Match.com date at Tria

Last night I went out with another woman from Match.com. My first date last month with another woman went well, I didn’t feel chemistry, and as some may remember had a horrible beginning when I found out the car that killed Kayla Peter’s was owned by Azafran’s owner, which I wrote about here.

Brushing off that experience, which I still think about, I decided to try this whole dating thing again.

So this time, with a new lady, we went to Tria.
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I found Tria to be an amazing place, both for a first date, and for just hanging out with friends. It’s somewhat small, it used to be an ice cream parlor not too long ago, but it’s about average for Philly in terms of size.

I LOVED the menu!! I am not an expert, but I do know about wine. I can point out the difference between a Cab and a Pinot Noir, but I don’t know every type of grape yet, so I found this wine list to include a lot that I haven’t tried! Which was very exciting to me.

The menu grouped wines, cheese, and beer in simply categories for ease of ordering. Instead of a red list, maybe grouped by style or origin, they grouped it by basic drinkable categories, they also grouped the beer and cheese in this manner. This makes it easy to order for both the experts and beginners.

Some categories for wines included Zippy Whites, Smooth Whites, and Sociable Reds. I found this to take away a lot of the snobbery one might find in a restaurant with good wines. I liked the fact that I could settle on Zippy Whites and be able to pick at random a wine and know that it’ll be nice, crisp and refeshing. They also had these kinds of categories for the cheeses, of which I know nothing. From Stinky cheese, to Creamy cheese. It made it very easy to find what we might enjoy trying, and on a first date I find this to be very important. It allowed us to just pick something quick and get on with getting to know each other.

The date went well, so we’ll see how the next one goes. She more conservative then the women I would normally be interested in, but it’s an interesting change. I see the pairing as similar to Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger, she’s more Arnold. My date believes in religion and God, while I do not. I think she’s more conservative politically than I am, and I usually date the far lefters.

Regardless, Tria was a perfect choice, no drama, great food, wine and cheese, decent prices, with a great wait staff. I am looking forward to going back to try all the wines and cheeses.

Speaking of first date’s or dates in general, where are the best places for first dates in Philly? What places are good for drinks, which are better for dinner? And what are your criteria for choosing these places? I can then try them out and let everyone know how they went, plus it’s a great way to explore Philly cuisine and culture.

2 Comments so far

  1. Marisa (unregistered) on August 12th, 2005 @ 12:20 pm

    Glad to hear that Tria was fun, I’ve walked by there many times, always intending to go, but just haven’t gotten there yet.


  2. Online Dating Insider (unregistered) on August 13th, 2005 @ 6:02 pm

    I always thought the best cuisine in Philly was the cheesesteaks! Alas, when I was living there I was just a poor college student.

    But your choice of restaurant for a first date from Match.com sounds pretty risky. Normally you want something casual where it’s easy to break away real fast if your date turns out to be really horrible.

    But my problem is that I’m such a nice guy I feel compelled to finish the date and be a gentleman. It’s a real curse.



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