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Finding your perfect match


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Adam and Angela Lee have a Med City love story success.

They met on a first date at Chester's back in 2009.

"We ordered dinner about 8 o'clock because we spent the first two and half hours just talking with each other," Angela said.

Now after a whirlwind romance, a wedding  and with a baby on the way -- it almost seems crazy that two people could be so great for each other.

Or maybe it's not. Maybe it's just normal. To be honest, we couldn't figure it out. We've heard some pretty mixed reviews of the dating scene is southeastern Minnesota.

So we decided to figure it out. How do you find love in this little corner of the world? We looked at a lot of places. We tried the Internet with some marginal success. We tried the social scene, but it was a little chilly. We posed the question to Facebook.

Then we decided to get in the car and head over to Winona to a little cafe that's a first date hot spot.

"We see quite the variety that comes in here," said Bryce Nesberg at the cafe.Brice has seen a lot of relationships take off over coffee and sandwiches at the Acoustic Cafe, and he's seen plenty of unions that weren't quite as comfortable. So he's got a little advice if you're looking to take the first step.

"Take it easy and don't be too tense or nervous, because I mean, it's just a date."

Easier said than done Bryce. Easier said than done.

But where do you go after coffee?

We headed to one of Rochester's romance hotspots where we met Mike. He manages the bar at the Redwood Room.

"When people are trying to, trying to find love or trying to embrace love they like to imagine themselves as the only ones in each other's world," Mike said.

He has seen so many dates and proposals he's got an eye for spotting true love.

"When you see a guy reach out across the table and hold a hand and the girl just automatically smiles as if it was the first time that they did, and that's really sweet to see that," Mike said.

But how do you go from home alone on the couch to locking eyes over one of Mike's cocktails? For that we turned to the first date experts--the Matchmakers at "It's Just Lunch."

"Be open minded and have the most important things that you're looking for at top of mind, but be open-minded to age, perhaps someone's activities and what you're looking for," said Stephanie, a matchmaker at "It's Just Lunch."

Which brings us back to Adam and Angela. They didn't meet by chance. They weren't set up by friends. They weren't an on-line romance. They met through the matchmaking gurus at "It's Just Lunch."

"We were both playing the same game. The things that were important to us lined up, the details matched," Adam said.

And it's clear, they're both more than happy about it.

"There's good days and there's bad days and we win some and we lose some, but there's this balance and this harmony of flow back and forth and that's what makes it an adventure," Adam said. "That's what makes it exciting is because no matter what happens I don't have to have the details, but I know that she's there and I know that we'll figure it out."

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