Finding it hard to score that second date? What’s on your plate may be to blame, according to US dating website Zoosk. The matchmakers at Zoosk recently surveyed 7000 singles to find out how food and dating intersect. And, most importantly, which dishes to avoid when you’re on a date.
“Food preferences do have an impact on how we interact with each other romantically,” said Zoosk. “And for the most part, any time food and romance come together it’s very positive.”
In fact, just by mentioning certain foods in your dating profile makes you more attractive. Dropping guacamole, potatoes or chocolate into your profile could lead to a 100 per cent increase in inbound messages. Conversely, there are some foods that wave a red flag at potential suitors, including fried chicken and yams. Sounds like we should skip the KFC-scented bath bombs, then.
Unsurprisingly, adding an eggplant to your DMs increases your response rate. And speaking of hot vegetables, vegetarianism may now be your ticket to dating success, with an increase in messages if you drop the V-bomb.
So, now that you’ve secured that dinner date, don’t blow it. Zoosk has helpfully ranked the best foods to order – and those to avoid – when dining à deux. Seafood, steak and sushi are the big winners: they’re easy to pronounce, not too stinky, and won’t make a mess on your plate or your face.
If you’re looking to wrap up a date quickly, then signal the waiter for an order of ribs or buffalo wings, apparently the most unpopular date-night foods due as their guaranteed to get all over your fingers and face. Have you ever tried to eat a saucy chicken wing with a knife and fork?
And now that you’ve ordered the steak and skipped the ribs, is there a sure-fire way to seal the deal? Chocolate-covered strawberries took out top spot for sexiest food. “The classic chocolate-covered strawberries won out with 34% of the vote. Wine and cheese wasn’t far behind, however, with 28% of the vote,” said Zoosk.
Melbourne-based food and wine writer Sarah Gamboni has had to pull back on a few of her favourite things – chilli, gin and espresso – since bringing her daughter, Frankie, into the world. But she has discovered one post-natal perk: those stretchy-waist maternity jeans are heaven when heading out for a big meal. Follow her on Instagram @eatmywords_au