The holidays are the perfect time for traveling the world and seeing something new. When it comes to experiencing other cultures and food, there are very many opportunities to do something forbidden and make a mistake. To make sure this doesn’t happen, here are some food rules you should always keep in mind.
Using chopsticks can be tricky on a normal day. However, when traveling to Asian countres, there are some food rules that need to be observed. In China, pointing your chopsticks at someone is considered to be a serious insult. When in Japan, you should never leave your chopsticks standing upright in your bowl of rice. This is only done during a funeral where a bowl of rice is placed in front of the deceased person's coffin.
It is a well known fact that Russians love their vodka. When traveling there, make sure that you drink neat vodka without adding anything, even ice cubes. This is seen as affecting the drink's purity and is frowned upon. In addition, it can be offensive to Russians if you don't accept an offered drink.
Respect for elders is a huge part of Korean culture, and that even extends to food. One of the rules that must be followed is that any drink offered by elders should always be received with both hands. When eating, you should wait until the eldest person begins and match you pace with them.
There are a lot of reasons to love coffee and drink it when you feel like it. However, if you are traveling in the Middle East it can be a little too much unless you know what to do. Shaking your cup when you're done means that you've had enough coffee and don't want any more.
If you're traveling to Italy, then pizza should definitely be on your food sampling plan. However, make sure that you don't ask for extra cheese and be happy with what your pizza comes with. This is seen as extremely rude and may get get you some dirty looks from the servers.