Etiquette or how to behave at the table

by Mirella "Lulu" Di Blasio

Etiquette or how to behave at the table

October 13th, 2016,

Habits change over the years and table manners aren't as strict as they used to be, but it remains that a minimum of etiquette is still mandatory.

A pocket guide to cut out and keep with you.

 

YES

NO

Taking part in conversations.
Doing it over the phone.
Complimenting on the meal.
Posting a photo of your plate on Instagram (#instafood).
Resting your forearms on the table.
Resting your elbows (or feet) on the table.
Placing your table napkin on your lap (to catch the bread crumbs).
Tucking it in your collar (indicates the intention of splattering the place).
Breaking the bread with your hands.
Breaking it with your teeth.
Finishing your plate and having some more.
Finishing the others' plates. And having some more.
Not finishing your plate.
Asking for a doggy bag.
Letting know in advance that you don't eat meat.
Explaining to everyone why you don't eat meat (with or without graphic details).
Using the knife to fill the fork.
Licking the knife. Or the plate, for that matter.
Waiting for everyone to be served before starting to eat.
Cleaning the breadbasket before the apetizers are served.
Winding the spaghettis on the fork.
Cutting the spaghettis (under threat of severe reprisals, especially at your fiancé-e's mamma's table).
Tasting before adding salt.
Adding salt before tasting.
Bringing a bottle of wine.
Leaving with a bottle of wine.


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