Blind date: ‘She asked if I’d Googled her before the date. I said of course’ | Dating


Zula on Leyla

What had been you hoping for?
I’ve had some dangerous experiences with courting apps, so to simply have a pleasant time.

First impressions?
I used to be early, so walked up and down the road to not look too eager. After I went in, Leyla was already nursing a glass of wine, and we each laughed about being tremendous early. I ought to’ve gone straight in.

What did you discuss?
Rating our prime cuisines. Our jobs. The meanings of our numerous tattoos.

Most awkward second?
Leyla requested if I’d Googled her earlier than the date. I stated after all I had, however hadn’t discovered a lot – she advised me I used to be mendacity.


Fancy a blind date?


Blind date is Saturday’s courting column: each week, two
strangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, after which spill the beans
to us, answering a set of questions. This runs, with {a photograph} we
take of every dater earlier than the date, in Saturday journal (within the
UK) and on-line at each Saturday. It’s been working since 2009 – you may learn all about how we put it collectively right here.

What questions will I be requested?
ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, pursuits and the kind of
particular person you need to meet. If you don’t suppose these questions
cowl every little thing you wish to know, inform us what’s in your thoughts.

Can I select who I match with?
it’s a blind date! However we do ask you a bit about your pursuits,
preferences, and so forth – the extra you inform us, the higher the match is probably going
to be.

Can I choose the {photograph}?
No, however don’t be concerned: we’ll select the nicest ones.

What private particulars will seem?
Your first identify, job and age.

How ought to I reply?
however respectfully. Be aware of the way it will learn to your date, and that
Blind date reaches a big viewers, in print and on-line.

Will I see the opposite particular person’s solutions?
No. We could edit yours and theirs for a variety of causes, together with size, and we could ask you for extra particulars.

Will you discover me The One?
We’ll attempt! Marriage! Infants!

Can I do it in my house city?
Provided that it’s within the UK. Lots of our candidates dwell in London, however we’d love to listen to from folks dwelling elsewhere.

E mail [email protected]

Thanks in your suggestions.

Good desk manners?
Completely fantastic.

Neatest thing about Leyla?
Simple to speak to and a very good listener.

Would you introduce Leyla to your folks?
For certain – she is sweet and easygoing – however not in a romantic sense.

Describe Leyla in three phrases.
Assured, humorous and funky.

What do you suppose Leyla fabricated from you?
In all probability that I used to be youthful than I’m, like most individuals assume. Additionally that I used to be tremendous hungry.

Did you go on someplace?
No, Leyla ended up leaving after we completed our mains. I confess that I stayed behind and ordered an unimaginable slice of pistachio tiramisu.

And … did you kiss?

If you happen to might change one factor in regards to the night what wouldn’t it be?
The restaurant was fairly noisy, and I didn’t hear every little thing Leyla stated, so possibly I nodded to a few of her tales as an alternative of responding actively, however aside from that it was a pleasant night.

Marks out of 10?

Would you meet once more?
Not deliberately in a romantic means, however we would stumble upon one another as she’s transferring to my neighbourhood.

Leyla (left) and Zula on their date
Leyla (left) and Zula on their date

Leyla on Zula

What had been you hoping for?
Absolute hilarity or, failing that, a meal with somebody enjoyable.

First impressions?
Heat with good vitality.

What did you discuss?
Our professions. Travelling. Dangerous date tales. Our respective experiences within the artwork world.

Most awkward second?
It was fairly a busy night time within the restaurant and I’m type of deaf. There’s solely so many instances you may ask somebody to repeat themselves from throughout the desk.

Good desk manners?

Neatest thing about Zula?
Her creativity.

Would you introduce Zula to your folks?
She’s tremendous open so I’m certain she’d get on with anybody, however solely as a pal.

Describe Zula in three phrases.
Assured, chatty, inventive.

What do you suppose Zula fabricated from you?
In all probability a bit chaotic.

Did you go on someplace?
No, I urged going for a drink however properly we didn’t, as we each had work the subsequent day.

And … did you kiss?

If you happen to might change one factor in regards to the night, what wouldn’t it be?
It was good to fulfill Zula however there was no connection.

Marks out of 10?

Would you meet once more?
I’d undoubtedly say hello if we ran into one another.

Zula and Leyla ate at Firebird, London W1. Fancy a blind date? E mail [email protected]