Dating & Dining: Are The Old Rules Outdated?

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Dating Rules: How To Navigate A Dinner Date

While dating and dining, learn the rules you should break... and the ones you need to follow.

Dating And Dining Rules To Follow
For a more enjoyable (and potentially successful) dating experience, follow these updated, fresh and realistic rules. In doing so, you'll be your best self and increase the possibility of being asked out again. Plus, you get a great dining experience — it's win-win.

Be considerate of your date's food requirements and allergies. Check with your date about her/his food preferences and requirements.  For instance, if (s)he is a vegetarian, vegan, healthy eater, has dietary issues, allergies, etc., you will want to accommodate her/him. Consideration goes a long way and (s)he will appreciate this quality about you.      

Make reservations if the restaurant is popular, busy, or fancy. Making reservations keeps you from standing around and waiting for a long period of time. This shows that you were thinking ahead and is sure to score you points.   

Dress appropriately. Wear clothes that are suitable for the restaurant. It's mortifyign to show up in casual clothes if the dress attire is on the formal side (and vice-versa). Dress in a style that's conducive to eating; for instance, don't wear clothing that's too tight.

Treat the waitstaff well. Be friendly and respectful to the waitstaff, but don't flirt with them. You are on a date with the person you're with, not the server.

Order food that goes well with your bodily functions. Stay away from too much garlic. In case you share a kiss, you won't be self conscious about having bad breath. Avoid food that tends to upset your stomach so that you don't find yourself in the bathroom for long periods at a time.

Order food that's easy to eat. This helps you relax and be present. Instead of worrying about things getting stuck in your teeth or sauce splattering on your clothes, you'll be free to engage in conversation.

Keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum. People who slur and behave obnoxiously after drinking too much are never attractive. Limit alcoholic beverages to one or two drinks.

Be mindful of your manners. Be a polite eater. Use your napkin and your utensils properly. Chew with your mouth closed and don't slurp your soup or drinks. Also, eat a moderate pace to keep things at an equilibrium. (S)he may feel rushed if (s)he is still chewing and you're just watching.

Carry on a conversation. When a meal is involved, getting to know each other is the main focus of the date. Even if you're not feeling the chemistry, the more honorable thing to do is to make your date the priority and the meal secondary.

Don't use Groupons or coupons. When you don't know your date that well, using Groupons or coupons can make you seem cheap. Hold off on using these until you've gotten to know him/her more.

Have Fun With Dating And Dining
Dining is one of the most popular choices for dates, and with good reason — it's fun! If these dating and dining rules seem like a lot to remember, just use your common sense. The more important thing is to enjoy your date. What are your thoughts about dating and dining rules? Let's swap our favorites and least favorites in the comments section below.

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