WHY ARE RESTAURANTS THE IDEAL SPOT FOR FIRST DATES?
Popular dating app, Clover, recently held a survey to find out the answer to a burning questions: what is the perfect place to take a first date? Forget about picnics in the park, mountain treks, or wall climbing; nearly every winning location, it seems, involves food! Research has long shown that sex and food have important behavioral and psychological links. One study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology  in 2016 found that in men in particular, there is a strong link between the desire for sex and food , and between emotional sex cravings and emotional food cravings. Of course, restaurants offer more than delicious temptations. They also offer intimacy, romance, and the chance to wow your date with your knowledge of gastronomy and wine.
WHAT DO A MEAL AND SEXUALITY HAVE IN COMMON?
Scientists have found that there are many similarities between sex and eating. For instance, both involve consumption, and both follow a rhythm. In both cases, novelty is stimulating and prediction and learning are important in both activities. As noted by JR Georgiadis et al , “Sexual behavior clearly follows the established principles and phases for wanting, liking and satiety involved in the pleasure cycle of other rewards.” Moreover, human sexual behavior interacts well with other pleasures, especially social interaction – which of course is key on a dinner date.
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HOW TO IMPRESS YOUR DATE ON A FIRST DATE?
To make the most of the sensual experience that is dining, selecting the right dining venue is key. Fresh, quality produce, fine wine that pairs well with meals , and attentive service are key to making your date
feel pampered. Design is also important. Studies have shown that being in natural settings improves the mood, so try to opt for an Al Fresco dining spot that has plenty of foliage and one that is filled with delicate candle light. Music is another crucial element of the perfect date. As noted by Kotler et al , “atmosphere is considered as more influential and powerful than the establishment itself… a relationship between music and the listening circumstances in an environment exists.” While lively establishments with upbeat music are fun for a night out with friends, on a first date, music should be soft and romantic; present enough to set the mood yet quiet enough to allow you to converse and get to know each other.
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DO YOU HAVE TO ORDER APHRODISIAC FOODS?
We do know that some treats (such as chocolate, oysters, and honey) boost levels of feel-good hormone, serotonin. However, a 2015 scientific review showed that none of these actually enhance the sex drive. A handful of studies show that one food (maca, a turnip-shaped vegetable) can improve sexual function in women and aid with erectile dysfunction in men. Rather than focusing on foods that enhance sexuality, however, it is more important to enjoy yourself, order a dish that gives you pleasure and comfort, and simply get to know the person sitting in front of you.
Despite the passing of years, some things never change. A meal will always be an ideal way to impress a love interest and get to know them in a beautiful setting that is made for romance and intimacy. Good food and wine are two of life’s greatest pleasure, but as a gateway to romance and (perhaps) sex, they simply can’t be beat for the first date with someone who could possibly end up being your soulmate.
Written By: Jennifer Esther