Here is a GChat conversation between me and my friend last night:

Chiara: hey, what’s up?
FRIEND: i’m “prepping” for a date by looking at the menu bc it’s italian and i don’t want to look dumb

Now, I can see looking up a menu online so you can see prices, get a sense of what kind of restaurant it is, etc. But I’ve certainly never prepped for a specific cuisine in order to come off as more worldly.

Do you guys do this? Should I start doing this? Or is my friend totally insane?

(Full Confession: Once, I googled a place before a date and from the website learned the significance of the restaurant’s foreign name, which I then spouted off to my date as if I just happened to know that. So. Pot, kettle, etc.)