Ross sets focus on how to stop ‘Blur’

first_imgThousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LSU title parade draws massive crowds Ross knows that the Texters and Castro, known as “The Blur” for his quickness, will be bouncing back and that the Beermen’s job is not done until they nail that fourth win.So when asked if he could break down Castro’s game for the Inquirer, he came up with a wide smile and in his same gentle voice, said: “I’ll tell you when we both retire.”Otherwise, the secret to stopping Castro is all in Ross’ head and all the other defenders who would want to have even the same measure of success against the TNT superstar would have to put in the work themselves.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Chris Ross. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netChris Ross prides himself in being a really serious student of basketball. And considering how he has shut down Asia’s best point guard in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between his San Miguel Beermen and the TNT KaTropa Texters, it wasn’t hard to figure out what—or who—his favorite subject is.A recent winner of his first Best Player of the Conference award, Ross has been particularly proud of accomplishing something practically no one in the league can speak of, and that is containing Jason Castro when it matters.ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks His success is a product of hard work—a lot of it.“I break down his game by watching tapes of all of his games,” Ross, in a very gentlemanly manner, said after a 111-102 Game 5 triumph that put the Beermen within a win of the championship on Friday night. “I’m a student of the game and I study everything.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Castro, to say the very least, has struggled big time in the best-of-seven series, committing 10 turnovers in Game 3 and held to human-like numbers on offense, all because of Ross’ efforts.“I’ve come to understand his (Castro’s) strengths and weaknesses and I break down all of that before going to the games [against him],” Ross said. “I try to find out what he loves doing in situations.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Alcantara is all in Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinoslast_img read more

San Miguel Beer outlasts TNT in 2OT, ties PBA Finals at 1-1

first_imgBSP seen cutting policy rate in Q1 Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Both flagship teams shoot for the tiebreaker in Game 3 on Friday night again at the fabled Big Dome. “We had a lot of lapses, mistakes. But a win is a win,” said SMB coach Leo Austria, who drew five twin-digit scoring performances from its crew, including Terrence Romeo’s finest yet in a San Miguel Beer uniform. Jayson Castro had 27 points in the losing stand as he tried to make up for the late-game ejections of do-it-all import Terrence Jones and Troy Rosario. He missed two clear looks from the three-point line in the dying moments of the second overtime that would’ve given the KaTropa, who trailed for most of the regulation, a commanding 2-0 series lead. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tRosario, TNT’s hottest marksman in the playoffs, had a career-best 34 points, 25 of which coming in their spirited bids for a comeback.Jones flirted with a triple-double anew, firing 28 points, grabbing 18 rebounds, and dishing out seven assists before getting called for his second technical foul. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer made the most out of a gaping hole within TNT’s manpower late to carve out thrilling 127-125 victory in double overtime and level the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals at 1-1 Wednesday night at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Limited throughout the contest, June Mar Fajardo knocked down both his freebies to bring the Beermen up by two with 32 ticks to play. Chris Ross, then, made a crucial stop on in the next sequence for a cushion.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ Coronation night? BOI posted record high ‍investment pledges in 2019 DOJ dismisses CIDG drug complaint vs Albayalde Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P1.4T worth of projects to be passed on to Duterte successor View comments ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian The scores:San Miguel 127 – McCullough 32, Romeo 29, Ross 25, Cabagnot 19, Fajardo 12, Standhardinger 7, Pessumal 2, Santos 1, Rosser 0.TNT 125 – Rosario 34, Jones 28, Castro 27, Pogoy 17, Trollano 14, Heruela 5, Washington 0, Taha 0.Quarterscores: 32-25, 59-45, 84-77, 106-106, 114-114, 127-125.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Anthony Joshua bids to rediscover ‘passion’ before Andy Ruiz rematchlast_img read more

Kraftify’s Alta Das takes paper craft to the next level

first_imgAlta Das has the ability to create masterpieces from something as simple as paper. She can turn a simple piece of paper into something that is unique, because she simply has the knack for creating. Her creativity knows no bounds and she is not afraid to share her masterpieces with the world.Alta has always been a creative person and that was nurtured by her mother, who is a teacher. While growing up, she would observe her mother making creative teaching aids for her classroom and young Alta would be so intrigued. In her household, creativity was encouraged and she blossomed from there.A few years ago, she embarked on what can be considered a life-changing venture. One that she had not planned. She started her own business – Kraftify.Kraftify was started as a result of a project she had to complete while a Medical Technology student at the University of Guyana.“A friend and I were in a group project at the university, and she and I made a large collage with different types of materials and some paper. We decided to put more paper work into it and we did some research and we came up with origami and quilling, and we put some of those in the project. I started to do background on paper craft, and she and I decided to come together and we started a craft business. We started to make some giant paper flowers, wall pieces, paper jewellery and different sort of paper craft.“From there we tried lots of techniques before we started and eventually we decided to branch off. We went to various exhibitions and we grew. While she and I no longer work together, I still continued to do the business. It was tough because I had to start from scratch. I invested a lot of money.”For Alta, one of the major challenges was sourcing the right materials and equipment to support her venture.Now she is able to make a wide variety of pieces based on her clients’ requests. She makes wall pieces, jewellery, cards and a whole host of other items. So, for this holiday season personalise your gifts with something from Kraftify.last_img read more

Mormons perform Nativity

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE — Hoping to squelch what the Mormon community believes are misconceptions about its religion, members of Palmdale’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints performed a re-enactment this past week of the Nativity. The church on Avenue S performed six shows each night, Thursday to Saturday. About 200 church members participated in groups of about 25, with each group performing three 20-minute shows. The performances also featured three goats, one sheep and a donkey, which Mary rode into Bethlehem. The re-enactments were performed under bright lights in front of the church and featured a narrative broadcast over loudspeakers, along with music. “A lot of people don’t know we believe in Christ even though our name is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so we just want them to know that we do believe in Christ and we honor his birth and that it’s a big part of our lives,” said Sharon Graham, who organized the event. Graham said the Antelope Valley is home to about 5,200 practicing Mormons. “We’re presenting this as a gift to the community,” Graham said. “We’re not proselytizing,” she said. “We just want people to know that we believe very strongly in Christ.” — Gideon Rubin (661) 267-7802 gideon.rubin@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Spurs star says VAR ‘takes a lot out of football’ and has ‘changed’ the game

first_img appointed Tottenham haven’t won a Premier League game on the road since January “It was tough because I thought we were doing well, we thought we were going 2-0 up. We were defending well. We didn’t create too many chances but we felt comfortable.”Tottenham weren’t the only club left rueing VAR this weekend, with Chelsea also having a crucial goal ruled out.After the Blues’ defeat to Liverpool, Frank Lampard said VAR ‘kills the moment’ after his side’s goal celebrations were cut short.And, despite knowing VAR is helping referees to make more accurate decisions, Vertonghen believes the new technology ‘takes a lot out’ of the game.“Obviously you have to trust the VAR to make the right decision,” said the Belgian. “It went our way in the first half (after Wilfred Ndidi’s disallowed goal), their way in the second.“It makes football a different game, you know? It takes a lot out of it. It’s for the good but it has changed a lot.”Pereira levelled just five minutes after Aurier’s goal was chalked off with Leicester gaining momentum and belief from the decision.It took around two minutes for VAR to make a call but Vertonghen remained pragmatic.He said: “The game goes on. It takes a long time to make these decisions. I think we also deserved a penalty in the first half on Danny Rose – it looked like one. Getty Images – Getty Spurs are making a habit of throwing away leads Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen said football has ‘changed a lot’ since the introduction of VAR and revealed Spurs’ ‘pain’ after having a goal disallowed against Leicester City for the tightest of offside decisions.Mauricio Pochettino’s men completed a disastrous week as they threw away another lead to lose 2-1 to the Foxes on Saturday. Vertonghen says VAR has ‘changed the game’ Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship rookie error 3 stalemate Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 3 LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff statement Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty Harry Kane put Spurs 1-0 up, just as he did in their 2-2 Champions League draw with Olympiakos, and they thought they had scored another when Serge Aurier’s strike was eventually ruled out by VAR.Son Heung-Min was ruled to be fractionally offside in the build-up to the goal, which would have put Spurs 2-0 up.Instead Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison struck to win it for the Foxes, who moved up to third in the Premier League while Tottenham back in seventh after just one two wins from their opening six games.And following the defeat at the King Power Stadium, Vertonghen said: “It’s painful. Man City probably felt the same in the quarter-final of the Champions League last season. It was the same distance [the marginal offside]. latest on target Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more 3 “Whatever. It’s tough when it goes against you and good when it goes for you.”It was the third time in four matches Spurs had lost a lead and Vertonghen admitted they needed to rectify the problem.“It’s something to look at, definitely,” said the defender. “Apart from Olympiakos, we’ve done well in these games. But it is making it even harder. If you come back from behind you feel better.”last_img read more

No joy for St Naul’s as Milford take the title

first_imgThere was disappointment for St Naul’s in the Donegal intermediate final.They lost out by 2-11 to 0-12 to Milford after an exciting final in Letterkenny.Here’s manager John McNulty speaking with Ocean FM’s Pauric Byrne…Audio Playerhttp://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/John-McNulty-St-Nauls-After-IFC-Final-v-Milford.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Senior Championship RelegationSat, 07 Oct, Four Masters 4-8 Ardara 2-9 Gleann Fhinne16709194214-2014 AllSportStore.com Division 3 Reserve TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS AllSportStore.com AllSportStore.com Division 3Sat, 07 Oct, Moville 3-11 Letterkenny Gaels 1-11Red Hughs 3-7 Burt 0-6Naomh Muire Lower Rosses 1-11 Fanad Gaels 3-4 Sean Mac Cumhaill17818217229-1217 Naomh Ádhamhnáin/St Eunan’s13616113129-1613 Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Intermediate B ChampionshipSun, 08 Oct, Glenfin 0-12 Milford 0-8 CLG Bun Cranncha165011192233-4110 Moville168172522341817 Naomh Columba1410131501381221 Málainn/Malin16628197236-3914 Ardara1610062282002820 Naomh Bríd16529172187-1512 Sean Mac Cumhaill17719237252-1515 Moville1820165983-244 Gleann Fhinne1510142521797321 CLG An Tearmainn14815172164817 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Ardara16121329817812025 Na Dúnaibh/Downings162311155216-617 Cloich Cheann Fhaola1612042481886024 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Naomh Ultan16619190203-1313 Gaeil Fhánada1510051841582620 AllSportStore.com Division 2 Pettigo1311112081288023 TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS CLG Naomh Náille1511042071575022 Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon17131335823312527 Naomh Conaill144199078129 Cloich Cheann Fhaola15111323513110423 Na Dúnaibh/Downings169071881642418 Ardara14001447102-550 Red Hughs15816228225317 Naomh Muire, Íochtar Na Rosann1612132561827425 Gleann Fhinne13733150143717 Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon15906236228818 CLG Naomh Náille1612041471192824 AllSportStore.com Division 3 AllSportStore.com AllSportStore.com Division 5Sat, 07 Oct, Pettigo 3-9 Naomh Columba 1-10 CLG Bun Cranncha17719203213-1015 CLG Na Cealla Beaga173014172264-926 AllSportStore.com AllSportStore.com Division 2Sun, 08 Oct, Naomh Columba 3-10 Sean Mac Cumhaill 2-8Buncrana 1-9 Termon 0-7Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 3-15 Killybegs 2-10 Naomh Bríd176011151183-3212 Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Intermediate ChampionshipSun, 08 Oct, Milford 2-11 St Naul’s 0-12 Sean Mac Cumhaill1340984146-628 CLG Na Cealla Beaga16201486239-1534 Burt17818166167-117 Gaeil Fhánada151203185988724 Naomh Columba16529204260-5612 CLG An Tearmainn177010233261-2814 Málainn/Malin164111196247-519 Naomh Ultan16619125150-2513 AllSportStore.com Division 5 Naomh Muire, Íochtar Na Rosann1616001818010132 Letterkenny Gaels164012175256-818 AllSportStore.com AllSportStore.com Division 3 ReserveSat, 07 Oct, Naomh Muire Lower Rosses 1-11 Fanad Gaels 0-9 Glenswilly148151851632217 Burt17818118111717 Red Hughs15609140220-8012 Naomh Columba17818226235-917 AllSportStore.com Division 2 Reserve TEAMPLDWONDRAWLOSTFORAGAINSTDIFFPOINTS Letterkenny Gaels163013140226-866 AllSportStore.com AllSportStore.com Division 2 ReserveSun, 08 Oct, Naomh Columba 2-11 Sean Mac Cumhaill 1-14last_img read more

Melvin Gaels win north Leitrim derby

first_imgMelvin Gaels booked their place in the quarter-finals of this year’s Connacht Gold Leitrim senior football championship with an entertaining 2-9 to 1-10 win against north Leitrim neighbours Glencar/Manorhamilton on Saturday evening, in their final Group 1 game played in Carrick-on-Shannon.James Phelan’s side had established a 2-7 to 1-2 lead over Glencar/Manor at one stage in the second-half, but the Group 1 leaders came storming back in the second-half and had reduced the deficit to a single point as the game entered added time.But Darren Rooney fired over the insurance score in the dying seconds of the match to give the Kinlough club their third win of the group stages, which earns them a place in the last eight.Glencar/Manor were already assured of a quarter-final place having finished top of Group 1. They will face Allen Gaels in the knockout stages on Sunday, September 15th.Melvin Gaels prize for reaching the knockout stage is a quarter-final meeting with St Mary’s Kiltoghert on the same date.The quarter-final draw:Glencar/Manorhamilton v Allen GaelsSt Mary’s Kiltoghert v Melvin GaelsSeán O’Heslin’s v DrumreillyAughawillan v Mohill(Games will be played on Sunday, Sept 15th).Saturday’s SFC results:Group 1Melvin Gaels 2-9 Glencar/Manorhamilton 1-10Gortletteragh 4-12 Fenagh St Caillin’s 3-14Mohill 2-20 Drumreilly 3-12View the final Group 1 standings here.Group 2Dromahair 2-7 St Mary’s Kiltoghert 3-14Aughawillan 3-17 Allen Gaels 2-14Seán O’Heslin’s WO Aughnasheelin scrView the final Group 2 standings here.last_img read more

Research centre to benefit SADC

first_img14 April 2005A world-class veterinary and environmental research centre serving the southern African region is being established in Limpopo province.The Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity Research and Information will eventually serve the entire Southern African Development Community (SADC), and forms part of efforts to create a SADC Free Trade Area by 2008 and a Customs Union by 2012.“There are challenges we have to deal with in the SADC like malaria, foot and mouth, TB, HIV/Aids and other diseases that restrain trade, economic development and growth”, said Limpopo Education MEC Joyce Mashamba.“This will boost trade exchanges from member states, increase competitiveness of our products, and result in increased movement of people and animals across the border.”The centre, which will operate from the existing Hans Hoheisen Wildlife Research Station near the Kruger National Park’s Orpen Gate, was established through a partnership between the provincial government and the Peace Parks Foundation.The foundation, which facilitates the establishment of transfrontier conservation areas, invested an initial R5-million to upgrade the existing research station, and sourced additional funding from foreign donors.The centre will provide research assistance in fields such as wildlife, taxonomy, ethno-botany and ecology, and provide employment for the local community.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South Africa to host Commonwealth Games in 2022

first_img2 September 2015South Africa’s coastal city of Durban has been named as host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The announcement took place Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday after a unanimous vote by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).It will be the first time the event is held on the African continent.“Over more than eight decades, many great Commonwealth cities, nations and territories have hosted the games in order to build peaceful, prosperous and sustainable communities, inspired by the actions and achievements of our Commonwealth athletes, and underpinned by our values of humanity, equality and destiny,” said outgoing CGF President HRH Tunku Imran.“Our friends from Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa are now primed to make the most of that responsibility and opportunity, and it gives me very great pleasure to welcome the South African City of Durban as proud host of the XXII Commonwealth Games. As a movement, we stand together to welcome and support the very first Commonwealth Games on African soil.”South Africa ended up being the sole bidder after the Canadian city of Edmonton withdrew its bid because of financial concerns related to the oil price.Bid Committee Chairman, Mark Alexander expressed his thanks to the CGF for awarding the games to Durban. “It will accelerate the progress the city is making in construction and development, and in building a more inclusive citizenry,” he said.See the delegates break out in song in New Zealand:Already inspiring @thecgf delegates at the 2022 Host City announcement @Durban2022pic.twitter.com/7b5zbtNMxo— Helen Phillips(@HelenPhillips05)September 2, 2015“Through the Games we aim to build greater social cohesion, create opportunities for empowerment, boost prosperity and ensure equality, while also fast-tracking economic growth in our country. The Commonwealth Games in Durban will be a game changer for the city,” added Alexander.Durban’s mayor James Nxumalo said it was a huge step. “Today marks a gigantic leap in the affirmation and positive trajectory for the continent of Africa,” he said. “It is a moment to seize and firmly anchor our position as a decisive force in sports worldwide.”We’re ready“Durban’s vision supports and contributes to South Africa’s 2030 National Development Plan and is rooted in the desire to engage citizens (especially young people), athletes and the Commonwealth,” reads the Durban 2022 website.“The Games concept features a compact venue plan centred on the sporting super-precinct of the Moses Mabhida Stadium and adjacent coastline, providing excellent opportunities for innovative sport presentation and enhanced athlete experience. The Opening Ceremony would take place on Mandela Day, 18 July 2022.”Trending on TwitterThe hashtags #ReadyToInspire and #Durban2022 quickly became the top trending topics on Twitter on Wednesday morning.It was celebrations all around for South Africans and many took to Twitter to show their pride and excitement.We are proud to announce that we are the official Host City for @Durban2022@thecgf #ReadyToInspire – GO #Durban!pic.twitter.com/20T7KOz4JY— Durban Tourism (@durbanxperience) September 2, 2015#Durban the very first city to host the Commonwealth Games on African soil @Durban2022#ReadyToInspire pic.twitter.com/8Rwl0Vh7Qe— Durban Chamber (@DurbanChamber)September 2, 2015About the gamesThe Commonwealth Games is a multi-sport, international event for athletes from many territories that were part of the British Empire.They were first held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada, where 11 countries sent 400 athletes to take part in six sports and 59 events. The Games take place every four years; the only years they skipped were 1942 and 1946 because of World War II.From 1930 to 1950, the Games were known as the British Empire Games; from 1954 until 1966, they were called the British Empire and Commonwealth Games; and from 1970 to 1974 they took on the title of British Commonwealth Games. At the 1978 Games in Edmonton, the name was changed to the Commonwealth Games.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Romantic Outdoor Date Spots Around Philly

first_imgFranklin Square6th and Race StreetsFranklin Square is the perfect spot for a romantic stroll with your date. Between the carousel, miniature golf, twinkling lights and the fountain, it has romance written all over it. Stop by Stephen Starr’s SquareBurger which is also in Franklin Square for shakes, burgers and fries. Kelly Drive/Boathouse Row1 Boathouse RowStop by one of the restaurants near the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Fairmount Avenue and pick up some takeout. And then head over to Kelly Drive. Grab one of the scenic spots near Boathouse Row and lay down a blanket. The scenery will do the rest. The days are getting slightly shorter, and the temperatures are getting slightly cooler.  This can only mean one thing–summer is nearing its end.  Soon, we’ll be deciding on Halloween parties, Thanksgiving trimmings and what to get that special someone for the holidays. Before we bid our dear summer adieu, we should take time to enjoy the outdoors a few more times with that special someone. Make sure you close out summer with romance and style. Here are a couple favorite outdoor date spots: Forbidden Drive Bells Mill Road and Forbidden DriveOn your way to the Bells Mill Road section of Fairmount Park in Chestnut Hill, stop by Cin Cin restaurant on 7838 Germantown Avenue and pick up some fresh spring rolls. Once you arrive at Forbidden Drive, instead of pulling out a blanket just take a stroll down the long winding pathway along the river. You’ll be able to take in all the scenery with your date while digesting those spring rolls.Rittenhouse SquareWalnut and 18th StreetsSome of the best things to do as a couple are also the simplest.  People watching can be quite entertaining especially when amongst the diverse crowds of Rittenhouse Square.  A slight divergence from the typical quiet setting of most parks, Rittenhouse Square offers charm that gives you the same magnetic pull towards your special someone. Before you settle in the park, make sure you stop by Alfa American Tavern for takeout. I recommend the cajun chicken wings and chicken quesadillas. Or, stop by Reading Terminal Market to grab some local food before heading to the park.center_img Franklin Square(J. Holder for GPTMC) Belmont Plateau Montgomery and Belmont DrivesBelmont Plateau is famous for family BBQs and sizable crowds during the peak summer months, but as summer dwindles, so do the crowds. Try venturing to the plateau during a weekday after work and watch the sunset while snacking on a cheesesteak from Larry’s Steaks.  With the city’s skyline in the background, you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful evening.last_img read more