Regardless of who comprises the better halves of the whole, any relationship can indeed be challenging. It becomes doubly challenging when you are dating a lady from another country. Then you would have to deal with things you do not have to deal with if you were dating your own countrymen: language barrier, differences in culture and lack of knowledge about your fiancee’s views on life’s issues. But you can always start hurdling the challenges from the point of the most mundane – knowing your ladylove’s eating and drinking habits.
First thing you should know about Ukrainian cuisine is that Ukrainians are very hospitable and generous when it comes to feeding their guests. Moreover, Ukrainian ladies love and know how to cook. So, the first of our Ukraine dating tips is to be prepared to eat much and try not to refuse a second helping of anything when you are invited to dinner over to your fiancee’s home. Otherwise, she and her family (especially her mother) might think you shun their hospitality and dislike their food (and efforts put towards cooking it).
Ukrainian cuisine runs the whole gamut of dishes – from the very tasty to the exotic. The most traditional of Ukrainian dishes are Salo or Pig’s fatwith garlic, Borshch or beet soup, Vareniki or the Ukrainian version of Ravioli, Nalisniki or pancakes, and Golubsti or cabbage rolls. Some of these items you will definitely love, while others you might hate. Another tip then is to think about an inoffensive and nice excuse on why you do not want to eat or even taste some of them.
Of course, you should make sure that your excuse is nice, and more importantly, believable. Pig fat is not eat in the United States and in most countries of Europe. You might even be feeling sick now as you are reading this (more so if you eat it), but do not tell it to her family. So think ahead and come up with a very good reason why you deny it when it is offered to you.
Many Ukrainian women drink a lot – cognac and vodka are the most preferred drinks. In fact, it is precisely because of this heavy drinking that many Ukrainian women are looking forward to marrying foreign men. So if you want to succeed in your relationship with your Ukrainian lady, do not drink too much and, more importantly, do not share with her your drinking adventures.
Of course, there are some Ukrainian ladies who drink a lot. Most Ukrainian women, however, would think it is acceptable to drink only during dates, holidays or celebrations. Some Ukrainian women even require their men not to drink any alcohol at all.
If you are visiting your ladylove’s family or when you think you are ready for it, talk to your lady first about her views on drinking. If she is not against it, you may give a bottle of alcoholic drink to her father or to her entire family when you are visiting. Remember though not to drink too much even when the rest of her family is generously offering you to drink more.
In dealing with Ukrainian eating and drinking culture, do keep these things in mind. You would want to impress your love and avoid unnecessary fights in your relationship.