Eating is instinctual. And like a lot of instinctual things, men often go on autopilot when there’s food in front of them. Now that’s all fine and good when you’re standing over the sink eating cereal by the handful and straight from the box, but if you’re out with a woman who got all dressed up for the occasion… It’s time to change gears, and fast. The meal you’re about to share isn’t a necessary chore for survival. It should be an event. And your attention to a few key details will help make it one.
Mastering the art of the dinner date isn’t hard, and it’s not all about proper etiquette, like which fork is for what (start at the outside, work your way in), or knowing when you should you put your napkin on your lap, although that certainly helps.
Remember these simple rules before you head out to that fancy restaurant and she might even be excited to share a dessert with you. (Or have you share with her. Otherwise it’s one serious date dealbreaker.)
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This article was originally published on October 10, 2011.