Do you know dinner etiquette?

  • commoncoll

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    Mar 28, 2011 2:00 AM GMT
    Someone told me it's rude to eat foods like kebabs and french fries with your fingers. I can understand that some foods should be eaten with utensils in the presence of company who may be disgusted.

    The thing is I come from a culture where a lot of food, even rice and things like that, are not eaten with spoons. Maybe soup is the only thing people really use utensils for. I have seen a lot of people eat french fries with fingers, aren't they considered finger food?

    Is there really a proper way to eat food with your fingers?
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    Mar 28, 2011 2:02 AM GMT
    Yes. Eat fingers separately.
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    Mar 28, 2011 2:04 AM GMT

    In my opinion, it depends on the food. Also the culture. In some countries, food is most often eaten with fingers.
    It is also considered a compliment to belch after a meal...in some countries...icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 28, 2011 2:07 AM GMT
    Depends on the type of restaurant, I suppose. Technically, when you eat kebabs, you're not supposed to eat directly from the skewer. You slide the pieces of meat/veggies off the skewer and on to your plate. Then use your utensils.

    French fries? Definitely finger food. The exception would be if they were chili cheese fries or poutine.
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    Mar 28, 2011 2:12 AM GMT
    commoncoll saidSomeone told me it's rude to eat foods like kebabs and french fries with your fingers. I can understand that some foods should be eaten with utensils in the presence of company who may be disgusted.

    The thing is I come from a culture where a lot of food, even rice and things like that, are not eaten with spoons. Maybe soup is the only thing people really use utensils for. I have seen a lot of people eat french fries with fingers, aren't they considered finger food?

    Is there really a proper way to eat food with your fingers?

    Use a fork on your right hand and a knife on the left. Cut into each food until they are bite sized morsels, then use the fork to place the morsel in your mouth.

    This goes the same for pizza (which many may pick up, fold half way and eat). icon_lol.gif

    Why is it so weird to use a fork to eat pizza? I'd do the same for a burger.
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    Mar 28, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    Imma bitchslap whoever told you to eat french fries using utensils...

    the trick is if you can eat it in one or two bites, then you don't need utensils- you'd just look stupid and pretentious..imagine eating a crostini using utensils- i'd die
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    Mar 28, 2011 3:01 AM GMT
    I worked for a company where everybody was super uptight.

    I deliberately took the team to a Moroccan restaurant where we had to sit on the floor and eat steaming hot couscous with our hands. That and a little liquor helped to loosen everybody up so that we could actually work together.

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    Mar 28, 2011 3:04 AM GMT
    I don't think some things should be eaten with your hands, but I don't really care that much. I don't need someone to be super proper. Some things just should be eaten with your hands.

    I am going to eat my french fries with my hands and if someone doesn't like it, they can suck my dick
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    Mar 28, 2011 3:24 AM GMT
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    Mar 28, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    French fries, pizza, hamburgers, etc are all meant to be eaten by hand, without utensils. Using a fork and knife to eat something like a slice of pizza is preposterous and looks silly.
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    Mar 28, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    It's a gray spectrum. Who you're with, where you are, what it is.

    This post is so vague and non-committal
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    Mar 28, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    They grilled it into us in middle school.
    We had a class dedicated to proper etiquette.
  • bmoney1

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    Mar 28, 2011 4:40 AM GMT
    Lol, not sure if kebobs are on the list of foods acceptable to eat with your fingers, but bad table manners are the worst. I would most likely have done as some above said and slid them off and eaten them with a fork. On the same note, I could not see myself even pointing it out if someone was eating them straight off of the stick! Lust let them be and keep my judgements to myself.
  • eddieross69

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    Mar 28, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    As a kid growing up, my dad worked for the U.N. and we were schooled in table ettiquette because we often had to attend dinner parties at various embasises.

    We were taught to always eat with a knife and fork, and yes, even french fries. No eating with your fingers. That's why a properly laid table has a gazillion forks. One for salad. One for fish. One for . . . it goes on and on.

    But with the rapid globalization of cultures over the last few decades, I think the "rules" have been a little relaxed to accomodate cultural eating habits. Alas, good etiquette in general is quickly disappearing as well.

    Unless, of course, you're at a State dinner at the White House. Gotta use utensils there.


  • ohioguy12

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    Mar 28, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    This reminds me of the episode of Seinfeld where they were eating Snickers with a knife and fork
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    Mar 28, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    gravityrunner saidWhy is it so weird to use a fork to eat pizza? I'd do the same for a burger.

    ...you eat a burger with utensils? icon_confused.gif
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    Mar 28, 2011 5:02 AM GMT
    gravityrunner said
    commoncoll saidSomeone told me it's rude to eat foods like kebabs and french fries with your fingers. I can understand that some foods should be eaten with utensils in the presence of company who may be disgusted.

    The thing is I come from a culture where a lot of food, even rice and things like that, are not eaten with spoons. Maybe soup is the only thing people really use utensils for. I have seen a lot of people eat french fries with fingers, aren't they considered finger food?

    Is there really a proper way to eat food with your fingers?

    Use a fork on your right hand and a knife on the left. Cut into each food until they are bite sized morsels, then use the fork to place the morsel in your mouth.

    This goes the same for pizza (which many may pick up, fold half way and eat). icon_lol.gif

    Why is it so weird to use a fork to eat pizza? I'd do the same for a burger.


    Only in the US... for the rest of the world:

    The fork is held continuously in the left hand and used for eating. When food must be cut, the fork is used exactly as in the American style, except that once the bite has been separated from the whole, it is conveyed directly to the mouth on the downward-facing fork. Regardless of which style is used to operate fork and knife, it is important never to cut more than one or two bites at one time.

    Using hands is a cultural norm and perfectly ok for many foods. The likelihood of being served a kabob, french fries or pizza in a setting where for formal service is required seems quite low.

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    Mar 28, 2011 5:52 AM GMT
    "Oh! No eating with your fingers!"

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  • FRE0

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    Mar 28, 2011 6:21 AM GMT
    gravityrunner said
    commoncoll saidSomeone told me it's rude to eat foods like kebabs and french fries with your fingers. I can understand that some foods should be eaten with utensils in the presence of company who may be disgusted.

    The thing is I come from a culture where a lot of food, even rice and things like that, are not eaten with spoons. Maybe soup is the only thing people really use utensils for. I have seen a lot of people eat french fries with fingers, aren't they considered finger food?

    Is there really a proper way to eat food with your fingers?



    Use a fork on your right hand and a knife on the left. Cut into each food until they are bite sized morsels, then use the fork to place the morsel in your mouth.

    This goes the same for pizza (which many may pick up, fold half way and eat). icon_lol.gif

    Why is it so weird to use a fork to eat pizza? I'd do the same for a burger.


    If you mean to cut a bite size piece, eat it, and then cut the next bite size piece and then eat it, fine. However, under no circumstance should everything be cut up at one before eating.

    Keeping the fork in the left hand while eating food that has to be cut is European style. It is preferred by many, partly because it requires less shuffling of utensils than the "American" method.

    If possible, it is acceptable to use the side of a fork for cutting; that can work well with pizza, but sometimes it is necessary to use a knife because cutting with a fork can be too difficult.
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    Mar 28, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
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    gravityrunner said
    commoncoll saidSomeone told me it's rude to eat foods like kebabs and french fries with your fingers. I can understand that some foods should be eaten with utensils in the presence of company who may be disgusted.

    The thing is I come from a culture where a lot of food, even rice and things like that, are not eaten with spoons. Maybe soup is the only thing people really use utensils for. I have seen a lot of people eat french fries with fingers, aren't they considered finger food?

    Is there really a proper way to eat food with your fingers?



    Use a fork on your right hand and a knife on the left. Cut into each food until they are bite sized morsels, then use the fork to place the morsel in your mouth.

    This goes the same for pizza (which many may pick up, fold half way and eat). icon_lol.gif

    Why is it so weird to use a fork to eat pizza? I'd do the same for a burger.


    If you mean to cut a bite size piece, eat it, and then cut the next bite size piece and then eat it, fine. However, under no circumstance should everything be cut up at one before eating.

    Keeping the fork in the left hand while eating food that has to be cut is European style. It is preferred by many, partly because it requires less shuffling of utensils than the "American" method.

    If possible, it is acceptable to use the side of a fork for cutting; that can work well with pizza, but sometimes it is necessary to use a knife because cutting with a fork can be too difficult.


    Euro style here (cause I'm a leftie)....otherwise, do as the Romans do....icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 28, 2011 6:30 AM GMT
    Ultimately, weren't "table manners" derived by necessity to assure dining companions that others at the table would be civil and refrain from any kind of unanticipated movement which might precede murder or other unpleasantness which might detract from the meal?
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    Mar 28, 2011 6:41 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidUltimately, weren't "table manners" derived by necessity to assure dining companions that others at the table would be civil and refrain from any kind of unanticipated movement which might precede murder or other unpleasantness which might detract from the meal?


    You mean like stabbing someone in the hand when they grabbing for the last piece of chicken?.....lol....
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    Mar 28, 2011 7:13 AM GMT
    Eatng with your hands and fingers is mandatory in a lot of cultures...

    it depends on the culture and the time in which

    I heard a British Queen caused an outrage when she picked up and ate a piece of bread )... with a FORK!!! BLASPHEMY!!!!

    (bread was considered god's gift as food to man, meant to be eaten with the hands)

    The use of forks in the west was aided along by Asian princesses married to western kings... mostly Byzantine ones (who were mostly middle eastern in custom)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fork

    All utensils and eating habits have a historical/cultural origin... the fingers will do fine for many cultures...

    If I were you I would simply adapt to the people Im eating with
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    Mar 28, 2011 7:18 AM GMT
    more on the fork in wiki:

    "Its use was first described in English by Thomas Coryat in a volume of writings on his Italian travels (1611), but for many years it was viewed as an unmanly Italian affectation."

    So even back then anything the Italians did was considered "gay" to teh english

    LMAO!!!
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    Mar 28, 2011 7:25 AM GMT
    eddieross69 saidAs a kid growing up, my dad worked for the U.N. and we were schooled in table ettiquette because we often had to attend dinner parties at various embasises.

    We were taught to always eat with a knife and fork, and yes, even french fries. No eating with your fingers. That's why a properly laid table has a gazillion forks. One for salad. One for fish. One for . . . it goes on and on.

    But with the rapid globalization of cultures over the last few decades, I think the "rules" have been a little relaxed to accomodate cultural eating habits. Alas, good etiquette in general is quickly disappearing as well.

    Unless, of course, you're at a State dinner at the White House. Gotta use utensils there.




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