Allie Boniface was born and raised in a tiny community in upstate New York, which probably
explains her fascination with the magic of small town life. She currently teaches high school English in the lower Hudson Valley, where she lives with her husband and two furry felines. She is the author of six contemporary romance novels; Inferno of Love is the second in her Hometown Heroes series. Allie loves chatting with other authors and readers and can be found around the Web (visit her on Facebook or Twitter, and stop by her blog to check out the latest news). She loves attending writers' conferences, giving workshops, swapping stories, and generally talking about romance. Allie loves stories set in small towns and is a firm believer in the power of love and the emotions that connect us all!
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GUEST POST by Allie Boniface
"What to eat (or not) on a first date"
First off, a big Thank You! to my blog hostess for having me here today. I'm super excited that the second book in my Hometown Heroes series, Inferno of Love, is now for sale.
Inferno of Love is set in the small coastal town of Lindsey Point, and one of the things I loved about creating Lindsey Point was all the small town details: shops, scenery, characters, local restaurants...
Speaking of restaurants, sometimes they play an awfully crucial role in getting people together, don't they? I mean, one of the most popular first dates is still dinner, right? Maybe lunch or drinks, if you're really not sure you want to commit. But dinner is usually one of the first things two people do together, when they're getting to know each other. And that begs the inevitable question: What to eat (or NOT) on a first date?
Now, I'll admit it's been a while since I've been on a first date, since my husband and I will celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary this July. So I turned – where else? – to my readers and posted the question on Facebook. They had some pretty good advice:
"No spinach, broccoli, poppy seeds or anything similar that can get caught in your teeth."
"Anything that requires scooping to eat has an increased probability of landing on the front of your shirt. So that might eliminate the chips and salsa thing. Same idea with burgers piled high with toppings or a Reuben with all that thousand island dressing."
(Side note: I did go on a date once in college with a guy who ordered a burger with "the works" and then proceeded to drop ketchup down the front of his pale yellow polo shirt. He was horrified.)
"I think anything goes, especially if you want to show the true you and avoid surprises later."
"Water is the wisest choice to drink. If spilled, it dries."
"Guys, don't dip your fork in your date's food for a taste. It's a yuck-factor and guarantees a once-only date."
"Mint chocolate chip ice cream! Could make for a cool minty kiss later on..."
"Eating is fun and I think guys like girls who aren't uptight about food. Your choice in food says a lot about your personality. As far as the guys go, just don't eat like a pig or talk with your mouth full. Don't show how disgusting you are until you're bound by marriage."
"Garlic is only okay if both people eat it!"
"No spaghetti sauce dishes. Too messy."
"Chinese food is usually a good first-date choice."
"I think a man or woman should order whatever the hell they want and not worry about what their date might think of their choices."
Good thoughts, right? All in all, I'm of the opinion that you should eat what you want on a date (avoiding anything that will make the tummy rumble later on in the evening - it's no fun to interrupt a date by running to the bathroom).
I do recall one first date I went on in my early 20's. It was with a guy I'd been lusting after for a few weeks, and when he called me up and asked if I wanted to go have sushi with him, I agreed in a heartbeat. Now, I'd never actually eaten sushi before, but hey, I wanted to be alone with the guy. Well, I ate the sushi, I didn't get sick, and when he found out I was a raw fish virgin, he was all the more impressed. So there you go!
Be yourself, above all. If the first date leads to a second and then a tenth and then a fiftieth, you'll be glad you did.