Food really may be the way to a woman’s heart — a recent US study found that brain scans showed women were more responsive to romance after a meal than before eating.
If you’re dating a fellow foodie, check out these great Kiwi food-related date ideas, from cooking classes to late-night food trucks.
Take a cooking class
Couples who cook together, stay together…or, at the very least, eat together. Brush up your kitchen skills and get to know your date better at one of these Kiwi cooking classes:
- Sachie’s Kitchen in Auckland, where you can learn to cook Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian or Malaysian cuisine
- Preserved, a family-run cook school in Lyttelton, which promotes the heritage arts of salting, fermenting, curing, preserving and pickling food
- The Mediterranean Food Warehouse in Lower Hutt, which runs after-work cooking classes
- Roberto’s Kitchen in Hamilton, where you can learn to make fresh pasta, gnocchi and delicious Italian biscuits
- The Inspired Pantry in Dunedin, which offers classes in making bread, desserts and finger food.
Eat and run
Take your date on a progressive dinner (also called a safari dinner or a dine-around, depending on where you’re from).
Have drinks at a bar, starters at a restaurant, your main course at another restaurant, and finish off with dessert at a cafe or gelato shop. You’ll get to experience more of the food scene in your city, and you and your date will have lots to talk about.
Visit a food truck
The New Zealand food truck scene is exploding, with an increasing number of food lovers and makers taking their recipes on the road. For a cheap, low-stress date, go for a walk or a bike ride and aim to end up at your local food truck park. Our favourite food truck dishes include:
- In Auckland, Slow-cooked pork from The Lucky Taco, or Vietnamese baguettes and coffee from The Viet Sandwich
- In Wellington, goat curry from Nanny’s Food Truck, or soy-marinated snapper from The Fire Truck
- In Hawke’s Bay, pizza from the Pippi Truck
Take a food tour
- Zest walking tours in Wellington, Auckland and Martinborough
- The Big Foody Food Tours in Auckland, which offers specialist tours including beer tours and fish market tours
- Christchurch Bike and Walking Tours, which runs gourmet cycle tours of Christchurch
- Hamilton Food Tours organises walking tours around Hamilton’s restaurants, shops and communities
Serve oysters and champagne
Cook to impress — or don’t cook at all. Oysters and champagne is a killer dinner invitation, yet doesn’t require endless hours of slaving away in the kitchen. Serve the oysters with lemon juice, vinegar, fresh horseradish or Tabasco sauce. Don’t bother with forks – slurp them from the shell. If you’d rather not eat them raw, oysters can also be grilled, fried or baked.
And if your budget doesn’t run to oysters and champagne, try a cheaper alternative — fish and chips washed down with L&P.