Why is it that the best restaurants are always French or Italian and you have to be able to speak those languages to order? Some restaurants, usually in tourist areas of foreign cities, will supply an English menu, or you may find and English translation in smaller type ... Read More »
Food trucks are the newest urban dining trend. They are everywhere these days, in business districts and neighborhoods, in front of art show openings and concerts, at farmers markets, and in parks and parking lots for regularly scheduled food-truck nights. Food-truck grazing is a great, casual, and often ... Read More »
1. Are elbows ever allowed on the table? Yes. In between courses or when no food is on the table. This holds true for everyone at the table.
2. When eating soup, should you spoon the soup away from you? Yes. Soup is always spooned away ... Read More »
There is an urban myth about the guest who drank from her finger bowl, thinking the clear liquid was a kind of soup. In order to put her guest at ease, the hostess did the same. While finger bowls may be a thing of the past, they do ... Read More »
It’s the little things that count with manners, including the proper way to eat bread and butter when dining in company. These tips will make you a pleasant and knowledgeable dining companion:
• A basket with rolls, sliced breads, crackers, and/or breadsticks may be passed ... Read More »
Dining manners are not just empty rules; they make dining with others a more pleasant experience for everyone. The next time you dine in someone’s home or in a restaurant, remember your Ps and Qs for optimal dining enjoyment.
The napkin is usually placed to the ... Read More »
At the dining table, get comfortable with common etiquette Do’s and Don’ts...
• Do wait until everyone is seated and served to begin eating or until your host gives the okay.
• Do take small portions ... Read More »
A general understanding of the art of drinking, serving, and tasting will add greatly to your enjoyment of this alcoholic beverage. Like most things, the more you learn about wine, the more fascinating the subject becomes. Narsai David, vintner ( Read More »
If you are new to sushi, you may find yourself quickly overwhelmed. A seemingly endless array of fish, rice, seaweed, and various accompaniments, often listed on the menu in Japanese, can make you feel lost and unsure how to proceed.
Sushi is a popular delicacy in ... Read More »
Knowing how to manipulate your knife and fork with assurance is an important part of table etiquette. It’s difficult to get through a meal or close a deal if you don’t know where to place your knife and fork during a meal, or worse, ... Read More »