A notable local chef recently opened a Japanese noodle house, complete with several research trips to japan and sourcing of a combination of authentic Japanese ingredients with local products for an inventive, fun twist. The place advertises themselves as being "slurpalicious," which I think is cute.
I have taken several people here. One is sort of a foodie but not anywhere near like me, she mostly just likes to eat at places that have good Veg selections as she is a Veg. The others are completely non-foodie. I had to explain to one co-diner what kale was. And quinoa. And adzuki beans, but I'm more forgiving about the last 2.
None of these people are slurping. I've been trying to LEARN how to slurp and this has been a good opportunity. As I get takeout from them pretty often, I'm doing better at it and enjoy it. I have gotten looks from them when slurping, like WTF. And NOBODY is picking up their bowl and drinking from it at the end, no one in the whole restaurant. I have tried sometimes to explain how slurping is polite in a noodle house or that it's ok to drink from the bowl but I just get the "uh huh, you're crazy" look.
What's your take on this. Do as is proper for the food, disregarding my narrow-minded co-diners and attempt to assimilate them into noodle culture? Or stop slurping and bowl-drinking and eat like a good 'Mericun, at least when I am with others.