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Darlin', you thinkin' of Annecy I do believe. Annemasse is quite different.
Shoot, you are right. There are fancy restos in Annemasse?
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Shoot, you are right. There are fancy restos in Annemasse?
That's what's got me puzzled the most about this thread!
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... and that's just on Fifth Avenue.
It is pretty much any city....
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Shoot, you are right. There are fancy restos in Annemasse?
Now this could be sarcasm and wit, although i was trying to suggest ,diplomatically, that the number of top restaurants in annemasse is..... few, however enuff said. In annecy it makes more sense as there is little or no english spoken in the restaurants there. but then again you have pere bise, labbaye etc in talloire to compensate.
For those others wanting to drive this thread into another slag the yanks slag the brits routine, its been done enuff i dont need anymore proddin!
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It is pretty much any city....
You've obviously never been to LA?
[wot d'ya fancy ... Carl's Jr. or Taco Bell?]
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I'd boil all sushis if you ask me. Barbarically.


Sort of like ordering steak tartare well-done!
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I love ordering an espresso here with urban Yank company. The pained look on their faces when ordering with the correct French expresso is priceless .
To be fair, I don't think the Brits in question think that deeply about the language origin. "Espresso" sounds like you're slurring your words so "expresso" is the the nice safe English-ified way it gets pronounced.
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Re: Episode from Annemasse (who is right?)

Don't take it to heart, grumpygit, it's not really meant...we actually love eating in France, the whole culture, don't know Annemasse well enough since we love Annecy and always go there. But cheap, tasty and well presented food in Fr is a treat. Who cares for the service

It does get much better if you learn the lingo, though.
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Don't take it to heart, grumpygit, it's not really meant...we actually love eating in France, the whole culture, don't know Annemasse well enough since we love Annecy and always go there. But cheap, tasty and well presented food in Fr is a treat. Who cares for the service

It does get much better if you learn the lingo, though.
No problems MC, if you do go into Annemasse, you will find the restaurants start from the greengrocer on the corner that sells roast sheep head at the weekend. bon appetito
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Sort of like ordering steak tartare well-done!
Exactement.

I am a big fan of raw food, but if it used to move, then I'd boil it. Sorry Tartare fans.
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You've obviously never been to LA?
[wot d'ya fancy ... Carl's Jr. or Taco Bell?]
I've been to LA many times on business, and I don't like it.
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You've obviously never been to LA?
[wot d'ya fancy ... Carl's Jr. or Taco Bell?]
give up, it wasn't funny the first time. if i wanted to be an ass i could be like london? fish n' chips. bristol? fish n' chips. manchester? fish n' chips. birmingham? fish n' chips.
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give up, it wasn't funny the first time. if i wanted to be an ass i could be like london? fish n' chips. bristol? fish n' chips. manchester? fish n' chips. birmingham? fish n' chips.
actually manchester is chicken tikka marsala - just sayin
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If I had a restaurant and a group of Americans came in and ordered anything other than cheeseburgers and fries I'd be at pains to explain to them what each thing was. Even the cheeseburger, I'd walk them through the fact that this isn't plasticised American cheese.
Hear, hear!

... and while we're at it, such courtesy should be by no means limited to Americans. I happened to be in a lakeside café last summer when a half train carriage full of package holidaymakers from Stoke arrived. Coffees all round (apparently they'd already made the ordering-a-cup-of-tea-in-Switzerland mistake somewhere else), and then one of their number proceeded to translate the German menu for the rest, with considerably more enthusiasm than accuracy. "Sandwich" - well, that's easy enough. "Schinken"? Must be chicken, innit!

I wouldn't have interfered except that one lady had just claimed to be 'vegetarian'... then plumped for the (as she thought) 'chicken' sandwich - does 'vegetarian' mean something different in British English? Either way, I decided I couldn't abandon her to her hammy fate. "Excuse me? Sorry, I couldn't help overhearing etc."


As for steak tartar and Americans, if I remember right my side of the conversation went something like this:
"no, not with tartar sauce. Raw steak minced really fine and then shaped back into a patty.
No, not the same as a raw hamburger! It's got, er, raw eggs in it too.
Mm, yes, I see what you mean. It's really good though. What? YES I ate it before. What? How long? I don't know. Maybe a month ago. I've had it several times actually. See, and I'm not dead yet, Mom.
No, no, never anything like that afterwards.
Never.
MOM, it's perfectly healthy. I'm perfectly healthy. Yes, I'm getting enough to eat. Even without the raw beef. Honest.
OK, OK, I'll tell him. Yes, I promise. Next time I see my doctor I, MathNut, will tell my doctor I have been eating raw beef. And raw fish as well, shall I mention that? He'll laugh though, I'm telling you. On his salary he probably eats it for breakfast.
No, no, of course he doesn't, Mom. I'm only joking. He probably eats half-fermented yogurty oatmeal for breakfast. Anyway he's perfectly healthy too, why do you care what my doctor eats?
Oh, the sushi? No, I was joking about that too. Yes. No. Absolutely not. Wouldn't dream of it. Yes, I read all about puffer fish. Don't have them here anyway.
What do you mean 'how do I know'? I just... know, OK? Look, never mind. I've never eaten puffer fish and I never will, they don't even have it here. No, I promise I won't eat any puffer fish even if I were to find some which I certainly won't in Switzerland."
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Re: Episode from Annemasse (who is right?)

Whilst we're on the subject of laughing at the cultural mistakes of Americans, allow me to regale you with another; a former colleague was in Le Chalet restaurant in Gruyères and was seated near some our transatlantic brethren, who had ordered fondue moitié-moitié (in the best Fribourgeois tradition). When it was brought to the table, they looked at it, looked at each, looked at the slices of bread, looked at the knife then around the restaurant for some tips. Seeing as it was Summer, none of the other patrons were eating fondue, so they just dipped their knives in the cheese and spread it on their bread. Maybe they thought the long narrow fork was some traditional gruyèrien ornament or something.
However, I do believe one of the dzaquillon-clad wiatresses quietly went over and showed them how to do it properly.
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Hear, hear!

... and while we're at it, such courtesy should be by no means limited to Americans. I happened to be in a lakeside café last summer when a half train carriage full of package holidaymakers from Stoke arrived. Coffees all round (apparently they'd already made the ordering-a-cup-of-tea-in-Switzerland mistake somewhere else), and then one of their number proceeded to translate the German menu for the rest, with considerably more enthusiasm than accuracy. "Sandwich" - well, that's easy enough. "Schinken"? Must be chicken, innit!

I wouldn't have interfered except that one lady had just claimed to be 'vegetarian'... then plumped for the (as she thought) 'chicken' sandwich - does 'vegetarian' mean something else in British English? Either way, I decided not to abandon her to her hammy fate. "Excuse me? Sorry, I couldn't help overhearing etc."


As for steak tartar and Americans, if I remember right my side of the conversation went something like this:
"no, not with tartar sauce. Raw steak minced really fine and then shaped back into a patty.
No, not the same as a raw hamburger! It's got, er, raw eggs in it too.
Mm, yes, I see what you mean. It's really good though. What? YES I ate it before. What? How long? I don't know. Maybe a month ago. I've had it several times actually. See, and I'm not dead yet, Mom.
No, no, never anything like that afterwards.
Never.
MOM, it's perfectly healthy. I'm perfectly healthy. Yes, I'm getting enough to eat. Even without the raw beef. Honest.
OK, OK, I'll tell him. Yes, I promise. Next time I see my doctor I, MathNut, will tell my doctor I have been eating raw beef. And raw fish as well, shall I mention that? He'll laugh though, I'm telling you. On his salary he probably eats it for breakfast.
No, no, of course he doesn't, Mom. I'm only joking. He probably eats half-fermented yogurty oatmeal for breakfast. Anyway he's perfectly healthy too, why do you care what my doctor eats?
Oh, the sushi? No, I was joking about that too. Yes. No. Absolutely not. Wouldn't dream of it. Yes, I read all about puffer fish. Don't have them here anyway.
What do you mean 'how do I know'? I just... know, OK? Look, never mind. I've never eaten puffer fish and I never will, they don't even have it here. No, I promise I won't eat any puffer fish even if I were to find some which I certainly won't in Switzerland."
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WELL NOW I have a feeling Mathnut is going to be the most agreeable Mod for the next few months otherwise her mum is gonna get an anonymous note sayin shes been snackin on live snails
Why do you think I have been such an agreeable mod for the last few months?
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Whilst we're on the subject of laughing at the cultural mistakes of Americans, allow me to regale you with another; a former colleague was in Le Chalet restaurant in Gruyères and was seated near some our transatlantic brethren, who had ordered fondue moitié-moitié (in the best Fribourgeois tradition). When it was brought to the table, they looked at it, looked at each, looked at the slices of bread, looked at the knife then around the restaurant for some tips. Seeing as it was Summer, none of the other patrons were eating fondue, so they just dipped their knives in the cheese and spread it on their bread. Maybe they thought the long narrow fork was some traditional gruyèrien ornament or something.
However, I do believe one of the dzaquillon-clad wiatresses quietly went over and showed them how to do it properly.
I bet she was very discrete about it, too...
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NO ONE eats steak tartar in the US.
I certainly used to.

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I had one such experience too, but in Schaffhausen a week or so after I moved to Switzerland. I went to dinner with my swiss work colleagues and although I understood German I ordered Steak Tartare because I am somewhat of a picky eater and I knew with a steak I wouldnt go wrong.

When it came I was shocked and was looking at it suspiciously and was trying to force myself to try it but could not bring myself to do it. One of the people sitting across from me, noticed this and offered to swap his mushroom ravioli for the "steak". Now I dont like ravioli at the least and hate mushrooms, but it was one of the most satisfying meals i everr had due to the sheer relief.
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