Going on a date for the first time is always a knotty situation. After finally settling on an outfit choice and heading out to the restaurant, you have to figure out what to eat for making a good first impression.
Although Italian cuisine is known as the ‘food of love’, it’s chosen as the least romantic menu choice. Having Spaghetti on a first date could be a big time bummer except for if you’re trying to the iconic scene from the ‘Lady and the Tramp’. Slurping and chewing the long noodles and attempts to master fork twiddling will only add an awkward silence in the conversation or end up spilling the sauce over your lap.
As per a UK based research, menu choices make a big impression on your fellow diner; more than 35% of people think that an interesting person would go for an exotic dish for the first date as it is completely horrifying to see someone having a mustard laden hot dog knocking all over the clothes. There are many other complicated ‘Date’ situations which require a little more thought when deciding what to eat on a date. So here are some suggestions of the things you should NOT order on a first date.
Spaghetti and Meatballs or Ribs and Wings
These are the pretty self-explanatory no-no. Cutting the spaghettis doesn’t really help and eating one string at a time will take forever. They are notoriously tricky to eat elegantly whereas a large rack of sticky greasy ribs and wings don’t conjure up the romance and are rigorously sloppy. They are bound for spillage and the evidence will end up all over your hands and face, and that’s a total turn off. So don’t order anything that requires a lot of manhandling, it’s not attractive.
You can order steak or the small dough dumpling which are easier and neater to eat.
Big Leafy Salads or Corns
Salads with big leaves take a long time to chew and often stuck between your teeth which never look good whereas corns might look cute and funny initially but not much after that unless you’re comfortable with picking your teeth in front of your date. No wonder how much you try to hide it; it still comes into notice to the other person.
If you are trying to stay healthy, you can go for grilled vegetable dish or corn chowder which doesn’t require hands as utensils. It is easier to eat them with only a slim chance of something getting caught in your teeth.
Beans or Spicy Food
Unless you are a student beans are probably not a very sophisticated choice for your date. The more you eat them the more are the chances of farting as they upset your stomach and causes gas in no time. Spicy food also generates heat; it causes sweating and watering eyes. If you can handle it then it’s good for you, but don’t risk it.
Onions or Garlic
Anything particularly pungent at the risk of having bad breath for the rest of the night/ day is a big no-no. Imagine someone with onion or garlic smell! Enough said.
Hotdogs are unpleasant to watch people eat, at least wait until the fourth date to break this out. This also goes for tacos, burritos and massive burgers. It’s hard when it’s in front of you and you have no idea how to fit that thing in your mouth. If you order a club sandwich, you can pick up a knife and fork and cut it and simply chow down. It will also leave a good impression on the other person.
The same thing as your date or anything that’s hard to pronounce
Why be a stereotypical copy-cat? At least with the different dishes, you can have a conversation with your date about your individual meals. Though it’s still not the worst thing to do as when you go to a nice restaurant, chances are there’s going to be foreign food dishes which are hard to pronounce or you just don’t know how to pronounce them. So don’t pretend like you know else you can always make a joke of yourself and admit that you have no idea what you are saying.
Order something that you know how to pronounce and aware of what’s coming.
Overly Expensive Items
Don’t be the guy who orders or bring up the most expensive bottle of wine or champagne at dinner. Whether it’s a mistake or not, just don’t be that jerk.
Most importantly, always have good Table Manners!
No matter what you order, table manners reflect your personality and are the major factor in whether your date will see you again or not. Don’t talk with your mouth full of food, chew with your open mouth, drink too much, and eat too much or too little. Additionally don’t be rude to the restaurant staff. Just be calm, cool and collected. Focus entirely on the person sitting across from you.