Sorry I've been AWOL again this week on the postings. Been trying to finish the WIP, Before The Morning (one chapter short of the end! Woot!) and I also have the boys at home on break. Between navigating these, my days are topsy turvy.
But then I came upon this article, and I knew I just had to share with you all!
We write heroes, right? Honourable men, strong men, sexy men, bad boys, sweet men - but always, always, gentlemen! There are some things a man should definitely know... like how to behave at a dining table. Most first/successive dates happen over a dinner table, and I suppose you want your hero to behave like a gentleman, not like a baboon (reserve that for the good-for-nothing layabout your heroine has to ditch!). Even villains need some manners - I love me a suave, smooth villain like the ones in James Bond - totally classy, and always, always, gentlemen!).
So here I stumble upon this article - a guide to proper, fine dining etiquette for gentlemen. Trust me - your heroes could use these pointers... and come to think of it, the men in your life too.
This will be the first post in a series of etiquette links I'll post in the coming Thursdays. Enjoy!
The article is from John Mariani and I grabbed it from Esquire.com You can check it in the original slideshow here.
A Gentleman's Guide to Dining Etiquette
Thirty-nine rules to eating like a proper man, courtesy of Esquire's food correspondent, and in no particular order. But very particularly.
By John Mariani
By John Mariani
1. A gentleman is never unintentionally rude.
2. A gentleman always dresses appropriately.
3. A gentleman never bribes a maître d'.
4. A gentleman never has more than one cocktail before dinner.
5. A gentleman never takes more than one minute to decide on his meal.
6. A gentleman never talks about golf with women present.
8. A gentleman does not table-hop.
9. A gentleman does not frequent any restaurant so loud that he cannot hold a conversation with the person across from him.
10. A gentleman never drinks beer from a bottle at a restaurant.
11. A gentleman does not use sugar substitutes.
12. A gentleman always gets up from his chair when a woman gets up from hers or approaches the table.
13. A gentleman does not drink water with a lime or lemon slice in it.
14. A gentleman never has his cell phone on the table.
15. A gentleman never discusses the price of a meal or wine.
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16. A gentleman never overtips.
17. A gentleman always orders after his guests do.
18. A gentleman never orders salad as a main course.
19. A gentleman never applauds when the chef comes out.
20. A gentleman takes his mother out to dinner at least four times a year.
21. A gentleman lets his father take him out to dinner four times a year.
22. A gentleman does not sniff the cork but merely glances at it to see if the vintage is the same as on the bottle label.
23. A gentleman never says more than three words about the quality of a wine served.
24. A gentleman should always quietly dispute an error on a check with the manager.
25. A gentleman should never dance at a Greek restaurant…
26. ... or sing karaoke in a Japanese restaurant.
27. A gentleman never tucks his napkin into his shirt.
28. A gentleman should send back a wine only if it has gone bad or been corked.
29. A gentleman should never be ashamed to ask for a doggie bag.
30. A gentleman never shakes a breadstick in the air to make a point.
31. A gentleman never draws on the tablecloth.
32. A gentleman never admires another man's shoes.
33. A gentleman should never put his hand over a wine glass to indicate "no more."
34. A gentleman never snaps his fingers to get a waiter's attention.
35. A gentleman knows the difference between a sauce spoon and a soup spoon, as well as the functions of all silverware on a table.
36. A gentleman goes to the restroom before sitting down to dinner.
37. A gentleman never asks a chef to alter his cooking.
38. A gentleman always has coffee after dessert.
39. A gentleman may flirt with the coat check girl but must never ask her out on a date.
From Mauritius with love,