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When we first arrived in Spain, we had no idea about anything in the country. By the end of the 38 days, we had learned a great deal, thank goodness.
In Spain, the people generally follow continental customs when it comes to table manners. Spaniards eat with the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right hand. The knife is used to push food onto the fork, and then the fork is raised, upside down, to the mouth. Usually neither fingers nor bread are used to put food onto the fork or into the mouth.
I discovered after some "looks" that wrists are kept on the table, and diners never rest their hands in their laps.
I liked the idea that there is no pressure put on guests who do not partake of a certain food or drink. Spaniards do not feel insulted; they hate to see food wasted so they consider it more polite to decline extra helpings than to leave food untouched on the plate.
Table manners for eating at tapas bars are quite informal. I LOL when I saw that olive pits and shells from shrimp are discarded quite naturally onto the floor!
But, taking up spare seats at a table that's already occupied is considered VERY RUDE.
Don't be taken aback by the number of wild game that is offered in restaurants, especially rabbit. I was at first. At the time that we were in Spain, we had a tame, indoor rabbit as a pet. However, I learned to get over it, and on 3 different occasions, I ate rabbit in different recipes. All of them were delicious. Other game available is wild frog, partridge, pheasant, and wild boar. Either Allan or I tried all of these.
At some markets, customers will bargain over prices. It's viewed as a dialogue between customer and vendor. You won't be considered "cheap" for suggestion a lower price because it's always assumed that a reasonable price can be agreed upon.
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