What to Eat on a Date
Lucky YOU if you happen to have plans for a romantic restaurant dinner for two on Valentine’s Day. Just remember that what you order and how you eat it will help to make or break a good impression. I know a woman who refused a guy a second date because he slurped his soup (or did he drink from the bowl?) and another who axed her Internet match because he ate food from her plate.
Researchers have described the difference between “dating foods” and “non-dating foods”. Dana Amiraian and Jeffery Sobal of Cornell's Division of Nutritional Sciences asked university students to talk about “dating” and “non-dating” foods. Some “non-dating foods” were garlic and fast food, while salad was a “dating food” for women trying to appear feminine. The guys simply mirrored the gals’ dating food choices to forge a bond of togetherness. Many foods crossed over both categories but, either way, the authors found that food was used as an "unofficial dating script” to construct “positive impression management”.
And so, whether you are newly smitten, not yet “official” or working to keep love alive, you will want to follow these food tips to manage your positive impressions!
10 Tips for Eating on a Date
To create a good impression, refrain from eating foods that:
- Drip, splash or leave a mess (e.g. spaghetti with sauce, over-filled tacos, soup, ribs, wings, lobster in the shell, and Popsicles in the wind)
- Make your mouth open really wide (e.g. Big Macs, deli sandwiches and sushi)
- Stick in your teeth (e.g. corn on the cob, spinach, poppy seeds, and Turkish taffy)
- Contain a part that requires discrete removal (e.g. olives with pits, fish with bones and fruit with seeds)
- Are smelly going in or coming out (e.g. raw onion, garlic, stinky fish and cheese, cruciferous vegetables and beans)
- Make you seem boring (e.g. vanilla ice cream, white bread, mushy peas, and salad without dressing)
- Make you seem childish (e.g. chicken fingers, mac and cheese, using ketchup on everything, and separating the onions)
- Make you look unhealthy (e.g. fast food, big pieces of cheesecake, 20-ounce sodas, and Mudslides)
- Most people think are weird (e.g. frogs legs, steak tartar, blood sausage and Spam)
- Are so-called aphrodisiacs - without your full consent (e.g. raw oysters, dark chocolate, strawberries and bananas)
- Make you forget your manners when you spill, spit, spray or otherwise eat with your mouth open; slurp, burp, belch or hiccup; turn your napkin into a bib or wipe your mouth on your sleeve or the tablecloth.
But apart from that, all other foods are fine. Have a great date! (That lump in my cheek? It's only my tongue.)
What are your Dating and Non-Dating Foods? Have you had a bad experience eating with a date?