Blind date: ‘I respect his choice in workout playlists’
Will this appealing North End setting work some romantic magic?
RACHEL MAYER: 25 / hospital program coordinator
What makes her a catch: She’s flexible and easygoing
Her perfect mate: Would look like John Kennedy and know how to calculate the tip
ANDY HOGAN: 29 / attorney
When he is happiest: Eating chocolate, playing with a dog, after a run
What makes him a catch: He’s an enthusiastically optimistic person
7 P.M. PARLA, NORTH END
SCENES FROM AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Rachel I was early because I was wearing heels and needed extra time in case I got stuck in the cobblestones.
Andy I was definitely nervous with a bit of excited thrown in.
Rachel The host brought Andy to the table. He looked great. He was good looking and dressed well.
Andy She was stunning. She was wearing a sleeveless black dress, with shoulder-length brown hair. I was really excited to get to know her.
FRITTERS FOR TWO
Rachel The waiter brought us each a shot of something that tasted like candy. It was the perfect moment for me to tell him that I don’t drink much, and was OK not ordering any other drinks, and he felt the same. I liked that.
Andy By the time the waiter came over, I felt like I already knew her well.
Rachel Andy is from San Diego and I spent a lot of time in California during college. I can’t believe he left that weather, or In-N-Out Burger! We both ski and love breakfast food. I always appreciate a fellow pancake lover.
Andy We talked about everything. She currently works for a hospital while going to business school part time. She’s from Massachusetts but went to Arizona for college. We told stories from growing up, college, and our current lives.
Rachel I felt comfortable right away and it continued throughout the date. We had a lot to talk about. Andy and I enjoy similar books — he had a great recommendation. We both like to ski and I respect his choice in workout playlists. I really want to go to Italy and he’s been twice.
Andy We had a lot in common and what we didn’t, we were interested in each other’s answers. We both run and read a lot in addition to having a love for Disney. We live in the same neighborhood and both love cream cheese. Most importantly, we both have an undying love for In-N-Out.
Rachel We got the ricotta fritters, which were delicious, and I got the ricotta gnudi. I couldn’t pronounce it, but Andy was nice about that.
Andy I got salmon. Both the food and service were great.
Rachel He started talking to the table next to us for a little bit, and I liked that he was outgoing.
Andy She made me laugh a lot throughout the evening.
GELATO BY THE SHORE
Rachel After dinner, we got ice cream and walked down to the water.
Andy After getting gelato, we went for a walk. It was a beautiful night, we were having a great conversation, and I definitely felt a spark.
Rachel The night flew by. He was a perfect gentleman.
Andy We gave each other a goodbye hug and expressed interest in seeing each other again.
Rachel We will make plans.
Andy I hope so!
Rachel / A
Andy / A+