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...
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).
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.
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!
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???