While in the UK, I met with Vicky, the online editor of TNT Magazine, who wanted to know what her fridge revealed about her dating life.
In one word, plenty…
When we hit it off with members of the opposite sex, there are two roads it can lead: Saucy Town and the Friendship Tip.
As we’ve all visited both camps, we all know that both have led to wonderful relationships. Yes, When Harry Met Sally is one of my all-time fave flicks, but I truly believe men and women can be friends.
I make this point as we’ll be friends with a much higher percentage of people we meet than those we get intimate with. When I look at Vicky’s fridge, if we were both single, that’s what I see…us as bosom buddies, but nothing more.
Why? It’s a good bet she’s a vegetarian whereas I don’t think I’ve had a meal in my life that didn’t have one ingredient that was once living. Dating is a team sport and compromise is required on many fronts in all relationships, but there are certain eating habits that are hard to mesh.
Pescatarian and carnivore, yes. Vegetarian and the opposite of vegetarian, very tough.
Now, diving into Vicky’s fridge lets see what we can learn and map out a good match for her…
1. She has starter fridge
So there’s a good chance she’s starting out, or at least in the early part of career. I say starter fridge, as it’s a counter model that doesn’t reach much higher than my kneecap.
As I assume Vicky is in the early part of her career, she’s probably in her 20’s. Thus, a dude in his 20’s or early 30’s would be a good match. (Unless she’s got daddy issues, then we can expand to a Downton Abby age differential, but that’s not the vibe I get)
2. Geographically desirable?
Sometimes it’s fun to find geo-hints of where a fridge owner lives. For Vicky, it’s obvious she lives in the UK. She’s got a Union Jack holding her strawberries, and as Britain is neither known as the spinach capital of the world, nor a place known for exporting Popeye’s favorite snack, her ‘British Spinach’ cements she’s in the motherland.
Every day, love does conquer all. It’s what movies are made of. But life’s not a movie and most successful relationships have the odds in their favor. I bring this up as the odds are Vicky will end up with a dude living in the UK as well. Long distance relationship can and do work, it’s just a tougher road.
3. Something’s cookin’
I see signs Vicky is a bit of a foodie, and likes to cook. A good match doesn’t need to equal her culinary skills, but he does need to appreciate them. I never met a chef who enjoyed cooking for an unappreciated customer. Vicky has sundried tomatoes, not an item normally served on its own, and more often an ingredient.
She also has Madras paste along with Sweet Chutney, both primarily building blocks to a tasty dish. A great Vicky dating move would invite him over for dinner, he brings the wine, and Vicky makes the meal. There’s a reason we see this in endless romantic comedies…cause it works.
Now Vicky either bakes or loves breakfast, because if she had any more eggs, she’d be running a B&B. With the vat of margarine, the chances she bakes goes up. I love ladies who bake, it’s a nurturing quality, and as we all know, the best path to a man’s heart is through his stomach. (If you don’t know the 2nd best path, email me)
4. Hectic schedule
Vicky’s life seems to be a bit chaotic at the moment. Her fridge is by no means a disaster, and I don’t get the wackypack vibe from her, but it is a tad messy. That, along with that schmutz collecting on the bottom tells me she’s not a neatfreak and her schedule has been demanding lately.
As Vicky is busy building a career, a good match for her will have to be supportive of that. And of course, not a dude who’s immaculate.
Everything in moderation and Vicky is the epitome of this.
She truly is a diverse chica that doesn’t like to be pigeonholed…plenty of healthy food for a foxy figure and some fun junk food to blow off some steam.
As mom taught us, a healthy diet + exercise = 1 bodacious body.
Vicy’s got spinach, Soy milk, OJ (also good for when guys are over, we love OJ), fruits and veggies. If you can’t put your best foot forward when you’re single, you’ll probably look even worse when you’re married. Vicky is clearly making an effort.
I also like to see she has some date-ready items. To assist her hosting duties, she has salsa, which is great to throw out with some chips, and pizza in case she and her dude have a case of the late night munchies.
Plus, she has milk…if it’s to brew coffee in the morning, that’s another smart move. Smell is the most under-rated of the 5 senses on the dating front. To wake up your date with the smell of breakfast and fresh brewed coffee is killer. Vicky has all the tools to do so.
Nothing is 100% right and wrong when it comes to dating. (Unless we’re talking Oscar Pictorious, of course) Just what’s right and wrong for us.
Vicky clearly has a lot going for her, the question is who’s the best fit?
One thing to note is I don’t see any booze. It might be kept elsewhere, but if you don’t drink, that’ll impact your dating as most dates revolve around eating and drinking.
It also appears Vicky has a cat. Personally, I don’t mind them the way some people do. She obviously won’t be a good fit with a cat-hater and overall, it’s important that she’s not the type who loves her pet more than her partner.
Overall, I get the vibe that Vicky is fun, with a sprinkle of cool, loving, nurturing and sassy, with just the right dash of crazy mixed in.
Fridge Dating Scorecard
Shag on first date: 4.5
Any girl who has zero booze in her fridge has a less than average shot of shagging on the 1st date. This is not a positive or negative, it’s just booze has greased the rails to many memorable mistakes for generations.
She has qualities that are great for a life partner. She cooks and bakes, which shows a nurturing quality and a sense of domestication. She also has some fun shareable food in there, and can play host, another positive.
Personally, I’d like to see some booze and beef in there, but as they said in Some Like it Hot, nobdy’s perfect ☺.
Sleeping with the Enemy: 3.5
With the schmtuz on the bottom shelf, it does raise her odds of crazy. That along with her disheveled fridge door (and the fact that like Glenn Close, she has a cat) might not bring her up to red alert, but does bump her up the scale a bit.