Almost any bookstore has a variety of information about the restaurants and food specialties in the area

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Almost any bookstore has a variety of information about the restaurants and food specialties in the area

    American food habit

    Almost any bookstore has a variety of information about the restaurants and food specialties in the area. In addition local newspapers and magazines include advertisements and articles about where to eat.

    In general American food is mild tasting. for exampleKFC, papa john and

    Mcdonald's.Most Americans do not season their food to any great degree. Salads are very popular and are served all year but especially in the summer. Waiters tend to assume that everyone drinks coffee but simply tell them if you wish something else.

    If a waiter says “Now or later” he means “Do your want coffee with your meal

    or after it” Many but certainly not all Americans drink coffee or tea with their

    meals. Either way is perfectly acceptable. When dining out you can ask for tea

    milk “coke” wine or beer if you prefer. Restaurants can only serve beer wine

    or other alcoholic drinks if they have a license that is to say permission from the

    local government to serve alcoholic drinks.

    ————Background of the United States

     Normally when eating in a private home it is considered better manners to take

    whatever is being served and not to ask for something different unless the hostess gives

    you a choice.

     The main course served in American meals is usually meat fish or poultry but

    rarely is more than one of these served at the same meal. Seafood is sometimes served as a first course however. Most Americans eat breakfast and lunch quickly unless it is a social

    business or family occasion. The evening meal however is usually longer and a time for

    the family to gather together. Rushing through daytime meals is part of the fast pace in America. Another reason for rushing through daytime meals is that many people eat breakfast and lunch in restaurants that are usually crowded with people waiting for a place so that they too can be served and return to work at the proper time. So each one hurries to make room for the next person. As with busy people everywhere there is a real difference between a meal that is eaten in a hurry and one that can be enjoyed with friends during one's leisure.

    Two of the most popular American foods are hot dogs and hamburgers.

    You will find these available at almost all “fast food” restaurants. Hot dogs are also called “franks”(yahoo).

    A short form for frankfurters. A hot dog is usually made either from beef or pork or a

    combination of the two but a hamburger is beef. Both are served on a bread roll hot dogs

    on a long roll and hamburgers on a round roll. You have your choice of adding a number of sauces and vegetables at no extra charge. A favorite sauce of many Americans is a tomato sauce called ketchup or catsup.

     When you are ordering your lunch at a “fast-food” place do not be surprised if you

    do not understand the food orders —— either do many Americans. For example “draw

    one” means “pour a cup of coffee” “BLT( means ”bacon lettuce and tomato

    sandwich“(USA study guide) No one expects you to know this special vocabulary. Order your meal in the usual way. Eating places use their own special words to place an order quickly.

     Eating custom and practice.

     American eating is funny. They eat almost everything with a fork and it appears that holding a knife in one's right hand longer than a few seconds is considered to be against

    good table manners.

     The system is that if it is absolutely necessary to use a knife people take the fork in their left hand and cut off a piece of meat or whatever it is in the normal manner. Then

    they put the knife down transfer the fork to their right hand and only then do they transport the food to their mouth. This is clearly ludicrous but it is considered good manners.

     Some words and phrases about food

     1. meat and two veg( meat potatoes and another vegetable

     2. vegans( people who eat no meat or animal products

     3. convenience/prepared foods( prepared meals that need only to be heated

     4. takeaways from Indian or Chinese restaurants are also popular

     5. order in( have a meal delivered to one's home by a restaurant

     6. burger bars pizzerias fast-food outlets

     7. healthy eating health foods

     8. fry-up( fried bacon sausage and egg with fried bread

     9. organic produce( cereals and vegetables grown without the use of chemicals

     10. scrambled egg boiled egg fried egg "sunny-side-up" "over"


    11.have your ice-cream in a " plain cone"or in a "sugar cone"

    ----------By Cathy@Lovelyish

     Table Manners

     1. Don't put your own utensils into a serving bowl. Use the utensil in the bowl to put some of the food on your own plate and then return the serving utensil to the bowl.

     2. Don't spit food anywhere. If you have bones in your mouth take them

    out with your fingers and place them on the edge of your plate never on the table or on the floor.

     3. Don't drink soup out of the bowl. Use a spoon.

     4. Don't reach across the table or in front of another person. Ask someone to pass whatever you want.

     5. Don't put net shells or fruit peeling on the floor. Put them in a plate or an

    ash tray or on a table.

     6. Don't belch out loud. If you do you must say( "Excuse me" quietly and go on with the conversation.

    7. Don't sneeze or blow your nose anywhere except into a handkerchief or a kleenex. If you cough cover your mouth with your hand.


    That`s all.


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