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Sep 18, 2006 12:09 PM

Do You Not Eat Something in Public You May Enjoy Because it is Socially Unacceptable?

In the "Soy Sauce on Rice" thread someone mentioned in Japan, putting soy sauce on rice was considered gauche. It made me wonder if anyone out there would really not eat something in public they otherwise enjoy, but don't do so because it was considered socially unacceptable, or tacky to do so?

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  1. Socially unacceptable? I can't imagine not eating something in public because of what other, lesser people might think.

    1. I may not eat something in public if I knew it was gonna be messy. Like a chili dog or something. Other than that, if I like it, I don't care where I am. I'll eat it.


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        1. I'm pretty underweight, and last year I was bordering on skeletal with a bmi below 16. if I ate a salad, people stared and assumed I had an eating disorder. if I ate something fatty, people stared in confusion. after a while i just stopped eating in public altogether.

          1. You know, it's not gauche, socially unacceptable or tacky, but I don't eat corn-on-the-cob in public because it's messy and a stray kernel or two can get stuck in your teeth (which, I guess could be considered tacky), and.......well, it generally just more bother than it's worth <sigh>. And I dearly love corn-on-the-cob

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            1. re: DiningDiva

              Same here, regarding corn-on-the-cob or anything that potentially gets tightly wedged into the 'ol choppers. I love bbq ribs, but the pork or beef from ribs will always get firmly wedged in between my teeth. If i'm going straight home, no problem. if I'm out for the evening, I don't want to hassle with flossing in the restroom or worse, toothpicks...

              1. re: DiningDiva

                Same here too. I've taken to cutting the kernels off of the cob when I'm in public and have something sharper than a butter knife.