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Advice needed - BBQ hosted by Swiss Muslims

Little advise needed.

I've been invited for a barbecue, but the hosts are muslim (though swiss and I must confess to know very little about muslim traditions). I usually bring whine, but because of religious belives, they are not allowed to drink it. Since I don't want to offend anyone, what could I bring that is considered a friendly gift for a barbecue (meat is not an option)? It's my first swiss barbecue, so I'm trying not to step on my toes here

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Little advise needed.

I've been invited for a barbecue, but the hosts are muslim (though swiss and I must confess to know very little about muslim traditions). I usually bring whine, but because of religious belives, they are not allowed to drink it. Since I don't want to offend anyone, what could I bring that is considered a friendly gift for a barbecue (meat is not an option)? It's my first swiss barbecue, so I'm trying not to step on my toes here

Thank you for your advises
Flowers, basket of nice products (jam, sweets, etc)

Any kids? depending on their age: Drawing books, pens, play-do, etc
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Old 25.06.2011, 23:06
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Re: Advise needed

A house plant is always nice.
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Old 25.06.2011, 23:08
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What about some nice quality apple or grape juice?
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Old 25.06.2011, 23:11
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Re: Advise needed

A nice fresh home-made mixed salad maybe ?
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Old 25.06.2011, 23:27
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Re: Advise needed

Cake for Dessert
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Old 25.06.2011, 23:41
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Re: Advise needed

Mixed fresh fruit basket would be nice for a barbeque, most people who organize barbeque forget this
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Old 25.06.2011, 23:44
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Most seafood is OK ( pork and derivative products are forbidden to be consumed by them ), cake without alcohol ( best to stay away from Tiramisu ), bring along some popcorn and potato chips. A tub of ice cream, some joghurt will also be appreciated.
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A nice cake, pudding or pastry from your own culture (so long as it doesn't contain alcohol or gelatine) would go down a treat, I'm sure.
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Re: Advice needed - BBQ hosted by Swiss Muslims

I'd agree with the flowers, like the Orchids that are usually for sale at your local Migros or Coop. They do well because they last long even for folks who aren't the best green thumb
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chocolat .
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I would take care of chocolate as some brands use pork based fats
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Re: Advice needed - BBQ hosted by Swiss Muslims

Can you discretely inquire whether they are observant? Many people do not fully observe the teachings of their religion (how many Catholics do you know who have ten kids?).
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Very difficult to enquire about level of observancy with people you don't know well RetiredInNH, I feel. Best to take something you know will not cause of offence at this stage, like a plant, suitable pud or fruit, or good quality chocolate (must say I don't know of any that contains pork fat).
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I've been invited for a barbecue, but the hosts are muslim (though swiss and I must confess to know very little about muslim traditions). I usually bring whine, ...
I have stopped inviting guests to my BBQ's that bring their whine.

Now wine, that is a different matter altogether.
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Re: Advice needed - BBQ hosted by Swiss Muslims

Visit Sher-E-Punjab and ask for their sweets ( Haldiram's Sweets and Namkeens ). They'd make a good gift IMO.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haldiram's


http://www.punjab.ch/

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About the same as the number of Septics who chomp cigars and walk around with a stetson and lasso and say "ride 'em cowboy".

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Re: Advice needed - BBQ hosted by Swiss Muslims

I would like to express a deep thank you too all of you that offered advise! The fruit basket (together with a couple of harmless sweets) seems great!

Might also take a couple of pens with me, since they have 4 kids!

Many many thank again! You people are the best!



P.S.: I am so correcting that "whine" omg... OMG can't correct it because the thread been moved xD how embarrasing...
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I would like to express a deep thank you too all of you that offered advise! The fruit basket (together with a couple of harmless sweets) seems great!

Might also take a couple of pens with me, since they have 4 kids!

Many many thank again! You people are the best!



P.S.: I am so correcting that "whine" omg... OMG can't correct it because the thread been moved xD how embarrasing...
That's ok honey,

It brang us a smile.

You'll find out soon if they follow a strict philosophy regarding what they eat.

I have many friends (actually almost all my friends me included) who drink alcohol. Some who eat porc. And those who don't eat porc are not so strict (or not at all) on gelatin.
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Little advise needed.

I've been invited for a barbecue, but the hosts are muslim (though swiss and I must confess to know very little about muslim traditions). I usually bring whine, but because of religious belives, they are not allowed to drink it. Since I don't want to offend anyone, what could I bring that is considered a friendly gift for a barbecue (meat is not an option)? It's my first swiss barbecue, so I'm trying not to step on my toes here

Thank you for your advises
The definite thing is that PORK is out of discussion. It is rather LAMB and beef. Lots of Muslims drink alcoholic beverages, under whatever "guise". You ought to ask one of them, because they even might like YOU to bring the wine You are not to bring meat with you but might bring some nice spices (Soy-sauce, Harissa, Sambal, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Curry, Ras-el-Hanut, Coriander) with you
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