Best and Worst Date Foods

Monday, July 02nd, 2012

Red and white onions on a wooden worktop

When it comes to going out for dinner with your date, it’s important to consider what you eat as much as where you choose to eat. So here’s our guide to what to eat and what not to eat on a date.

What to choose

Something your date loves – It seem obvious, but if your date has mentioned that they love a particular type of food on their online dating profile it would be a good idea to suggest that you go out to eat their favourite food, as you’ll earn serious brownie points.

Something that you enjoy – It’s tempting to pick something to impress your date, like choosing the steak because your date is a beef farmer, but if you’re really craving fish you’ll come away disappointed.

Happy foods – Foods that are scientifically proven to make you happy (assuming that you actually like them) include asparagus, strawberries, oranges and chocolate. Asparagus and strawberries are also considered to be an aphrodisiac, but that’s a whole different blog post.

Homely foods – There’s nothing quite like homely foods to make you feel happy and relaxed on your date, so choose things like cottage pie or lasagne as comfort foods.

What not to choose

SpaghettiLady and the Tramp made eating spaghetti look like the most romantic thing in the world, but  in reality very few people look dignified eating sting-like foods.

Smelly food – Garlic and onion are the biggest culprits for bad breath, but other foods that can cause a nasty odour are coffee, fish, spices, alcohol and cheese. If you choose to go for smelly foods and fancy a snog, make sure to pack a breath mint and convince your date to eat the same thing.

Buffets – There are so many reasons not to choose a buffet when you are on a date, but probably the most important is that you’ll end up running back and forth to the food and not actually spending time together. It also looks cheap to choose all-you-can eat, especially if you try to get your money’s worth by eating way too much.

A tiny salad – One of the biggest complaints men have about eating out with women is when their date chooses a salad and then steals ‘real food’ from their plate.  Ladies, if you want chips order them.

Spinach – Unless you want to risk having to floss mid-date like the man in our worst dates blog it’s best to avoid anything that will get trapped between your teeth, like seeds, sundried tomatoes and of course spinach.

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