What NOT to do when Eating in France | French dining tips | French culture tips

What NOT to do when Eating in France | French dining tips | French culture tips


Salut YouTube! Ohlala the French and
their food okay so anyone who has lived in France
or has spent significant amount of time in France knows that eating in France
and dining rituals in France are quite particular to living in France for six
years and having different husband and spending hours and hours and hours
eating in the South of France with his family I’ve gathered a few tips around
the things that you should not do when eating in France though to avoid making
any kind of French it occurred for powers you know social faux pas things
that would definitely make you stick out like a sore thumb and I’m really
speaking here from experience even because I’ve done it and I felt like the
weird vibes or because I have had friends or family members come over and
things that have since become so normal to me I saw them doing things as at all
so I’m gonna go through a few kind of things that you should not do when
dining in France when eating out in France what not to do at the dinner
table kind of on a day-to-day basis let’s get into some of the things that
you absolutely should not do when dining in France okay so the first two things
are going to be around the bread I usually baguette that you have on your
table when you’re eating out in France so while you’re eating out the bread
won’t necessarily always get served straight away but when the food starts
to come you’ll almost always get a free basket of bread if you don’t get one you
can easily ask for it that’s part of the beauty of life in France a couple of
things that you really shouldn’t do with this bread
unless it’s a very specific restaurant and it’s already been provided but don’t
ask for butter to spread on your baguette so French people don’t actually
you know open the bread and put butter on their baguette usually you sort of
open it and you tear pieces off to eat the only exception to this is in the
mornings when French people make their tatin and I had actually had a friend
who asked a waiter for some butter and there
it’s not breakfast time so it was definitely something not to do
now speaking of red something that really surprised me when I moved to
France you know even when you’re eating out at restaurants the baguette lives on
the table so it’s very normal that the baguette is there and while you’re
eating it and everything you put it back down on the table on the tablecloth not
on your plate I don’t know why but it’s a really normal thing to have bread
crumbs on the tablecloth at the end of a meal and so if you ask them for a bread
plate you’re actually gonna be the one that comes across as a little bit
straight now the next ones are really really important so when you’re saying
cheers and France and you’re clinking the glasses and you’re saying Sante or
Oliver you always have to look people directly in the eye and the reason you
have to look people in the eye is that there’s a superstition that if you don’t
look people in the eye when you cheers them you will have bad six for seven
years so it’s pretty important now in terms of drinking with your meal what I
noticed in France is that you hardly ever drink soft drinks or fizzy drinks
while eating so it’s very very rare and it’s not really done to order like a
Coke or a Fanta or a sprite with your meal these are the kinds of drinks that
you’d have maybe if you were you know before dinner you were sharing an apple
maybe some nuts a little bit of cheese and charcuterie this kind of thing you’d
maybe have a fizzy drink but then once you started eating have noticed that
French people switch to water almost systematically or wine but yeah beers
soft drinks anything kind of fizzy ciders you don’t really see that being
consumed during a good meal and speaking of drinks per scene some
French people in general they don’t usually add ice to their drink so ice
usually will not come automatically with your drink and they don’t really like
drinking drinks with a lot of ice in them I think they find it too cold water
with ice in’ as an earlier thing so I won’t say don’t ask for eyes like if you
really want ice in your drink you know maybe ask for it but definitely don’t
assume that your drinks coming with us now something that would really be not
done and a French restaurant what these
things what I like to call the like around the diet culture so you know
going to a restaurant and only ordering an appetizer because you’re not that
hungry or just ordering one meal and splitting it with a friend it’s not
really acceptable firstly the portion sizes are usually smaller and well sized
and also I think it just kind of would annoy the shifts I guess and the waiters
to have a table even up to people who are just like sharing and plus because
of the whole eating culture here anyway the fact that you don’t really snack
between meals just you know those three times per day rich people usually come
to the table with an appetite there’s a reason they say Bon Appetit good
appetite and they’re usually hungry and they usually will have a full meal
another thing that isn’t really done and that links back again to this kind of
like difference in the diet cultures and everything is very much around doing the
whole replacement modification of your meal thing so like oh I want to have
that meal but can you put my dressing on the side and can you hold the pepper and
can you swap out the capsicum so tomatoes and that kind of thing the
chef’s here take a lot of pride in putting their meals together they know
what they’re doing and I guess they want the people eating in the restaurant to
trust them now if you have really serious dietary restrictions for example
good and free or allergies that kind of thing either do your research beforehand
and find restaurants that will suit your needs with menus that suit your needs or
have a word to the waiter before you start ordering and that will just make
sure that there’s no confusion or anything but they’re just not used to it
and usually modifications are really a thing my next point is don’t expect to
eat at 6 p.m. that’s early in France basically I’ve seen to friends and
family members mimic their own culture back home so have just like a small
salad or a small sandwich for lunch for example and they’ll be starving by 6:00
and they’ll be completely frustrated that there’s no way that they can eat no
restaurants are open no on serving until 7:30 8:00 at the earliest when in France
adapt to the schedule and this may mean having a
much hottia longer lunch to keep you going all the way until dinnertime and
or having an apparel before you eat so having yes and pretzels I’m not some
little nibbles basically before your meal and a drink around six seven pm
kind of thing to kind of tide you over until it’s really dinnertime so again
when it comes to drinks when you’ve been served you know York a half of wine or
water for example and this is true both in restaurants and in people’s homes
never serve yourself first never pour your own glass of water first it’s
always pouring for other people first you are always the last one to fill your
own glass another thing that I wouldn’t really do in dining out in front well
Paris that’s becoming a little bit more common but asking for a doggie bag it’s
just yeah again it’s just not really done the portion sizes are smaller
people you know they’re not used to overeating or being served overly huge
amounts of food so of course if you know you’re not feeling well or maybe you’ve
got a child who’s only like picked up that meal and you want to take it away
don’t be too concerned about it but just know that you may get some strange looks
if you ask for a doggie bag another tip that I learned recently is
that if you’re in a really nice French restaurant and they don’t have salt and
pepper on the table it’s sort of like an assumption that they believe that their
food is so well done and perfectly its seasoned that you don’t wouldn’t even
need to have salt and pepper on your table kind of thing so if you’re dining
on a restaurant where that is indeed the case just keep that in mind it depends
on the place obviously if it’s a bit more casual maybe they just don’t have
them on every table and they bring them around and just if I I if you ask a
waiter for ketchup they may kind of slightly judge you because they
definitely like associate that with tourism whatever um I don’t really care
I’m not eating my burger and fries without ketchup like obviously I’m
putting ketchup on my fries just know that there’s a little bit of a thing
going on there doesn’t really matter so if you are sharing some kind of
and appetizers before you get started 18 what I’ve noticed is that the French
always leave the last of everything so even if there’s just one or two nuts
left in the bowl a few chirps one little piece of cheese on the platter
whatever it is they just leave it and it’s kind of like this unspoken rule
that no one touches it if you really do want to have that the last one that you
have to sort of like offer everyone anyone want the last not does anyone
want the nut are you sure are you sure you don’t want the last one before
having it otherwise I think people just kind of leave it it’s just the thing
when it comes to anything pretty so if it has something on it it’s like some
sort of spread and you know like an olive spread or hummus or something like
that then you can like buy it straight into it with your teeth but if it’s just
plain bread usually they just as I said before they kind of just break it apart
and eat it piece by piece and you don’t really like use the bread to wipe up
your sauce on the plates like there’s differing opinions on this but what I’ve
been taught is that you would actually put a small piece of baguette on the end
of a fork and kind of use it to wipe up the sauce on your plate and then eat the
bread like that you wouldn’t use your hands general and France you always try
and avoid using your hands at all costs another thing with the bread is that
there is a superstition that if you put the bread upside down a baguette or a
loaf of bread upside down on the table it will bring bad luck so just keep in
mind also the placement of the bread that you don’t bring that upside down on
the bread when you’re doing that always wait for the host or the hostess to say
Bon Appetit or start eating first before you start eating so even if everyone
served or anything you always wait patiently until you usually the host or
the hostess or someone would say Bon Appetit and make the first movement to
start eating I’ve seen people start eating before
everyone’s even been served it’s really really rude a few other lessons that I
kind of learnt the hard way definitely eat slowly and take your time because
they can you know the tension can be to be at the dinner table for hours and
hours and hours so if you inhale your food and your
there was nothing to do it could be more boring for you than anything I would
also always offer to serve people so even the person sitting next to you the
person in front of you can I serve you the salad etc before you serve yourself
and when you’re receiving portions of food and trying to fill your plate up to
like three quarters of what you think you want to eat because it’s always
better to completely finish your plate and go back for a little bit of second
or no seconds at all but basically always to finish your plate then it is
to take a lot of food and just kind of waste it and leave a big chunk on your
plate so a nice sign to the host or hostess of course if you eat everything
and have enjoyed your full meal Oh guys so that’s all I had for you today on
what not to do when dining in France now this is a very complex world there are a
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