Blind date: “By the time I arrived he was the manager’s best friend” | Go out together

Tandeka on Eamon

What were you hoping for?
A fun night out with someone I might not have met otherwise.

First impressions?
So friendly – by the time I arrived he was already the restaurant manager’s best friend and when we left several waiters came to say goodbye.

What did you talk about?
Swimming in the ponds; how long does it take to make pasta from scratch (too long); teaching black history in schools; family dynamics and relationships; recent books read; terrible wedding speeches; his future speech as a man of honor.

Embarrassing moments?
If there was, I was thankfully unconscious.

Good table manners?
Absoutely. We were accidentally served three glasses of prosecco when we arrived instead of two, and he poured the third between our glasses very neat and evenly.

The best thing about Eamon?
I think he was himself all the time, not putting himself forward or showing off (which he wouldn’t need to do, because he’s awesome).

Would you introduce it to your friends?
Yes. He seems to be the kind of person who would get along with anyone.

Describe Eamon in three words
Caring, hardworking, funny.

What do you think he did with you?
Easily entertained, distracted by chanting and birthday sparklers at other tables.

Have you been anywhere?
In a bar around the corner for another drink.

And … did you kiss?
We did not do it. I’m too shy to kiss someone on the first date. Don’t @ me.

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?
I should have asked for sparklers at our table too.

Notes out of 10?

Would you see each other again?
I’m not 100% that there was a romantic spark, but I would definitely see myself again, I really enjoyed his company.

Questions and answers

Want to be on a blind date?


Blind date is the dating section of Guardian Weekend magazine: each week, two strangers are paired up for dinner and a drink, then show us off by answering a series of questions. It works, with a photo we take of each date before the date, in Guardian Weekend magazine (in UK) and online at every Saturday. It’s been running since 2009 – you can read all about how we’ve put it together here.

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

Can I choose who I pair 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.

Can I choose the photo?
No, but don’t worry: we’ll choose the best ones.

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

How should I respond?
Honestly but respectfully. Be aware of how it will be read at your date, and this Date Blind is reaching a wide audience, in print and online.

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

Will you find me the chosen one?
We will try! Wedding! Babies!

Can I do this 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
Send an email to [email protected]

Thank you for your opinion.

Eamon on Tandeka

First impressions?
Smiles everywhere!

What did you talk about?
His superior knowledge of books compared to my limited knowledge of books, music and why South London is better than East.

Embarrassing moments?
Only the guilt of not having made a dent in the basket of free bread. I felt compelled to have a slice next to the pizza.

Good table manners?
Well, neither of us spilled anything on us so based on that I would say yes.

The best thing about Tandeka?
His nature. I got the feeling that she was more than just a smart book and that she was really interested in what you had to say. She is very disarming and one of the most genuine people I have met.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
Yes, but whether she wants to meet them is another story.

Describe Tandeka in three words
Smart, unpretentious, unpretentious.

What do you think she did with you?
Good company / a friendly urban gentleman.

Have you been anywhere?
We had one for the road.

And … did you kiss?
Not on a school night.

If you could change one thing about the night, what would it be?
Another margarita.

Notes out of 10?

Would you see each other again?
I had a great time and the conversation was for the most part easy, although I don’t think our relationship would go any further than that.

Tandeka and Eamon ate at Crazy Pizza, London W1

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