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Aug 8, 2006 09:03 PM

Bringing your own eating utensils ...

Ok, weird question ... any of you folks out there bring your own eating utensils to a restaurant (stemware excluded)?

I have an aunt who refuses to eat with those prickly, break-apart-before-you-use chopsticks that come pre-wrapped in an advertisement paper sleeve, and insists on bringing her own porcelain set.

To each her own, I suppose ...

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  1. I was gonna say, chopsticks are probably one of the few things you could bring in . . . aside from a good steak knife, but then in theory, you should be able to cut your steak with a butter knife!


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    1. re: TexasToast

      I sort of agree ... the splintery chopstick thing is sort of unpleasant.

      But at the same time, I wouldn't bring silverware to a place that used plastic forks just because I don't like plastic.

    2. At most Ethiopian restaurants around here, you are supposed to eat with your hands. You take some injera (flatbread), and use it to enfold and scoop up the stewed meats and vegetables.

      It works fine but you wind up eating a lot of injera. I like injera but I tend to get "injera bloat."

      So I bring my own fork, and eat the food with minimal injera.

      So far I have not been charged forkage.

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        1. re: Covert Ops



          Chopstickage (?)

          Strawage (?)

          And how about the Knork or the Spork?

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Can't resist.

            Now that more and more wines are coming with screwcaps....... will restaurants be charging SCREWAGE?

            1. re: Midlife

              I have been charged for that, but then the wines usually came from the restaurant's wine list!


      1. I always carry a pair of the splintery wooden chopsticks, because the plastic ones most restaurants supply are round and slippery, and I wind up with half my food in my lap.

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        1. re: mnosyne

          I agree. I always take the bamboo ones when we're going for dim sum. I really hate those plastic ones.

        2. When the chopsticks are round, I just stab the sushi or pick it up and eat it . . . except at Nobu where one would get strange looks!


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          1. re: TexasToast

            actually it's perfectly proper to pick up the sushi with your hand and eat it.

            1. re: TexasToast

              In Japan, it's actually considered a major faux pas to stick one's chopsticks into food, especially rice. This only occurs at funerals, where a bowl of rice is placed at the altar with the chopsticks poked into an upright position. It's also considered bad form to hand food from one person to another using chopsticks since this is what is done with the bones of a body after it has been cremated.

              As choctastic notes correctly above, eating sushi with your hands is considered the proper thing to do in that country.

              1. re: bachslunch

                how would one properly eat chirashi then?

                sashimi laden on rice requires some sort of mode of transport to get rice to mouth. or are there special exceptions then? and then would that make chopsticks the least used utensils if you shouldn't be sticking them into food? this doesn't quite seem right....

                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                  Chirashi is not sushi, it's supposed to be eaten with utensils.

            2. i don't know if this should really be considered all that strange...

              most of the better japanese restaurants near me will hold a pair of proper chopsticks in a wooden box for you if you're enough of a regular. means less wastage of trees and ideal eating!