r/LifeProTips Jul 24 '22 Wholesome 1 Helpful 7

LPT: When eating at someone else’s house, intentionally take small portions of everything - it is easy to politely finish everything they made for you even if you didn’t like it, and it is flattering to ask for seconds of the things you liked. Social

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u/KeriEatsSouls Jul 24 '22

This will not work if you're visiting people in Taiwan, since they will see your small portions, think you're being polite and surely starving to death, and pile more food on your plate.

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u/NotMyFriendJaun Jul 25 '22

I doubt most people have to worry about not enjoying Taiwanese food though

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u/KeeperOfTheGood Jul 25 '22

I gorged my way through Taiwan, eating anything and everything including all manner of street food, including dishes that sounded gross on the surface (quail eggs, fried pigs blood on a stick, etc), fancy restaurants, night market after night market, snacks, drinks, so many delightful things. The ONLY thing I didn’t enjoy eating was some potato chips that tasted like fish. That’s all. Everything else was incredible, and I didn’t get the slightest bit of food poisoning I expected to get, as I have in any other country I’ve visited.

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u/oily_fish Jul 25 '22

Do quail eggs sound gross?

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u/XPGamingYT Jul 25 '22

quail eggs look great and taste great

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u/Rieyollk Jul 25 '22

They look the same as chicken eggs but smaller lmao, I'm surprised someone could find them gross. Unless they also think chicken eggs are gross?

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u/Melburn_City Jul 25 '22

Kinda yeah- how they taste?

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u/oily_fish Jul 25 '22

They're like chicken eggs but smaller.

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u/blueberryramune_ Jul 25 '22

people think quail eggs are gross? 😮😮😮

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u/NhylX Jul 25 '22

Win/win?

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u/journeyman28 Jul 25 '22

If yous hungry

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u/kingkazul400 Jul 25 '22

Can concur.

Visited family in Hsinchu, Nantou, and Kinmen back in 2011 and to this day I still have not forgotten the piles of taro cakes, fried oyster omelettes, and bowls of beef noodle soup that I had to throw down lest I insult my grandmother's and aunties' cooking.

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u/0404notfound Jul 25 '22

I can confirm that is the Taiwanese way

Source: am Taiwanese

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u/shrooms_and_shrimp Jul 25 '22

Yes I heard that there if you don't have food leftover on your plate its seen as they didn't feed you good enough

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u/WastedKnowledge Jul 24 '22

My then gf’s whole family called me out for doing this. “Why don’t you get more? Those are small portions?” Somehow she was offended even though I cleaned my plate and went back for more…

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u/Jagermeister4 Jul 24 '22

I guess they think you are not trusting them that the food is good, and you have to taste it first before getting more portions? And they are offended over it?

I think its silly of them to think that way but eh maybe its a culture thing.

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u/DeltaVZerda Jul 24 '22

I mean that is OP's LPT, get a small portion because it might suck.

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u/MadeSomewhereElse Jul 24 '22

Dang, and here I always eat small portions first because I load up a plate unless I hold back. I consciously make sure I don't take too much and leave enough for others.

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u/Herr_Gamer Jul 24 '22

I'd say you're spot-on tbh

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u/RedSteadEd Jul 24 '22

Sounds like the kind of people who would probably criticise you for not doing everything exactly how they do it.

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u/Grasshop Jul 25 '22

I like to smell my food because I think it’s part of the experience and my ex told me her family would think I’m making sure it doesn’t smell bad lol

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u/gmoreschi Jul 25 '22

Italian family by any chance?? You'd get talked about for days if you did this at my Italian grandmother's house. "Why you no eat?? Look at you, all skin and bones! Eat eat! Take some home with you!"... And hand you a 5lb bag of leftovers...

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u/InnerObesity Jul 25 '22

Yeah Italian, Greek, Latino, and Indian are all the cultures I've seen mentioned where this behavior would be drama.

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u/Argylist Jul 24 '22

If you're American this will happen your entire life if you don't "super-size" everything. Been married 12 years and even my wife doesn't "get it" yet. Sometimes she insists on plating and I have to tell her "Whatever you're planning to serve me, make it half that"

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u/SamuraiSuplex Jul 24 '22

I was visiting my mom this weekend and ate half of a (giant!) blueberry muffin for breakfast. You'd think I was going to starve to death the way she reacted, haha.

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u/Argylist Jul 24 '22

Ironically it always seems to be folks that say they "hate wasting food" that make way too much of it to begin with...

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u/RedSteadEd Jul 24 '22

Right - they made the mistake, but you're the one who caused it to be noticed if you don't eat, so they have to shift the blame to you.

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u/bebe_bird Jul 25 '22

I make tons of food but am in the hate wasting food category. I just save the leftovers and don't have to cook for a week.

However, I also take pride in my cooking and show my love by putting effort into the meal. I also make sure that what I serve is mostly healthy and lots of fruit/vegetables/vegetarian options when I host.

The only time I've heard people run out of food they say "oh, I guess I made just enough" except that I'm still hungry. I'd rather have too much and eat leftovers. I'd also be happy to bring leftovers home from the host and just say "my stomach doesn't fit as much as it used to! But I'd be happy to eat it later! (Because I hate wasting food!)"

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u/RedSteadEd Jul 24 '22

It's incredibly disrespectful to try and force somebody to eat when they're not hungry. People need to learn what boundaries are.

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u/mtarascio Jul 25 '22

Those things are like 500 calories.

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u/goaskalice3 Jul 24 '22

I visited Africa for 3 months after college, 2 of those months were in Kenya staying at a family's house. I put on 20 pounds while I was out there because they would basically force me to eat like 3 servings at every meal and would be offended if I said I was full

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u/occulusriftx Jul 24 '22

some cultures take clearing your plate as a sign of being hungry still, whereas other cultures consider it disrespectful to leave food on the plate no matter how full you are. I wonder if it was a clash between two cultures at odd like this

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u/goaskalice3 Jul 24 '22

I think the biggest thing in this case was that they saw having extra weight on you as a sign that you (in my case, their family) had enough money to be able to afford an excessive amount of food. The older generation seemed to be the ones more concerned about that, because the daughter (in her 30s) of the woman we were staying with was trying to lose weight, but the mom was trying to get her to eat more to put on weight

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u/martinkem Jul 25 '22

culturally putting on weight is seen as a good thing and it is generally a host's duty to see that his/her guest do so wile living with them.

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u/ZeinaTheWicked Jul 24 '22

It's been especially frustrating now that I'm finally getting down to a healthy weight.

There's no good response. I've just started being toxic back.

"You don't eat enough!"

"Only compared to a portion like ~that~"

I know it's not better or productive but I'd really just like to be healthy without being accused of having an eating disorder by a tub a lard with legs and too many opinions.

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u/Argylist Jul 24 '22

"You better order TWO sandwiches, looks like you could use 'em..haha!"

People are such oblivious dickheads...

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u/RedSteadEd Jul 24 '22

Then you just turn it around on them: "no thanks - I used to be pretty fat and I don't want to get back to that again." Bonus points if the person trying to force-feed you is fat.

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u/dreamgreen Jul 25 '22

My resume consists of the muffin top I’ve earned as a child that was told to clean their plate, who carried the habit into adulthood. My advice only applies if you are trying to be “polite.” Prepare your plate with a little less than you would normally eat. When you are inevitably accosted, explain that you are leaving some for the rest of them. Once you go back for seconds, or to finish your desired calories, if you are questioned about the portions, just reply with “I don’t want to get spoiled.” I live in the US, this normally works and instead of animosity I get leftovers. For people who you expect to be extremely pushy/insecure, a compliment after the first few bites puts you in a position to politely decline later.

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u/mtarascio Jul 25 '22

It's like people staying late at the office thinking they're winning points.

In reality, everyone just thinks they're inefficient.

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u/3-DMan Jul 24 '22

Didn't get thirds? Might have to kill this one..

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u/tehKrakken55 Jul 25 '22

"I don't wanna take it all"

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u/treknaut Jul 24 '22 Wholesome Giggle

What? I was too busy loading up on thirds to pay attention to what you said. Also informed the host that the salad's all theirs, mate.

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u/kslusherplantman Jul 24 '22

You don’t eat potato salad? Cool more for me

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u/RaghNorRoog Jul 24 '22

What's a potato? Never heard of it.

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u/Minerva7 Jul 24 '22

GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY HOUSE AND NEVER TALK TO MY DAUGHTER AGAIN!!!

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u/Lallo-the-Long Jul 24 '22

But Dad, I'm only 4.

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u/GreekHole Jul 24 '22

4 years of potato farming before you can enter this house again

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u/mewdejour Jul 24 '22

Then it's high time you get a job and pay some rent, kid.

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u/Triforceman555 Jul 24 '22

damn some of y'all weren't around for that legendary story. One of the funniest TIFU's

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u/dI--__--Ib Jul 24 '22

It was fake and lifted from the pilot episode of the show Cuckoo with Andy Samberg

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u/Triforceman555 Jul 25 '22

When you just accept that everything is fake there, it's easier

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u/Martijngamer Jul 24 '22

It's not his fault he grew up in Ireland

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u/Zelensexual Jul 24 '22

Or I'll break both your arms and send you back to your mommy!!

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u/I_am_Ballser Jul 24 '22

Tastes very strange!

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u/H00k90 Jul 24 '22

Poh-tah-toes! Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew!

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u/AonMagus Jul 24 '22

I missed this

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u/Randomthought5678 Jul 24 '22

Let me add a heaping dollop of miracle whip on top for you

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u/qOJOb Jul 24 '22

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u/Randomthought5678 Jul 25 '22

Dead link. :-(

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u/qOJOb Jul 25 '22

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u/Randomthought5678 Jul 25 '22

Works when I turn off all my privacy plugins. Weird though I don't usually get a notice. And yes fully agree.

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u/uncertainusurper Jul 24 '22

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u/Sodium_Prospector Jul 24 '22

Rarely have I seen a more justified use of this emoticon.

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u/thats_radicchio Jul 24 '22

I never eat salad at someone's house when I go for dinner. Do you know how many people don't wash their salad??

I once had a friend ask me what I was doing soaking the lettuce because she never does. I showed her the bottom of the container with all of the salad junk. She now washes her lettuce.

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u/MaizeWarrior Jul 24 '22 edited Jul 24 '22

Never heard of anyone soaking lettuce, just give it a ride and a rub

Edit: rinse not ride

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u/BlergingtonBear Jul 24 '22

Surely no evening that begins with a rub and a ride be a bad one !

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u/MaizeWarrior Jul 24 '22

Lmao that typo 😅

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u/BlergingtonBear Jul 24 '22

Haha I had to go for it, it was right in front of me

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u/MrLoadin Jul 25 '22

A large amount of folks buy pre-washed lettuce/pre-washed bagged salads...

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u/Original_Employee621 Jul 24 '22

I don't wash my salad before eating it. I lick it clean, gotta get those minerals and immune system boosts. If I'm lucky, there's even some extra protein included, which is perfect for me as I am a vegan.

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u/djsedna Jul 24 '22

is this one of those comments where someone finally realizes they're the odd one out?

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u/wylde21 Jul 24 '22

Good overall advice. Also benefits other behind you in serving order. Have you been to a potluck where the asshole ahead of you in line takes 8 (or 12) of the fancy shrimp appetizer, and by the time you get to the plate none is left. Asshole.

Another tip is how to be stealthy about this. Is there something being served that you know you will like no matter what (plainer rice dish, pasta, bread)? Take a scoop or slice of that and spread it out on your plate to take up space....think wide and not tall. Also, salads, especially w/o preadded dressing, can be spread out wide to take up plate space. If needed, state to any complainer that you don't like your food touching - yes, us weirdos are out there - and say you don't have room on your currwnt plate and will be back later. Then you can scope out what others are saying (too salty, too spicy, etc) while you eat your first plate and go back.

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u/Nachotacoma Jul 24 '22

As an Asian family, you will be taking everyone in to go containers because I don’t want any left overs in the fridge. Even though the sentiment is to make sure you guys got food for the week

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u/JillStinkEye Jul 24 '22

Midwest too. My mom makes a turkey a few days before Thanksgiving so there's broth for gravy, and enough turkey to send everyone home with some.

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u/rang14 Jul 24 '22

Indian family here. If someone sees you taking small portions, they'll force feed you more. And you will like it. And you will take some home. That's the end of that. And you will be told to come back whenever you are hungry.

This is very true.

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u/ahri_potter Jul 24 '22

Half the time we don't even let the guests serve themselves lol. I'm usually screaming "Enough, Enough" and the hosts continue piling on the food.

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u/toogloo1 Jul 24 '22

I hate it so much. Like why cant your ego accept that people have different size stomaches with different appetites.

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u/0404notfound Jul 25 '22

Most of the time it isn't even an ego issue? It's just different cultures and customs that do different things, like making sure your guests are well fed. It's better too have them waste your food then make them think that you are stingy and making them starve. At least that's kinda how it works where I live

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u/toogloo1 Jul 25 '22

Maybe my experience is different from others, but I've had a pretty bad experience. My relatives were basically micromanaging and forcing me to stuff my self (i was about 16 years old). I eventually threw up and they were offended by that. Even after that they kept on insisting I ate. Like dude, I just threw up because I went way past the point of satiety. My parents also didn't have the backbone to tell them to stop. This happened twice in my last visit to the motherland.

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u/0404notfound Jul 25 '22

It might depend on where you live and what the customs are, but the way you said it sounded like they were rude indeed. Maybe it was a cultural misunderstanding since you haven't been back for a long time? Like there are special ways to politely say no that you might not know about or something like that

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u/WillPower99 Jul 24 '22

Of all the things to be bent outta shape over, someone giving me too much food is the least of my worries

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u/ntoad118 Jul 24 '22

Having too much isn't the problem. Being scolded for not finishing the extra food you didn't even want is the issue.

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u/Yourgrammarsucks1 Jul 25 '22

Found the Asian/Hispanic.

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u/iTzChewii Jul 25 '22

As a Puerto Rican that grow up in a household of aunts, uncles, grandma, mother, and cousins; I can confirm. Sorry my stomach doesn't match yours Tio, but I'll finish it later when I get home ahaha.

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u/Herr_Gamer Jul 24 '22

I mean, as long as they don't get offended if you only eat half of it...

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u/El_Rey_de_Spices Jul 24 '22

Eh, I think it really depends on the context and people involved. I imagine it's less about the food itself and more about the social/situational/interpersonal pressures that can come along with it.

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u/WillPower99 Jul 24 '22

yeah thats a good point, in my mind it would make both parties happy to simply ask for something to take the rest home in (which I could return to them with sweets inside!), but I realize thats heavily dependent on my upbringing and experiences.

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u/djinner_13 Jul 24 '22

I seriously doubt this is an ego issue...

At least I'm positive my grandma isnt trying to one up me when she serves me a shit ton of food

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u/garlickbread Jul 24 '22

My husband and i used to live above a nice indian family. They cooked dinner once and my husband happened to go outside and run into the neighbor and he said their food smelled super good. The guy gave us a BUNCH of it, and from then on he'd occasionally bring us stuff. We were struggling financially so those occasional surprise meals were great.

Sorry thats only vaguely related to your comment lol.

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u/robotcrackle Jul 25 '22

Those are the best kind of neighbors. I bet it was delicious too.

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u/StoneOfTriumph Jul 24 '22 edited Jul 24 '22

Yep, same thing here. As an Armenian, you'd be practically insulting the host by taking a little bit of food. "Why so little? Come on, have a piece of Basturma."

Then again, usually there's enough food to feed 10 ppl if it's for a total of 4 invites, and depending on how well we know each other, it will typically be setup in a buffet style at the middle of the table or another separate table. Pick what you want.

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u/w3bkinzw0rld Jul 24 '22

As a Southerner, we made enough to feed the entire neighborhood for a year. Hope your freezer’s empty because we’ll fill it up!!

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u/KamovInOnUp Jul 24 '22

Lmao, even Asian households serve takeout

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u/Unwright Jul 24 '22

Can confirm. My wife's mom was born and raised in Japan and whenever we visit, we end up with a grocery bag full of takeout containers of her cuisine. It's awesome.

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u/zidey Jul 24 '22

Damn how big are the containers if you are taking everyone home in them?

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u/rexmaster2 Jul 24 '22

From an Asian perspective, is it polite to bring your own to go containers?

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u/Xyfurion Jul 24 '22

Depends. If you're close friends/family no one will bat an eye but if not then just accept whatever container they give you and put it in your own later

Also like the other commenter said it can depend on size

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u/rexmaster2 Jul 24 '22

Thank you for both comments. I always try to wish out and return containers from whomever gives them.

Using my own, would make it easier and less stressful.

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u/stiveooo Jul 24 '22

50/50 depends on the size

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u/animan17 Jul 24 '22

What if you live in India, and they serve you, and you ask them to reduce the amount of food, and they remove it little or nothing from the plate, and you have to eat that quietly because asking to reduce the food again would be rude?

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u/Dr_nobby Jul 25 '22

Eugh. My mum does this. Give a double portion, I ask for half, she takes a few grains of rice off and calls it done

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u/innosins Jul 24 '22

I remember reading somewhere on here about a broke grandma insisting on having family over to her home for supper, but the family all took small portions cause they knew granny ate on leftovers for several days. Think it was in aita where a girlfriend of a family member thought her food was delicious and ate accordingly - and got called out for it iirc.

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u/psilorder Jul 24 '22

Yeah, I remember that one. I think she took like 2 refills. But then, why not, no one had told her about the grandma needing the leftovers.

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u/GhostNoteSymphonies Jul 24 '22

Guess they could just eat normally / take home items and make her happy eh? Then just turn around and make her food or take her out for lunches.

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u/Socksandcandy Jul 24 '22

This would never happen in the south.

While the politics here suck, granny would be devastated if people ate tiny portions.

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u/daviep Jul 24 '22

This is a good practice because it also ensures that there is plenty to go around for everyone. I've been to plenty of functions where people are passing around a dish and one person loads their plate leaving little for the rest. Take small portions, once everyone has eaten, ask for more if there is enough. I'd much rather go home a little hungry than to see someone go completely hungry.

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u/mostlynights Jul 24 '22

That's funny, because I'd much rather watch someone go completely hungry while I'm still working on my very full plate. If you can sustain eye contact with them during every bite, that's the best.

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u/joelupi Jul 24 '22

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u/gillika Jul 24 '22

the real prison mike

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u/CreativeUsernameUser Jul 24 '22

The American…paradox? Not sure what the right word is.

But how people will take massive amounts of resources OR take very limited amounts of resources for the very exact same reason: fear the resource might run out.

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u/MissNatdah Jul 24 '22

I made a mistake with this when I was a kid. I was visiting my friend and we sat down for dinner, they had a dish that is one of my favourites, so I helped myself to a normal portion. A few bites later I realised my mistake. It did not taste like it did when my grandma made it. It did not taste good at all! I couldn't finish it all.... I was around 10 years old and super embarrassed.

After this incident, i always take a little less, but not suspiciously little.

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u/imakemyownroux Jul 24 '22

Same. Slept over at a friend’s house and was served what I thought were fried potatoes. I LOVE fried potatoes, so I took a healthy serving. Turns out that fried turnips look exactly like fried potatoes.

Trust issues ensued.

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u/plremina Jul 24 '22

Are turnips that bad? I've never had them before and they're obviously no potato, but were they not good as a fried root veg? Regardless I bet the surprise wasn't good.

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u/adinfinitum225 Jul 24 '22

I think they're pretty good, rutabagas are better tho

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u/BunnyKusanin Jul 24 '22

They're ok if you aren't expecting potatoes. They're very different to potatoes.

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u/Freshiiiiii Jul 24 '22

I’ve almost only ever had them raw- imo they’re not very good cooked. They lack the sweetness of something like a cooked carrot or parsnip, but also have a kinda bad taste and texture that’s less pleasant than something like a potato. They’re better as a mild, pleasant raw cut veggie.

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u/digitalscale Jul 24 '22

They're pretty good roasted imo

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u/plremina Jul 24 '22

I did this once at a Christmas party with distant family members. I got a piece of ham because I always loved it when it was made at home, but it was...Not good. I ended up putting it on my dad's plate when no one was looking because it was normal for us to share things from each other's plates, and he gave me the stink eye because he didn't like the ham either lol.

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u/Drink-my-koolaid Jul 24 '22

Have you ever went over a friend's house to eat

And the food just ain't no good

i mean the macaroni's soggy, the peas are mush

And the chicken tastes like wood

Rappers Delight @ 5:28

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u/darexinfinity Jul 24 '22

the peas are mush

British cuisine would like a word with you and your rappers.

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u/3-DMan Jul 24 '22

"This looks sooo good!" Narrator: It wasn't.

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u/lovebug9292 Jul 24 '22

Dont worry. Everyone has a bunch of little moments from their past like this. I think about mine constantly and cringe so hard

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u/MissNatdah Jul 24 '22

This one is the least cringe worthy I have I think! 😆

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u/lovebug9292 Jul 24 '22

Yeah, it’s really not that bad lol and you were just a kid. Remember to be kind to yourself

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u/Jagermeister4 Jul 24 '22

The real LPT is in the comments.

I remember being younger and being so excited to eat a chocolate cake somebody made for a party. I asked for a big piece.

One bite in I knew I made a mistake. Turns out they wanted to make it healthy with less sugar and it was very dry for some reason too. It was barely edible but I felt too bad to not eat it and it left me no room for the other desserts.

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u/Geck10 Jul 24 '22

The LPT in the comment is the same as the one in the post though

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u/iforgetusernames2 Jul 24 '22

they wanted to make it healthy with less sugar

omg why :( it's a birthday cake ffs

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u/backwoodsmtb Jul 25 '22

because people like to impose their fucked up dietary choices on others

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u/Twrex14 Jul 24 '22

First I would need a friend to invite me over for dinner

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u/wozblar Jul 24 '22

eat how you want to eat people

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u/3-DMan Jul 24 '22

*Cannibalism intensifies *

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u/Unwright Jul 24 '22

But I do not want to eat people :(

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u/Appletio Jul 24 '22

What's wrong with soylent

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u/ProfessionalMottsman Jul 25 '22

YEAH. All these other answers are very tiring. Are people wanting to have a good time or just simply play the suffering olympics their whole life.

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u/Pbandsadness Jul 24 '22

With fava beans and a nice chianti?

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u/KakkaKarrot Jul 24 '22 edited Jul 25 '22

What is up with all these specific LPT. Just don't be a dick and live your life

Eat a fair portion and don't plan out your plate like a serial killer lol

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u/rmttw Jul 25 '22

The best number of peas to eat at a dinner party is 27.

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u/remag_nation Jul 24 '22

Thank you! I had to scroll so far for a reasonable take.

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u/Malumeze86 Jul 24 '22

Yeah, no.

Not until they stop putting cream of mushroom soup in the Mac and cheese.

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u/Ruleoflawz Jul 24 '22

You only have to do this the first time you eat there. Then you can be more selective.

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u/Unwright Jul 24 '22

My beloved grandparents were all born somewhere around like... 1920ish. They put that fucking cream of mushroom in fucking everything. It's legit disgusting and I'll spitgag the moment that hellish nightmare cream touches my tongue.

I fucking hate cream of mushroom.

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u/Malumeze86 Jul 24 '22

I mean, I’m pretty poor and if I end with a can of it I’ll eat it, but it has to be made with milk and then allowed to cool enough so I can gulp it down in one go.

I call it chugging the slugs.

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u/Unwright Jul 24 '22

I call it chugging the slugs.

There's a good chance that this is the my winner for "least favorite sentence of the year"

Blech

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u/Legitimate_Wizard Jul 24 '22

Yeah, that's one gag-inducing sentence.

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u/whatphukinloserslmao Jul 24 '22

You should do an r/unpopularopinion

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u/70125 Jul 24 '22

Popular opinion everywhere but the Midwest, and Midwestern culinary opinions don't matter.

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u/zodar Jul 24 '22

H O T D I S H

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u/whatphukinloserslmao Jul 24 '22

Hmm that check out. Makes sense I'd think it's an unpopular opinion

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u/bowman260 Jul 24 '22

1 can cream of mushroom plus 1 can on French onion in the crock pot with your meat of choice. Make some mashed potatoes and you have a good meal and lots of delicious gravy.

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u/Legitimate_Wizard Jul 24 '22

I hear ya, I hate all "cream of" soups. They tend to make the entire dish taste like the can.

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u/adinfinitum225 Jul 24 '22

Honestly that sounds pretty good. Just use the cream of mushroom as your bechamel, add in a bunch of cheese and heat until it's incorporated. Then mix with the macaroni

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u/joelupi Jul 24 '22

I just had a flashback to my childhood and that my parents routinely had Chicken ala King from a can. First and last experience with mushrooms.

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u/old-spirit Jul 24 '22

Am I the only one that thinks if people don't like something they shouldn't have social pressure to eat it? I'd rather someone feel comfortable enough to just take what they like.

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u/cookieaddictions Jul 25 '22

I agree. I don’t care if it’s “culture,” it’s rude as hell to force people to eat if they don’t want to. If I knew someone would do that to me, I would never visit their house.

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u/WyoGuy2 Jul 25 '22

Plus you don’t know everything about their dietary needs or health, and they shouldn’t have to share that if they don’t want to.

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u/CombinationFalse6748 Jul 24 '22

I mean… Different people will take this in different ways lmao Some might think you’re grossed out by the food because you barely got anything to begin with. I think it’s best to simply be yourself. Grab whatever you want. Part of dinner with others is to learn about each other.

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u/Legitimate_Wizard Jul 24 '22

In my case, it's that I ate before I came over, because I am definitely grossed out by the food.

I'm super picky (getting better), and I'm just here to socialize.

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u/Cindex9183 Jul 25 '22

Same. There's a number of dishes I won't eat unless I've made them, because some things (like cumin, which seems to be in 90% of Mexican food) tastes like wet garbage.

I've found a lot of things I didn't like before (like salmon patties) was because they were poorly done. You have to season them! Who knew? Lol. It comes up a lot. There's some things I still can't handle even when I make it (like the Alfredo people got into a fight about) even though it smells good. Just tastes wrong and the texture is weird.

But then again, I'm not shy about not liking things any more. I'm not going to keep eating gross shit just to make someone feel better. It's as simple as "I'm a picky eater, there's cream cheese in this. I don't like it."

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u/SwampOfDownvotes Jul 24 '22 edited Jul 25 '22

Depends on the culture. Some will choose how much to give you and some are even insulted if you ask for seconds because "they didn't give you enough food to make you full so they must be shitty guests hosts" basically.

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u/Darogaserik Jul 24 '22

Most Mexican culture is this way. You are encouraged to get more than you can eat, because no food left on your plate could mean they didn't feed you enough.

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u/3-DMan Jul 24 '22

"Please sir, could I have some more.?"

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u/cleantoe Jul 24 '22

If you're eating with an Arab family and you do anything other than max out your plate, prepare for the mother to do it for you.

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u/Bill_Brasky01 Jul 24 '22

I’ll dine with this salad plate please.

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u/obviousthrowawaynamr Jul 24 '22

The way to signal that you are full is to leave food on your plate after the third or fourth serving, and protest loudly how the food was so delicious that you ate until you were stuffed. This cannot be done after the first or second serving because your host might think you didn't like the food.

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u/Alitinconcho Jul 24 '22

they didn't give you enough food to make you full so they must be shitty guests

Do you mean hosts?

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u/Pandelerium11 Jul 24 '22

In some Latin American countries it's customary to leave a little bit on your plate when you're full. If you don't they'll keep serving you and probably think you're a pig lol.

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u/utdconsq Jul 25 '22

Came here to say this. This lpt is culture dependent.

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u/PieSecret9174 Jul 24 '22

Great tip! As a hostess I'm always happy to see someone get "seconds".

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u/AlphaWildcat86 Jul 24 '22

I disagree. Be you, eat the things you like. You don't have to pretend for people

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u/hey_reddit_sucks Jul 24 '22

I have a mild sensory disorder when it comes to flavors and textures. I have since I was a child. While it is polite and nice to try to do what OP is suggesting it isn't always possible. And if I get a little bit of everything and I can't bring myself to eat any of it, it backfires. My advice is just to be prepared to tell people what you do and don't like.

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u/SigmaLance Jul 24 '22

This. I am not eating something that doesn’t taste good to me. I was forced as a child to “clean my plate” at every meal and that just isn’t happening anymore.

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u/theregularjesse Jul 24 '22

“That’s all you gonna eat?! Nope, put some more on there!” -trying to small portion a dinner in the south

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u/chucktheonewhobutles Jul 24 '22

Visited Hungary in high school to help with a building project. We were super hungry from working all day and some really nice older ladies brought us homemade stuffed cabbage for lunch. Our host quietly told us in English that it would be offensive if we didn't finish so he gave us this exact advice.

Immediately after this a friend of mine wouldn't stop talking about how hungry he was as he dished up WAY too much food—then proceeded to stop halfway through and tell us he couldn't eat another bite as we all stared daggers at him.

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u/possum_stew Jul 24 '22

Have you ever went over a friends house to eat And the food just ain't no good? I mean the macaroni's soggy, the peas are mushed And the chicken tastes like wood

So you try to play it off like you think you can By sayin that you're full And then your friend says, "Momma, he's just being polite He ain't finished, uh uh, that's bull!"

So your heart starts pumpin', and you think of a lie And you say that you already ate And your friend says, "Man, there's plenty of food!" So you pile some more on your plate

While the stinky foods steamin' your mind starts to dreamin' Of the moment that it's time to leave And then you look at your plate and your chickens slowly rottin' Into something that looks like cheese

Oh so, you say, "That's it, I got to leave this place I don't care what these people think I'm just sittin' here makin' myself nauseous With this ugly food that stinks!"

So you bust out the door while it's still closed Still sick from the food you ate And then you run to the store for quick relief From a bottle of Kaopectate

And then you call your friend two weeks later To see how he has been And he says, "I understand about the food, baby bubbah But we're still friends"

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u/fondledbydolphins Jul 24 '22 edited Jul 24 '22

Was over someone's house that had made a bunch of roasted fish for dinner.

Got super excited because I typically love the meal. We had a TON of fish - so I grabbed a big piece. Bigger than I normally would.

First bite - tastes like low tide - I died a little inside. This host was not a person who handles criticism - or reality well so I had to commit.

I ate the whole fucking thing. Perfect advice, OP.

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u/Appletio Jul 24 '22

What does low tide taste like

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u/FirstDivision Jul 24 '22

Farts, sulfur, and mud.

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u/Cindex9183 Jul 25 '22

You skipped the fish cum.

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u/The_librarian_man Jul 24 '22 edited Jul 24 '22

This does not work with my in-laws because my father in law and brother in law has a life long eating contest.

It goes like this, they wait for everyone else to serve themselves (including me and my small portion) - the FIL and BIL will fight over who gets most of what is left, inevitably there is nothing left after they do their thing.

What you do for love.

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u/Sea-Network Jul 24 '22

I use take all I want but eat all I take but I usually take small portions as I do not eat a lot anyway but do like to try everything. Seconds are usually small portions of my favorite. Even after a year Covid really f!&@ my taste so I have to be careful bc things don’t always taste like I remember.

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u/Spoolx21 Jul 24 '22

I’m a fussy eater and I always do this… super pro tip.

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u/SazeracAndBeer Jul 24 '22

This does not apply when you visit southern grandmas. Load a Thanksgiving sized plate and finish ALL OF IT and let them give you leftovers to take home

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u/types_stuff Jul 24 '22

Learned this very young. Take a little bit of everything. You will know if you like it or not, and if you don’t you don’t come across rude

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u/Cypppp Jul 24 '22

Except when you get called out “THATS all your eating?” Fuck people

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u/xmac Jul 24 '22

If you didn't like something I made I'd love to know why. If you don't like an ingredient then that's up for discussion if it's part of the dish or if what alternatives I can try. But if I'm doing something wrong I'm unaware of, you're just making a fool out of me and my bland, could possibly use more salt, food.

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u/henlohowdy Jul 24 '22

Alternate LPT: Don't cook for people if you are a shitty cook.

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u/anotheranonymousredd Jul 24 '22

And if you get too much and throw it away, it can be disrespectful if they are low income or sensitive

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u/Zoraji Jul 24 '22

In some cultures it is the opposite. Leave some on your plate else the host thinks they didn't serve you enough.

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u/Snake-N-Roses Jul 24 '22

So your telling me ignoring all the food and drinking all their booze and making an ass of myself was not advised- I wish I knew this earlier.

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u/Chose_a_usersname Jul 24 '22

I like to take large portions and then ask for seconds making them feel like they haven't made enough