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Andrew Zimmern (of Bizarre Foods) on how to be the "perfect dinner guest"

ipsedixit Mar 20, 2013 08:22 PM

From the WSJ in an article titled, "The Perfect Guest at a Dinner Party":


A guest at a dinner party has an important role. "The perfect dinner guest should be gracious and interested in the people around him or her," says Andrew Zimmern, host and creator of Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern," who has been a dinner guest in the homes of royalty, tribal chiefs and average families as part of his shows.

Read the whole thing for yourself here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...

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    youareabunny Mar 21, 2013 03:16 AM

    Would've loved to read it but I have to join.

    I adore Zimmern.

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    1. re: youareabunny
      SmartCookie Mar 21, 2013 07:41 AM

      I was able to read it with no problem.

      1. re: youareabunny
        ipsedixit Mar 21, 2013 08:04 AM

        It's not under a pay wall.

        Try again youareabunny, if you can't access it, e-mail me.

        1. re: ipsedixit
          youareabunny Mar 21, 2013 01:30 PM

          Still tells me to log in or subscribe now. Is it free to join?

          1. re: youareabunny
            ipsedixit Mar 21, 2013 02:41 PM

            No, it's not free to subscribe.

            It's odd that everyone else seems to access it but you, esp. when it's not behind a pay wall of any kind.

            As I mentioned above, if you're really dying to read the article, shoot me an e-mail.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              prio girl Mar 21, 2013 02:51 PM

              FYI..I cannot read it either

              1. re: ipsedixit
                youareabunny Mar 21, 2013 03:27 PM

                I am in France ATM, maybe because I'm registering from a French IP?

                My email is thebutterpeople@gmail.com if you could copy paste it. If you have to screenshot no worries. Thanks

                1. re: youareabunny
                  ipsedixit Mar 21, 2013 03:39 PM

                  Check your e-mail.

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    youareabunny Mar 21, 2013 03:40 PM


                2. re: ipsedixit
                  hannaone Mar 22, 2013 07:42 AM

                  I have never been able to access any WSJ content referenced in threads. Always get the subscribe page.

                  1. re: hannaone
                    youareabunny Mar 22, 2013 12:34 PM

                    I used to be able to. There may b a quota

            2. re: youareabunny
              ylsf Mar 21, 2013 02:55 PM

              Works for me as well. Are you outside of North America? I think if you have read more than a few articles already on WSJ then it prompts you for a subscription?

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              cresyd Mar 21, 2013 03:31 AM

              In general I think that this is good avice, but do feel that some of the comments towards the end were pretty particular to guest situations where there is a pretty distinct power difference (or perceived power difference - such as just about any American being hosted in a rural Moroccan home).

              1. Veggo Mar 21, 2013 08:28 AM

                I thought it was simplistic for the WSJ. A primer on cultural dining dos and don'ts would be more useful.

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                1. re: Veggo
                  vikingkaj Mar 22, 2013 05:59 AM

                  Yep for JP Morgan Chase Executives the advice should be don't eat your young...

                  1. re: vikingkaj
                    Veggo Mar 22, 2013 07:30 AM

                    At least not until they have been fattened up a little...

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                  morgasm Mar 21, 2013 11:14 AM

                  I don't really enjoy cleaning up with guests over beyond clearing the table. I would prefer to visit and leave the dishes for later. Ive almost found it rude on certain occasions when hosts spent so much time getting their kitchen back to looking immaculate rather than spending the time chatting with their guests. When my guests leave thats when I choose to clean.

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                  1. re: morgasm
                    vikingkaj Mar 22, 2013 05:58 AM

                    You need to get servants...

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                    foodieX2 Mar 21, 2013 01:41 PM

                    I like that he added a note about a small inexpensive host/hostess gift and the hand written thank you. Two things I think are quite wonderful and are often overlooked these days.

                    edited to add: Oh god I just stepped in it with the gift comment didn't I?

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                    1. re: foodieX2
                      vikingkaj Mar 22, 2013 06:15 AM

                      It depends upon what kind of "gift" you left.

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                        Chatsworth Mar 23, 2013 06:24 PM

                        I think "stepped in it" tells us all we need to know.

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                      jarona Mar 22, 2013 05:48 AM

                      I like Zimmern a lot. He seems like an amiable guy and the article was good, but there were a couple of things I would do differently. He states to check out the tsotskes and other things in the living room, house. I dunno 'bout that. I don't like when guests start looking around, it makes me think they are just being nosey and snoopey. Look with your eyes and don't walk around. I'm sitting with you b/c I've done the prep work and want you to feel welcomed when you are my guest. Also, the clean up. I clean after my guests leave. They should not have to do my chores--that is why they are a guest! Other than that, it was a great article!

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                      1. re: jarona
                        vikingkaj Mar 22, 2013 06:01 AM

                        Again, servants is the way to go on the clean up. Of course, only if you don't have Travel Channel flunkies, um, er, I mean assistant producers...

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                          cleobeach Mar 22, 2013 11:28 AM

                          I also have doubts about the commenting on tsotskes comment.

                        2. vikingkaj Mar 22, 2013 05:57 AM

                          What, it's not eating extraplanetary size insects, funky little sea monsters or unmentionable bloody body parts with your fingers? That's what we see him doing on TV all the time.

                          Well, in China you have to slurp your noodles and belch...

                          Are you drinking that, or may I have your finger bowl???

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