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Dinner With Cupid

Stuck on you

Will her unusual hobby keep him glued to his seat?

April 3, 2011

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Chris Le, 29, operations specialist

What three things do you need on a desert island? A guitar, my contact lenses, and my lucky necklace

What drove your exes nuts about you? I like things thought out and methodical.
Sarom Lay, 29, administrative coordinator

What’s the first thing people notice when they walk into your home? My collection of colorful duct tape

Who plays you in the movie of your life? Drew Barrymore – wild, crazy, fun, happy
5 p.m. Ten Tables, Jamaica Plain
A unique gift

Chris: I got to the restaurant early. I sat at the bar and ordered a beer. She came by and tapped me on the shoulder. The first thing I noticed was how cute she was. She had a really nice natural smile.

Sarom: I was not that impressed, but was hoping that his personality would win me over. He was not exactly my type and was shorter than someone I would usually find myself attracted to.

Chris: When I stood up, I realized how tiny she was. I am not used to girls that are considerably shorter than me. I felt like a giant for the first time in my life!

Sarom: He seemed calm, but he also had a drink at the bar before I arrived.

Chris: When we sat down, Sarom said she made something for me. She pulled out a black and purple rose made out of a Bic pen and colored duct tape. I thought it was really cute and pretty damn cool. Sarom likes to make things out of duct tape. Sarom showed me some Halloween pictures of her dressed in outfits made of just duct tape. She was Wonder Woman in one and a pirate in another. They were really hot.
Forming a bond?

Sarom: We both have Southeast Asian blood in us and he is very passionate about his guitar and the Celtics.

Chris: She has family in Cambodia and I have family in Vietnam. We love the food from that area. I asked if she cooked Cambodian food. She said it was too time-consuming. I laughed, because she’s right!

Sarom: Honestly, I don’t think we had much in common. He likes to snowboard, plays the guitar, and loves sports. I’m more of an artsy girl who likes to draw and sew and travel the world.

Chris: We split dessert after dinner. She ordered the Thai basil ice cream. It was the strangest ice cream I have ever tasted, but it was pretty good.

Sarom: Who knew you could make ice cream taste like Thai basil and actually taste amazing!

Chris: After dinner we grabbed a drink at a bar about a block away. It was Sarom’s idea. I was excited to go because it was a little less formal than the restaurant.

Sarom: I was hoping his personality would win me over, but the more we talked the more I realized he was not someone I see myself with romantically.
Coming undone

Chris: We decided to call it a night. It was raining, so I drove her home. I thought it was cute that she asked if it was appropriate if we hugged before she went in for the kill.

Sarom: We hugged. I felt like that was the appropriate thing to do.
Post-mortem

Chris: A-

Sarom: B
A second date?

Chris: At the end of dinner, I asked for her number. I told her I would call later in the week. Hopefully we can meet up soon.

Sarom: He was sweet and would be right for someone else. I don’t see us romantically involved.

Go on a blind date We’ll pick up the tab. Fill out an application at boston.com/cupid.