Garlic, oysters, sprouts, spinach and other dishes to avoid on dates
Time Out Bahrain staff
1 Spaghetti bolognaise This one’s pretty obvious, absolutely everyone finds it difficult to eat this dish without getting a smidge of sauce somewhere it shouldn’t be. Even if you’re an expert spaghetti twirler there’s always going to be that stray strand that flicks up and deposits tomato yummyness on your eyebrow and spag bol is even more of a no, no if you’re wearing white. Just don’t go there, pasta strings a deux was cute for Lady and the Tramp but for a first date, not so much.
2 Garlic If this one needs explaining, we want to know how you got a date in the first place unless, of course, your date is also tucking into the vampire repellent. Let’s face it, we all love these pungent little bulbs but their aroma on your breath’s not exactly conducive to much more than a peck on the cheek at the end of the night. The same goes for onions in case you were wondering.
3 Lobster If you’re a guy and you’re paying, the temptation towards lobster is that it makes you look like money is no object but then you could end up looking like a complete woos if you can’t crack the thing open. If you’re a girl and the man’s paying, you run the risk of looking like a gold digger. Lobster’s also one of the messiest foods on the menu which leaves you reeking of fish meat and hot butter.
4 Buffalo wings, spare ribs or anything really messy These are basically party food and, no matter how much you love them, they’re just not designed to be eaten on a date – first or otherwise. It’s impossible to eat ribs or wings without getting sauce all over your face and licking your fingers on a first date is a distinct no, no. Also bear in mind that quite a few of Bahrain’s buffalo recipes involve a generous dosing of chili – enough said.
5 Spinach You just know it’s going to get stuck in your pearly whites and there are few things less attractive than a smile blighted by a big blob of green stuff – or even worse, watching someone trying to remove the thing with their tongue, tooth sucking belongs in the retirement home, not at the dinner table.
6 Corn It’s impossible to digest and finds a way to get lodged in every possible crevice imaginable. That one kernel will be stuck in your tooth the entire meal requiring some seriously unattractive dental excavation. Also, avoid popcorn should this date include a movie. No one wants to hear you cough up lodged kernels all through the important bits.
7 Cheese fondue Yes we know it’s a pretty amazing option, particularly when the weather’s a bit chilly, as it has been of late, but do you really want to date someone whose face is covered in yellow gloop – and let’s face it, it’s virtually impossible to eat this dish without getting that way. For the same reason chocolate fondue should also be avoided but you’re probably OK with the steak version if you’re feeling carnivorous, just pay attention to where that hot fat’s going.
8 Brussels sprouts We know it’s good to eat your greens, our dads used to say they’d put hairs on our chests (not overly attractive on a 14-year-old girl) but aside from that they also have a certain gusty affect on the digestion, fine when you’re better acquainted but not something to cultivate when you’re just getting to know someone.
9 Anything that requires chopsticks Unless you can eat Asian food like a Chinaman leave the chopsticks alone, you’ll simply look like a fool. Admittedly this can be a great ice breaker but there’s also a distinct danger of wearing parts of your entrée – see spaghetti bolognaise!
10 Oysters These molluscs have a certain reputation as a food of love. You wouldn’t want your dining partner to get the wrong idea on that first date!