Do’s and Don’ts of Dinning Etiquette Around The World


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In Thailand, don’t put food in your mouth with a fork In America and other places the fork is used to grab pieces of food. In Thailand the fork is is only used to assist the spoon. When eating a dish with cooked rice, use your fork only to push food onto your spoon. Some Thai dishes are typically eaten with the hands and should not be eaten with any utensils. There are very few exceptions to the rule. One of the worst things to do besides using a fork is using chop sticks.

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In Japan, never stick your chopsticks upright in your rice Chop sticks are not the idea eating utensils in the states, but in Japan they are preferred over the spoon, fork and knife. Using chop sticks is like riding a bike, once you learn, you will never forget. There are rules to using chops sticks though. Between bites, your chopsticks should be placed together right in front of you, parallel to the edge of the table and nowhere else. If there is a chopsticks rest, you use it, putting the tips you’ve been eating with on the rest. But sticking them upright in a bowl of rice is even worse and should never be done. During funerals in Japan, the rice bowl of the deceased is placed before their coffin, with their chopsticks upright in the rice.

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In the Middle East, India and parts of Africa, don’t eat with your left hand In many cultures the left hand is seen as dirty, unlucky and even sinful. Countries in South India, the Middle Wast and Africa this is a well known fact. When it comes to eating you shouldn’t even touch the plate with your left hand. Don’t even pass important documents with your left hand. If you are a lefty then it’s okay to use your left hand, just make sure you never use your right hand.

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In Georgia, it’s rude to sip your wine Wine is a very important and traditional drink to consume at a dinner. All over the world wine it is the drink of choice. In Georgia ( the country not the state) the people have traditional feast called a supra. Wine is drunk only at toasts and sipping it at any other time is frowned upon. Wait for a toast to be made and then down the whole glass at once. The glasses tend to be on the smaller than usual and depending on your love for wine that can be a good or bad thing.

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In Italy, only drink a cappuccino before noon. With Starbucks and other cafe chains all over the world it is easy to get your caffeine fix at any time of the day. In Italy caffeine drinks are like a fine art. They also feel that they should be consumed in moderation. A rule of thumb when in Italy is to never order a cappuccino after noon. Some Italians say that a late-day cappuccino upsets your stomach. If you need that caffeine fix, an espresso is an appropriate cultural choice.

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