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interestingly, the Japanese mostly drink their miso soup straight from the bowl, and pick the ingredients inside with a chopstick.
When in Rome... I am easy to adapt to culture. I can eat with chopstick like a pro!
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Old 05.04.2011, 22:34
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Re: Dining faux pas



We had reservations for a well reviewed restaurant in London last month that we'd already enjoyed a quiet Sunday lunch in the day before. What a change on Monday night - unfortunately it was in a hotel and the atmosphere was wrecked by a woman at the table next to us sitting there fork in one hand and the other on a mouse connected to a full size laptop. We left and went somewhere else - not willing to spend good money to sit next to someone who treats a fine restaurant like an office.
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In Canton Schwyz, one must always wipe the blood of the most recent kill off one's knife before offering it to a lady, who will use it to eat her caramel pudding.
Any new experience from the Sapsago Slot, where people put out the light with a hammer?
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Only exception: that person is a surgeon on emergency duty.
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And in Switzerland you must make eye contact when clinking glasses with everyone else

..... and spaghetti is eaten with a twirling fork and spoon.. outback
Where? I see that only in certain tourist-oriented restaurants, where waiters provide those people with a spoon who look like they are unable to handle spaghetti with the fork alone.
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Re: Dining faux pas

I rest my case !!
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Any new experience from the Sapsago Slot, where people put out the light with a hammer?
We've not really been here long enough to have noticed much... apart from lots of licking...
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We've not really been here long enough to have noticed much... apart from lots of licking...
FortheloveofGodMan! Leave your married life out of this...
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Old 05.04.2011, 23:00
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One shouldn't take a sip of one's wine until everyone has clinked glasses with everyone else.

This can take ages...
For the non-Europeans who probably don't know where this tradition comes from: It's a stylized custom left over from the middle ages. Back then you were expected to clink glasses, or more likely tankards, so hard that a bit of everyones drink spilled into each others glass. Not for fun, but a very practical reason - in this way no guest or host would poison your drink.

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Old 05.04.2011, 23:04
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Don't look surprised (or furtively cast your eyes around the room) if there is just one bottle of wine on the table for a dinner party of 16 people.
That reminds of an occasion when I went wine shopping with a Swedish friend at Mövenpick. Him asking with a strong Swedish accent in German: "How many bottles would you estimate for a dinner of six". The answer without a squinch up on the sales guys face "Are the guests Swiss or all Swedish?"...
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Re: Dining faux pas

Port must always be passed to the left and should be finished in one sitting. If you have the port decanter and are asked, "do you know the bishop of York?" it indicates you are hogging the decanter. Should you answer "No", then typically you'll hear the reply, "He's an awfully good fellow, but not one for passing the port" or something similar.

This is very English!
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Re: Dining faux pas

And then there is the whole napkin issue. My husband, who is German, neatly folds his napkin when he has finished his meal and places it to the left of his plate, being very careful to make sure that any used pieces of napkin are folded inwards. Whilst I (being English), crumple mine up and place it on or near my last plate. Having noticed this discrepancy, he suggested that we (the English) do so in order to ensure that the napkin is not reused. I have no idea if there is any truth in this, but it is simply something that I have been brought up to do.
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And then there is the whole napkin issue. My husband, who is German, neatly folds his napkin when he has finished his meal and places it to the left of his plate, being very careful to make sure that any used pieces of napkin are folded inwards. Whilst I (being English), crumple mine up and place it on or near my last plate. Having noticed this discrepancy, he suggested that we (the English) do so in order to ensure that the napkin is not reused. I have no idea if there is any truth in this, but it is simply something that I have been brought up to do.
What your hubbie says is what I (Swiss) learned too. However, what you do is what I learned too, and the same applies to my American OH. Sometimes I just wonder why such totally unimportant things are taken so seriously and may mark s.o. as cultured or the opposite thereof.
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And in Switzerland you must make eye contact when clinking glasses with everyone else
and say their name: Zum Wohl....Urs....Regula....etcpp.
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OK, slight exaggeration but I remember in the early days of moving here I was slightly surprised that during most instances of going round to my husband's friends for dinner you'd get a splash of wine in a goldfish bowl-sized glass and that's it.

I'm used to it now and just ask for a top up.
Rule: Always fill wine glass max. 1/3. Reason: red wine needs to breathe and come to its full aroma, whereas white wine gets warm which is a no-go.

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Re: Dining faux pas

While being invited for cheese fondue, to tell your host after a little while that you had enough of that cheese appetizer and will wait for the main course.
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Re: Dining faux pas

Do not scrape your knife over the top of the ice-cold butter, in the butter dish, in order to get thin shavings, that spread on the bread easier without ripping it to shreds.
This removes the pretty flower from the middle, which demonstrates that the host(ess) has paid extra for Floralp, as opposed to cheaper supermarket own brands or faux pas of faux pas' - cooking butter.
Chunks should be cut from the edges and put on bread, much like you would each cheese - until the arteries clog up and heart explodes - leaving the centre with the still intact flower to the bitter end.
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Rule: Always fill wine glass max. 1/3. Reason: red wine needs to breathe and come to its full aroma, whereas white wine gets warm which is a no-go.

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Not if it's in my glass it.......it doesn't get a chance.
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Re: Dining faux pas

-No elbows on the table (until the dessert and coffee have been finished and the kvetching begins)

-Cutting more than the next bite of meat at once (unless preparing a plate for a child)

-Talking with food in your mouth (even if it has been shoved into your cheek like a rodent would do)

-Gesturing with your fork/knife/spoon while making a point

-Hunching over your plate while eating/wrapping your arm around your bowl as if protecting it from being snatched away by your fellow cave dwellers

Oh, so many rules...
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And then there is the whole napkin issue. My husband, who is German, neatly folds his napkin when he has finished his meal and places it to the left of his plate, being very careful to make sure that any used pieces of napkin are folded inwards. Whilst I (being English), crumple mine up and place it on or near my last plate. Having noticed this discrepancy, he suggested that we (the English) do so in order to ensure that the napkin is not reused. I have no idea if there is any truth in this, but it is simply something that I have been brought up to do.
I guess you are using paper napkins then.

We use cloth, and of course use them more than once, so they get folded and returned to the napkin rings.

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Sometimes I just wonder why such totally unimportant things are taken so seriously and may mark s.o. as cultured or the opposite thereof.
It's all about tribal identity. The tiniest things can mark someone out as not being 'part of our clan', which is the whole point, really.

It's particularly useful for flushing out spies and unmasking fraudulent interlopers from the lower orders.

It can also be used to show up amateur ethnologists who think they know all about using chopsticks just because a waiter showed them what to do in Vancouver once...
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Paper Napkins....

Never ever to put a dirty one IN the plate. Something that annoy me no end since all turks are doing it. Family culture clash!
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