Each month, we set two daters up at a restaurant, give them free food and drinks, then wait for the magic to happen. This month's Blind Date, we set Torie and Aleks up for a special night at My Neighbor Felix in Boulder.
Meet The Daters:
Round Lake, IL
Current job: Bartender
Why are you going on Rooster’s Blind Date: I read the article with my buddy and I figured I’d try it out.
What do you do for fun: Snowboarding, MMA, photography, cooking.
What are you best at? I’m authentic.
What do you suck at? Being interviewed.
Do you sing in the shower: Occasionally.
What are you most grateful for: Everyday.
Do you want kids? No.
Immediate red flags: Playing on their phone. Spacing out and not caring.
One thing you can’t live without: Cooking.
Why did your last relationship end: She became a traveling nurse.
Celebrity crush: Florence Pogh.
Guilty pleasure: I don’t find any of my pleasures guilty.
Current job: Make mods for video games.
Why are you going on Rooster’s Blind Date: I have Crocs and a cat so that’s where life is at. Because I have no standards. Rooster has been my backup for dating for the last ten years.
What do you do for fun: Craft.
What do you suck at? Standards.
Do you sing in the shower: No! I have a horrible voice.
What are you most grateful for: My family.
Do you want kids? I want them but I’ll probably die alone.
Immediate red flags: Only talks about themselves. Cocky.
One thing you can’t live without: My dog.
Why did your last relationship end: He liked guys more than me.
Celebrity crush: Harry Styles.
Guilty pleasure: Drinking.
It’s Tuesday night and Colorado is on the brink of an arctic blast. It’s cold outside… but it’s warm inside My Neighbor Felix as the daters arrive for the evening. Torie shows up first and requests a shot of tequila. Interesting. Next up, Aleks arrives by Uber—his car was stolen the day before. Not good. The two settle into conversation and margaritas. We check in to see how it’s going.
How’s it going so far?
T: I think he’d prefer to be on the date with himself. He just keeps talking. Can I go on a date with the bartender?
A: It’s going alright.
What were your first impressions of the dater?
T: I thought he was hot.
A: We are very different. Different goals, different interests. Lifestyle ideas. I plan on living in many different places, and she does not seem that way.
Is this the type of person you’d normally date?
T: He’s good looking, but probably not.
A: No. According to my buddies, the only type I have is crazy.
Anything right away that might be a deal breaker?
T: Yes. All he does is talk about himself and he thinks everyone in the US is uncultured.
A: General views on life.
Where do you normally meet potential partners?
T: Rooster blind dates. Different apps.
A: I’m a bartender so a lot of dates come from meeting people at the bar.
What’s the strangest dating story you have?
T: This one guy had me put away his groceries on our second date while he showered. That was the worst.
A: I went out with a girl who basically said that every guy she’s dated she loves, and during sex, they get off at the same time. I said this is ridiculous. She started stalking me at the bar.
What are you most nervous about for tonight?
T: Continuing the date.
A: I don’t get nervous.
Did you get any advice for this date?
T: I didn’t need it.
A: No. Andrew Field said have a good time.
How did you prepare for the date?
T: Put on my hot girl disguise and had a few drinks. I probably should have drank a few more.
A: I took a shower and put on a nice shirt.
How did your date dress tonight?
T: I don’t know because I haven’t been able to focus on anything besides his mouth not stopping.
Will there be a goodnight kiss?
T: Can there be a goodnight kiss with the hot waiter?
A: To be determined.
We regret checking in. While the daters find each other attractive, Torie can’t seem to get a word in which is killing the chemistry. The fresh salsa trio and enchiladas couldn’t arrive sooner. The daters take a tequila shot. Tequila helps everything. Or does it? We check in to see if the bloodbath has progressed.
Do you guys have anything in common?
T: No… Except for a dislike of each other.
A: Nothing much. I think it’s going ok.
What do you like about your date?
T: He is attractive.
A: We’re having a conversation.
What do you not like about your date?
T: Where do I start? He thinks he is too good to be on this date.
A: She’s kind of boring. I’m definitely more of a on-the-fly type of person and the conversation is very more business than casual fun.
What’s the most attractive thing about your date?
T: He’s an MMA fighter.
A: She runs her own business.
How would your parents feel about the dater?
T: I wouldn’t tell my parents about him.
What’s been the best part of the date so far?
T: The waiter and the delicious margaritas.
A: Talking to the camera guy at Rooster.
What could make the date better?
T: It would be nice if he asked or showed any interest in me.
A: Better conversation.
How’s the chemistry on a scale of 1 to 10?
T: I’m surviving. 2.
Where would you like the night to go from here?
T: I want to go on a date with the waiter.
A: For me or for us? I’ll probably have a drink around town then head home.
Tequila didn’t help the situation. When one dater is talking to the bartender and the other is talking to the Rooster photographer, things can’t get much worse. With our heads down and our tails between our legs, Rooster leaves for the evening hoping the two don’t kill each other. We check back in the next day to see if the police blotter has any suspicious activity.
How was dinner at My Neighbor Felix?
T: Their spicy margarita was on point. Guac and salsa were also delicious. They also hired staff that were on point.
A: Dinner and drinks were good. Chicken enchiladas made my night.
What happened after Rooster left?
T: I had a few drinks at the bar and talked to the cute bartender.
A: I went to a nearby dive bar and had a few drinks.
What was the best part of the date and why?
T: The spicy margs and the cute bartender.
A: Talking with the Rooster crew. Just had better conversation.
Was there a goodnight kiss?
T: I think he would have preferred to kiss himself.
A: No, there was not a goodnight kiss.
Will there be a second date?
T: Considering he's moving to Africa to be more cultured… no.
A: There will not be a second date.
Any advice for future blind daters?
T: Enjoy the restaurant and all it has to offer if your date is a dud.
A: My advice would be not to go in with expectations. Have fun with it.
In a strange turn of events, Torie seems to have taken a liking for the bartender and Aleks is totally fine with letting her move on. The bartender is into Torie as well. What is happening? All we know is My Neighbor Felix might have the best Christmas decorations we’ve ever seen. Thank you to the staff for an amazing evening of fresh food and margaritas. Turns out, the daters were spicier than the margs! Until next month when Rooster is back on the search for love…