Blind date goes to Paris: “We went to a bar – then to her house. I will not elaborate! | Go out together

Amir on Noa


What did you expect?

To meet someone I would click, eat well and have a good night with. I was open to anything, whether romantic or not, as long as we enjoyed each other’s company.

First impressions?
When she first walked in I thought she looked very elegant. She wore a beautiful brown dress with some jewelry. In fact, she looked amazing, if I’m being honest. I was a little nervous but that went away as soon as she arrived and we smiled at each other.

What did you talk about?
We went from pretty cute and mundane things to more personal things about our lives, our family, our friends… It was awesome. I feel like we learned a lot about each other and had a good laugh. We come from quite different backgrounds, so we had a lot to tell each other.

Awkward moments?
None. My stress went down when she arrived and after that the whole night went really well. I felt quite comfortable with her from the start. Hope she felt the same.

Table manners?
Excellent. Mine aren’t great – I’m sure I had my elbows on the table the whole time – but I don’t think she cared. Good manners but not snobbish!

What did you order?
I had focaccia with beef tongue, then red mullet with mashed carrots and some kind of lemon sauce, and for dessert I had something with hay (yes, real hay) .

The best thing about Noa?
Hard to choose just one. I like her confidence in her. Plus, she’s really nice. You can tell she is caring and generous with people. She doesn’t take herself too seriously – she has really good vibes and is so easy to talk to. Anyway, I could go on, but I think you get the point: she’s effortlessly cool.

Would you like to introduce her to your friends?
Yes, we already have a couple in common – small world. I’m sure she would get along with the rest of my friends.

Describe Noa in three words
Soft, very elegant and fun.

What do you think she made you?
That I was cute, maybe even funny – who knows?

Did you go somewhere?
We were the last to leave the restaurant, then headed to a bar we both know in Strasbourg-St-Denis. We met some of his friends and had a few drinks there. His friends were really funny. And after that, we went back to her place. I will not develop from there!

And … have you kissed?
To guess!

If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be?
Honestly, I do not know. Everything was great for me. I would have done it even longer if I could, but it was impossible – we already stayed awake until dawn.

Score out of 10?
10 and a half.

Would you meet again?
I think we will.

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]

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Questions and answers

Want to be on a blind date?

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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! Wedding! 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.

Blind dater Noa

Noa on Amir


What did you expect?

Someone nice and interesting! And, I’m not going to lie, delicious food and wine. I was not disappointed with any of them.

First impressions?
I was late, it was the first day of my period and I was moody and tired. So when I arrived I was stressed, but there he was, smiling, smelling good, fresh air, and didn’t seem to care that I was late.

What did you talk about?
We talked about travels, our respective lives, our friends and our past and current dating experiences. We also touched on deeper topics, such as his transition as a transgender man and his relationship with his family. I also talked about how I wasn’t really where I wanted to be in my life. We laughed a lot… plus he has the cutest smile ever!

Awkward moments?
I had the wine list and the waiter was: “Ah, so it’s Madame who’s going to choose?” and in my head my feminist voice was, “Is this a problem? He came back with the bottle and asked, “Is it the gentleman who tastes?” I was outraged and told him: “If I choose wine it’s to taste it… asshole. Well, I didn’t say “asshole”, but I meant to.

Table manners?
Really. He got up to say hello, he waited for me to start the dessert because I was in the bathroom and he didn’t stain even though he admitted to me later that he was stressed by his white shirt.

What did you order?
A tuna tartare as a starter, fresh pasta with zucchini and egg yolk, a dessert called sweet potatoes, and a bottle of white wine from the Côtes Catalanes.

The best thing about Amir?
You feel good with him! He puts people at ease. He’s interesting and interested and really cool.

Would you like to introduce him to your friends?
I did: he asked me if I wanted to have a last drink somewhere and I offered to meet some girlfriends in a bar near Strasbourg-St-Denis.

Describe Amir in three words
Kind, calm and sexy.

What do you think he made you?
Oh dear! I think, from the night, to good things and I can’t wait to read what he thinks about it.

Did you go somewhere?
After a few more drinks, we found ourselves at my house playing the We’re Not Really Strangers conversation game.

And… did you kiss?
Yes! The first was when we were walking from the restaurant to the bar and the last was when he left my place around 1:30 p.m.

If you could change one thing tonight, what would it be?
Maybe the first day of my period, or the waiter, but even that was part of the experience.

Score out of 10?
9.99999999999.

Would you meet again?
With pleasure!

Noa and Amir ate at Zebulon, Paris. Fancy a blind date? Email [email protected]


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