While spontaneously perusing craigslist, one ad catches my eye:
Glass of wine, some tapas and then a movie? (Battery Park)
Meet me for a chilly glass of vin gris, some little bites of food and then possibly a movie if we make it that far.
Me: Fit, healthy, employed(chef) and amazing company
You: The same, except for the chef part
It never hurts to try and do something different so write back if you are interested. Please send a pic, too. It's only fair. Cheers!
I thought to myself, what the hell, go for it. I write back and the emails begin. He is a personal chef, once executive chef for a restaurant that specialized in BBQ. We send back grainy pictures of each other and do the usual 'what do you do for fun, what do you like, etcetera.
I discover he became a chef from being inspired from his grandmother who was a chef and had an organic sustainable farm for over twenty years. How cool is that? :)
I call him a few days later and our conversation freely flows. I close my phone and look at the talk time. It shows 1:34:09....
However it all comes down to chemistry, right? I wasn't trying to put any expectations in my head because I just didn't want to jinx it. We arrange to meet at Von, he asks to meet at 10. I initially get a little irritated because its a bit late for a Thursday meeting but suck it up because I don't want to doom a date before its begun. I get out of the cab and he he waiting outside for me. Definitely a cutie, thin framed, conservative yet stylish- denims, black sweater with button down and some killer sneakers with green detailing. His hair was short and subtly spiked to make a little mohawk if you noticed. He greeted me with a kiss on the cheek and an embrace which made me smile. Von was way too crowded so I suggested we walk to Botanica. (predictable? yes I am).
I asked about his day went and what he prepared for dinner and he replied "well, my clients said they will have two guests tonight, so when I got there, I am surprised to see Donald Trump and his wife at the place. I was pretty taken back since its like my third meal I've done for them"
Ha, I am no celeb-obsessed fan but I would definitely want to see Donald's coif in person.
The night started a bit quiet, and I couldn't decipher if he wasn't interested or if he was just nervous. But as we spoke more, he began to open up. We spoke of Paris, foods, movies, green, music.... nice and comfortable.
We decided to walk back to Von because he wanted to check it out so we had our third Stella and Bass while discussing our love for Oscar Peterson and all the jazz greats. We had a sweet kiss in the bar, I mention I loved the song playing but didn't know the name. Its a Nina song and he replies "oh, its called Lilac Wine" (impressed. yes I was.) I say to him, oh, great..don't let me forget that..
We walk to the street, kiss once more before the cab drives me home. I get a text moments later that that writes:
"Goodnight pretty smile, lilac wine is the song"