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6 Foods to Share on a First Date

Yesterday I listed 12 foods to avoid on a first date, and most of you had your fair share to say on the subject — looks like we all have issues with certain ingredients! On the flip side though, there are some foods that can actually bring an element of flirtation to a meal. I've always been a fan of sharing, so here is my list of six foods that can heat up a meal on a first date.

  • Fondue
  • Sushi, if eaten gracefully — rolls should be eaten in one bite
  • Tapas
  • Anything cooked for two
  • Oysters
  • Ice cream — especially with chocolate sauce

If you're into sharing your food too, what's your favorite thing to eat on a first date?


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jazzytummy jazzytummy 8 years
A guy taking something off of my plate without asking? HATE IT! It is so rude...makes me wonder what else I own that he will feel entitled to down the road!
corcar86 corcar86 8 years
LOL oh how you guys make me laugh! My boyfriend is totally like Joey and is quite often known to quote that episode!!! He doesn't mind sharing MY food but hates to share his lol and then to make matters worse he tries to get me to finish his food when he doesn't want anymore and I am too full to share another bite but I just laugh at him either way and steal his food when he's not looking ;)
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
my bf and I haven't tried sushi but I love california rolls. we do the share-a-bite-and-then-eat-your-own plate thing. lol. whenever we get some fast food and I'm not that hungry he asks, "are you sure cuz I'm really hungry and don't want to share?" lol!! meany!
caryatid caryatid 8 years
i agree stumbler! with dinner there is too much pressure and stress about the random elements (will this get in my teeth? should i offer to pay? what do we talk about while waiting??) that i prefer casual first dates to see if there is even anything there and then delving into the dinner realm for second dates.
stumbler02 stumbler02 8 years
I don't like going out for dinner on a first date. Too much, especially if the guy insists on paying for both of you. I think a good first date should be more low-key, like going out for ice the Obamas! :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i just love to split foods on a first date in general. i've found that caprese salads are fun since they aren't messy and you usually get enough in one plate that you can have a nice amount to share.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
hope2be, I heartily second your choice of Chinese food, as it is excellent. However, one should know their tolerances for grease and/or mysterious ingredients, as some Chinese was infamous on my hallway in college for producing, er, *digestive rumblings*. As for Korean food, I'd stay away from the 'cook your own' variety on a first date, as I invariably end up leaving the restaurant smelling like meat. My girlfriend and I go, and we love it now, but it's a little awkward trying to be slick when one's clothing is permeated by the aroma (delicious as it well may be) of meat and smoke. My best is burgers and beer. It tells a guy you're no-fuss. One time we went out to a bar for dinner, but I'd had a really meat-intensive lunch and wasn't quite feeling up to a burger that night. So I had a salad and she had a burger, and she commented about the perceived gender-role swap. Especially since the busboy gave me the burger when it came out of the kitchen. Oops. :)
fancifulfabi fancifulfabi 8 years
Okay, I would TOTALLY avoid sushi on a first date because for the life of me I can't eat a roll without either looking like a chipmunk storing nuts in my cheeks or having the thing fall apart awkwardly because you can't exactly cut it in half. Sushi is a huge no-no unless I'm with my bf or my friends.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
CG- Okay, it's totally creepy on the first date, or with someone you don't know really well! The only person I've ever shared with is my current bf. However, since I became a vegetarian, I frequently can't eat what he orders when we go out. He eats veggie meals at home, but he told me he orders a dish with meat in it when we go out, because he knows I can't steal some! that was a rude awakening that he didn't really love my food thieving ways!
karlotta karlotta 8 years
My BF hates fish, so if I had sushi on our first date, he wouldn't have touched me with a 10-foot pole. We had tequila instead. (actually, our very first date was over webcam, and we cooked the same food from our own side of the Atlantic. Green beans, mashed potatoes and hamburger meat. How romantic...)
lemassabielle lemassabielle 8 years
I'm picky and don't really like any of these options. Everyone seems to love sushi but it makes me want to gag. I'm all for good steak/burgers/salad/cheese fries type food. Men seem to be okay with this but once in awhile you get the type that digs fancy food.
hope2be hope2be 8 years
1) Chinese food :D 2) Korean BBQ, or sometimes there are Japanese BBQ place that allows you to cook your food yourself, which is fun. 3) Sushi is good too, I took my fiancee to my fave sushi place and he loves it although it was his first time eating sushi :D 4) Morrocan food 5) Sharing a delish desert together (tiramisu or cheese cake) Now..I'm hungry.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
my first time meeting my guy we ordered at a restaurant and once our food got there we commented on how delicious the other person's meal looked so we just switched plates. Its funny that we both hated what we ordered for ourselves but seemed to know exact what the other person really wanted.
Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
CaterpillarGirl, that sucks immensely. I'm all for sharing, but with people that I am COMFORTABLE with. There's no way I would be okay with a guy taking bites out of my food without permission before I even know what he does for a living. If you OFFER to share, that's something completely different.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 8 years
i really just enjoy sushi, because if a guy doesn't like sushi, it's off. i love sushi. and fondue i've never done but i imagine it'd be a lot of fun. I actually really like getting a casual meal for the first date like something from whole foods and then GO somewhere.
xoclirpa xoclirpa 8 years
I think sushi and fondue are great date meals. I try to avoid anything that will leave with me horrid breath afterwards.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Psycho, If he asks, he can have some! if he doesnt...bloody stump. Nothing better than sharing wings, its the food equivalent of the pottery scene in ghost..your hands are messy , there is probably some dripping, your mouth is messy....its awesome.
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
CaterpillarGirl, that's hysterical! My husband and I share food when we're out, we'll order two things that we both want to try. Oddly enough we're both super territorial about our food. Once the expected one shared bite is over... all bets are off! Any sudden moves toward my plate will be stabbed with a fork and he's the same way. I know it was on the no-no list yesterday, but I LOVE sharing wings with my husband. It's one of our favorite dates! It's guaranteed that both of your will be messy, so who cares? Have fun with it!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
If my husband even dares to try, he will end up with a bloody stump.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
haha caterpillar, you are like joey on friends! JOEY DOESN'T SHARE FOOD! i shared fajitas on my first date with my ex
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
Any hors d'oeuvres are good to share. I'm not a very picky person so I don't mind sharing anything as long as you ask first and I can have some of yours.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
my first date with hubby we ate oysters, he had never had them before. on this topic, has anyone ever had a date that when you were both out to dinner, ordered seperate entrees, his fork traveled over tabletop into your meal without asking? THis is a dealbreaker for me, i dont care who the dude is, you dont touch a womans food! Now if they ask? different story
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