Don’t Eat This On A First Date

You might think that digging into a meal on a first date is a great way to have something to do instead of sitting there smiling and feeling strange. However, there are some good – and not so good – meal choices for a first date.

Some meals are messy and difficult to eat, making you prone to accidents (sauce stains on your beautiful white dress – a big no-no!) and dashing your confidence. Here are some foods to avoid:

1. Bloat Blunders

There are some foods that make you bloat much more than others, so avoid these at all costs! You don’t want to feel discomfort when you leave your chair at the end of the date – or have to high-tail it to the ladies’ room. (Gives new meaning to the expression, ‘My date’s a gas.’) High-bloat foods include refined carbohydrates, junk food, dairy, and beans.

2. Salad

Yes, ordering this makes you look healthy but it can be difficult to eat, especially if it’s packed with lots of ingredients and salad dressing that can squirt all over the place. Salads can be huge in size and since it’s not always easy to slice them up into neat, edible portions, you might end up on the other side of the spectrum: picking at it which isn’t fun if you’re really hungry.

3. Spaghetti and Meatballs

This might seem romantic in the movies, but in real life it’s a splatter fest waiting to happen! If you want to order pasta, opt for something easier to eat, such as gnocchi or penne that won’t end up all over your lap.

4. Burgers

Stuffing a burger into your mouth on a first date? Big no-no! It is definitely not ladylike at all and will ruin your perfectly applied lipstick. The same goes for wings and ribs.

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5. Garlic Bread

Ordering garlic bread is pretty much the same thing as saying, ‘We’re not going to be kissing tonight.’ Even if you don’t wish to give into his smooching desires too quickly, garlic bread can make you feel less-than-fresh when you’re laughing heartily at his brilliant college anecdotes.

6. Avoid the Tooth Clingers

There are some foods that have the tendency to end up in your teeth, and so they are best avoided when going on a first date. You don’t want to smile in the mirror later and realize in horror that you had something dangling from your molar. Such foods include spinach, other leafy green vegetables, corn, and seeds (skip those strawberries).

7.  Ice Cream Cones

Although ice cream can be a fun and romantic idea for a first date, avoid getting ice cream in a cone. The race against time to prevent your ice cream from melting and dripping all over yourself is no fun.

8. Lobster

This is an easy way to kill the romance because you have to be pretty hands-on with snapping, cracking, and chewing. It is also messy and might wind up creeping you out if it’s the first time you’re trying it.

Although enthusiasm to try new foods or enjoy your favourite meals might crop up on a first date when you want to show that you’re a fun-loving person, remember to stay within the border of your comfort zone a little. Self-reservation is sometimes a good thing. Plus, use your conversation to reveal your personality, instead of playing with your food.

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I am a writer living in South Africa. I have been working as a journalist and blogger for ten years. I am passionate about writing, and I have to confess I love it even more than my favorite high heels and Lindt chocolate. Writing on the topics of dating and relationships is an interest of mine, and I love keeping my finger on the pulse of the latest dating trends.

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