Today: Using Coupons On A Date & Loveless Café Sausage Gravy Recipe


By Kelsey Grau

Today Show: Social Qs

Willie Geist and Natalie Morales were joined by author Philip Galanes to discuss his new book Social Q’s: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries, and Quagmires of Today. He tackles the awkward situations of college rejections, dating mistakes, and other everyday social situations. Later, the show returned to Al Roker in College Grove, Tennessee.


Social Q’s Advice: College Rejection

Today: Using Coupons On A Date & Loveless Café Sausage Gravy Recipe

Jesse Goldstein of Nashville’s Loveless Café stopped by the Today Show to make the classic Southern dish of biscuits and sausage gravy.

Galanes’ example of a family’s disappointment about college admissions has an easy solution: focus on the positive. Instead of getting caught up in the rejections, focus on the letters of acceptance and help your student prepare for the exciting, active lifestyle of college. A good education and experience matter most.

Today Show Social Qs: Coupons On A Date?

A woman wonders if a man using a two-for-one coupon on a dinner date is a faux pas, but Galanes says that in today’s society, it’s really not a big deal. There is no dream guy and if using a coupon at dinner is his biggest flaw, move past it.


Social Qs: Rude People At the Movies

Distracted by the light from the phone of a texting patron, a couple asked a man nicely to put the phone away during a movie, but he cursed at them and refused. Instead of engaging any further, the couple moved seats. Galanes said this was the best decision for this situation because aggressive people will often lash out and it’s not worth that kind of confrontation.

Today Show: Loveless Café Review

Jesse Goldstein of Nashville’s Loveless Café joined Al Roker in the kitchen as the two prepared a traditional farm breakfast of sausage gravy and biscuits, a staple at the legendary restaurant.

Loveless Café makes anywhere from 5,000 to 7,000 biscuits a day and allows guests to choose from a wide variety of toppings. It’s is home to many classic Southern dishes and was recently highlighted as one of Nashville’s top restaurants.

Today’s Kitchen: Loveless Café Sausage Gravy Recipe

After making his famous sausage gravy for Al and the Hatcher family, Goldstein shared the surprisingly easy recipe.


  • 1/2 pound pork breakfast sausage
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose floor
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the pork sausage, crumbling it as it browns.
  2. Add the flour and continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Bring the mixture to a simmer after pouring in the milk.
  4. Add the black pepper, cayenne, and salt. Stir until mixed.


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