Andrew Doerfler, an Emerson College junior who’s been interning in the Globe’s Living Arts section since July and doing some of Dinner With Cupid’s heavy lifting, says that this is one of his three best matches over his time at the Globe. Read on, and judge for yourself. I for one think this is the best date we’ve had all year, kiss or no.
Here’s how you can get Andrew to find you a date (hurry before he goes back to school full time).
DARIUS ESLAMI > 25
Events coordinator for a senior living community
WHEN HE’S HAPPIEST When I have the chance to help someone. It sounds very “high and mighty,” but I like feeling useful.
WHAT HIS EXES LOVED My creativity: surprises, date nights, fun projects. I’d constantly have an answer to boredom.
AMY MASTRANGELO > 25
Pediatric occupational therapist
WHAT HER EXES LOVED I genuinely enjoy doing things for people, and I don’t always need a reason.
WHO PLAYS HER IN A MOVIE I refuse to believe there is anything Tom Hanks can’t do. Have at it, sir.
7:30 P.M. GASLIGHT BRASSERIE, SOUTH END
> DON’T I KNOW YOU?
AMY We actually cheated a little bit. I mentioned to some friends that I’m doing this Globe blind date, and all I know is his name is Darius. A friend of mine said, “I know some guys named Darius.” It turns out it was one of her Dariuses.
DARIUS I ran into [a friend], and she asked: “Is your Sunday any different than normal? Because my friend Amy is going on a blind date with a Darius.” And I was like, “That’s me.”
AMY She didn’t tell either of us much about the other.
DARIUS Because I knew we had a mutual friend, I just had this assumption that we’d get along.
> SEEING IS BELIEVING
AMY We were both a little early. I walked in at 7:19, so not crazy early.
DARIUS She was super cute. She had a great smile.
AMY He’s very handsome, well-dressed. I was pleased with the selection.
DARIUS We were trying to figure out why we were matched. I’m into theater and she’s into dance, so we assumed it was the arts.
AMY We have a similar sense of humor, which sort of helped us schmooze.
DARIUS We also had a lot of weird things in common.
AMY We both have an older sibling that lives in Florida — fun fact.
DARIUS We both still have all our wisdom teeth.
AMY It was very natural, very fluid. I knew midway through the date he was someone I’d want to hang out with again.
> SOMETHING NEW
AMY We talked about how we were at a schmancy restaurant neither of us would have gone to normally. I got the ravioli because I could pronounce it.
DARIUS I saw the escargot, and I was like “Want to get some snails?”
AMY Pay me a million dollars and I never would have done it, but I did it.
DARIUS It wasn’t bad.
> MORE TO LEARN
AMY After the date, we went outside [and] hung out in the parking lot.
DARIUS Both of us wanted to hang out and wished we knew other stuff going on.
AMY I was shivering and I couldn’t hide it. He gave me his coat, which I thought was very sweet.
DARIUS I gave her a friendly hug.
AMY A pretty solid hug.
> SECOND DATE?
AMY We’re hanging out [the next night], as a matter of fact. — Compiled by Andrew Doerfler