Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Forkasknife Handicapped

Apparently, the way Americans eat their food is with one utensil. The fork, that's right. They use this utensil to mash, cut, stab, gather, scoop, poke, separate - basically anything you can possibly do with any utensil. It's crazy! I've never seen anything like it. Whenever I eat with other people around, I always end up looking at the way people eat with their fork. It's pretty much the biggest pet peeve "cultural difference" I have: that Americans do not eat with knife AND fork. I think it's so embarrassing. I don't even know how to describe it. I love when I'm home at a restaurant and people have both their hands resting on the edge of the table, waving their arms around while they talk, laugh, and shout about, yet eating their food with class.

Is that completely absurd, or what!!? I can't even eat my left over Noodles & Co. Mac&Cheese from the box with just a fork. How do you even get Parmesan Chicken strips separated like that?? And how do you hold up the whole box with one hand and stab-separate-poke with the other?!!

This is one thing I love about myself: the fact that I can't eat without my fork AND knife. And yes, I totally have to have a fork AND a spoon when I eat spaghetti!!!! When I secretly and quietly notice small unique things about myself that I know are because I am a born and raised German native, I can't help but feel my heart smile ear to ear. Makes me so proud.

(i must own this mug.)

xo . jess

1 comment:

  1. You'll be proud to know that I eat with my fork and knife most of the time. Not always because I am American, but I was raised to used both utensil, and I prefer eating with both. Yay, go us! Oh, and that mug is amazing. I've been craving Germany for weeks now and I wish I could just hop on a plane and get my fix.