Favourite date activity

Illustration by Talia Steele

Favorite date activity

1. Cooking or eating together
2. Making out / Cocktails (tie)
3. Going to the movies

It is with great pleasure that I, your local demisexual and seasoned single, announce this year’s favourite local dating activity is related to food. 

I’m a big fan of food, especially when I don’t have to cook it. But cooking with a partner – romantic or otherwise – is a great way to divide the labour. 

Plus, if the conversation takes an awkward turn, it’s easy to save the situation when you’re in a kitchen. All you have to do is abruptly shove a sample of what you’re making into your mouth and proclaim the dish needs more salt. It’s a smooth, even suave, maneuver. Trust me, I know what I’m talking about. 

But I think there’s a reason why all the best romantic comedies, like NBC’s Hannibal, feature such a heavy focus on food: it brings people together. 

Food is the one thing we have in common. I don’t care who you are, where you’re from or what you did – we all need food to survive. It’s the perfect thing to bond over and a great way to get to know each other. 

Even with Manitoba’s strict social-distancing laws, cooking or eating together is doable over Zoom. You’ll be apart, but together-ish. 

And if your internet goes down, or if you haven’t found that special someone who’ll virtually cook with you, never underestimate the power of imagination. The perfect cooking montage is available to you at any moment, in your mind’s eye. 

Or you can always do date night with yourself and cook a fantastic meal. No, I’m serious. While this might be a very lonely time for some people, it can also be an opportunity to actively practice self-love. 

So get in your kitchen and prepare yourself a meal worthy of the gods, dang it. You deserve it. Trust me, your local demisexual and seasoned single. I know what I’m talking about.

Published in Volume 75, Number 12 of The Uniter (December 2, 2020)

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