Have you been on a date with somebody based on the nationality of the restaurant they suggested? Or does your date need to be knowledgeable on how to cook dishes from different countries? So I have the right TV show to suggest for you to watch.
I absolutely love watching TV dating shows and getting to know more about how men try to seduce women and vice versa. I also love watching food shows and learn how to make a particular dish and how to garnish it. The perfect combination for this I find the TV show called “Dinner Date”.
The show, for those of you who are not familiar with it, as its catch phrase says, helps people to find “true love through the love of good food”. Each show has a man selecting his three favourite menus from five options. He gets to meet the lady behind the menu and see if she cooks her way to his heart and not just to his stomach. They have the same version for women who can pick her three favourite menus from five guys who she never met before.
One interesting thing I noticed is how the contestants tend to pick the menu. As each of them consists of a starter, main and dessert, some people tend to play with the name of the dishes in order to attract those reading it: “Cheeky beef Wellington”, Hot hot chocolate mousse and so on. However, the menus that tend to be picked are usually the ones which come from an international cuisine.
Now that I can no longer take part in the show for obvious reasons (I have always wanted to be the girl who actually choose the menus and then pick the guy), I am content by just watching it. However, I keep still dreaming that if I was also to create a menu, I would try to seduce the guy with the following menu: Brazilian selection of pastries for starters, Brazilian picanha steak with cassava chips and a sexy salad. For dessert, I would serve Hot Brazilian brigadeiros. This way the guy would have no doubt that this is a Brazilian and exotic menu and hopefully pick me.
So far, I have only seen episodes where English people pick the menus, although they have foreigners taking part but only behind the menu side (the ones who cook the food). That is one of the reasons I love English people: most of them are well travelled or simply happy to try new tastes and cuisines.
I’ve seen a guy picking a menu that had “Swedish meat balls” because he started to visually the tall big breasted blonde Swedish stereotype behind the menu. Another man picked a menu that wrote the word “Latina” in it, so he started to visually his South American beauty. The most recent I watched, the lady was serving onion bhajis for starter and an Asian main. The guy automatically pictured a petit Asian lady behind the menu.
Surprisingly, when it was the women’s turn to choose the menu from the men, although the contestant said she liked the Asian fusion behind the menu, she wasn’t too keen in who could be behind it. Another one picked the menu, which had tapas and paella because she found it exotic.
So here is the outcome from these choices: The guy who picked the Swedish menu liked the food but not the lady who cooked it. She was tall but not his type (although she was really Swedish, she was not blonde or with a sculptural figure). The one who picked the “Latina” menu (who happened to be a Venezuelan lady), picked her because she was the prettiest among the three ladies in question. And the lady who cooked the onion bhajis turned out to be British, leaving the guy fairly disappointed as he expected a petite Asian looking lady.
For the girls, the one who picked the Spanish menu enjoyed the experience but not really the chef behind it. She was concerned at first that for being from different backgrounds, they wouldn’t have much to talk about or in common. However, the curiosity about finding out more about their differences was exactly what kept the conversation going. Unfortunately, she was not excited about his looks.
It is right to say that English people have a thing for the “foreigner stuff” and are happy to try out different nationalities. It is possible to find love in these type of shows. However, what is going to prevail at the end is what anybody is looking for: nice looks but an even prettier personality. However, a good cook in the house will certainly help!