Each week in The Hook-Up, we set up single readers of The Grid and send them on blind dates around Toronto. Here’s what Rachel and Mitchell had to say about their date at The Roxton.
Rachel is a 28-year-old executive assistant who lives in West Queen West. She says, “I’m out most nights of the week with different groups of friends, at gigs, Friday nights at the ROM, networking events, or having cocktails on a great patio.” When Rachel isn’t socializing or working on side projects, she’s “at hot yoga, or dance class. I’ve been training in hop-hop dance since the age of 16.” Her friends would say that “enthusiasm” is her best quality. “I’m very driven,” she adds. “I would also say that I am kind and genuine, and I would do anything for the people I care about.”
Mitchell is a 26-year-old social-media manager who lives in the South Core. He likes being active, including spending time outdoors, doing Crossfit, running, and wakeboarding; he also likes going to cottages and “checking out different forms of live music, at NXNE, the Dakota Tavern, DJ shows, whatever,” trying new food, and watching sports. He describes himself as “witty and engaging” and says, “I love having a good conversation with someone who will challenge me and teach me new things.” Mitchell was also featured in a previous edition of The Hook-Up.
Rachel on Mitchell
“Mitch was about the same height as me in small heels, which worked for me. He was very clean-cut with a cute face, a lovely smile, and a nice shirt. I thought he seemed really genuine and friendly. I didn’t initially think Mitch was my type, but I was open to seeing if there was chemistry.
“He guessed Australian or Scottish for my nationality; we had an awkward introduction. He was offbeat and sarcastic, but had a good poker face, which threw me off at first. There were times when he had to explain that he was joking, but I appreciated his sense of humour, and he had me cracking up by the end of the night.
“Mitch suggested that we let the restaurant owner decide on our courses. I was a bit dubious about the idea at first, and I didn’t know if he was just being indecisive, but it was a genius plan. We talked non-stop for over three hours and laughed a lot. I felt really comfortable. Mitch is definitely quirky: He prefers to drink sake and goes out dancing with his parents. He had me roaring laughing about a wedding video of his sensational 86-year-old granny, dancing up a storm adorned with glow sticks. At one point, he called me a princess when I was talking about the pressures and pace of the city. I guess he was calling me out on my first-world problems. I think we challenged each other, and I thought it was hilarious how blunt he was.
“We are polar opposites in a lot of ways. For instance, I can be a bad sleeper and survive on four hours sleep; Mitch informed me that he used to take naps in a wheelbarrow on his breaks when he worked in construction. I got a demo from him outside the restaurant, in a make-believe wheelbarrow, of course.
“At the end of the night, Mitchell scored extra points for generously taking care of the bill. [Editor’s note: the venue covers the first $100 of the date’s cost.] I had a fantastic time. Mitch asked for my number, and I’d definitely be open to hanging out. He’s a stellar guy and lots of fun.”
RACHEL RATES THE DATE (OUT OF 10):
Mitchell’s style: 7
Mitchell’s manners: 8
Mitchell’s “fun factor”: 10
Mitchell on Rachel
“As I was running to catch the bus, I spotted a brunette who was also running to catch the bus. We noticed each other, and I had a feeling that she might have been my date. When I walked into The Roxton, I was greeted by Rachel—the girl from the bus. I felt relieved because I already knew I was attracted to her. She was very well put-together, which made her stand out.
“She had an accent, which is something I also found to be attractive. I [guessed] where she was from, and nailed it on my first try: Ireland. The conversation was easy and light. The only awkward pauses that occurred were when Rachel didn’t get my sarcasm, or when I didn’t hear her clearly due to her accent. But, as the date progressed, we eased into the ebb and flow of the conversation. It’s like when you find someone to dance with, and you’ve never danced with them before: At first you may step on each other’s toes, but after some time you get into the groove of things. She had a very contagious laugh and a warm smile.
“I found it really interesting that, on the side, she was pursuing projects to further her career and get into a new field. I find it very attractive when people do things on the side to further themselves; it’s something I look for, because they can push you to be better.
“Being a big traveller, I enjoyed hearing about her experiences of living in Canada. I travelled to Dublin when I was backpacking, so it was entertaining for her to hear me try to explain the places I’d been. I teased her about being from Ireland and not liking Irish whiskey, which I know is stereotypical, and about the fact she’s been in Canada for three years and never been skiing or snowboarding. Rachel taking an interest in what I had to say definitely made me feel more comfortable as the night progressed. Wine also helped. I’ll be following up with her, and hope to land a second date.”
MITCHELL RATES THE DATE (OUT OF 10):
Rachel’s style: 9
Rachel’s sense of humour: 7
Rachel’s manners: 8
Special thanks to The Roxton, 379 Harbord St., 416-535-8181. Follow @TheRoxtonTO and like Facebook.com/TheRoxton.
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