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She said her dream date was a sexy chef. He had a recipe for success, but could he overcome her taste for taller men?

Sunday, August 6, 2006

7:30 p.m., BISTRO LEPIC, GEORGETOWN

Chris: I was mildly nervous. I probably dressed a little bit more strait-laced than I usually do. I had on a button-down shirt, gray slacks and a pair of vintage wingtip shoes.

Chrissie: I hadn't had a date in six or seven months, and I got up [that] morning, and I was really excited, and I ran outside and fell. My elbows are skinned; my knees are skinned; my hands and knuckles are skinned. I was going to wear a terrific short sundress with thin straps, very sexy, but of course I couldn't wear it.

Chris: I took a cab over and actually saw someone walking up the street who fit the description of someone I would hope to be set up with. As it turns out, the person on the street did happen to be Chrissie.

Chrissie: When I walked in I was towering behind Chris, and I heard him say, "I'm here for The Washington Post." I thought, Oh, they set me up with a short, bald man.

Chris: I have a feeling that she felt a little uncomfortable about [being taller]. It wasn't an issue for me. I didn't wake up short just two days ago.

Chrissie: We went right back to the table. I was feeling a little shy and flustered, but then I looked up at him, and he had a huge smile.

Chris: We didn't jump on ordering. We probably just sat and talked for about an hour.

Chrissie: His shoes were fabulous. [When] I looked down at his vintage wingtips, it was obvious that he had dressed like himself, while I hadn't. And that was the sexiest moment of all. A man who can be himself is a man that I could truly care for.

Chris: She's just a ball of energy. I let her talk, and I just filled in bits of the conversation when I could get in.

Chrissie: He told me he's a chef shortly after we sat down. To me, a man that can cook and is that creative and can manage a kitchen and work with customers, that is sexy.

Chris: It was a breath of fresh air to date someone not in the restaurant business and to have there be restaurant talk but have it not be about the restaurant industry or gossip, but about where the passion for food comes from. After dinner we moved to the wine bar and did [photos].

Chrissie: The date ended; it was 12 or 12:15. He walked me to my car, and I maneuvered it so that we were sitting down. And I think I said something like, "I think we should kiss now." It was a nice, long, lingering kiss, and he was great, and it made him seem even sexier. I wonder if I kind of shocked him because I'm kind of forward.

Chris: She asked me to kiss her, but I'd already planned to.

Chrissie: What I ended up having was like probably the greatest date I've ever had.

Chris: I would give the date a 3 1/2, if not a 4. She's beautiful and intelligent. And she seems so natural and easy to get along with. Most certainly we will go out again.

Interviews by Christina Breda Antoniades

>>UPDATE: Most certainly they did. One month after their date, the couple got engaged. They're planning an October wedding.

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