Names: Marisa D’Orsogna and Jimmy Hamalian
Jobs / Companies: Law Student at UPenn, J.P. Morgan
City: Philadelphia
Marisa, we see you’re a native Philly girl! You must know the inevitable cheesesteak question is coming, so lay it on us: who’s got your favorite and why is it so good?M: I’m not a cheesesteak expert, but if I’m craving one I’ll go to Jim’s on South Street. I prefer the roast pork sandwich from DiNic’s in Reading Terminal Market. I get it with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe. I promise it’s worth waiting in the long line.And Jimmy, you’re originally from Atlantic City. What’s the weirdest or craziest thing you’ve seen on the streets of AC?J: In the true spirit of “doing AC,” my good buddies Kyle, Parth, and I enjoyed a bit of crunk juice with Lil’ Jon during one of his residential gigs at Borgata’s club MurMur.So who made the first move on Hinge?M: I did. And I make sure he knew I was making an exception for him.J: She did. And the initiative was an impressive turn on ;)Did you have a memorable first date?M: Definitely. He was waiting for me outside my law school across the street from where we were having brunch because he expected I’d be studying for exams in the library. In reality I had been home changing my outfit six times before our date.J: It was fantastic! We did brunch at the White Dog Cafe in University City. We talked so long over bottomless mimosas that the waitress politely asked us to leave several times. I guess they were trying to shoo us out to set up for dinner at 4:37pm.What’s the weirdest or funniest quirk you’ve discovered about each other?M: Either how he holds his toothbrush (it’s bizarre) or that he laughs exactly like Seth Rogen when he’s been drinking.J: Marisa sends me the cutest snapchats of her 4-pound, fluffy pomeranian pup named Cherry, whom she always calls “Mah-Mah.” I also love that she is a grammar nerd and helped me correct this sentence three times.M: I guess he finds my type-A personality endearing. Favorite Philly thing to do in the summer that you can’t find anywhere else - go!M: My favorite thing about Philly in the summer is that it’s only an hour from some of the best beaches in the Northeast.J: If we aren’t at the shore, my favorite thing would be enjoying a Victory Summer Love Ale on the docks at Morgan’s Pier, staring at the stars and the Ben Franklin Bridge, and holding hands with my girl.Biggie or Tupac?M: Biggie. In high school I put up “inspirational” Biggie quotes on the walls of my rowing team’s workout room. I still have no idea if my teammates found them as motivational as I did.J: Biggie fo’ sho… and I love it when she calls me big poppa.

Names: Marisa D’Orsogna and Jimmy Hamalian

Jobs / Companies: Law Student at UPenn, J.P. Morgan

City: Philadelphia

Marisa, we see you’re a native Philly girl! You must know the inevitable cheesesteak question is coming, so lay it on us: who’s got your favorite and why is it so good?
M: I’m not a cheesesteak expert, but if I’m craving one I’ll go to Jim’s on South Street. I prefer the roast pork sandwich from DiNic’s in Reading Terminal Market. I get it with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe. I promise it’s worth waiting in the long line.

And Jimmy, you’re originally from Atlantic City. What’s the weirdest or craziest thing you’ve seen on the streets of AC?
J: In the true spirit of “doing AC,” my good buddies Kyle, Parth, and I enjoyed a bit of crunk juice with Lil’ Jon during one of his residential gigs at Borgata’s club MurMur.

So who made the first move on Hinge?
M: I did. And I make sure he knew I was making an exception for him.
J: She did. And the initiative was an impressive turn on ;)

Did you have a memorable first date?
M: Definitely. He was waiting for me outside my law school across the street from where we were having brunch because he expected I’d be studying for exams in the library. In reality I had been home changing my outfit six times before our date.
J: It was fantastic! We did brunch at the White Dog Cafe in University City. We talked so long over bottomless mimosas that the waitress politely asked us to leave several times. I guess they were trying to shoo us out to set up for dinner at 4:37pm.

What’s the weirdest or funniest quirk you’ve discovered about each other?
M: Either how he holds his toothbrush (it’s bizarre) or that he laughs exactly like Seth Rogen when he’s been drinking.
J: Marisa sends me the cutest snapchats of her 4-pound, fluffy pomeranian pup named Cherry, whom she always calls “Mah-Mah.” I also love that she is a grammar nerd and helped me correct this sentence three times.
M: I guess he finds my type-A personality endearing.
 
Favorite Philly thing to do in the summer that you can’t find anywhere else - go!
M: My favorite thing about Philly in the summer is that it’s only an hour from some of the best beaches in the Northeast.
J: If we aren’t at the shore, my favorite thing would be enjoying a Victory Summer Love Ale on the docks at Morgan’s Pier, staring at the stars and the Ben Franklin Bridge, and holding hands with my girl.

Biggie or Tupac?
M: Biggie. In high school I put up “inspirational” Biggie quotes on the walls of my rowing team’s workout room. I still have no idea if my teammates found them as motivational as I did.
J: Biggie fo’ sho… and I love it when she calls me big poppa.

Hingesight 07: Do you have a sad fridge?

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You guys! The battle for a work/life balance is REAL, and it’s been affecting our ability to cultivate our domestic sides. We love having people over, but with our nests struggling as of late, we decided to call on some intellectual experts from St. Ruggles Institute of Social Studies (part of Struggs University) to provide us with recipes for success.

Here are the top ways to polish your social reputation as a domestic god or goddess to a perfect shine, with minimal long-term commitment.

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Edible Firecrackers, Anyone?

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If you eat one thing this Independence Day, it should be these 3-step cupcakes (or as we’ve dubbed them, edible firecrackers). Easy, delicious, and guaranteed to make you the hit at any party. It’s win/win/win!

(Original recipe via Make Bake Celebrate)

What You’ll Need:

  • Your Favorite White Cupcakes (Hinge’s mix of choice is Funfetti, for obvious reasons)
  • Buttercream Frosting
  • Cherry Pop Rocks
  • Red, White, And Blue Sprinkles

Step 1: Using a small spoon, carve out a little spot on top of the cupcakes for the pop rocks. Keep the tops!

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Step 2: Fill each little spot with pop rocks. Then place the cupcake top back on.

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Step 3: Frost your cupcakes as usual and add sprinkles!

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Oh, and one more tip: maybe don’t serve these crackly little guys with Coke… we never figured out if that urban legend was true or not. Enjoy!

8 Birthday Beers for America

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The craft beer craze can make it challenging to navigate the beverage aisles, particularly with all the current summer seasonals. We’ve done you a solid and rounded up our personal favorite brews from across this great nation, perfect for partying on America’s birthday!

Plus, you know what they say… the way to a new friend’s heart is through sharing your delicious beer with them.

(We actually just made that up, but it’s usually true. Party on!)

Hingesight 05: Wedding Season Survival Guide

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Ah, we can hear it already: the tinkling chant of silverware on crystal, the gentle fluttering of matching chiffon dresses, and the raucous hooting of drunk bros, mashing into a dance circle that just won’t die… it could only mean one thing - wedding season is officially in full swing.

We suspect you’re attending an average of twelve weddings between now and Labor Day, for your old roommate, cousin, boyfriend’s sister, and/or preschool best friend who you once saved from controversial Big Wheels accident. Because we’ll take any excuse to talk social tips and celebrations, we’ve put together a guide to navigating the nuptial zoo.


1. Dress for success.

Assuming you’re not in the bridal party, you’ll want to wear something that stands out. Within reason, of course. But depending on how many ceremonies you have lined up, you may end up having to repeat dresses or suits. Swapping out accessories is key, so we went ahead and prowled the web for your convenience:

Ladies…

  • We’ve been told (very sternly, by every single sales clerk at White House/Black Market) that you can’t wear a white dress to a wedding, but we’ve gotten approval on these enchanting hair accessories.

  • Your giant, carry-all suitcase of a purse - that also potentially has about 25 sticky KIND bar wrappers and a bunch of crumpled up Chipotle napkins floating around in it - ain’t gonna fly. Step up your clutch game.

Gents…

  • Two words: pocket squares. And at a cool 8 bucks, you could even buy enough of them to sew into a homemade ascot, if you wanted to. Just a thought.

  • When you kick off your shoes to moonwalk, unleash your sock swagger with a pair of these bad boys

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2. Be the “fun” table.

Psst: you already ARE the fun table, you might just not know it yet. Every other table is going to gaze longingly at you guys, wishing they had a team captain who led them to wedding nirvana. So if you want your tablemates to boast your name at weddings for years to come, here’s how:

  • Announce that you’re the fun table - all it takes to get things started is pointing it out first.

  • Volunteer to fetch drinks for others, thereby initiating an group route to rowdiness.

  • Propose a contest to see who has the most outrageous story about the bride or groom. Loser has to wear their napkin like a pilgrim’s bonnet.

  • Blood pact. Or silly group toast. Take a poll to see which is more popular.


3. Just dance.

If you can dance, then go dance. If you can’t dance, then DEFINITELY go dance. Weddings are a sanctuary for the choreographically challenged - the more ridiculous your dance moves are, the more fun everyone has.

…What’s that? Our favorite moves? 

  • During ‘Shout’ when everyone’s the softest they can get, have a friend lie down and play dead. Start administering an air defibrillator, and as everyone starts getting “a little bit louder now,” your friend comes back to life - until they’re fully resurrected, and dancing like a maniac Lazarus.

  • This. 

These tips should help eliminate some of your serial-wedding-guest stress, and help you master every reception. In the sage words of the true wedding experts, there is really only one, universal rule for weddings, and that’s #76: No excuses. Play like a champion.

Hingesight 04: How To Be Approachable

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Fact: you are part of a socially-networked, mobile-optimized, hi-tech, low-emission, gluten-free world. So while living as slaves to our screens, when do those dream serendipitous meetings get a chance to happen? Don’t get us wrong, we’re not trying to have every Chuck, Jim, and Mary on the street interrupt us and come a-chatting, but unexpectedly meeting cool people is the best.

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Allons! These moments don’t have to be lost on the modern age! It’s all about giving new potential friends or dates an opportunity, so here’s how to be more approachable, every day.

1. Clothes speak louder than words.

Literally wear your heart on your sleeve - common experience is the easiest conversation starter ever. Remember that shirt you got at the Phish show last year? You know, the really heady one where Trey totally melted your face? Well friend, put that bad boy on, and you’ll quickly realize you weren’t the only blissed-out phan in attendance. And don’t forget your incomparably unique college experience that only your fellow alumni understand. Or your baffling life-long devotion to the Cleveland Browns. Next time you fetch groceries, go to the bank, hunt for your escaped cat, or retrieve takeout because you forgot you can’t cook anything worthwhile, throw on a garment that speaks to something you love - you may find yourself happily bonding with someone new.
 

2. Smiley face! 

If you suspect that your natural countenance could possibly be described as “venomous” or “glowering,” this is one to consider. We struggle with this ourselves - it’s usually unintentional, and only rarely because we’re in a murderous mood. But at the risk of sounding like a Disney princess sing-along, it’s surprising what a difference a smile can make. While acting like a cackling clown may scare others, maybe just try a slight upturn in mouth corners. Not only will it project an attractive positivity and optimism to others, but you’ll actually be happier and less stressed as well. 
 

3. Slow your roll.

Being a one-man stampede rarely leads to relaxed conversations. And sure, we’ve all been late for work and had to go full marathon for a few blocks. But this often goes beyond occasional tardiness, and becomes power-walking everywhere for no reason. Next time you walk somewhere (and don’t have a commitment), take a moment to admire some architecture. Peep a creative window display. Saunter through a farmer’s market. You might notice some other (potentially cute) people doing the same, because bottom line: no one’s going to chase you down to say hello. Unless they are actually chasing you down, in which case, probably go full marathon. 

4. Pet more pets.

This is something of an animal lover’s add-on to the previous advice, but we’ve seen it work a thousand times. While you’re strolling instead of sprinting, you may notice more fascinating beasts than usual - specifically, Canis lupus familiaris. Not only are dogs excellent companions and garbage disposals, but they’re the perfect vehicle for striking up a charming conversation with someone new. And actually, also the perfect vehicle for babies to ride around the house, which is something you could discuss with your new friend.

Eyes off the iPhones! Go forth and socialize.

Name: Jessica Kaplan 
Job / Company: Director of Finance, Rent the Runway 
City: New York City
So what made you join Hinge?I actually joined because I saw a sponsored post on Facebook and was curious to see what all of the hype was about. I had previously been on Tinder and I preferred the fact that Hinge connected you through friends. It seemed more legit.What’d you think after you took the plunge and signed up? Any funny stories or anecdotes? My weirdest date was probably when I went for drinks with an American guy who proceeded to speak in a English accent for half of the night. When I asked about the accent change he told me that after a few drinks he switches to an English accent…needless to say, that was our first and last date.Despite this, I persevered and wound up meeting a great guy - 7 months later and we’re still together!Ah, we love hearing that! Did you have a mutual friend? We actually only had one mutual friend, which, ironically, turned out to be a guy my grandma had tried to fix me up with several years ago. Even though her attempted matchmaking skills didn’t work the first time around, I still credit her with helping me meet Kevin.Do you think you’d have met without Hinge? I doubt it. It turns out we hung out at similar places in the past, so if we hadn’t met organically at that point, it probably wouldn’t have happened.Tell us about meeting up with him for the first time.Our first date was set for a Tuesday evening at a wine bar in Soho. I had been on a bad date the night before and the whole dating scene was becoming exhausting. I was just about to cancel, when I decided that one more date that week couldn’t hurt - if it was really bad I would just make up an excuse and leave. When I got out of the cab to meet Kevin, the first thing I noticed that he was tall and cute, just like his picture (thankfully). We wound up splitting two bottles of wine and then going out for dinner. It was the first time I actually had fun on a date. It felt like I was out with someone I knew forever - no awkward moments, just great conversation and chemistry. I had no doubts that there would be a second date.Sounds like it was meant to be. What’s your favorite thing you guys have in common? It’s funny that people say opposites attract, because we’re actually very similar! Kevin and I are both outgoing, loud, sarcastic, and love to have a good time. We also both love food, which can be a bad thing when it comes to late-night pizza…Heard that! We struggle with the same pizza problems. So what advice would you give your 21-year old self about meeting new people, knowing what you know today? There is never a downside to meeting someone new. Even if you wind up having an awful time on a date, its only an hour out of your life. Plus, the person you meet could end up as a friend… and maybe even have cute friends! If you turn down the opportunity to meet someone new, you’re turning down the possibility of meeting someone great.
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Name: Jessica Kaplan 

Job / Company: Director of Finance, Rent the Runway 

City: New York City

So what made you join Hinge?
I actually joined because I saw a sponsored post on Facebook and was curious to see what all of the hype was about. I had previously been on Tinder and I preferred the fact that Hinge connected you through friends. It seemed more legit.

What’d you think after you took the plunge and signed up? Any funny stories or anecdotes? 
My weirdest date was probably when I went for drinks with an American guy who proceeded to speak in a English accent for half of the night. When I asked about the accent change he told me that after a few drinks he switches to an English accent…needless to say, that was our first and last date.

Despite this, I persevered and wound up meeting a great guy - 7 months later and we’re still together!

Ah, we love hearing that! Did you have a mutual friend? 
We actually only had one mutual friend, which, ironically, turned out to be a guy my grandma had tried to fix me up with several years ago. Even though her attempted matchmaking skills didn’t work the first time around, I still credit her with helping me meet Kevin.

Do you think you’d have met without Hinge? 
I doubt it. It turns out we hung out at similar places in the past, so if we hadn’t met organically at that point, it probably wouldn’t have happened.

Tell us about meeting up with him for the first time.
Our first date was set for a Tuesday evening at a wine bar in Soho. I had been on a bad date the night before and the whole dating scene was becoming exhausting. I was just about to cancel, when I decided that one more date that week couldn’t hurt - if it was really bad I would just make up an excuse and leave. When I got out of the cab to meet Kevin, the first thing I noticed that he was tall and cute, just like his picture (thankfully). We wound up splitting two bottles of wine and then going out for dinner. It was the first time I actually had fun on a date. It felt like I was out with someone I knew forever - no awkward moments, just great conversation and chemistry. I had no doubts that there would be a second date.

Sounds like it was meant to be. What’s your favorite thing you guys have in common? 
It’s funny that people say opposites attract, because we’re actually very similar! Kevin and I are both outgoing, loud, sarcastic, and love to have a good time. We also both love food, which can be a bad thing when it comes to late-night pizza…

Heard that! We struggle with the same pizza problems. So what advice would you give your 21-year old self about meeting new people, knowing what you know today? 
There is never a downside to meeting someone new. Even if you wind up having an awful time on a date, its only an hour out of your life. Plus, the person you meet could end up as a friend… and maybe even have cute friends! If you turn down the opportunity to meet someone new, you’re turning down the possibility of meeting someone great.

*Do you want your Hinge success story to be featured? Fill out this quick form to be considered.*