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12 Foods to Avoid on a First Date

Since first dates usually revolve around a meal, it's important to pay attention to what you eat, how you eat it, and how it'll affect you later in the night! November's issue of Cosmo touched upon mastering a first date, and named six foods to avoid in order to do just that. Check out their six below, and six of my own too!

  • A messy plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce
  • Escargots with butter and garlic
  • Deep-fried anything
  • A salad with low-fat dressing on the side
  • Three-bean chili
  • Barbecued chicken wings

To see the six foods I would avoid on a first date, just


  • Steamed crab — or any kind of shellfish that requires the use of your hands
  • A burger or sandwich that's too big or sloppy to eat gracefully
  • Indian food — the smell of curry stays with you
  • Strawberries, poppy seeds, or anything that could easily get stuck in your teeth
  • Anything too spicy for your own good
  • Onion rings, onion soup, or anything with raw red onions in it

What foods do you typically avoid in a first date?


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SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
I generally try to avoid things that may get caught in my teeth or things that require way too much attention to eat.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well - i would have to say that anything that's messy wouldn't be good - i've even done my best to avoid the garlic thing just like the onion thing since you don't want to be smelled for hours and hours later. i think that if there are any foods that don't always agree with your stomach - you should avoid those too. for me - it's dairy things, cause it's sooo awkward when you feel like you have gas or have to go to the bathroom all the time.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
First date with my partner was at a mexican joint. We broke so many of those rules! We ate: Too much chilli. Raw Red Onions Sloppy Taco's and Taquitos. Salad which got stuck in our teeth. And the infamous mexican beans! We'll, we now LOVE smelly food, anything that tastes awesome and will leave us regretting it the next day. Especially Indian. God we LOVE Indian!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Geez Cosmo, thanks for giving us more pointless rules to live by in order to "GET THAT GUY!!" -This is not a criticism of Dear posting this though, because it generated good discussion including "eff Cosmo and their rules!" :) And the salad thing is stupid, they don't even want you to avoid it for practical purposes, but so you'll seem like someone you're not. Not that I ever get salads, but I'd like to fancy myself as someday being the healthy gal that does... Argh, I could rant for days against the stupidity of Cosmo!
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
I would totally eat the seafood though. Eating with your hands is quite sexy i feel (if it's done rightly only please). I wouldn't eat noodles soup on the first date! But apart from that I'm cool.
pippins_halfling pippins_halfling 8 years
I will eat whatever I want. :)
stumbler02 stumbler02 8 years
What's wrong with deep fried food? If you can't bond over Bojangles then you shouldn't be dating :D
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I don't care if I "eat like a guy" -- I'll eat whatever I want! I'm with you CG! :)
MzKita MzKita 8 years
Well I have braces, so basically any-and-everything gets stuck in my teeth. :) As far as digestion, I try to avoid anything with dairy (not including cheese) or heavy cream b/c it makes my stomach gurgle for hours. Not hot!
samischo samischo 8 years
so what exactly CAN i eat? this is silly
bluestar bluestar 8 years
I eat whatever I want. Who cares?
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I'm with the "eat whatever you want" camp. However, my hubby cannot eat buffalo wings without getting sauce all over his face and hands. Seriously...I can't look at him if he's eating wings because I'm totally mortified by how messy he gets. If we had wings on our first date...I don't know that we would be where we are today! ;)
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
hmmm... never really thought about first date foods. i get whatever sounds yummy and just wipe my mouth with my napkin. that's all :)
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
I don't worry about stuff like that. I'm the type to pop an Altoid and forget about it...most likely he has some issue too. Who cares? Just make sure you take some Beano and be a 'real person'...and enjoy the date.
lms lms 8 years
I wouldn't eat any garlic or raw onions. I also would not eat anything that would make me gassy like beans or broccoli. My stomach is really sensitive and I would not have fun if my stomach was rumbling.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
eat whatever you want just dont be sloppy about it. He needs to know the real you and Im sure you want him to be real with you (not talking about farting or burping).
Marseeah Marseeah 8 years
This sounds like something Julia Allison would write. Dear, I expect better things from you!
iamangiepooh iamangiepooh 8 years
I eat whatever I want too. For my first date with my ex, I had spaghetti and meatballs. My current boyfriend and I went to a diner for our first date, and it was pretty early in the morning so I had chocolate chip pancakes. Hehe I order what I want, but usually I'm so nervous that I don't eat that much. Thankfully, my boyfriend was nervous too and I noticed he didn't eat that much either. Lol. And now I'm craving sushi.....
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
But how can I not have Indian food if I'm Desi?????
cubadog cubadog 8 years
I eat whatever I want I love food and escargot is one of my favorite things so there is no way I would avoid it on a menu just because I was on a first date.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I don't do dinner first date. I would prefer either coffee or just drinks. Save dinner for when we're a bit more comfortable. Then I'd stick with all the advice everyone else said but not be as worried about it.
KimmySYKES KimmySYKES 8 years
i think its kinda stupid to like "avoid" all these different foods on a first date, guys dont like girls who dont eat anything, guys actually like girls with a good appetite, and if the guy your with isnt like that, he isnt worth dating. besides, if hes worth seeing, then you'll be eating alot more together after the first date anyway.
heartbreakerx62x heartbreakerx62x 8 years
I eat whatever I want, EXCEPT if it is an interview/business lunch or dinner, then I am careful not to pick anything messy!
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
im sorry, but i cant say no to bbq wings, even for the sake of a first date!..its my weakness :yaar:
lovelie lovelie 8 years
I agree with most of the stuff on this list, but the salad thing? Just because I don't want to spend the next couple of hours with a big ol' meal in my stomach doesn't mean I'm a crazy dieter. Plus, I have a gluten-intolerence so going out to most restaurants is a bit of a he will be sorry he ever met me.
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