Kerri Oliveira, 32, recruiting manager
What makes her a catch? I’m willing to take chances to find the right guy – I was on season 3 of The Bachelor.
Describe your perfect mate: He’d look like Javier Bardem and would be a veterinarian.
Jeff Kaplan, 31, accounts manager
What’s the last thing you read and enjoyed? Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman
What would your exes agree drove them nuts about you? My honesty and bluntness
5 p.m. Solea Restaurant & Tapas Bar, Waltham
Kerri: I felt completely calm but intrigued. I had no idea what to expect.
Jeff: I went in with no crazy expectations. If it went well, great; if it didn’t, I’d have a lot of stories to tell Globe readers.
Kerri: We arrived at exactly the same time. I saw him walking into the restaurant and asked if his name was Jeff.
Jeff: I had a gut feeling it was her. She was very attractive, with a great smile and dark hair. I was pleasantly surprised.
Kerri: [He] presented himself well. Neatly dressed, which is always a plus.
Jeff: We got a variety of food, as it was a tapas-style restaurant. I’m not a picky eater, and we agreed on what to order.
Kerri: I had been there before, so I took the lead.
Jeff: I heard a lot about the love of her life: Parker, her dog.
Kerri: He was unfortunately bitten by one recently but still loves them! A true dog lover! We also talked about real estate, as he owns and I am looking to buy.
Jeff: I bought my condo about four years prior, and I gave her some advice on the good, bad, and ugly of what I went through as a first-time home buyer.
Kerri: We talked a lot about our careers, how priorities have changed as we are getting older. He recently switched jobs so that he has a better work-life balance to potentially dedicate to a relationship.
Jeff: She has lived in LA, NYC, and Boston and has a lot going on with her new job.
Kerri: He is a little younger than I am. Not a complete deal breaker, but I am looking for someone older and therefore more ready to settle down.
Jeff: I’m not sure if being younger was a bad thing, but she seemed a little caught off guard by that. Age is just a number, so it didn’t bother me.
Kerri: I knew instantly this wasn’t a love connection. You just know when it’s there and when it’s not.
Jeff: I was getting the “friendship” vibe from her, which was totally fine. She was attractive, but it would have been better if she relaxed and laughed a little more.
Kerri: I felt like I did most of the question asking. I typically like someone who takes the initiative in getting to know me.
Jeff: I felt like she was just going through the motions. Kerri let loose after she had a few drinks, which helped. She wanted to leave sooner than I would have, but I wasn’t going to force it.
Kerri: We had spent two hours over dinner; it was time to go.
Jeff: We did the “hug it out” thing, which was fine. I said I’d be willing to hang out again, but she basically walked off saying “maybe.”
Kerri: Nice guy with great potential but just not for me.
Jeff: We didn’t exchange numbers, so I guess it’s a no.
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