If you are planning to travel overseas try to learn as much as you can about food etiquette because in some countries is a completely different world of manners.
I know right now you are saying to yourself "But I have good manners."
After all, you (usually) keep your elbows off the table and say "Please pass the salt". But when you head overseas, things get a bit trickier. An example would be: Rest your chopsticks the wrong way, and you might remember a Japanese friend of his grandmother's funeral. Keep on reading to discover more. Enjoy your journey.
- In Thailand: don't put food in your mouth with a fork.
Instead, when you eat cooked rice, use your fork only to push food into the spoon. Some exceptions: some northern and northeastern Thai dishes are usually eaten with the hands-you know you've found a dish like rice used is sticky or "tacky". In addition, independent elements that are not part of a meal consisting of rice can be eaten with a fork.
- In Japan: never stick your chopsticks upright in your rice.
Between bites, chopsticks should be placed together right in front of you, parallel to the edge of the table, and nowhere else, says Mineko Takane Moreno, professor of Japanese cuisine and co-author of Sushi for Dummies. (If there is a chopsticks rest, you use it, put the tips I've been eating with the rest.) But sticking upright in a bowl of rice is even worse: During funerals in Japan, the rice bowl of the deceased is placed before the coffin ... with their chopsticks upright in the rice. So what I would see rather, someone do that at a meal, or ask for a fork? Mineko not hesitate. "Asking for a fork," she says.
- In the Middle East, India and parts of Africa: don't eat with your left hand.
In southern India, you should not even touch the plate with his left hand while eating. That is largely because the left hand is associated with, um, bodily functions, so it is considered dirty. In fact, says Allen, not even pass important documents with your left hand. A southpaw? So it's okay to use his left hand as always and when you take the right hand out of the game.
- At a traditional feast in Georgia, it's rude to sip your wine.
What Georgians called supra (traditional feast), wine is drunk just toast. So wait for the ... and then around the glass at a time. By upside, says photographer based cameraman and Georgia Paul Stephens, glasses tended to be a little smaller.
- In Mexico: never eat tacos with a fork and knife.
Worried about spilling refried beans and salsa across the front? Tough. Mexicans think that eating tacos with a fork and knife looks silly and even worse, posh-something like a burger with silverware. So be polite: eat with your hands.
- In Italy: drink a cappuccino only before noon.
Some Italians say that a cappuccino at the end of the day it upsets your stomach, others that it is a substitute for a meal (which is common to just have a cappuccino or a cappuccino and a croissant for breakfast). Either way, you will not see Italians order coffee at 3 pm-and certainly not after a big dinner. If so, they are immediately branded as a tourist. If you need that coffee fix, however, an espresso is fine.
- In Britain: always pass the port to the left—and remember the Bishop of Norwich.
It is not clear that passing the port on the left is so important; some say it has to do with naval tradition (the port side of a ship is on your left if you're facing). Regardless, passing the decanter to the right is a big blunder. So that nothing is happening at all. If you are in a meal and the decanter stalls, then ask the person to her, "You know the Bishop of Norwich?" If they say they do not know, he said, "It's a very nice guy, but he always forgets to pass the port." It sounds strange, but true. This is a tradition in the country, the Telegraph wrote an article on it.
- In France: don't eat your bread as an appetizer before the meal.
Instead, eat as an accompaniment to food or, especially, for the cheese course at the end of the meal. That said, one thing that would be a wrong move elsewhere placement of bread at the table and not in a plate-is perfectly acceptable in France-in fact, is preferred.
- In China: don't flip the fish.
While you may get used to flipping on a whole fish, once you have finished one side, you will not, at least not when you're in China, especially southern China and Hong Kong. This is because the fish is turning dao yue in Chinese, similar to "bad luck" phrase. In addition, Allen says, "to flip the fish over is like saying the fisherman boat will capsize." The more superstitious leave intact the bottom, while others leave the cord itself to reach the bottom.
- In Italy: don't ask for parmesan for your pizza—or any other time it's not explicitly offered.
Put the parmigiano pizza is seen as a sin, like putting gelatin in fine chocolate mousse. And many pasta dishes in Italy are not for Parmesan: In Rome, for example, the traditional cheese is pecorino, and that's what happens in many classic pasta like bucatini all'amatriciana not parmesan. A rule of thumb: If you do not offer, do not ask for it.
- Don't eat anything, even fries, with your hands at a meal in Chile.
Manners here are a little more formal than many other countries in South America. So while it might be more practical simply to take those fries with your fingers, do not. "The greatest need is to identify with European culture, so food (eat) with a knife and fork," says Allen.
- In Korea: if an older person offers you a drink, lift your glass to receive it with both hands.
Doing so is a sign of respect for elders, an important principle of Korean culture. After receiving the shed with both hands, you should turn your head to the side and take a discreet sip says Stephen Cha-Kim, an advocate of Korean-born workers who regularly visit family in Korea. "Today, if someone passes me anything, both hands shoot instinctively," says Cha-Kim. Similarly, do not start eating until the eldest male has done (and not leave the table until that person is finished).
- Never mix—or turn down—vodka in Russia.
The drink is always drunk neat, not even ice. Nothing is added as a contaminant beverage purity (unless the mixer is beer, which produces a formidable drink known as Yorsh). But there is another misstep that's even worse, says Allen: when offered the drink and turns down. Since offering someone a drink is a sign of trust and friendship, it is a good idea to take it. Even if it is 9 a.m.
- When drinking coffee with Bedouins in the Middle East, shake the cup at the end.
In general, any person or Bedouin Bedouin-related-will continue pour more coffee, once finished unless you shake the cup, which means tilting the cup two or three times, when the hand again. It's an important tip, says the freelance correspondent based in the Middle East Haley Sweetland Edwards, who last year, Bedouin who was eating in Qatar did not practice until she got it right.
- In Brazil: play your tokens wisely.
In a churrascaria, or Brazilian steakhouse, servers circle with steaks and diners use chips to place an order. If a server goes with anything you want, make sure your token, you will have at your table, you have the green side up. If you do not want more, turn it over to the red side. Since meat can be endless, it is important to create a strategy-if you leave aside the green signal until you could end up asking for much more than expected.