What not to eat on a first date

A common belief about first date food is that messy equals bad. This is nonsense. Messy, within reason, equals good. After you've discussed the finer points of Gelato Messina and Breaking Bad (or whatever your two mutual Tinder interests were) it's good to have something that promotes conversation and laughs. Sticky BBQ ribs, whole crabs and ridiculously sized ice-cream sundaes are great for this. There are, however, some dishes that are a definite no-go on a first date.

Salad

salad

The above hands-on-food-being-a-good-thing claim doesn't apply to prawns. After a good shelling session you're fingers are going to smell, well, somewhat interesting. There's not enough lemon water in the world to get rid of that odour and it's not amazing when going for big Clark Gable embrace later on.

Garlic heavy anything

garlic

Fellas - if you're ordering a dozen oysters on the first date it sends a clear message that you're not here to talk about favourite movies. Why are you even bothering with dinner, you audacious cad?

Food challenges

corn

Know thy burger. If you can hold the burger in one hand and a beer in the other, we're good. What you don't want is one of those sloppy joe monstrosities that falls apart quicker than the English batting order.

Spicy food

chilli

Eating corn on the cob with your hands lends itself to about ten seconds of cutesy 'do you prefer the typewriter or steamroller, lol?' conversation. After that its twenty minutes of trying to not look like a starving feudal peasant and two hours of picking kernels out of your teeth.

Have you had any first date food disasters? Share your experiences, or foods you studiously avoid on first dates, in the comments below.

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