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January: A Successful Month of Matchmaking

By Datewithcleo @datewcleo

Love is in the air this January! Well, not for me…

January: A Successful Month of Matchmaking

But not only is 2012 the year of the Tiger (rawr), but it is the year of No Cleo Pity Parties, so I’m not complaining.

Instead, I decided to tap into some of the magic that makes me who I am. My matchmaking skills.

Project One:

This was my first ever successful BLIND DATE set up! After a couple of days of mentally perusing my database of hot single friends, I had a light bulb moment. I decided to connect the dots from one group of friends to another and had a good feeling that these two particular people would get along famously. Why? They are both easy-going, laughter-loving, beach city people. They are both open-minded, close in age, close in attractiveness, and not on a rebound from any crazy relationships. Sounded like a good formula to me.

January: A Successful Month of Matchmaking

I wanted to plan the date myself so I picked a day, time, and random sushi place- called Matsuda Sushi Bar in Studio City because of its proximity to their homes and local bars. I was also looking for affordability and a casual, yet buzzing atmosphere where one could hold a quality conversation.

Feedback was that this restaurant was a hole-in-the-wall yet quaint venue with friendly staff and average sushi. However, that sushi-man must have done something right because these two both reported back to me with outstanding commentary. How cute is it that they both checked in with me to see if the other person had as great of a time?

They have been in contact since, planned their own meet-ups, and if nothing else, are having a flirtatious, nervous butterflies kind of time. Life is too short not to be giddy.

Project Two:

I can not take as much matchmaking credit on this one. Time and effort was teamed with future comedic superstar, @zachpizza.

The funny thing about this story is, originally, Zach Pizza was going to try to set me up on a date with his friend. I was struggling to get over a guy and he probably thought I was pathetic. However,  potential man had googly eyes for my girl friend. Fantastic! Because if I was a guy (or out of the closet), I would have googly eyes for my friend too.

Thus became blind-double date experiment. This date was less planned out. We randomly went to the Victorian/Basement Tavern on Main Street in Santa Monica. Had some cocktails. I acted a fool. I was kind of in my own world, but I think sparks flew and wedding bells chimed…?

January: A Successful Month of Matchmaking

But then, we all got hungry. And I really do look forward to late night eating. So obviously, we went to Swingers.

January: A Successful Month of Matchmaking

I love Swingers and I’m not totally sure why. All I know is that I was craving their vegan burrito! And I am not remotely vegan.

Recap from the evening is that everyone had a great time. Love birds hit it off and have been hanging out one-on-one since the Cleo-planned meet up. They may even be together as I type this very post…

All in all, the conclusion is that I rock as a matchmaker. If you want to be next let me know!

I am helping to host an Anti-Valentine’s Day party at Cleo Restaurant in Hollywood for all of us single people who tell ourselves we do not want a valentine. Come with me! Visit my website for details (just click the picture below) and email me to reserve your spot.

January: A Successful Month of Matchmaking

You may not have a lover now, but I can find you one.


Cleo as Cupid


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