Picture the scene, my first day at a new job in a new country. I had the usual first day butterflies, but nothing I thought of as too unusual. Until lunchtime that is, when I came across what us North Americans might consider a strange cultural oddity: eating a burger with fork and knife.
It was a beautiful sunny day, and the entire team decided that we should go out for lunch. (It rains in Paris almost as much as it does in London, so the first sign of sun and Parisians are out on la terrasse, absorbing le
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The French love affair with burgers
French dining etiquette
Anyway, back to lunch, we placed our orders and one by one everyone’s food arrived except mine. I realized afterward that this was a rather lucky escape. While I was busy encouraging everyone to eat while their food was warm, I suddenly noticed that all the French people at the table were eating their burgers with a knife and fork!
Quelle horreur! What a catastrophe that could have been, in french dining terms atleast. Apparently, the proper way to eat a burger in France is with a fork and knife. Le sigh. Never mind
When to use the cutlery in France
Since that first lunch outing, I’ve noticed that nothing is safe from the knife and fork. Pizzas, burgers, hot dogs, bbq ribs, none of it is
France versus North America
I investigated this French affection for cutlery but mostly came up with people questioning why
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