Perfect weather for a #pool after my work out. @okura_prestige_bkk #okurahotel #bangkok #bkk #gym (at The Okura Prestige Bangkok Hotel)
I passed by this #foodcourt in #Singapore last weekend and I liked the vibe of this place.
Ready for the #flight to #Singapore @CathayPacific @gq
When eating an artichoke, the leaves should be peeled off one by one starting from the outside. Each leaf should be hold by its tip and dipped in a usually butter sauce. Only the soft part of the leave should be eaten. Leave the outer hard part on the side of your plate. After reaching the center of the artichoke, one should use a knife to cut away the part with hair revealing the heart of the artichoke. The heart is to be eaten with a knife and fork.
Asparagus is usually served as a side dish, sometimes covered in hollandaise sauce or melted butter, eaten with a fork and knife. However, when the asparagus is served alone, one should pick it up by the end of the stem, dip it in a sauce and eat it with small bites. The harder woody end of the stem is not to be eaten and placed on the side of the plate instead.
When eating a banana, one should fully peel it off, and use a fork to cut off each piece and eat it.
Never pick up bones and nibble on them, unless it is an informal event and you are eating chicken wings or spare ribs.
Bread rolls are usually served before the meal, while you are waiting for your meal, and to accompany it. Usually there is a small plate to the left of a fork for your break roll. You should break off a bite-size piece of a bread, butter it and eat it.
It is considered rude to take two canapés at a time. Each of them should be eaten in once and only when you are not in a middle of a conversation. Decline politely those who look too messy to eat. Never put anything on a waiter’s tray that is still circulating around and NEVER ever DOUBLE DIP.
Caviar, the roe of the sturgeon fish, must be served at room temperature accompanied with a glass of champagne or vodka. It should not taste salty, neither smell. Store it in a glass once the tin is opened. It is not good for you, neither for the caviar to store it in the opened tin.
I personally feel, that you should never be holding a glass of champagne or any other beverage when photos are being taken. It might let others think that you enjoy alcohol too much. When opening a bottle of champagne, peel off the foil, remove the wire cage, place a folded in long textile napkin over the cork, and start gently moving the cork from side to side until it comes out with a gentle, quiet sound. The napkin will prevent the cork from flying out and it gives you a chance to hold it down to prevent any unwanted leakage in the worst possible case. Champagne glass should always be filled up to 3/4 and hold at the stem. Champagne should always be served chilled, stored in an ice-bucket.
When cheese is being served on a shared board, always use the cheese knife next to it. Soft cheeses should be of a room temperature. One should always cut off triangles from the round cheeses. The cheese rind can be consumed, or you may choose to cut it off and leave it on your plate. Cheese is usually served with crackers or bread pieces and a quince. Bring only bite-sized pieces of the cracker, quince and cheese to your mouth.
Never talk with your mouth full. Always keep it closed when chewing without making any noise. Finish the mouthful quick before you need to start to speak. The other person should fill the silence with saying something, since it is considered rude to stare at the person chewing.
Chewing gum is a big no-no in etiquette. One should only chew a gum (with their mouth closed without making any noises) when they are alone.
Always pick quickly when being offered a box of chocolates. It is considered rude to take time to study each praline to leave the unwanted ones to others.
Certain cuisines and dishes require the use of chopsticks. It is recommended to learn how to eat with them before the event. When eating, place them on the right of your plate when not using them. Sometimes they come with a special tiny rest. Do not ever pass food to others using them.
Never lick or eat of the knife. Imagine your plate as a clock. When taking a rest between the bites, place the fork on 8 and the knife on 4 o’clock. After you are done eating, place both on 5.
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These are alcoholic beverages served after a meal to aid digestion. Digestifs are taken straight (they are not to be mixed as cocktails). Common digestifs are brandy, cognac, Armagnac, grappa, sometimes fortified wines (sherry, vermouth, port, madeira), bitter or sweet liqueurs (drambuie, amari, herbal liqueur, Grand Marnier, Kahlua, and whisky.
While eating, elbows are to be off the table tucked into your sides. Elbows can be rested on the table once finished eating, when you do not have any utensils in your hands. Leaning on your elbows during a conversation, however, means that you are listening attentively to the one speaking.
These are small bowls on the table containing hot water with a slice of lemon (Chinese tea instead of water in case you are in China and Hong Kong). Finger bowls are used when the food (usually seafood) is to be eaten with fingers. Dip your fingers in the bowl, rinse them, and bring them to your napkin to dry them.
If the waiter does not fillet the fish for you and you happen to be served fish on the bone, use your fork to roll out the spine from the head to tail. Eat the fish in small bites and never flip it to reach the meat underneath. Instead, lift the fish and gently bring out the meat underneath using your fork. Fingers are to be used for removing small bones from the mouth and placed on the side of the plate.
In an occasion of attending a formal dinner, the person who invited you should inform you of what to expect and about the appropriate dress code. Start eating when every else has their dish and starts eating. You should not leave the table during dinner. Formal dinners are usually accompanied by speeches and toasts, therefore, always make sure that you do not finish the drink in your glass, so you have something to toast with.
It is probably the best idea to try to avoid garlic, or at least ensure you do not overpower the food, should you be cooking for your guests. Always bear in mind that after consuming garlic, others will be able to smell it on your breath. Try to prevent such situation.
Grapes are always to be eaten in a small bunch. You can use your fingers or grapes scissors to cut a small bunch and then consume it. Never pick them one by one of the big bunch.
Hiccups are nothing one can be in control off and they happen to everyone. You should always acknowledge it and apologize. If it becomes too long and disturbing, excuse yourself and leave for the bathroom, where you remain until your hiccups stop.
There is never any need for you to share the information should you be starving, same as there is no need to share that you are full.
KEBABS & SKEWERS
These are small cubes of meat and sometimes vegetables on a skewer. Never eat of the skewer, but use your left hand to hold it and your fork to ease the meat of the skewer piece by piece on to the plate.
This citrus fruits can be consumed whole with the skin, either raw or cooked.
A wedge of lemon is usually served together with fish or seafood. Squeeze it with your fingers or against the tips of your fork to release the juice. Always cover the lemon around with your other hand to prevent any spraying on others.
Lobster is usually served in the shell cut in half. You may use your fork and knife as well as your fork and your fingers, to ease the meat out. If the claws are not cracked already, you will need to use special lobster crackers. Use your fork to pull out the meat.
To ease out the mussel out of the shell, you may use your fork or another empty shell. It is allowed to consume pieces of bread dipping them in the sauce. All empty shells should be placed on an empty plate.
To be continued…
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