I don't understand eating in America

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  1. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    Switching hands is just inefficient and messy. Use two hands but use the ones that work best for you. Most Americans would fork that burrito into their eye with a left hand stab.
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    .... and still further evidence that Terry is actually a plumbing robot. The conspiracy grows.
  3. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    There is no one around me...
    I left the drive up window...

    Why would you go inside a Mexican restaurant?
  4. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    To meet Mexicans.

    It's called, "getting out and about".

    The only place you might wish to stay in your car is Ireland.

    Or places where the Irish moved to. Like potato farms.
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  5. Cookie

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    I might be too lazy to go check or sometimes, the posts are just too boring, but you I think, never answered how you eat soup with a fork?
  6. Ian Gills

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    OK, OK. I use a soup spoon. But there is etiquette in using this too, which also has been missed on Americans.

    Because your mummy and daddy didn't teach you. Which means etiquette was forgotten on the Mayflower, although I happen to believe that it never boarded.

    PS I know you always check these posts Cookie.

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  7. Cookie

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    lol. Sometimes, I do. Not always. I usually always check the posts about fixing something I know little about, which is alot, lol. Because I am studying to become certified to home inspecting houses. Now, I am a licensed RE agent so, it can go hand-in-hand. I am also, a licensed appraiser. Houses I know about. Plus, I am on the computer when I am not doing either of those 2 because I write 2 columns in magazines, and numerous other things, so, inbetween thoughts, I read here on the funny threads for some R & R. I laugh at alot of yours. :)

    Question: How do you eat a Snicker's Bar?
  8. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    Deep fried.

    You should try the nachi forum for home inspectors. There are always some interesting posts there.
  9. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    It's not exactly fine cuisine...
    Although the Gringo Corporation Chain Restaurants might pass a health department inspection...

    I could understand them wanting to bloody your nose...
    Like so much of the world already has...
    How many colonies have you been kicked out of now Ian?
  10. Cookie

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    Actually, well acquainted with Nachi.

    Now, I want a deep fried Snickers bar for breakfast to go with my bag of M&M's, topped with a big coffee. I will drink my coffee with my right hand.

    Do you use a knive & fork with that Snickers bar?
  11. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    Personally, none. Although I have lived in two, including the United States, and both treated me well and rightly recognized me as their old master.

    It's all "Yes Sir" and "No Sir" at immigration and a nice long-term working visa to boot. No problem. But then I wouldn't expect one. I'm just coming home to survey the land and see how you guys have been keeping the place.

    The answer to that, of course, is not very well. Bridges falling down. Gas pipes exploding. etc. etc.




    If in the company of others, absolutely! That's just good manners.
  12. Cookie

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    Now, for dinner tonite I made my own dish of sauteed ( in crackling garlic oil) onions, green peppers, hot peppers, squash, red spuds, cut up tomato, fresh basil, fresh oregano... over a bed of rice... question, how would you eat this?
  13. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    With a knife and fork at a properly set table. Use the knife to squidge the meal onto the fork.
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    No, you would eat this very quickly because it is oh, so good... and, then want more.

    or... you could take your time and let each mouthful taste great.
  15. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    Brits eat popcorn with a fork and spoon too?

    Or avoid it for fear of no proper instructions for transfer to mouth "properly"?
  16. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    We eat that with our hands........in the dark at the cinema.

    I ate another buritto the other day with a knife and fork. The other American diners around me must have thought it was a magic trick, using a knife and fork at the same time.
  17. Redwood

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    Sounds like you either drastically overpaid for your meal or, you looked awful silly sitting there in the parking lot....:D

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  18. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    Actually it was one of these.

    And it was full of Americans using their fingers.

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  19. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    Looks like detention hall in my catholic high school, with the sprinkler heads or tear gas dispensers lowered to head height.

    I would stick to the pseudo english pubs to relax. Greasy old wood and brass.

    Good on you to adopt one American abberation of popcorn groveling.
  20. Redwood

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    Is that a school cafeteria?

    That would explain a soggy slimy burrito that you couldn't pick up....

    Now when I think about fine dinning i usually associate it with a place that looks like this....

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    or, this...

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    Definitely not a school cafeteria eating soggy burritos...
    Those are something you grab for a quick belly filler at a fast food joint...

    Fine dinning usually entails enjoying things like...
    Paupiette of Sole stuffed with Maine crabmeat and fresh herbs with a light mustard cream...
    Roast Sirloin with braised onions and sweet wine demi-glace
    Ginger Crusted Salmon Fillet with baby shrimp and lemongrass sauce soy caramel
    Orecciette Pasta tossed with grilled shrimp, fire-roasted peppers, mushrooms and garlic cream

    A bunch of overcooked reheated beans in a flour tortilla just doesn't make the grade....

    By the way in 1814 some of your fellow countrymen saw fit to use the place in the 2nd photo as their headquarters until they were sent packing by a bunch of farmers...
    Hard to imagine a well trained army allowing that to happen but it did....
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