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Dinner date do's and don'ts offered by chef

November 18, 2011 - Carla Tracy

As we all know, dining out is a typical “first date.” Those who want to make a good first impression will want to read some of these tips from Chef Fabio Viviani, who has partnered with the computer dating service.

“These do’s and don’ts will ensure singles’ dates will come back for seconds!” states the press release that came in today via email.

“Fabio, known to Top Chef Fans as the charismatic chef who wowed the judges with his classic Italian dishes and big personality, presents daters with foodcentric dating etiquette, romantic recipes and the foods to avoid if you want to attract love.”

In addition, chef Viviani shares some of his favorite Italian recipes on the blog, Up To Date.

“Singles can utilize these recipes to impress their match. All are perfect for the fall season, including roasted chicken, cranberry risotto, pumpkin gnocchi and chicken piccata with prosciutto. In a recent poll of over 25,000 people, Italian was voted the “best first-date food,” so these meals are sure to please.”

Dinner Date Don’ts:

• Cilantro kills your mojo! Don’t use mint, cilantro or too much soy sauce- these ingredients are well known to stop your sex drive!

• Don’t go “whole hog” Don’t go for ribs, BBQ or any full-blown Texas meal. 20 lbs. of brisket just doesn’t scream romance!

• Spicy isn’t always sexy. Avoid super spicy food on your date! Many people cannot tolerate the heat. Over the course of the meal, it’s nice to give your date a taste or maybe even switch plates if you’re comfortable with that. Not everyone can handle spicy food so ask your date if he or she is a fan before you go for it.”

Dinner Date Do’s:

• Stick to small bites. Go for Tapas, Sushi or Happy Hour for an easy night. Sharing date food rather than ordering a full meal will definitely add more romance to the date. It’s also typically less messy and much easier to eat, so you’ll feel more comfortable and confident.

• Say no to the Merlot. Order a white wine- you’re better be safe than sorry. I love red wines but the risk of stained teeth and lips might be worth avoiding while you get to know your new “Match.” Don’t let the cooking keep you from conversing. Cook food that doesn’t require too much of your attention, so while the food is cooking you can still enjoy the company of your date.”

On Maui, popular Italian restaurants include Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, and Marco’s Grill & Deli in Kahului. Marco’s is more moderate in prices and Ferraro’s is upscale, but oceanfront and al fresco and worth every bite.


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