I'm looking for what a lot of people are looking for; Having some common interests, mutual attraction, and get to know each other through shared experiences. Basically I'd like to get to know someone who wants to get to know me, have adventures and see where things go (ideally a long term relationship with the right person).
I feel like this part is a bit cliche, but I'm a happy person, I enjoy my life, like my job, and have more than enough interests to keep my content. But I find that enjoyed moments are even better when you are sharing them with someone you like.
I write/record music and enjoy creative projects, building and fixing things. Sometimes I'm in the mood for something active; hiking, kayaking, camping, indoor rock climbing, things like that. And other times I like to just be more relaxed and watch a movie, go out to eat, or just "hang out" and enjoy being in good company. I like museums and haven't been to nearly enough of them. And things like festivals, farmers markets, etc.. are good times as well, but I usually find out about them after they already happened.
As for a "first date"; I've never dated someone from discussing ourselves over coffee and searching for a "spark". So while I'm completely open to first meeting that way (so that it's public and casual and everything), I think you get a far better feel for someone when you are out doing something you both enjoy and just being yourselves. Something less like a job interview. Past relationships have always been a matter of having met someone at a common interest/situation, feeling those butterflies of some level of attraction, and finding each other to be enjoyable company. But I know people who've met someone this way, and since I'm unlikely to meet anyone my job, and I just don't run into many single people these days, I'm hopeful that I might meet someone this way.