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One's butler confirms that standards elsewhere may have slipped somewhat since Queen Victoria (may God bless her) departed. He also mentioned something about people drinking wine without it having being decanted. Honestly!
Surely not in France too, or Spain or... (only here)?
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Old 05.04.2011, 14:41
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Crunchie bars. We devoured a whole stack them whilst in the UK recently. My kids now have withdrawal symptoms.
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Re: Soup Spoons [and other things "missing" in Switzerland]

In the interests of harmony, may I suggest



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Re: Soup Spoons [and other things "missing" in Switzerland]

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Fairy nuff.

For what it's worth, though, I think Europeans who use chopsticks where there are knives and forks available are pretentious knobheads.


Have you ever tried eating food with a fork and then switching to chopsticks (or vice versa)?

There's a notable difference in the taste of the food based on the utensil used (or maybe I'm just a supertaster...). I only "discovered" this by accident, with a fork giving the food a slightly metalic taste.

As an aside, it is part of the fun/experience.

As another aside, to keep (vaguely) on topic, the Chinese have soup spoons.

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Crunchie bars. We devoured a whole stack them whilst in the UK recently. My kids now have withdrawal symptoms.
Available over the bord... damn. That doesn't count, doesnt it.
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Have you ever tried eating food with a fork and then switching to chopsticks (or vice versa)?

There's a notable difference in the taste of the food based on the utensil used
Well, I did notice the taste of blood when the splinters from my disposable wooden chopsticks (you know, the ones you have to split apart) pierced my lip at my local Chinese eatery the other night.
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Whilst we're on the subject of soup...

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"So that's beef with ginger and spring onion, and sizzling lamb with cashew, please..."

"Certainly, sir, madam. Would you like boiled rice or fried rice?"

"Boiled rice, please."

"And knives and forks? Or would you prefer osteoarthritis of the hand...? "
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Crunchie bars. We devoured a whole stack them whilst in the UK recently. My kids now have withdrawal symptoms.
you will find crunchie bars behind the bar in the Clubhouse in Geneva (but keep it to yourself)
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Well, I did notice the taste of blood when the splinters from my disposable wooden chopsticks (you know, the ones you have to split apart) pierced my lip at my local Chinese eatery the other night.


OK... you at the back of the class, stick to your fingers and try not to bite them, eh? Just image what damage you might do with a knife and fork...

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."And knives and forks? Or would you prefer osteoarthritis of the hand...? ".
Warning - that link has a virus... (well my antivirus notification popped up when I went to the page...)
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you will find crunchie bars behind the bar in the Clubhouse in Geneva (but keep it to yourself)
The Kiosk shops sold them for a while.

Now they don't.

HTH.
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Old 05.04.2011, 15:43
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Re: Soup Spoons [and other things "missing" in Switzerland]

Ah the mod reopened this! It allows me to post a correction. I mentioned about a scene from Tampopo about eating etiquette and here it is. I got it wrong though about the chopsticks (memory degrading). But it is still a very funny scene and appropriately takes the Mickey out of food culture.



And sorry for digression. Back to soup spoons, carry on.
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There is no (soup) spoon. Chill.
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Whilst we're on the subject of soup...

This is, to my mind, one of the funniest comedy sketches of all time
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Old 05.04.2011, 16:26
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Re: Soup Spoons [and other things "missing" in Switzerland]

Back on topic:

Serving spoons.

You can't get these as parts of sets in Switzerland (along with the soup spoons).

You only seem to be able to buy plastic ones as separate items.
We ended up buying some in Germany.


Isn't this a really dull thread?
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Back open ... but please, keep personal insults out of this forum.

Also, if the thread wanders back off the "things mising from Switzerland" theme, it will be moved into the General Off-Topic forum.
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Old 05.04.2011, 16:33
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Serving spoons.

You can't get these as parts of sets in Switzerland (along with the soup spoons).

You only seem to be able to buy plastic ones as separate items.
We ended up buying some in Germany.


Isn't this a really dull thread?
I don't know where Wadi is, but I would make the educated guess that the "House of Villeroy & Boch" close to Jelmoli will sell some that are not made of plastic.

To give the thread any useful information: If you are looking at buying a larger set of good quality table or silverware, you know it is quite an investment. If you happen to be in the area - or as a weekend tour, they open on Sundays! - let me introduce you to Mettlach. Home of VB and the outlet had our design - which we bought at CH list price - at 70% discount... from the already lower EUR price... that would have been more savings than the petrol by far...
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One's butler just reminded one of the time that a certain dinner guest held their soup spoon in one hand whilst holding their dinner roll in the other!

Needless to say, one was mortified at the time - since then, however, we have often laughed at the guest's lack of manners, and still occasionally joke about inviting them back for more entertainment.

Of course, one would never dream of actually inviting again someone so clearly ill-equipped for social interaction...
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I don't know where Wadi is, but I would make the educated guess that the "House of Villeroy & Boch" close to Jelmoli will sell some that are not made of plastic.
Wadi : Waedenswil.


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To give the thread any useful information: If you are looking at buying a larger set of good quality table or silverware, you know it is quite an investment. If you happen to be in the area - or as a weekend tour, they open on Sundays! - let me introduce you to Mettlach. Home of VB and the outlet had our design - which we bought at CH list price - at 70% discount... from the already lower EUR price... that would have been more savings than the petrol by far...
We do have a decent set but we wanted some serving spoons to go with the everyday Swiss-sourced cutlery (which naturally came without).

The trouble with silver or silver-plated soup spoons is that they need a lot of care as they tarnish easily and probably shouldn't go in the dishwasher
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One's butler just reminded one of the time that a certain dinner guest held their soup spoon in one hand whilst holding their dinner roll in the other!
I say, I once saw someone actually cut their roll with a knife rather than tear a piece off.

The shock spoilt my dinner completely.
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I say, I once saw someone actually cut their roll with a knife rather than tear a piece off.

The shock spoilt my dinner completely.
Please tell me that they didn't spread butter all over it then!
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