Mastering table manners is the primary step towards being gracious and cultured. When arranging your cutlery in the incorrect place after a meal, chopping the lettuce in your salad, and even putting your hands under the table as you eat may seem inoffensive at home and in the companionship of those you know. But it can be really embarrassing in other countries. To protect you from any kind of discomfort and save you from the conspicuous looks from those around you, we deliver you a quick and comprehensive guide to basic table manners around the world!
We will be doing a series of Table Manners of around the world. And if you have missed the previous ones check the one on Thailand, Germany, Italy, France and Japan. Today it is dedicated to Germany. So here we go.
– Wishing fellow diners ‘buen provecho’ (enjoy your meal) before you begin your meal is considered a good dining etiquette
– Eat foods like tortas and tortillas with your hands, as it is encouraged; but using the fork and spoon above your place for dessert is considered good eating etiquette.
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– Be too early for a dinner! It is assumed that you’re imposing on your hosts if you show up on the dot, as you’re invited and is considered a bad dining etiquette. 15-30 minutes past the decided time is an acceptable time-frame to show up.
– Rush through your meal; the best eating etiquette is to enjoy you food with friends and family and is looked at as an opportunity to socialize and converse with those around you.
These are a few does and don’ts of dining in France. We hope it was somehow helpful for you. If you have learnt something from these let us know in comments and stay tuned for table manners from other countries.
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