Impress your hosts wherever you go with these important tips.
Russia – Keep your hands above the table and never refuse a vodka (asking for a mixer is just as rude!)
Korea – Don’t begin eating or leave the table before the oldest male has done so.
France – Keep bread on the table, rather than on a plate. Tear pieces off to place them in your mouth, rather than biting directly into it.
Thailand – Always leave a few bites of food on your plate; a completely clear plate suggests to your hosts that you haven’t had enough to eat.
Turkey – Burping after a meal shows appreciation for the food.
Portugal – Don’t ask for salt and pepper, as it’s considered an offence to the chef’s seasoning skills.
South America – Pay respect to Pachamama, the Andean harvest and fertility goddess, by spilling a few drops of your drink on the ground and saying, “Para la Pachamama.” This ritual is called “ch’alla.”
Egypt – It’s never acceptable to refill your own glass; wait for someone else to refill it, and you should refill your neighbour’s whenever it’s less than half full.
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