Survey Reveals People’s Favorite Valentine’s Meals

February 14, 2013

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.
1. preference 
[PREF-er-uhns, PREF-ruhns] (n.) – something a person is most interested in
Example: The couple loves all kinds of music, but their preference is jazz.

2. respondent [ri-SPON-duhnt] (n.) – a person who answers a survey
Example: The respondents answered an online questionnaire about love.

3. wine and dine [wahyn-and-dahyn] (idiom) – to eat good food at expensive or fancy places
Example: She and her husband hope to wine and dine in Paris.

4. fondue [fon-DOO, -DYOOFON-doo] (n.) – a dish wherein foods are dipped in a bowl of hot liquid (such as melted chocolate or cheese)
Example: Their fondue consisted of sliced fruits and melted chocolate.

5. appetizer [AP-i-tahy-zer] (n.) – the first course in a full meal; a small meal to eat before the main dish
Example: Salads and soups are usually ordered as appetizers.

Read the text below. recently released a survey about Americans’ food preferences during love day, February 14.

When asked about their romantic food preferences, 49% of the respondents said they would like to wine and dine in Italian restaurants during this day. Only 12% said they wanted fondue while 11% wanted to eat French food.

On the other hand, the least romantic cuisine for 44% of respondents was Mexican food. Sushi was voted the second least romantic food according to 34% of the people surveyed. predicted that restaurants and diners would be very busy this Valentine’s Day. Three-fourths or 75% of respondents answered they would be dining in a restaurant to celebrate the day.

However, the 75% had different plans for their dinner dates. An estimated 42% would wait for Valentine’s week to make a reservation while 32% would wait until the last minute to reserve tables.

Meanwhile, 46% said they would get appetizers to start the course, and 73% said they would have desserts after the meal.  Of the respondents, 42% indicated they would likely have a glass of wine to enjoy their meal.

Despite the recession, many respondents said they would spend extra on Valentine’s. A large percentage of the respondents revealed they expected to have meals costing around $50 to $100. Only 4% would spend for a meal priced at over $150.

Additionally, more than half of respondents said they would approve of a person who would use a discount coupon to pay for the dinner date.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         What do you usually do on Valentine’s Day?
·         Is Valentine’s Day only for couples, or can single people also enjoy it? Why do you think so?

Discussion B

·         Do you think it is important to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Why or why not?
·         What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a day to celebrate “love?”


February 14, 2013