Reading through the international boards, I often find an American chowhound posting comments and questions that seem out of touch with protocols and practices of the place they are visiting or plan to visit. For example, on the UK board, European hounds are trying to explain to an American hound that coffee after dessert is not a matter of poor service, but custom. On the France board, I'm finding hounds trying to explain that quests for 'cheap authentic street food' may not be the most useful search terms or that expectations for 'simple good food well-prepared, like just some eggs with truffles' to be served after 2.30pm are perhaps misguided.
So, I invite everyone here to post on these matters and provide some international sensibilities here. This is not meant to chastise so much as to help hounds know not only what to look for but how to look for it.
And a note: American hounds, I'd recommend avoiding complaints of European visitors who do not tip adequately. As a predominantly American site, this area has been well-trod and tends to be sent out to the foreigners and ex-pats who are aware of such issues. Not to mention, the tipping discussions tend to go off the rails and get a thread locked, and I'd love to hear from people from all over the world about the misconceptions they find and what they wish people knew when looking for food.
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