Sometimes I embarrass myself.
Actually… most times I embarrass myself & my boyfriend & whoever is with me.
I can’t really help it. It’s come to the point where I’ve pretty much embraced it & my friends have too.
But YOU don’t have to follow the same enlightened path as me. Unless you’re a food blogger… or unless you just like to take a MILLI pics of food & post on Instagram or Facebook (then of course I’ll understand).
So here’s a quick guide to what you SHOULD and SHOULDN’T DO.
Do: know where to place your napkin.
+The napkin goes on your lap before you begin eating.
+The napkin goes on your seat if you stand up to use the restroom (the waitress/waiter will usually fold it back neatly for you)
+The napkin goes on the left side of your plate when you’re finished with the entire meal.
Do: place your utensils across your plate to signal you’re done eating.
+ The knife & fork should be placed at the 10:20 position on the plate.
Do: look into your wine glass when drinking – – > not at your date, business partners, strangers, neighbors, etc. That could be totally AWK if they make eye contact back.
Do: cut one piece of meat/fish at a time before eating it
+ Not the entire steak into pieces at once.
Don’t: wipe your mouth with your hands and fingers.
+ Please use your napkin & use it often.
Don’t: put your keys, wallet, cellphone or camera (in my case) on the table.
+ I keep mine in my lap so I’m ready to snap a few photos right when the food comes out. I have to do it quick to keep the annoyance at a minimal. My excuse is that I’m a food blogger…what’s yours?
Don’t: wear sandals, flip flops, sneakers, or those weird looking finger shoes.
Don’t: reach across the table to try your friend’s food.
+ Ask politely to put some on your bread plate and vice-vera.
Don’t: put your elbows on the table.
Don’t: yell for your waiter/waitress.
+ Wait to make eye contact or raise your hand to get their attention. If you’re at a fancy restaurant, the service should be very attentive anyways.
Don’t: spill your wine.
+ But if you do, hope that it’s white wine ; )
Do you guys have any other “fine dining” tips? Let me know below!