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    Dinner with Cupid

    Blind date: ‘My favorite thing was that he shares a disinterest in “Game of Thrones” ’

    Does shared apathy over a popular TV show equal a love match?

    Sam Quint and Brandon Gilson.

    SAM QUINT: 29 / program coordinator

    What makes her a catch: She’s wicked independent, loyal, passionate, and fun

    Her interests: Enjoys travel, and is happy staying in with Netflix or going out on the town


    BRANDON GILSON: 28 / president of a concierge service

    What makes him a catch: He’s a successful entrepreneur and a gentleman

    His interests: Travel, motivational speaking, Netflix shows



    Sam I had a workout to get the jitters out.


    Brandon Two spritzes of Frederic Malle, 30 second Listerine gargle, closed seven business deals, and bumped The Weeknd’s “Starboy” on the ride in.

    Sam I am chronically on time, so I was not offended that I was there first.

    Brandon Just like Ashanti, B is “always on time.” Sammie was at a table of two, by herself.

    Sam I knew it had to be him. His Jewish star necklace was also a dead giveaway. His style fit in well with the Italian fine dining scene — he was way more dressed up than I was.

    Brandon [She seemed] calm.



    Sam We covered a lot of ground. We both are from Boston and have family close by. We joked about our Jewish mothers. I thought it was cute that he took his older brother’s advice to [apply].

    Brandon We are both family oriented, hold religion and traditions close to heart, and are motivated in our careers.

    Sam Brandon let me decide what small plates to share — I chose a sourdough bread with a cucumber dill spread and arancini. I went with a pappardelle with braised lamb ragu.

    Brandon No such thing as a bad joint in the North End. Not sure what Sammie got, but it looked good and I wish she offered a bite.

    Sam He was easy to joke around with. At first I thought he was a lot younger than me. When I learned he was only a year younger, that made me more excited about him. My favorite thing was that he shares a disinterest in Game of Thrones. That’s a rare quality in a guy. And we’ve both met Larry David, one of my favorite celebrities and bald men.

    Brandon I love good company, new people, and learning about past experiences. I had a great time with her.


    Sam I got over my initial prejudgments based on his style choices (I think only girls should wear flashy necklaces) and could see he was a good-looking guy. He was a mensch and let me take home both our doggie bags.

    Brandon I was Sammie’s “Jewber” and drove her back to her place. Isn’t that what any gentleman would do?

    Sam There was no Lady and the Tramp moment. I am not into physical contact on first dates, so I was happy about that.

    Brandon [We] exchanged digits, hugged goodbye.

    Sam Our Jewish mothers would be proud of the way we conducted ourselves.

    Brandon I went to my office and chugged Mountain Dews.


    Sam I’d be down to hang out again.

    Brandon I wasn’t picking up on much of a vibe between us.

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    Sam / B+

    Brandon / B I would have gave Sammie a “+” if she offered a taste of her meal.

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