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Restaurants: Creating Worldwide Appeal and a Sense of Home

When you travel, it feels as if there are two worlds: your home and the rest of the world. When you step into a restaurant, this feeling is echoed, and it changes based on which restaurant you are in. Right around the corner from home, a restaurant may feel like you are in Thailand eating pad Thai, in America enjoying a cheese burger or in France eating snails. In other cases, you may be half way around the globe in a spot full of Aussies that makes you feel like you are back home. Hi, my name is Betina, and I love eating out and travelling. This blog looks at everything related to those concepts. It talks about the sense of home and away in restaurants. Whether you are a diner or a restaurateur, I hope you enjoy the diverse posts I include in this blog.


Restaurants: Creating Worldwide Appeal and a Sense of Home

Going for a First Date? Tips on How to Choose the Right Cafe

by Melinda Lawson

Cafes are the perfect place to take your better half for a date. Many couples visit cafes as they provide a suitable environment to catch up. The first date is quite a challenge for many people. If it goes wrong, the relationship could end prematurely. Below are tips on how to choose the best café for your first date. 


Location is a very critical factor when choosing a café for your first date. Below are some few tips when selecting the location:

  1. It should not be far from where your date lives or works.
  2. If the cafe is a bit far from where your date lives, then make transport preparations. Ensure that your date does not have a hustle getting there.
  3. It should be in an accessible location; a good view is an added advantage.


Good food and drinks make a date memorable. Besides, it will leave your date yearning to spend more time with you. It is critical to inquire if the person has special food requirements. For instance, diabetic people or vegetarians may have a special diet. Visit the restaurant a few days before the date and taste the kind of food they serve. Ask for a cup of coffee or a cocktail if you are sure your date will ask for such drinks.


The restaurant should offer the right environment for a date. Ask yourself the following questions when evaluating the café's ambiance:

  1. What kind of music does the café play?
  2. How are the seats arranged? Do they offer some privacy?
  3. What is the quality of the café's décor?
  4. How would you rate the café's service?
  5. Is the place rowdy and noisy? Such environments may not be suitable as you want to talk with your date.

Do you have any surprises?

If you plan to go an extra mile and surprise the person during the date, then you need to make adequate preparations in conjunction with the café's management. Some restaurants have a strict policy regarding some surprises. For instance, some cafes may not allow you to invite a band on their premises.


The café has to be affordable. For a first date, you cannot dictate what the other person will eat or drink. Ensure that all items that the person might order are within your budget limits. The key considerations when choosing a café for your first date are; location, food, ambiance, costs and if you plan to surprise your date.