Her Cocktail – Molly Leidig

What has happened to traditional dating? In today’s culture, being asked out on a real dinner date is something only reserved for couples who are already in a relationship. There are misconceptions surrounding dates that often cause boys and girls to shy away from taking the plunge.

Guys don’t have to be the only ones to initiate a date. Sure, normally guys should be the ones to make the first move, but this doesn’t always have to be the case. If you think a guy is attractive, don’t be shy. A date doesn’t have to be dinner at a five-star restaurant, it can be as simple as just asking him if he wants to grab Barone between classes. He might not even realize it’s a date. The concept of dating is taking the time to get to know someone of romantic interest a little better.

Girls don’t think its creepy if you ask them out on a date. If you’re a guy, you should never be intimidated to ask a girl out. I can’t promise that all girls have the same mindset as I do, but I don’t care who you are, what you look like, or how you dress; if you have the courage to walk up to me and ask me on a date, I would never say no. When a guy asks you on a date, it shows that he cares about getting to know you. Even if sparks don’t fly, it is still nice to get dressed up and go out with someone. And who would turn down a free meal?

Dates don’t always have to revolve around food. Actually, sitting down to dinner with someone can be quite intimidating, especially if you don’t know them that well. If you plan an activity, it gives you both something to concentrate on in case the conversation goes stale.

Once you’ve gone through all these steps, and you actually have the date, don’t freak out. Often times when we get nervous, we try too hard and end up not acting like ourselves. Be yourself and relax. You want the person you’re going on a date with to get to know the real you, so be yourself. Dress the way you normally would, and most importantly, eat like a normal human being if you’re going to dinner. Don’t be that girl to order a salad with the dressing on the side. Trust me, guys respect a girl with an appetite.

Hopefully next time you find yourself interested in someone, you won’t be as hesitant to ask them out. The worst they can say is no.

His Beer – Robert Joyce

Everyone loves to eat food. Eating could very well be one of the few activities men and women both enjoy.  In fact, eating an excellent meal is actually one of my favorite activities. Therefore, if you’re trying to get to know a girl, wouldn’t it make sense to take her out to eat?

Many dudes freak out at the idea of a dinner date, but there’s really no harm or foul in asking a girl out to eat.

First off, your decision to ask her out to dinner is the first step in communicating that you want to actually get to know her.  Ask her out – she’ll be flattered.

Now that you’ve made the first step, you need to decide where to go.  If your first thought was “Barone,” then there’s no hope for you.

The type of restaurant you choose is a crucial factor in how successful the date is.  The most important quality of a restaurant is the ambience.  Pick a place where the waitstaff is friendly, the food is tasty and the atmosphere sets a perfect mood for the kind of evening you want to have with that lucky lady.  Bottom line: You want the restaurant to be nice.  It doesn’t have to be five-star gourmet nice, but your restaurant choice needs to convey that you want to treat her to a quality meal, and therefore, a quality time.  Make sure you know the place, the menu and what to recommend.  Good food makes people feel happy and satisfied.  Be the source of that satisfaction.

Italian food is always safe and delicious, as is French cuisine.  Steakhouses and pub food are solid options as well.  However, try not to be too exotic in your tastes, unless you know for a fact that she’s into that.

Next, what to order – or better, what not to order:  Do not, under any circumstances, order anything that you need to hold in your hands to eat. That means sandwiches, burgers, tacos, wings, etc.  Keep it neat and tidy; show off those table manners your parents (hopefully) taught you when you were young.

At all times, make sure you are 100 percent on top of your game.  Dress to impress, be on time and act like the perfect gentleman; she’ll be judging your every move.  Always pick up the check, and don’t be stingy on the tip.

Most important, remember to save room for dessert, but only if it’s going well.  You never know, if you play your cards right, you could end up with a second date.

“Check please.”

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