Before Jennifer Beals was Bette, the elegant, assertive philanderer we've grown to know and love on The L Word, she played an angsty young welder/dancer in 1983's epic drama, Flashdance. By day, the sweaty seductress strapped on a headlamp whilst toiling in work boots. By night, the glitzy nymph dumped buckets of water on her writhing body at a Pittsburgh club for loot.
One evening she catches the attention of Nick Hurley, her older, curly-haired boss, who ends up taking her to dinner at some fancy lobster joint. Aside from the fact that she showed up in a bow tie and sleeveless tuxedo shirt (looking more like a male Chippendale than the fox that she is), she emanates sex for the duration of the meal. How does she do this? By sucking on tiny mounds of lobster meat while making banal conversaion with her tongue-tied employer. Make no bones about it: it was hot. You could tell that when they got back home, they totally did it, and it was awesome (mostly because of the lobster). Lobster is one of many foods that's acceptable to be seen eating in the presence of someone you hope to seduce.
Other foods, however, are to be avoided at all costs.
There's this scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High where Ron Johnson, a hunky stereo salesman (way out of high school) hits on high school freshman Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) at her place of work, a pizza restaurant in the mall food court. Dapper Ron also works in the mall and immediately takes a liking to the doughy-cheeked waitress. After slinging his arm across the back of the booth to seem casual, he orders the following thing from dorky blouse-clad Stacy: "I'll take a meatball sandwich, a medium coke [slight pause]... and your phone number."
Okay. No. Not hot. Not hot for the following reasons: a) It's cheesy; b) She's underage (He doesn't know that, but whatever); and c) He ordered a meatball sandwich. A MEATBALL SANDWICH. He expected to eat balls of mall-grade meat encased in a sauce-drenched roll in plain view of his newfound crush, and still hoped to have sex with her.
Lucky for Ron Johnson, Stacy's a freshman