Raise your hand if you've ever been classified as a picky eater.
Apparently, this is the worst kind of classification.
I have gotten into numerous arguments with friends, simply because I reject this label. I am not picky ... I just like to indulge in savory, deliciously simple food.
I crave dishes like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, a bagel with butter and pizza. I will not apologize for not having an appetite for raw fish, cold meat slices or salad. Pass me a bowl of tomato soup any day.
The biggest struggle all picky eaters face is going out to eat — especially on a date. I never know how a stranger will react to my eating habits. Will my eating habits be a major turn off?
Thankfully, the past 20 years of finding my way through intricate menus has prepared me for the real world.
I have found the good in being picky and how to survive restaurants. In my recent findings, I have realized that picky eaters are actually an ideal date, and here's why.
We usually pick an inexpensive meal.
You don't have to worry about us picking the lobster. We're more than happy to order a chicken dish or spaghetti and meatballs.
Any sort of meal that is simple and offers comfort is the perfect selection for us.
We have a unique talent of finding something to eat on any menu.
Picky eaters have had years of experience trying to find a meal that sounds appetizing to us.
Many people may question us and ask, "Can you find something to eat here?" This is usually a backhanded comment, but we have experience with brushing that off.
Instead, we're able to smile and say, "I sure can."
These people are usually wowed by our ability to find a meal we will actually enjoy.
We order the most delicious food.
Comfort food is everything.
Some people will argue that we eat like a 5-year-old, but we beg to differ. Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the perfect combo for lunch or dinner.
Why order baked clams in a white wine sauce when you can order an entire Margherita pizza pie for yourself?
Picky eaters are also a big fan of breakfast for dinner. Doesn't chocolate chip pancakes with a side of french fries sound delicious?
You will never have to worry about us trying your meal.
Trust me, we will not be asking to try your food.
Truthfully, we're too afraid to try any new foods unless we're really intrigued by it.
So if you're a classic Joey Tribbiani, you have nothing to worry about.
The only exception is if your meal comes with fries. We love fries.
We'll most likely binge for dessert.
Once the dinner portion of the night has concluded and the bill has been paid, a picky eater will always be open to having dessert.
We're always up to walk a few blocks to buy an ice cream cone.
If we're able to open up to you about our pickiness, we'll be able to open up about anything.
Picky eaters are often defensive when it comes to their eating habits. If we're comfortable around you, we'll be able to open up more. We might even share with you our worst eating experiences.
We can pinpoint every moment in time where we decided we didn't like a certain food item. Who knows — maybe you're just as picky as we are? (Are those wedding bells I hear?)
There's more to a person than just his or her eating habits.
If your date is a normal human being, he or she will overlook your pickiness and find it admirable.
There are other aspects of your life that they will find interesting. If the person you're dating is a great partner, he or she will begin to influence you and slowly introduce new food items for you to try.
On the other hand, they'll most likely embrace your strange eating habits and even join you in them. After all, macaroni and cheese with a side of mashed potatoes make for the perfect picnic meal, am I right?