Wings dripping with sauce. : Wings were what inspired this idea in the first place.
French onion soup : (both for the breath and the stringy cheese problems).
Broccoli,: for the little bits that get stuck in the teeth.
Spinach.: It's a cliche but ...
Any long pasta with red sauce. : Unless you're Italian, you'll look silly eating it and the sauce will get on your clothes.
A house salad that has raw onions. :
Steamed crabs. : You simply can't look romantic tearing apart a crustacean.
Soup. : You are bound to make slurpy noises as you eat, especially once you think about it. And you may feel silly and too formal tipping the bowl away from you to get the last of the soup but rude if you don't.
Any food for two you have to share. : If one of you takes more than the other thinks he/she should have and the other is a foodie, romance could be nipped in the bud.
The most expensive item on the menu if your date is paying. : As one reader put it so well: "Speaking as a guy, when a girl orders the surf and turf on a first date, it does not bode well for future expenditures."
readers talk back
On my first date with my husband, we went to a Moroccan restaurant. There was a small bowl of olives between us, and he didn't realize they had pits in them. He only had ONE olive because he was embarrassed about having to remove the pit from his mouth. I still think it's hilarious that he was nervous about that. I think I did eat the rest of the bowl because it didn't bother me a bit.
Posted by: Summer
I would suggest not trying new foods. My first date when I moved to Baltimore from out of state was at New No Da Ji for sushi. I'd never had sushi and just assumed I would take to it immediately. It was all the new rage and this guy LOVED sushi. Not only was it difficult to eat (I couldn't use chopsticks), but I took my first bite and the seaweedy taste of the nori just hit me wrong. We're talking about looking across the table at your date while your gag reflex kicks in. I wanted to spit it out, but sort of fought it back and swallowed. I then hit the buffet and finished off with some easier to handle noodles.
I've never loved sushi the way some due, including my husband (not the same guy); but I've learned which sushi I like and which I don't, and appreciate it far more than I ever thought I would after that first date...
Posted by: Debra
It's nice to think that being Italian is the magic bullet for not slurping spaghetti... alas, not true. I've had friends refuse to sit next to me when I'm eating linguini or spaghetti because of the potential for collateral damage.
Long live rigatoni.
Posted by: AnneB
It wasn't the first with her, but was one of the last: A young lady I was dating wanted pizza. Sounds normal, right? However, she was strictly Kosher and we had to take the subway from the Bronx to Brooklyn (and return) to get it. Obviously no pepperoni.
Posted by: Retired in Elkridge
"It wasn't the first with her, but was one of the last: A young lady I was dating wanted pizza. Sounds normal, right? However, she was strictly Kosher and we had to take the subway from the Bronx to Brooklyn (and return) to get it. Obviously no pepperoni."
I've driven from here to NYC just for pizza.........I don't see the problem :)
Posted by: Carey