Blind date: ‘One of the waiters seemed to be hitting on us, but it was awkward for him, not us’ | life and style



Amy on Grace

What did you expect?
A honk.

First impressions?
She has a lovely, sweet American accent and made me feel at ease quickly.

What did you talk about?
To be bisexual. His astute American observations on the British. How doomed couples are on Love Is Blind. His tattoos. Impulsiveness.

Awkward moments?
One of the male waiters seemed to be talking to us, but it was awkward for him, not us.

Table manners?
We decided early on that table manner judgment was for squares.

The best thing about Grace?
We had belly laughs all night. She was open and genuine, and her pretty face lit up when she spoke. And I loved that we were on the same page to eat and drink the whole menu.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
She can talk about the silly and the serious. She would get along well with them.

Describe Grace in three words?
Insightful, fun, brave.

What do you think she did to you?
I freaked out at a first question and said rice cakes were my favorite snack, so she probably thought I was a loser.

Did you go somewhere?
I had train replacements in Brighton to navigate but regret not going to the pub.

And… did you kiss?
I wish I could give you some juicy gossip but no, we didn’t.

If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be?
A little more sexual chemistry.

Score out of 10?
9. It would have been great to have had more romantic spark.

Would you meet again?
Yes. I’d mistake it for another margarita.

Amy and Grace on their blind date
Amy and Grace on their date
Blind date is Saturday’s dating column: every week, two nstrangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, and then spill the beans nto us, answering a set of questions. This runs, with a photograph we ntake of each dater before the date, in Saturday magazine (in then UK) and online at theguardian.com every Saturday. It’s been running since 2009 – you can read all about how we put it together here.

What questions will I be asked?
Wen ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests and the type ofn person you are looking to meet. If you do not think these questions ncover everything you would like to know, tell us what’s on your mind.

Can I choose who I match with?
No,n it’s a blind date! But we do ask you a bit about your interests, npreferences, etc – the more you tell us, the better the match is likely nto be.

Can I pick the photograph?
No, but don't worry: we'll choose the nicest ones.

What personal details will appear?
Your first name, job and age.

How should I answer?
Honestlyn but respectfully. Be mindful of how it will read to your date, and thatn Blind date reaches a large audience, in print and online.

Will I see the other person’s answers?
No. We may edit yours and theirs for a range of reasons, including length, and we may ask you for more details.

Will you find me The One?
We’ll try! Marriage! Babies!

Can I do it in my home town?
Only if it’s in the UK. Many of our applicants live in London, but we would love to hear from people living elsewhere.

How to apply
Email [email protected]

","credit":"","pillar":4}">
Questions and answers

Want to be on a blind date?

To show

Blind date is Saturday’s dating column: Each week, two strangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, then spill the beans to us by answering a series of questions. It works, with a photo we take of each dater before the date, in Saturday magazine (in the UK) and online at theguardian.com every Saturday. It’s been running since 2009 – you can read all about how we set it up here.

What questions will I ask myself?
We ask about age, location, profession, hobbies, interests and the type of person you are looking to meet. If you think these questions don’t cover everything you’d like to know, let us know what you think.

Can I choose who I match with?
No, it’s a blind date! But we ask you a bit about your interests, preferences, etc. – the more you tell us, the better the match will be.

Can I choose the photo?
No, but don’t worry: we will choose the most beautiful ones.

What personal information will appear?
Your first name, your job and your age.

How should I respond?
Honestly but respectfully. Be aware of how it will read on your date, and Blind date reaches a wide audience, in print and online.

Will I see the other person’s answers?
No. We may change yours and theirs for various reasons, including length, and we may ask you for more details.

Will you find me The One?
We will try! Marriage! Babies!

Can I do it in my hometown?
Only if it’s in the UK. Many of our applicants live in London, but we would love to hear from people living elsewhere.

How to register
Email [email protected]

Thank you for your opinion.


Grace on Amy

Blind Date Grace (green pants) and Amy (all in black)


What did you expect?
Someone with a smart sense of humor, a similar politics, and a game for ordering too many tacos and tequila.

First impressions?
Intimidatingly beautiful but also swearing like a sailor, which was endearing.

What did you talk about?
How annoying when people try to invalidate bisexuality. Trash TV. The madness of online dating. We talked a bit about our jobs (she’s an artist, which is amazing) and how we got here in our lives. We both agreed that being single is fine.

Awkward moments?
Honestly no! It was very easy.

Table manners?
We both wondered who was commenting on table manners at a taco restaurant.

Best thing about Amy?
His energy – it’s contagious. She’s got all that cool girl stuff without being pretentious. She has a really sincere laugh.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
Absoutely.

Describe Amy in three words?
Spontaneous, light, independent.

What do you think she did to you?
I think she felt comfortable around me and laughed at the things I said (unless she was laughing at me!). I don’t know if I was his type.

Did you go somewhere?
I invited her to another bar, but she had to go back to Brighton because it was late.

And… did you kiss?
Nope.

Sign up for our Inside Saturday newsletter for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the magazine’s biggest stories, plus a curated list of our weekly highlights.

If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be?
The restaurant was very loud so it was hard to hear at times.

Score out of 10?
9.

Would you meet again?
Absoutely. We swapped numbers, so let’s see!

Amy and Grace ate at El Pastor SohoLondon W1. Fancy a blind date? Email [email protected]

Previous Suns' Cam Johnson returns to practice despite injury, ruled out against 76ers
Next Lincoln Dating - Ten A Means Seeing American Singles When You Look At The Lincoln, NE (Relationship Guide)