Picture this - you are on a promising maiden date with a person you have just met. After drinks, you are both a little hungry. So you suggest a couple of places nearby. The waitress serves your favorite chopsticks. Then your date tells you she is a vegetarian and her food is not included on the menu.
According to the Vegetarian Society, a vegetarian (veg) is someone who does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or by-products of animal slaughter.
Celinah Molelle, 34, who is a veg shows that eating for the first time with a new person is an intimate activity—one that is quite easy to mess up.
She however, suggests a few tips for meat eaters who are on an early date with a meat abstainer.
"A lot of vegetarians feel the need to reveal their dietary restrictions before a first date to avoid awkward situations. If I am suggesting a date with someone who eats meat, I try to find places where we can both order more than one item off the menu that we enjoy.
"Likewise, I expect the men I date to find restaurants that accommodate my diet. Once a date finds out I’m a vegetarian, they often try to impress me by taking me to an exclusively vegetarian restaurant or declaring that they won’t eat meat in front of me. Both of these moves are fine, but not necessary,” Molelle says.
She warns not to book a table at a restaurant if one is unsure what the vegetarian options are.
"If you don’t usually eat vegetarian food, ask one of your vegetarian friends for advice or consult online reviews. Italian food is always a safe bet; there are usually at least a couple of pasta dishes without meat.”
She goes on to say: “avoid picking an exclusively vegetarian restaurant because just like regular restaurants, not all exclusively vegetarian restaurants serve great food.