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Old 03-09-2012, 07:58 AM   #31
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I was wondering because I had heard that US tourists in England are considered uncouth for picking up their burgers and eating them. It must have been the setting they were in, they did say they were in a restaurant and not a fast food place.
Yeah, it would probably seem a little strange to folks in England if they started picking up a burger in a restaurant but if it's at home, from a street kiosk, bbq etc then I think it's very normal to eat a burger with your hands and not reach for the knife and fork.

Would you even eat a burger with your hands in a quite fancy restaurant? I know fancy restaurants don't usually serve burgers but would it happen?
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Yeah, it would probably seem a little strange to folks in England if they started picking up a burger in a restaurant but if it's at home, from a street kiosk, bbq etc then I think it's very normal to eat a burger with your hands and not reach for the knife and fork.

Would you even eat a burger with your hands in a quite fancy restaurant? I know fancy restaurants don't usually serve burgers but would it happen?
Oh yes! But then I was raised by wolves... If a food is served with top and bottom bread, it should be picked up. It that is inappropriate the restaurant should not serve it that way, it should be open face.

I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times I've eaten in a fancy restaurant in 51 years, and I have enough fingers to have a couple left over. I much prefer the relaxed attitude in less formal settings. I can be cleaned up and presented in classier places and I will act accordingly, but that only lasts until I get the giggles.
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Oh yes! But then I was raised by wolves... If a food is served with top and bottom bread, it should be picked up. It that is inappropriate the restaurant should not serve it that way, it should be open face.
I agree with you on that one 100% In fact, it's almost impossible to eat a burger served in a bun with a knife and fork and ruins all the fun:)

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I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times I've eaten in a fancy restaurant in 51 years, and I have enough fingers to have a couple left over. I much prefer the relaxed attitude in less formal settings. I can be cleaned up and presented in classier places and I will act accordingly, but that only lasts until I get the giggles.
I'm the same as you, always felt a little intimidated in fancy restaurants but here in Moscow it's full of fancy restaurants so I've kind of got used to it now and to be honest, the people here mind there own business so you could probably sit giggling all night long and nobody would notice
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I agree with you on that one 100% In fact, it's almost impossible to eat a burger served in a bun with a knife and fork and ruins all the fun:)



I'm the same as you, always felt a little intimidated in fancy restaurants but here in Moscow it's full of fancy restaurants so I've kind of got used to it now and to be honest, the people here mind there own business so you could probably sit giggling all night long and nobody would notice
I would be fine until I remembered my Dad's stage whisper of, "Don't eat the doilies," from when I was about 7 years old. He didn't care for the robot children act and decided to lighten the mood during dessert.
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I would be fine until I remembered my Dad's stage whisper of, "Don't eat the doilies," from when I was about 7 years old. He didn't care for the robot children act and decided to lighten the mood during dessert.
Oh don't worry, as long as you eat the doilies with a knife and fork you'd be fine
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Oh don't worry, as long as you eat the doilies with a knife and fork you'd be fine
Okay, now I have to make sure I take a few doilies on our next visit...
Yes, I will eat paper to make my Dad laugh!
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Okay, now I have to make sure I take a few doilies on our next visit...
Yes, I will eat paper to make my Dad laugh!
It does not mean you have to eat them At least try to behave.......for a few minutes;)

Have you been to Russia before?
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JJ I first visited Moscow about 35 yrs ago to catch a train to 'blisi.The Russians may have invented the burger but the Serbs invented the bun "lepinje" this the famous Belgrade emporium of Pljeskavica

It looks a bit like Moscow.
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JJ I first visited Moscow about 35 yrs ago to catch a train to 'blisi.The Russians may have invented the burger but the Serbs invented the bun "lepinje" this the famous Belgrade emporium of Pljeskavica

It looks a bit like Moscow.
Oh wow! How did you find Moscow all that time ago? It has even changed in the six years I have been here and I can imagine 35 years ago it was a whole new ball game!! May I be nosey and ask what bought you to Moscow or was it just to catch the train? Did you travel down to Tbilisi?

Interesting video and I never realised that hamburger is one of there national dishes! You learn something new everyday and this site is an education:)

There were some similarities to Moscow, just a few more cars and people on the streets now though

Cheers Bolas!
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I went with a cousin who had street cred then in the USSR.We went to 'blisi to visit the grave of his great grandfather and mess ewith the Georgian girls
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