Blind date: ‘He mentioned he is trained to butcher animals – right after I told him I was a vegetarian’

Zardi on Nadia


What were you hoping for?
A laugh and a fun time, and that the conversation would flow nicely.

First impressions?
Attractive, smart, easy to talk to.

What did you talk about?
Food, for a long, long time. We also talked about travelling, musical instruments and the things we did during lockdown.

Any awkward moments?
I drew a blank when asked what my best dishes were to cook. I also confused a gooseberry with something else.

Good table manners?
She did send a fork flying at one point, but apart from that very good.

Best thing about Nadia?
She was very easy to talk to and opened up about life which was nice .


Want to be in Blind date?


Blind date is Saturday’s dating column: every week, two
strangers are paired up for dinner and drinks, and then spill the beans
to us, answering a set of questions. This runs, with a photograph we
take of each dater before the date, in Saturday magazine (in the
UK) and online at every Saturday. It’s been running since 2009 – you can read all about how we put it together here.

What questions will I be asked?
ask about age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests and the type of
person you are looking to meet. If you do not think these questions
cover everything you would like to know, tell us what’s on your mind.

Can I choose who I match with?
it’s a blind date! But we do ask you a bit about your interests,
preferences, etc – the more you tell us, the better the match is likely
to be.

Can I pick the photograph?
No, but don’t worry: we’ll choose the nicest ones.

What personal details will appear?
Your first name, job and age.

How should I answer?
but respectfully. Be mindful of how it will read to your date, and that
Blind date reaches a large audience, in print and online.

Will I see the other person’s answers?
No. We may edit yours and theirs for a range of reasons, including length, and we may ask you for more details.

Will you find me The One?
We’ll try! Marriage! Babies!

Can I do it in my home town?
Only if it’s in the UK. Many of our applicants live in London, but we would love to hear from people living elsewhere.

How to apply

Thank you for your feedback.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
Yes, I think they would get along. Nadia and I share similar interests and so do my friends.

Describe Nadia in three words
Interesting, affectionate, kind-hearted.

What do you think she made of you?
I think she thought I was rather nervous, and spent too much time talking about living in China.

Did you go on somewhere?
We talked about going to a karaoke bar and singing Adele songs all night long, but in the end we just headed to the tube station.

If it weren’t for physical distancing, would you have kissed?
I don’t think so.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
That we had gone to the karaoke and sung Adele all night long.

Marks out of 10

Would you meet again?
We exchanged numbers, so who knows.

Zardi and Nadia on their date
Zardi and Nadia on their date

Nadia on Zardi


What were you hoping for?
Someone tall, dark and handsome to sweep me off my feet.

First impressions?
Not what I was expecting – a bit shy.

What did you talk about?
Travelling, living abroad, where we’d like to go next. He is a chef and I like to bake, so we also talked about food.

Any awkward moments?
When he told me his go-to karaoke song was Adele (I’m more into classic rock and metal). Also he mentioned that he is trained to butcher animals right after I told him I was a vegetarian.

Good table manners?
Yes, though I was a bit of a germ freak about sharing tapas.

Best thing about Zardi?
He’s friendly and laughed at my jokes.

Would you introduce him to your friends?
Not as a love interest.

Describe Zardi in three words
Shy, polite, friendly.

What do you think he made of you?
I don’t think we had any chemistry but hopefully he thought I was fun.

Did you go on somewhere?
No, it was long enough.

If it weren’t for physical distancing, would you have kissed?
No, he wasn’t my type.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
A restaurant a bit easier to get to.

Marks out of 10?
I had fun, and the restaurant had a great vibe, but as a date 5/10.

Would you meet again?
Not likely.


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