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7 First Date Dinner Tips That Will Land You A Second

With the plethora of dating apps that are available nowadays, the number of first dates people can go on now seems infinite. With that same token, because meeting new potential lovers is so easy now, standards have been raised, resulting in a lot of first dates and only a few second dates.

I can’t help you with your personality, if you suck then you suck. However, the food you eat and the way you eat it is something that can be helped.

Don’t Stuff Yourself

You would think this is common knowledge, but I can tell you right now, I’ve broken this rule once or twice and paid the price for it. Nobody wants to go home with the guy that’s rolling around on the restaurant floor, grunting and moaning like a beached whale trying to shimmy back into the water. Unless she’s rolling around on the floor with you. In that case, you may have just found the exception to the rule, grab her hand and put a ring on it. Preferably an onion ring.

Be Willing To Share Your Food

Guys, if you’re anything like me, you don’t want to share your food. At this early stage in the relationship though, you need to be OK with it. There will be plenty of times in the future where you can ban your girl from coming near your plate, even use the items on the table as a makeshift barrier to keep her and her intrusive fork out of your no-try zone. Try to offer a bite of your food. More often than not, your date will politely decline, but she will remember that you offered, and that could go a long way.

Avoid Greens That Will Get Stuck In Your Teeth

Things like arugula and spinach could cause obnoxious trouble, since they can stick to your teeth when they’re steamed or drenched in dressing, kind of like how wet toilet paper sticks to the side of the toilet at your favorite dive bar. Things in most salads like iceberg lettuce and cucumbers won’t cause any trouble, since the crunchy texture makes them more difficult to hide in your mouth.

Sidenote: While they aren’t one of the leafy vegetables, other foods that teeth use as clothing are small seeds, peanut skins, popcorn, fruit skins, celery and stringy meats.

Stay Away From Sea Creatures With Shells

There’s a girl out there living her life without me in it because I ordered crab legs on our first date and squirted crab juices directly into her eye, from four feet away. She was sweet enough to laugh it off and finish the date, but the sight of me crushing legs and sending shards of shell flying all over the place likely didn’t help my cause. That image doesn’t induce sexual desires, I assure you.

While we’re on the subject, try to avoid sucking down oysters as well. While they can be a powerful aphrodisiac, the sound and image of slurping it down alone is enough to turn a lot of people off.

Messy Finger Foods

I love ribs and wings as much as the next red-blooded American, but girls don’t really resonate with guys whose faces are slathered in barbecue or hot sauce. Remember, if you play your cards right, she’ll be making out with you later. Do you really want to kiss her and have her get a taste of the leftover Frank’s Hot Sauce in your mouth? And to take it a step further, on your fingers? Think about it. In fact, try to avoid finger foods altogether. Women are turned on by refined men who are polite and have manners, throttling chicken fingers with a kung fu grip may not necessarily hurt your cause, but it certainly won’t help either.

Things That Make You Go “Pfffffttttt”

Hold it in! Farting due to stress or nervousness is a fairly universal issue with humans. Since your anxiety already might cause some bubbling in your stomach, it’s best to avoid foods that can double up on that methane output, such as beans, cabbage, garlic, broccoli, turnips and the majority of dairy products. While they may not make you gassy right then and there at dinner, they certainly will at a later time that might be ridiculously inconvenient for you, if you catch my drift. Thankfully I have no harrowing experiences with this, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’ve cut it pretty close before (pun intended).

Pick A Regular Spot

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Going out to a cool new place could be fun, especially if it’s a place neither of you have been to before. Jumping into a mystery together can certainly be great a way to bond. Despite all of this, you should still avoid going to a new spot on the first date. It’s a dangerous game to play, especially if you or your date have any dietary restrictions or specific eating habits based on ethical or religious reasons, something you might not even know until it’s too late and you’re sitting at Lucille’s Barbecue with a vegan.

Follow these rules and you should be in good shape for your second date. Just don’t ask me what to do for those, that’s a completely different ball game.

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Food Pho Pas: 23 Simple Things You’re Doing Wrong While Eating Asian Food

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Asian nations have rich histories of eating etiquette that most Americans are oblivious to, as we’re all too busy reading World Books about how General Tso made that delicious chicken he totally invented.

To help guide you through the confusing world of Eastern cuisines, we asked all sorts of experts to share the most commonly seen Asian restaurant faux pas. And for those so clueless they also don’t know how to act in steakhouses or pizza places, we’ve got more unforgivable food no-nos right here.

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GENERAL RULES

Sticking your chopsticks straight up in a bowl of noodles or rice is taboo in most every country in Asia — it symbolizes either death/stabbing in China, and piercing one’s soul in Japan (via Nguyen Tran, Starry Kitchen).

Not all Asians are Japanese — you don’t need to bow. (via Maharlika)

FILIPINO

Don’t ask for chopsticks — not all Asians eat with them. (via Maharlika)

THAI

Chopsticks are for noodle dishes only. Eating a Thai curry with chopsticks is just too logistically complicated. (via Austin Bush)

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CHINESE

Never tap your bowl with chopsticks — it’s how the homeless ask for food.

When eating dim sum, if someone pours you tea, always tap three fingers on the table as a sign of gratitude.

Don’t pour soy sauce on fried rice, because it’s already been seasoned.

It’s considered rude to take food from a shared dish and put it immediately in your mouth.

When eating a whole fish, don’t flip it over, as that symbolizes the capsizing of a boat. (via Jimmy Lee, Mikado)

When eating family-style and without a serving utensil, pick up food with the opposite end of your chopsticks; otherwise, you’re essentially double-dipping. (via Nguyen Tran, Starry Kitchen)

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VIETNAMESE

Don’t slurp pho.

When eating pho, use the chopsticks to move your noodles into the soup spoon, then eat out of the spoon. (via Shion Aikawa, Ramen Tatsu-Ya)

The minute food hits the table, you should start eating, rather than waiting for everyone’s food to arrive. It’s considered rude to let it get cold. (via Nguyen Tran, Starry Kitchen)

Show respect to the person who spent hours brewing the broth and don’t squirt Sriracha or hoisin sauce into pho. It’s like putting ketchup in chicken noodle soup. (via Andrea Nguyen, Viet World Kitchen)

KOREAN

Don’t lift your bowl off the table and eat with the bowl in your hand.

Don’t ever blow your nose during a meal, even if it’s running like crazy.

Don’t ever receive a dish or glass with one hand; always use two or put your left hand under the wrist of the right. (via Beyond Kimchee)

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JAPANESE

Never eat nigiri in more than one bite. (via Deana Saukam, Qui)

Never pour your own sake.

Don’t put wasabi on nigiri, as there is already some between the fish and rice.

Don’t dip nigiri into soy sauce rice-side-down because it will compromise the structural integrity. (via Jimmy Lee, Mikado)

Don’t use chopsticks to eat nigiri — use your hands. (via Kome)

Ramen has been specifically crafted by the chef as a complete item — don’t customize it. (via Shion Aikawa, Ramen Tatsu-Ya)

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This Italian Cafe Gives You A Discount for Being Polite

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As someone who used to work at a coffee shop, I know what it’s like to deal with caffeine deprived fiends clamoring for another double shot espresso. Naturally, this Italian cafe’s cheeky sign rewarding polite customers who say “Please,” is a brilliant way to remind adults that no matter what your age, you should always mind your manners.

Hm, perhaps they should add Thank you’s in there too.

You’re welcome.

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How to Turn a Table Into Chalkboard for Telling Stories and Labeling

Some of us are kinesthetic learners, some are audio learners, but those who are visual learners are in for a sensational dining experience with the Chalkboard Kitchen Table thought up by Mi Piace Kate. Take an old wooden table, sand, prime and paint it with chalkboard paint. After three days of drying, that once average dinner that took place on a drab table will have transformed into an interactive experience, all while feeding your desire for sleek and stylish furniture.

Remember that anxiety you get sitting next to your older brother who picks off your plate? Solved. Don’t know if you’re eating spinach or collard greens? Solved. And if you’re that person who thinks it is acceptable to move all the objects on the table, leaving people without a fork, beverage and condiments, to explain a traffic situation then I highly suggest you take up this weekend project and tell your stories with a piece of chalk instead.

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How to Eat Dinner Like a Lady (or Gentleman)

Attention all slovens: Are you one of those people who drinks wine straight out of the bottle and reuses the same bowl for every meal without washing it in between? Well, Gemma Correll’s cutesy illustrations may be of help. Here, she demonstrates proper dinner etiquette, for those times when courtesy (and actual cutlery) are required.

For the right way to sit in your chair, pretend as if a cat is in front of you and a mouse is behind you.

Just remember: BMW (bread, meal, water).

Never intercept a pass! Remember, hungry people can be angry people.

 

Once you’re finished with your meal, place your knife and fork diagonally facing the upper left part of the plate. Think of them as arms on a clock in the 11 – 5 position, also known as I’m-freaking-full o’clock.

Via Cup of Jo