Recruiter, world traveler, live music aficionado; Old Town
Writer, hot dog enthusiast, dance-off champion; Humboldt Park
Stop 1: Nine Dragon Wall
“He’s the polar opposite of who I typically date. My type is usually tattooed guys who are in creative fields. He was super friendly and didn’t seem nervous, which put me at ease and set the tone for a fun evening exploring Chinatown.”
“I was kinda nervous walking up to the wall, both because I had never been to Chinatown before and wasn’t confident I’d be able to find the wall and because I had no idea what Justine would be like. She was immediately fun and outgoing,
which I appreciated.”
Stop 2: Won Kow Restaurant
“We ordered drinks for each other, and he picked one of my favorites, a Singapore sling. We sipped our bowls o’ booze and talked about how this didn’t have any of the pressure we often feel on a first date. Or maybe that was the gallon of gin?”
“Won Kow was probably my favorite part of the date. The menu had random drink names like Scorpion but didn’t list ingredients. In true blind date fashion, I suggested we order each other’s drinks. I figured this would break the ice. Luckily, we both chose options the other liked.”
Stop 3: Phoenix Restaurant
We had a nice little view of the skyline and hashed out the creative merits of Breaking Bad and House of Cards. How is there not a dating app that pairs people up based on what you watch on Netflix? Get on that, tech people.
The next card had us choose between ramen or dim sum. We went with dim sum, and while the conversation still flowed, the food was a little lackluster. It was just cordial, friendly conversation. There wasn’t much flirting or attraction involved.”
“I had fun with Brian. He totally went with the flow. There wasn’t a spark for me, but I did think of my single lady friends who would probably dig him. So hey, Brian! Let me play matchmaker. (That’s weird, right?)”
“The date was fun. I liked not knowing anything about the other person. It took away a lot of the preconceived notions you often have on first dates. Justine’s very pleasant, has a great personality, but just not what I’m looking for!"