Dining Mantras You Must Follow

Posted In Awareness - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Thursday, February 17th, 2011 With 0 Comments

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Here are few dining mantras that may definitely help to have a wonderful dining experience with your family, friends and elsewhere.

  • Never speak with food in your mouth.
  • If you are not comfortable using a fork to eat rice, it is perfectly acceptable to ask the server for a spoon.
  • Do not ask for permission to smoke on the dinner table. It is considered rude. Preferably do not smoke at all, unless the host takes the lead or grants you permission.
  • Avoid answering calls and messages on your cell phone during a meal, unless it is very urgent. Ideally, the cell phone should be on the silent or discreet mode.
  • If you happen to drop a fork, spoon or knife during the meal, do not pick it up. You may ask the server for a replacement.
  • Do not rest your elbows on the table during the meal. When you are not using the cutlery, place your hands on your lap. It is acceptable to lightly rest your wrists on the table.
  • Avoid ordering finger foods, so that your fingers don’t get messy. If you do, try to use a fork to eat these.
  • Also, never order the most expensive item on the menu unless your host urges you to try that dish.
  • Do not slurp while having soup. Wait for hot food items to cool sufficiently before you have them. It is not acceptable if you blow on hot food to cool it.
  • If you want to have bread or rolls with soup, tear a bite-sized piece, place it on the side plate, butter it with the butter knife and then pick it up with the fork. Do not hold the bread in your hand while buttering it.
  • If you want something you cannot reach, politely ask the person nearest to it to pass it to you. Never reach across your neighbor’s plate to get something.