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Find me a date: Terence and Carine

These city kids ditched Tinder and let us play matchmaker. Here’s a blow-by-blow of their blind date

The date: our daters had a meal at Maggie Joan's

First Impression

Carine: ‘He turned up with a single rose; I was really surprised. His friends signed him up for this, so it was game of him to come.’

Terence: ‘She’s cute, outgoing and friendly. Generally, I had a good impression of her.’


Carine: ‘He was very easy to talk to and we share quite a number of common interests.’

Terence: ‘We have some shared interests, so conversation was very smooth. We even talked about things like US politics.’

Awkward moment

Carine: ‘Not really – we talked a lot.’

Terence: ‘We did pause at times, but it picked up again naturally. I wasn’t struggling to keep the conversation flowing.’


Carine: ‘We wanted to have coffee but it was getting late. Even though we live far apart, he still drove me home – that was very gentlemanly of him.’

Terence: ‘We left the restaurant slightly after 11pm. It was quite late so I offered to give her a lift home.’


Carine: ♥♥♥♥♥ ‘For my first blind date, he set the bar really high. I’m open to getting to know each other better.’

Terence: ♥♥♥♥♥ ‘Given that I was slightly apprehensive about a blind date, I was pleasantly surprised by how it turned out.’

Maggie Joan's

The atmosphere

‘The soft lighting makes it great for dates. The restaurant is small but it still afforded us a bit of privacy, which I liked.’ – Terence

The food

‘Neither of us have had Jerusalem artichoke before – it has an interesting taste, and was my favourite dish of the night.’ – Carine

The drinks

‘While I’m a whisky kind of guy, the aperol spritz we had was quite good as well.’ – Terence

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