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Fun on Friday: International Dining Etiquette Rules

15 International Food Etiquette Rules That Might Surprise You

You used the fork in front of you and suddenly everyone is staring… why? Table manners are as unique to a culture as the food before you—though not always as easy to navigate. Here, 15 etiquette rules you should know before you travel.

By Amanda Ruggeri, Thursday, Feb 23, 2012, 7:00 AM  |  Subscribe to the magazine(Illustration by Edwin Fotheringham)

You have good manners, right? After all, you (usually) keep your elbows off the table and say “Please pass the salt,” right? But when you head abroad, things get a little more complicated. Case in point: Rest your chopsticks the wrong way, and you might remind a Japanese friend of their grandmother’s funeral (Rule 2). But knowing what the etiquette rules are won’t just save you from some awkward situations, says Dean Allen Foster, author of the Global Etiquette Guide series. It can also help you make friends. “It’s really a statement of your openness and awareness of the fact that the people you’re with… may in fact see the world differently,” he says. “It’s simply going to get you out of the tourist bubble.” Sound good? Then here are 15 rules to keep in mind.

Read more: http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/international-dining-etiquette-rules,8358/#ixzz1rxGIE0VT

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