Leo on Zahra

What were you hoping for?
I really had no expectations.

First impressions?
She had positive energy.

What were you talking about?
Our careers. Comedy. Our beautiful families. Favorite cuisines… The list is endless.

Any awkward moments?
None from my side.

Good table manners?
Once we were both settled in, we embraced our African/Asian traditions and decided to eat with our hands. It was better with pizza. We agreed on that.

The best thing about Zahra?
An interesting narrator that definitely made me laugh.

Would you introduce Zahra to your friends?
Yes, probably. I think she would be really cool to hang out with.

Describe Zahra in three words.
Fun, honest and smart.

questions and answers

Want to be on a blind date?


Blind Date is Saturday’s dating column, where every week two strangers get together for dinner and drinks and then tell us about it by answering a series of questions. This works alongside our pre-date photo in the Saturday Magazine (in the UK) and online at theguardian.com every Saturday. It has been working since 2009 – you can read all about how we put it together here.

What questions will I be asked?
We ask about your age, location, occupation, hobbies, interests and the type of person you want to meet. If you think these questions don’t cover everything you’d like to know, let us know what’s on your mind.

Can I choose who I match with?
No, it’s a blind date! But we ask you about your interests, preferences, etc. – the more you tell us, the better the match will be.

Can I choose a photo?
No, but don’t worry: we’ll pick the most beautiful ones.

What personal data will appear?
Your name, occupation and age.

How should I answer?
Sincerely, but with respect. Be mindful of how it will read on your date, and the blind date will reach a large audience in print and online.

Will I see the other person’s responses?
No. We may edit yours and theirs for various reasons, including length, and may ask you for more details.

Will you find me the One?
We will try! Marriage! Children!

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

How to apply
Email blind.date@theguardian.com

Thank you for your feedback.

What do you think Zahra made of you?
I really have no idea.

Did you go somewhere?
Time passed so quickly in Zahra’s presence. The conversation went so well that we stayed until closing time.

And… did you kiss?
Only air kisses in French: both when meeting and at the end of a date.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
nothing. The food, drinks, accommodation and Zahra’s company were excellent.

Marks out of 10?
Strong 8.

Would you meet again?
Yes, definitely…

Lev and Zahra
Leo and Zahra are on a date. Photo: Courtesy of Leo and Zahra

Zahra on Leo

Blind date: Zahra

What were you hoping for?
What should be prepared, including plucking nose hair.

First impressions?
Relief! I quickly felt at ease with him.

What were you talking about?
Extras who have been on EastEnders for so long that they are starting to get queues. Similarities between Arab and Asian culture. Genius God is gracious. Queen beekeeper. It is best to make it with cauliflower.

Any awkward moments?
When I asked if I could taste his honey.

Good table manners?
Best of all, he made me feel comfortable enough to let go of mine.

The best thing about Leo?
He has good eyes.

Would you introduce Leo to your friends?
Yes, but only with my common sense.

Describe Leo in three words.
Interesting, creative, casual.

What do you think Leo made of you?
I think he thought I was cool until I gave up Diet Coke because – and I quote – “If I drink one this late in the day, I’ll be hyper and want us to go clubbing.”

Did you go somewhere?
Yeah, he took me to this really cool place called … the Northern Line.

And… did you kiss?
A woman never kisses and tells…

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
Replacement rail

Marks out of 10?
7. He was great company and didn’t think I was crazy for not noticing we were at a vegan restaurant, even after I tried his “meat” balls.

Would you meet again?
Yes, but just as friends.

Zahra and Leo ate at Camden is ragingLondon NW1. Want a blind date? Email blind.date@theguardian.com

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