You Should 100% Never Order These Foods On A First Date


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Some Foods Are Guaranteed Disasters In the Making.

Some foods can be disagreeable with almost anyone's digestive system, while other foods might throw your body into harm's way if you have a life-threatening allergy. And watching what you eat is especially important when you're looking to make a good first impression on a date.

For instance, choosing to devour a dish that's almost entirely made up of cheese is just a tad bit of a risky decision if you're bound to wind up with a tidal wave of gas. 

Thankfully, this AskReddit thread-inspired piece provides a quick rundown on the biggest no-no foods for when you're out on a date. To the person who ordered the squid ink pasta, a bold bold move indeed.


Garlic-Heavy Dishes

If you weren't already well aware that garlic has a world renowned reputation for being able to make one's breath absolutely stink. You really don't even have to have that much of it to become painfully aware of how you might not want to speak to close to someone after that seemingly innocent little garlic clove. So, mindfully err on the cautious side and resist the urge to go in on the garlic-infused dishes. 

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Bone Marrow

Now, you might assume that a bone marrow dish would come with some kind of bread accompaniment but therein you very well might be wrong. 

Take it from Redditor u/smda827, who writes, "I once took a first date to a Scottish restaurant and ordered bone marrow as an appetizer, thinking it would be served with toast to spread it on like I’d seen on TV. Nope. Plastic straw I had to slurp it out of the bone through. It was like a warm beef milk shake. I figured at that point the date couldn’t get worse so I drank the bone goo. Married my date a few years later and we still laugh about it." 

When you drink the actual bone goo you know you've descended to newfound disaster date levels. At least it all worked out for those two somehow. 

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Hot Peppers

While you might enjoy the spice delivered to a dish via hot peppers, it's most definitely not guaranteed that your date will enjoy the after burn effects that linger on your tongue (not to mention elsewhere in your body) after you've eaten a hot peppers-inspired dish. 

There are plenty of other ways to spice up a date. 

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French Onion Soup Topped with Cheese

Okay, now while this is absolutely an utterly delightful seasonally-relevant dish, it can also end up being quite the messy process when you try to wolf it down. Basically, there's currently no known graceful way to eat the dish when you're joined by someone else. 

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Spaghetti With Squid Ink

Oof. The nerve. While the dish itself must've felt fancy enough, and is no doubt just the kind of dish that one orders when you've decided to treat yourself, you're also setting yourself up to end up making quite the mess. Redditor u/Barbara_Celarent writes, "Once o ordered spaghetti with squid ink on a date. I looked like Marilyn Manson." That's probably not exactly the look that you're going after.