Amuse Bouche

amuse-bouche –  a small, savory portion of food served before a meal, typically without charge at restaurants

I know it’s not much, but it’s the thought that counts.

An amuse bouche is an “offering” from the chef.  I like to think of it as a little thank you for coming in.

Amuse-bouche means literally Continue reading

French Dining Etiquette: Both Hands on the Table Mister!

When dining in France I try to remember to keep both hands visible.

This, I’ve been told more than once, is very important.

Sometimes I forget because it’s in direct contrast to the way I’ve eaten my entire life. In the States we’re taught to place the non-dominant hand in our lap unless it’s being used to help with cutting meat, buttering bread, etc.

In France, though, it’s considered impolite and even weird to do this.

I once asked a French friend why and was surprised by her response.

The conversation went something like this:

Me: “Why is it so important to have both hands visible when dining in France?” Continue reading