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sharara
6th June 2009, 03:50 AM
Dating is such a fickle affair. Early on, the most inconspicuous details can turn someone off just like that. If you find yourself wondering why you never heard back, one funny yet possible thought is -- maybe it was something you ate. So, don't make your next date a dine-n-dash by eating one of these...

■Spaghetti Unless you're a dainty pro at wrapping those pasta strands around a fork (and so few truly are), don't order this enticing item. On a date you'll realize how much slurping actually goes on over a plate of spaghetti. If you're craving pasta, order a bite-size version like penne, rigatoni, or tortellini. So much easier to eat.

■Raw Onions Their potent aroma permeates the room every time you exhale. Raw onions are in many salads (sometimes they're chopped up so fine you don't even notice them), and often they're an ingredient not even mentioned on the menu. Be wise and ask before ordering, otherwise your date may think twice about going in for that sweet smooch.

■Steak Tartar Watching someone eating raw meat can be a real gross-out. Just the sound of it makes some people feel a little queasy. Unless you're trying to get rid of someone, take a pass on this uncooked beef "delicacy."

■Chili As we all know, beans can do a wicked number on your belly. Gurgling and gas anyone? Those are the last two things we'd want to experience on a date. And don't forget about the bold blend of garlic, onions, and peppery spices that most chilis serve up. Whew!

■Stinky Cheese On the plate or on your breath, pungent fromages like Stilton, Taleggio, Roquefort, Camembert, and even Feta can be overpowering for the senses. Safer picks include Parmesan, Monterey Jack, or Havarti.

■Ribs The unsightly "caveman" aura of dining on ribs coupled with the all-out mess factor are reasons enough to save this meal for later dates when you two have moved into the comfort zone.

■Truffles At an average of $1000-$2000 per POUND, you better be dating royalty if you order these on a date. Same goes for that three-pound lobster tail or caviar. These delicacies are pricey. If you don't know your date well, anyone with an ounce of class should avoid ordering them. A safe way to test the waters is to ask your date if he or she would like to split one of these dishes.

■Tacos Has anyone ever managed to eat a taco neatly? That is, without spilling half the contents onto your plate, dripping sauce down your cheek, and getting shreds of lettuce stuck in your teeth? If you're going Mexican, try a more manageable choice like a quesadilla or go with a fork-and-knife option such as enchiladas.

■Spinach Salad Salads seem like a safe date choice -- until you order one. Flimsy greens launch oily dressing on to your clothes. Big leaves can be hard to get in your mouth without leaving a trail of dressing on your cheek. And spinach salad is the worst of all. The gritty texture of the raw spinach leaf acts like an adhesive on your teeth. Unless you want to keep running to the bathroom to check that your smile is clean, avoid!

■Heavy Garlic This one's obvious, but you don't always think about where it could be hiding on the menu. A lot of pasta sauces, like pesto, use tons of garlic. Many meat dishes, too. You don't want to blast your date with hard-core garlic-ridden dragon breath, so ask about heavy garlic content when you're ordering. As tasty as it is, garlic quickly becomes Eau de Garlic all over your body as it seeps into your breath and your entire body.