.com and http://www.thrillist.com have all produced maps of best local beers by state.

Check the out the maps above.  If you see these beers in the pic of someone’s fridge, it offers a clue on where they live or perhaps where they’re from.

And stay tuned for more #Fridge Clues to come.
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Fridge Clues

It’s fun to treat a fridge like a puzzle: a mystery to solve and inside are the clues.

Now, you can’t learn everything about a person by checking their fridge, but most often you can gain insight.

One insight that readers often ask me about is when you can learn about a person’s geographic location.

Of course, with foodie and specialty stores, you can get just about anything from anywhere in major cities, but for certain products, if you have them, the odds are you live in a specific area.

For example, if you have:

• Hellman’s Mayo, you’re east of the Mississippi. Best Foods, you live West.

• Poland Spring, you live East of the Miss, Arrowhead you’re West.

• Temptee Cream cheese, you’re on the east coast. West of the Miss, you have…well nothing specific, the bagels are shit out here.

Now on the beer front, with the rise of micro-brews, the map has gotten interesting. Publications like http://aleheads.com, http://www.seriouseats.com and http://www.thrillist.com have all produced maps of best local beers by state.

Check the out the maps above. If you see these beers in the pic of someone’s fridge, it offers a clue on where they live or perhaps where they’re from.

And stay tuned for more #Fridge Clues to come.

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Dating Ammo

Welcome to CTF’s Dating Ammo.

Each week, we’ll talk about a new food or drink related product that can be a great asset for your next date.

This week’s ammo: 3 new products I like at Trader Joe’s.

Dating doesn’t have to be expensive.  And there’s plenty of deadly dating ammo out there on the cheap.

So often, it’s the little things we appreciate most.  If you and your date have a connection, you just need to grease the rails, not win them over with extravagance.

Whether it’s to kickoff the evening before going out, a mini picnic or a nightcap back at your place, the right ammo can be the best dating wingman you ever had.

1: Thai Lime & Chili Almonds

We all love Spring for many reasons.  One of them is that more of our drinking will be done outside.   A fresh drink and fresh air go hand in hand.  And these tasty almonds are the perfect snack to pair with a beer or glass of white wine.

Would they also kick ass in a salad?  Of course, but today is about a great snack for your date, not a cooking class.

I also like that these bad boys are made in Thailand for authenticity and flavor, not to save dinero in a sweatshop.  Plus, almonds are healthy ‘superfood’, so however your date turns out, you’ll look better nonetheless.

More info here: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/thai-lime-chili-almonds-

2: Sukiyaki

The hard part of the dating is getting them back to your pad.  The easy part is keeping them there.  To help with those efforts, always have a tasty frozen entrée or two on standby in your freezer.

This new Sukiyaki is a great choice.  It’s got thinly sliced beef, veggies and noodles in a soy sauce and sake broth.  That’s a delish Hat Trick in my book.  And it’s only 7 bucks.  Tasty, cheap and quicker than delivery.  Survey says…bing!

For back-up, or in case you guys have a serious case of the late night munchies, the new 5 Cheese Frusta looks killer for tackling appetites and coating tummies after a night of drinking.

More info here for Sukiyaki: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/sukiyaki

More info here for 5 Cheese Frusta: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/5-cheese-frusta

3: French Vanilla Coffee

This might not be your new favorite coffee, but I guarantee it will smell like 8 shades of awesome while you’re brewing it.

The fact it, you can’t go wrong with Starbucks, Blue Bottle or Stumptown.  But our schedules are busy and we often don’t have time to hit more than 1 market.

When it comes to our 5 senses, the most under-rated for dating is smell.  And a killer date move is to wake them up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee.  (Here’s a #DateTipTuesdays on the subject: http://tmblr.co/Zc4T9s19S9sVh

I also like to see couples try new things together.  If you both love something, perfect, you can keep on loving it together.  If you don’t, perfect, you can look forward to trying something else together.

Plus, with French Vanilla Coffee, it perfectly pairs with ice cream and dessert.  The caffeine might keep you up awhile.  But considering you have a date over for dessert, chances are, you won’t be going to sleep any time soon ☺.

More info here for French Vanilla Coffee: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/french-vanilla-coffee

For “What Men Really Want on the 1st Date read here: http://tmblr.co/Zc4T9s18NwCDc)
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Dating Ammo

Welcome to CTF’s Dating Ammo.

Each week, we’ll talk about a new food or drink related product that can be a great asset for your next date.

This week’s ammo: 3 new products I like at Trader Joe’s.

Dating doesn’t have to be expensive.  And there’s plenty of deadly dating ammo out there on the cheap.

So often, it’s the little things we appreciate most.  If you and your date have a connection, you just need to grease the rails, not win them over with extravagance.

Whether it’s to kickoff the evening before going out, a mini picnic or a nightcap back at your place, the right ammo can be the best dating wingman you ever had.

1: Thai Lime & Chili Almonds

We all love Spring for many reasons.  One of them is that more of our drinking will be done outside.   A fresh drink and fresh air go hand in hand.  And these tasty almonds are the perfect snack to pair with a beer or glass of white wine.

Would they also kick ass in a salad?  Of course, but today is about a great snack for your date, not a cooking class.

I also like that these bad boys are made in Thailand for authenticity and flavor, not to save dinero in a sweatshop.  Plus, almonds are healthy ‘superfood’, so however your date turns out, you’ll look better nonetheless.

More info here: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/thai-lime-chili-almonds-

2: Sukiyaki

The hard part of the dating is getting them back to your pad.  The easy part is keeping them there.  To help with those efforts, always have a tasty frozen entrée or two on standby in your freezer.

This new Sukiyaki is a great choice.  It’s got thinly sliced beef, veggies and noodles in a soy sauce and sake broth.  That’s a delish Hat Trick in my book.  And it’s only 7 bucks.  Tasty, cheap and quicker than delivery.  Survey says…bing!

For back-up, or in case you guys have a serious case of the late night munchies, the new 5 Cheese Frusta looks killer for tackling appetites and coating tummies after a night of drinking.

More info here for Sukiyaki: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/sukiyaki

More info here for 5 Cheese Frusta: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/5-cheese-frusta

3: French Vanilla Coffee

This might not be your new favorite coffee, but I guarantee it will smell like 8 shades of awesome while you’re brewing it.

The fact it, you can’t go wrong with Starbucks, Blue Bottle or Stumptown.  But our schedules are busy and we often don’t have time to hit more than 1 market.

When it comes to our 5 senses, the most under-rated for dating is smell.  And a killer date move is to wake them up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee.  (Here’s a #DateTipTuesdays on the subject: http://tmblr.co/Zc4T9s19S9sVh

I also like to see couples try new things together.  If you both love something, perfect, you can keep on loving it together.  If you don’t, perfect, you can look forward to trying something else together.

Plus, with French Vanilla Coffee, it perfectly pairs with ice cream and dessert.  The caffeine might keep you up awhile.  But considering you have a date over for dessert, chances are, you won’t be going to sleep any time soon ☺.

More info here for French Vanilla Coffee: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/french-vanilla-coffee

For “What Men Really Want on the 1st Date read here: http://tmblr.co/Zc4T9s18NwCDc)
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Dating Ammo

Welcome to CTF’s Dating Ammo.

Each week, we’ll talk about a new food or drink related product that can be a great asset for your next date.

This week’s ammo: 3 new products I like at Trader Joe’s.

Dating doesn’t have to be expensive.  And there’s plenty of deadly dating ammo out there on the cheap.

So often, it’s the little things we appreciate most.  If you and your date have a connection, you just need to grease the rails, not win them over with extravagance.

Whether it’s to kickoff the evening before going out, a mini picnic or a nightcap back at your place, the right ammo can be the best dating wingman you ever had.

1: Thai Lime & Chili Almonds

We all love Spring for many reasons.  One of them is that more of our drinking will be done outside.   A fresh drink and fresh air go hand in hand.  And these tasty almonds are the perfect snack to pair with a beer or glass of white wine.

Would they also kick ass in a salad?  Of course, but today is about a great snack for your date, not a cooking class.

I also like that these bad boys are made in Thailand for authenticity and flavor, not to save dinero in a sweatshop.  Plus, almonds are healthy ‘superfood’, so however your date turns out, you’ll look better nonetheless.

More info here: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/thai-lime-chili-almonds-

2: Sukiyaki

The hard part of the dating is getting them back to your pad.  The easy part is keeping them there.  To help with those efforts, always have a tasty frozen entrée or two on standby in your freezer.

This new Sukiyaki is a great choice.  It’s got thinly sliced beef, veggies and noodles in a soy sauce and sake broth.  That’s a delish Hat Trick in my book.  And it’s only 7 bucks.  Tasty, cheap and quicker than delivery.  Survey says…bing!

For back-up, or in case you guys have a serious case of the late night munchies, the new 5 Cheese Frusta looks killer for tackling appetites and coating tummies after a night of drinking.

More info here for Sukiyaki: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/sukiyaki

More info here for 5 Cheese Frusta: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/5-cheese-frusta

3: French Vanilla Coffee

This might not be your new favorite coffee, but I guarantee it will smell like 8 shades of awesome while you’re brewing it.

The fact it, you can’t go wrong with Starbucks, Blue Bottle or Stumptown.  But our schedules are busy and we often don’t have time to hit more than 1 market.

When it comes to our 5 senses, the most under-rated for dating is smell.  And a killer date move is to wake them up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee.  (Here’s a #DateTipTuesdays on the subject: http://tmblr.co/Zc4T9s19S9sVh

I also like to see couples try new things together.  If you both love something, perfect, you can keep on loving it together.  If you don’t, perfect, you can look forward to trying something else together.

Plus, with French Vanilla Coffee, it perfectly pairs with ice cream and dessert.  The caffeine might keep you up awhile.  But considering you have a date over for dessert, chances are, you won’t be going to sleep any time soon ☺.

More info here for French Vanilla Coffee: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/french-vanilla-coffee

For “What Men Really Want on the 1st Date read here: http://tmblr.co/Zc4T9s18NwCDc)
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Dating Ammo

Welcome to CTF’s Dating Ammo.

Each week, we’ll talk about a new food or drink related product that can be a great asset for your next date.

This week’s ammo: 3 new products I like at Trader Joe’s.

Dating doesn’t have to be expensive. And there’s plenty of deadly dating ammo out there on the cheap.

So often, it’s the little things we appreciate most. If you and your date have a connection, you just need to grease the rails, not win them over with extravagance.

Whether it’s to kickoff the evening before going out, a mini picnic or a nightcap back at your place, the right ammo can be the best dating wingman you ever had.

1: Thai Lime & Chili Almonds

We all love Spring for many reasons. One of them is that more of our drinking will be done outside. A fresh drink and fresh air go hand in hand. And these tasty almonds are the perfect snack to pair with a beer or glass of white wine.

Would they also kick ass in a salad? Of course, but today is about a great snack for your date, not a cooking class.

I also like that these bad boys are made in Thailand for authenticity and flavor, not to save dinero in a sweatshop. Plus, almonds are healthy ‘superfood’, so however your date turns out, you’ll look better nonetheless.

More info here: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/thai-lime-chili-almonds-

2: Sukiyaki

The hard part of the dating is getting them back to your pad. The easy part is keeping them there. To help with those efforts, always have a tasty frozen entrée or two on standby in your freezer.

This new Sukiyaki is a great choice. It’s got thinly sliced beef, veggies and noodles in a soy sauce and sake broth. That’s a delish Hat Trick in my book. And it’s only 7 bucks. Tasty, cheap and quicker than delivery. Survey says…bing!

For back-up, or in case you guys have a serious case of the late night munchies, the new 5 Cheese Frusta looks killer for tackling appetites and coating tummies after a night of drinking.

More info here for Sukiyaki: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/sukiyaki

More info here for 5 Cheese Frusta: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/5-cheese-frusta

3: French Vanilla Coffee

This might not be your new favorite coffee, but I guarantee it will smell like 8 shades of awesome while you’re brewing it.

The fact it, you can’t go wrong with Starbucks, Blue Bottle or Stumptown. But our schedules are busy and we often don’t have time to hit more than 1 market.

When it comes to our 5 senses, the most under-rated for dating is smell. And a killer date move is to wake them up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee. (Here’s a #DateTipTuesdays on the subject: http://tmblr.co/Zc4T9s19S9sVh

I also like to see couples try new things together. If you both love something, perfect, you can keep on loving it together. If you don’t, perfect, you can look forward to trying something else together.

Plus, with French Vanilla Coffee, it perfectly pairs with ice cream and dessert. The caffeine might keep you up awhile. But considering you have a date over for dessert, chances are, you won’t be going to sleep any time soon ☺.

More info here for French Vanilla Coffee: http://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/french-vanilla-coffee

For “What Men Really Want on the 1st Date read here: http://tmblr.co/Zc4T9s18NwCDc)

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Dating Advice for Beyond the Fridge

Accept your insecurities.

It’s no secret, we’re all insecure. You, me, our favorite movie stars. (Who are the most insecure, in fact)

The more you accept your feelings, the more you’ll be in the moment and the less you’ll be in your head. No matter how confident your date looks across the table, they have insecurities as well.

It’s universal. Some have to a higher degree than others, but the most insecure people I know are the ones who try to resist what they’re feeling rather than accept it.

Again, insecurities will never go away, but if you accept your feelings, they won’t dominate. Look at Annie Hall. (Great date flick, if you never saw it) She constantly verbalized her self-doubt and quirks, and she was one of the most beloved characters of all time.

Now, I’m not saying you should provide running commentary on your self-doubts on a date. Just know they’re there and know you’re not alone. You’re part of the human experience.

So when it comes to dating, always accept your feelings (and yourself, for that matter). That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stive to more fully understand where your feelings are coming from. A good therapist can be invaluable on this front. But fighting them is not the way to do it.

Accept you today. While striving to improve for tomorrow.

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It’s harder than ever to be polite in the modern world. Don’t be a douche and display these simple manners on a first date…

For Guys

  1. Pay for it. I don’t give a shit if she makes more than you do. Some things don’t change, and one is for the guy to be the guy. You don’t have to spend much, and stay within your budget, but she should not touch her wallet. If she has a problem that you can’t spend more, then she’s a douche.
  2. Walk on the street side of the sidewalk. It’s a subtle move, but chicks love it. Shows you’re there to protect her, something women are looking for in a guy.
  3. Hold the door for her. You know who lets a door slam in a girl’s face? A douche. (If it’s a revolving door, you go first so she doesn’t have to push)
  4. Stand up when she walks in the room the first time you see her that evening. Makes her feel appreciated.
  5. Display proper table manners. Don’t hold your knife like your dick. And you have 2 forks for a reason; use the shorter one for the salad.

For Girls

  1. Offer to pay. If he lets you, don’t go out with him again. And when he does pay, be sure to thank him. To not thank him is just as bad as him not paying in the first place. (And a sign you’re a self-entitled biznatch) And no one wants to marry one of those.
  2. Thank a guy when he’s polite. When he holds a door for you, as he should, thank him. He’s not your doorman, he’s your date.
  3. If the guy asks for your advice on venue or wine, don’t pick something expensive.
  4. Don’t bang him. 2nd date, you’re on the highway to Happytown. But it’s smart to hold off on the first date. Have I seen marriages launched after sex on the first date? Yes, but I believe in playing the odds.
  5. Don’t apply make up in front of him. It’s cheesy. (And cheesy is related to douchey)

For both

  1. Be on time. Your time is not more valuable than your date’s. Way late is way douchey.
  2. Don’t check your cell phone. (And don’t leave it on the table) You’re not that important. Whatever info your phone can tell you can wait. You’re focus should be on your date. If your date is boring the hell out of you, don’t go out with them again.
  3. Don’t lick your fingers. I don’t care how tasty the shit is. Don’t do it.
  4. Don’t talk about yourself all night. I’m sure you’re interesting, but you’re there to learn about your date. When it doubt, just ask questions and listen. They’ll love it.
  5. Dress appropriate. You both should know the venue in advance. I hate eating at a nice restaurant and spotting a T-shit with “I Wish These Were Brains” on the front.

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Dating Advice for Beyond the Fridge

Drop the Games.

I’m not saying there isn’t a natural courtship when it comes to dating. There is.

But whether it’s a week, a month or a year, eventually you’ll have to be the real you. You can only pretend and manipulate a situation for so long. So don’t waste time.

Now, can playing games help you get laid? Of course. But our mission here is to find the one, not the many.

I had a girl ask me about The Rules and its ‘Rule’ to rarely return a guy’s texts or calls. If you like a guy and want to date him, why in the world would you blow him off? There’s a name for guys who chase women who blow them off. Stalkers.

The Rules did a good job of taking some timeless dating advice and packaging it well. There truly is some good stuff in there.

Playing games might hold someone’s interest for a while, but it won’t keep two people together that shouldn’t be.

Should you call a girl the night you get her number? As Mikey taught us in Swingers, hell no. But you shouldn’t be religiously watching the clock for three days before calling either.

The fact is, we could all smell desperation. And we don’t like the smell. If you’re coming across as desperate, games might mask the odor, but they won’t cure the root of the problem.

A good therapist would serve you much better in the long run. And when you’re truly living a productive life, what you get from game-playing is already there. You truly are busy. You truly don’t take someone’s bullshit. You truly have a fulfilling life.

And you don’t need to play games to remember the truth: there are always eligible options out there for you. Always. That’s the truth. To think the person you’re dating is the only chance you have at love is playing games in your own mind without even realizing it.

So put more effort into your hobbies and friendships than into playing games. You’ll come across more attractive to whomever you’re dating, plus have a lot more fun along the way.


Tune in tomorrow for a fresh fridge analysis.

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Dating Advice for Beyond the Fridge

The 7 Drinks you Need to Know How to Make.

Yesterday’s Dating Ammo focused on the bar tools you need to properly host a date or party: http://tmblr.co/Zc4T9s1APCPtK

Today’s Dating Tip is putting those tools to good use.

There are classic cocktails that never go out of style. For a couple of quality bartending books, try:
- The Essential Bartender’s Guide, available on Cocktail Kingdom: http://tinyurl.com/lzowq3x
- Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics), available on The Boston Shaker: http://tinyurl.com/oujstec

Now, these 7 classics cover all your dating needs from the perfect weekend brunch to some sunny afternoon relaxation to a late night pairing with dessert.

Make them well and prepare to get lucky ☺:

Martini. Timeless, part A. Here’s a recipe on FoodNetwork: http://tinyurl.com/qdvfwy6

Manhattan. Timeless, part B. Here’s a recipe on Bon Appétit: http://tinyurl.com/pekp96p

Side Car. It’s my wife’s fave, couldn’t resist the heavy lobbying. Here’s a recipe on Esquire: http://tinyurl.com/y9sgsbj

Bloody Mary. It’s the perfect brunch cocktail for when your date couldn’t resist your charms the night before. Here’s a recipe on Liquor.com: http://tinyurl.com/lgcfk97

Irish Coffee. I have this on the list as it’s desert and a cocktail, all in one. Genius! Here’s a recipe on Chow.com: http://tinyurl.com/lj7gffn

Margarita. I gotta have 1 tequila cocktail on here and this is the granddaddy of them all. Plus, it’s a great afternoon beverage for those daytime dates. Here’s recipe on First We Feast: http://tinyurl.com/n93qvo8

Mojito. Stands for South Beach, Summer and refreshing. Here’s a recipe on Men’s Fitness: http://tinyurl.com/k5oxgut

Tune in tomorrow for a fresh fridge analysis.

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Dating Ammo

Welcome to CTF’s Dating Ammo.

Each week, we’ll talk about a new food or drink related product that can be a great asset for your next date.

This week’s ammo: bar tools.

Cocktail might have been a cheesy movie from the 80’s, but there’s something sexy about a hot bartender shaking, stirring and mixing away.

And with the proper kit, you too can be ready to impress your dates. My friend David is a chemist when it comes to mixing drinks, and I haven’t been at a party where he (and his skills) weren’t a hit.

Can I guarantee a tasty martini will turn us into James Bond? Well, no. We don’t have a license to kill. (And we’re not as good looking as Daniel Craig, or any other Bond iteration for that matter) But it’s a nice start.

Having a mind for mixology shows sophistication, culture and quality hosting skills, stuff we’re all attracted to.

Along with the bar set, learn the old school basics, which I’ll dive into tomorrow for #DateTipTuesdays. Today is about the tools, tomorrow’s about what to do with them.

Now, as for the tools, here are some quality online stores and products I like:

The Boston Shaker has a well-priced Bar Builder set for $45: http://tinyurl.com/mm7wu56

If you want to go more fancy pants, William Sonoma has a smorgasbord of high-end bar tools. Here’s an Insulated Cocktail Shaker for starters (don’t add the monogram, you’ll look like a douche): http://tinyurl.com/mmq426a

Cocktail Kingdom is another great destination to fill your bar hosting needs, including a steady stash of new arrivals. As Bitters is essential to any barkeep, here’s a cool new bottle: http://tinyurl.com/mwrfjbu
And here’s an ice tray to make 2.5” rocks, perfect for whiskey: http://tinyurl.com/o29zb6m

And for our next Fridge Analysis, tune in Wednesday.

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#DateTipTuesdays

Dating Advice for Beyond the Fridge

This week’s tip: Be Date Ready.

Lets be frank…if you like someone, you’re going to eventually get naked. So with Spring (and Dating Season) around the corner, be sure you’d be comfortable shedding those clothes.

I don’t care if you’re a Small or a Double XL, it’s about you being comfortable with how you look.

One way we avoid dating is by passively doing things that cause us to pull away from potential intimacy. There’s been times in my life where I started varsity eating and drinking around Thanksgiving, didn’t stop til March Madness and when I finally looked in the mirror, I didn’t like what I saw.

Carrying those feelings, I put zero effort into dating because deep down inside, I didn’t want to get naked. I avoided putting myself in situation where I might get ‘lucky’.

We’re all self-conscious at times; we don’t need to add unnecessary fuel to the fire.

So for this March Madness and St. Paddy’s Day, take care of yourself (and your fridge ☺). By no means am I saying not to enjoy these great occasions. You must! Just don’t overdo it to the point that deep down inside, you’re avoiding the hot saucy sex you deserve.

So with all that beer, ball and buffalo wings on the horizon, take the time to do the following:
• Pace yourself. Even if it’s every other day, try to have a healthy day after a party day. A month later, it makes a big difference and keeps you in game-shape.
• Spring clean your house so you wouldn’t be embarrassed to take someone back there.
• Don’t put so much crap in your fridge that you know that crap will end up in you. In an emergency, there’s always a 7-11 around the corner.

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