Foods To Avoid On Your First Date


It’s your first date. You’re finally going out with a guy you’ve had the hots for. No points for guessing you want to look your best. You pick out your favourite dress, take a leisurely trip to the parlour, and use that expensive perfume you had stashed away for special occasions. While on the date, you charm him with your conversation skills and do everything perfect until you order your food. And bam! You lose all the brownie points you had scored, only because you ordered the wrong dish or got hopelessly drunk.

Sounds incredulous? Many of you are wondering what’s the big deal about choosing the right kind of food on your first date. But first impressions do matter. If you want your first date to culminate successfully and lead to subsequent dates, there are certain foods you must stay away from, to prevent embarrassments, gastric or otherwise!

Coffee and conversations...
To begin with, pick the right location for your date. Grooming and etiquette expert Rukshaha Eisa suggests, “It’s best if you choose a coffee shop for your first date. It’s the ideal place to break the ice. You could order coffee and pastries. Not everyone is comfortable with crockery like knife and forks, so a fancy meal may sound intimidating.” In case you want to opt for dinner, choose a casual restaurant. A gourmet meal in a classy restaurant is best reserved for later dates.

Stay away from...
On a first date, it makes sense to stick with relatively tidy fork food. Once you’re committed to each other, then you can have a go at the delicious barbeque ribs and onions rings with reckless abandon. Avoid foods like spaghetti (messy and a date-killer), soup (you don’t want to be caught dead slurping), or food with too much garlic (bad choice, especially if he’s a vampire). Says Eepsita G, media professional, “I never eat subway sandwiches and pizzas on my first dates. They are pretty messy to eat, with the mayo dripping and all. I believe, it’s the first date, and I don’t want the guy to see me with lettuce stuck between my teeth! I would want to make a first good impression and this is one of those things I just won’t do on a first date.” Anubha Patnaik, student, echoes similar sentiments. “Eating food that spills all over will get the guy grossed out. But it depends on the guy. If he’s really into you, he may find it cute. Also, anything with garlic and onion is a big no because you don’t want to overpower them with your stinking breath.”

To drink or not to drink...
No matter how comfortable you are with your date, it’s advisable to stay away from alcohol. . Binge-drinking could give out the signal that you are nervous. Getting drunk and losing control is definitely not a trait your date is going to dig!
Of course, all this is just restricted for the first few times. The more comfortable you get with your date, the more safe it will become to start enjoying your favourite foods without worrying about your breath!