Notice I said first. After that, it's cool to be a slob.
Salad - every bite is unpredictable. Lettuce is notoriously cut unevenly and let's face it, each forkful provides a new challenge. Not to mention all the other variables: croutons, cheese, rings of onions, too-big tomatoes. All of these things are dangerous and could leave a trail of ranch dressing on your cheek with no warning. Or fall off your fork and onto your lap. I'm sort of an expert on this last part.
Pasta - similar to salad in that each uneven and messy bite provides you with more stress than you need on a first date. Don't get me started on spaghetti. That one should be avoided unless you're married or one of the dogs in Lady and the Tramp.
Ice cream cones. Years ago a friend told me that how you lick an ice cream cone is how you kiss. I don't think that's true, but I haven't been able to eat an ice cream cone in mixed company since without feeling judged and self conscious.
Tacos - Justin mentioned this one to me when I was telling him about this list. He couldn't be more right. You have the shell breaking, the cheese falling out, the mouth open wide. It's a recipe for disaster. Delicious disaster.
Popcorn - let's just agree that it's a good thing that popcorn is usually eaten in the dark. The number of popcorn kernels in hand and popcorn kernels that make it into the mouth are not the same in my experience. My friend Heidi blogged about this recently and went into better detail if you want to check it out.
Smores. This idea came from Katherine and as soon as she said it I wondered how I hadn't thought of it. All three ingredients are an accident waiting to happen - the melted chocolate on your lips, the clump of marshmallow stuck to your chin, and the crumbs from the Graham crackers all over your shirt...well, if you get a second date after this, you must be really hot.
Do you have any to add?
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