ASTHER ASMELASH: 38 / English professor
What makes her a catch:She teaches English theory based on X-Men, Batman, and Superman comic books
Her perfect Saturday: Good conversation, day trips, snuggling next to a fire
ROBERT SABHARWAL: 42 / tech entrepreneur
What makes him a catch: He’s funny, warm, and charming
His perfect date: He can’t stop thinking about her afterward
7 P.M. ROCHAMBEAU, BACK BAY
Asther Dating apps offer a lot of random results, so I thought I would try something different to shake things up. I was grading papers most of the day. But, I did have a chance to relax with a beer and watch some Queer Eye episodes before heading to the restaurant.
Robert I was the first to arrive and I waited at the bar. Asther showed up a few minutes later, the host pointed me out to her, and I went over and introduced myself.
Asther I was glad to go on a date with someone age appropriate. He dressed in a very sophisticated blazer and matching pants.
Robert I thought she was cute. Great smile.
Asther He was outgoing and talkative. He seems comfortable in his skin and like he has a good time wherever he goes. We mainly talked about the new business venture he started. He seemed passionate about his professional goals.
Robert I learned about her family, where she grew up, her career path, her move to Boston, and most of the basics. She told me a little bit about her career as an English professor.
Asther I found it really interesting that he is half Indian and half Iraqi. I’ve never met someone with this distinct ethnicity before. I thought it was pretty cool to learn more about his background. We are both from immigrant families and have a sense of community passed down from our cultures and heritage. I like this commonality.
Robert We both have multicultural backgrounds but grew up in North America.
Asther I ordered the rigatoni Bolognese for dinner and a dirty martini.
Robert I ordered a steak. We shared the entrees as well as an appetizer of lobster poutine. All the food was delicious.
Asther I didn’t feel an immediate spark. It bothered me that he never asked me any questions about my job, or academic background. I didn’t volunteer the information because I wanted to see if he cared enough to ask. I got more comfortable toward the latter part of dinner, after we had more conversation.
Robert I think by the end of the night we had a good connection. I asked her if she wanted to have a drink.
Asther He asked, but I declined. I needed to get up early the next day.
Robert Once dinner was over, we went outside and walked to the T stop, where we said goodbye.
Asther I gave him a hug. He kissed me on the cheek.
Asther He offered to go to the movies next week. I think developing a friendship and hanging out would be fine. He seems like a lovely man.
Robert I think so. It was fun.
Asther / B-
Robert / A