Date Lab: This 'zesty' pair inspires an impromptu party
6:30 p.m., ACKC Cocoa Bar Cafe, Logan Circle
Paul: The event [organized by the International Club of DC] was a wine, chocolate and ice cream tasting. I got there right on time. I didn't recognize anyone that obviously looked like another Washington Post person, so I went up and introduced myself to the owner, who by coincidence shares a mutual friend with myself. We were chitchatting.
Sabita: I guess I got there right at 6:30. I didn't know what I was supposed to be looking for, so I just walked straight up to the guy who looked like he was in charge, and he was like, "Okay, just have a seat." So I just sat down facing the door.
Paul: She was sitting alone. I went over and introduced myself. I think we just shook hands. She looked really nice. She was wearing a purple dress. She certainly caught my attention.
Sabita: He's tall; he's very cute. He definitely looks like the type of guy I would be attracted to, although I don't think I've ever gone out with a guy with facial hair before. But he was smiling, which is always good when you meet someone.
Paul: She was really quite bubbly. And she's a very good conversationalist. Within the first three minutes, we realized we had something very strange in common: We're neighbors. She lives in the building next to mine. It was pretty easy icebreaking.
Sabita: For me, sense of humor is so important, and he made me laugh right away. It was almost like we were immediately comfortable.
Paul: There was at least 20 minutes of us getting to know each other before the event actually kicked off. Then very quickly, the food started coming around. It's nice to have that kind of prop to come through every once in a while.
Sabita: We were talking about all the places he's lived and his philosophy on travel, which is very similar to my own: Basically, any chance you get to travel, you should take it. The fact that we could laugh at ourselves was a very good sign. But I wasn't sure I was getting a flirting vibe.
Paul: I think there was flirting. If you're not flirting on a date, I don't know what you're doing. There was some chemistry from early on. Everything was really good-natured. We had a lot in common, but I think what we had in common was less hobbies and more personality traits. She's a very zesty person, and I am, too.
Sabita: He's bright and interesting, and he seems down-to-earth. And he obviously loves [his work]. Anyone who is passionate about what they do, that's attractive.
Paul: We stuck around ACKC for a little while after [the tasting]. [The owner] took us on a little behind-the-scenes tour and then invited us to make some hot chocolate.