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7 Worst Foods to Eat on a First Date ...

By Lauren

If you’ve got a hot date tonight, you’ll have no doubt thought about what you’re wearing and how you’ll dazzle your date, but perhaps not about the worst foods to eat on a first date. But choosing the wrong food can be absolutely disastrous. In the best-case scenario, you’ll look ungraceful. In the worst, you’ll end up covered in sauce or smelling funny, so try to avoid these worst foods to eat on a first date wherever possible.

1 Spaghetti

Spaghetti has to be, without a doubt, one of the absolute worst foods to eat on a first date. Unless you’re a spaghetti-eating master, expect to look inept at using cutlery and uncivilized (we all do when trying to eat spaghetti!). If you twirl it on your spoon, you’ll get sauce all over your face and the outfit you spent so long putting together. If you cut it up, you’ll look like a child. Whatever you do with spaghetti, you can’t win, so it’s best avoided.

2 Garlic

We all know about garlic and the not-so-desirable effect it has on your breath. Garlic gets worse over time in the 24 hours after you eat it, so could be a killer the morning after, if your date gets that far. Garlic can be safe in one instance, though: when you’re both eating it, because then you won’t smell it on each other.

3 Onion

Anything full of onion is one of the worst foods to eat on a first date because like garlic, it makes your breath smell. But onion is even worse because the effect is immediate. It doesn’t matter if you take a toothbrush in your handbag or sneakily chew some gum, as you’ll still be breathing oniony breath all over your date. So put down those onion rings and go for something a little less smelly, and an amazing first kiss could well be in the cards.

4 Pizza

It’s an unusual one, but the dilemma posed by pizza is not knowing whether to pick it up or eat it with a knife and fork. Go for the wrong one, and your date could think you’re too posh, too common, or just a bit weird. Only choose pizza if you’re both having it, and wait to see what your date does before tucking in.

5 Soup

Soup can be messy and there’s always a strong risk of burning your mouth, which alone means that it’s best avoided. But it’s also nearly impossible to eat gracefully, without slurping or bending over the table to avoid spillages. Unless it’s really, really thick soup, steer well clear.

6 Vanilla Ice Cream

So it’s not exactly messy or smelly, but vanilla ice cream should be avoided because of what it says about you. As desserts go, it’s about as exciting as watching paint dry, and you don’t want your date to think that your dessert choice is a reflection on you as a person. Nobody really wants a partner who is ‘vanilla’ in the bedroom, or, indeed, in any other aspects of their life.

7 Shellfish

Shellfish is one terrible first date food because it’s messy and you don’t know how your date may feel about it. You may be quite happy snapping prawns in two and peeling off the skin, or picking apart crab and lobster legs, but it might put your date off their dinner. You should definitely get to know someone better before you eat shellfish in front of them.

Hopefully this will help bring you dating success by removing some of the potential problems that occur on first dates. Have you had any disastrous first date food mishaps? Are there any foods that you would consider one of the worst foods to eat on a first date?

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