Dining

diningAt our Philadelphia Airport parking facility, we know that dining at a great restaurant is one of the most exciting parts of traveling. When you’re in a foreign country, however, it can also be a little stressful. That’s why we’ve created a guide with advice on how to eat and tip properly when you’re abroad.

In Europe

Etiquette

  • If there is more than one utensil on the table, start from the outside and work your way in during each course.
  • While you eat, hold your fork in your left hand and your knife in your right, then use the knife to guide food onto the fork.
  • If you’re eating meat, cut it one piece at a time. Cutting it all at once is considered rude.

Food and Rituals

  • Don’t be surprised if you are served salad at the end of your meal instead of the beginning. This is common throughout European countries.
  • In France, foie gras and crepes are considered common delicacies.
  • Germans tend to enjoy foods such as Wiener Schnitzel and Goulash.
  • In England, you’ll find Shepherd’s Pie and fish & chips on many dinner menus.
  • Common Spanish delicacies include paella and Chicarron.

Tipping

  • In Europe, tips are considered a bonus, so our Philadelphia Airport parking members usually leave 5%-10% of their bill.

In Australia

Etiquette

  • If you’re invited to a barbeque and asked to “bring a plate,” it’s customary to bring a plate of food that you can contribute to the meal.
  • If you want the last piece of food on a common plate, make sure you offer it to others before you eat it. If you don’t, it’s considered rude.
  • At many restaurants, it’s a common to enjoy drinks before dinner is served.
  • During a meal, keep your hands in your lap when you’re not holding your utensils.

Food and Rituals

  • Like Americans, Australians usually eat three meals per day. In addition, however, they also enjoy an afternoon or evening tea.
  • Some common delicacies you may find in Australia include: barramundi, damper, meat pie, Pavlova, and Vegemite.

Tipping

  • Tipping isn’t very common in Australia, but if you’re dining at an upscale restaurant, it’s acceptable to leave 5%-10% of the bill.

In Asia

Etiquette

  • If you’re invited to a dinner party at someone’s home, it’s courteous to bring a neatly wrapped gift of an item from your home country.
  • Chopsticks are a very common eating utensil, but as our Philadelphia Airport parking members know, they can be hard to get used to. Try these tips:
    • Hold your bowl or plate under your mouth and use it to catch any food you might drop.
    • If you can’t manage to open and close them, use them as a spoon and scoop up your food.
    • When you’re not using your chopsticks, rest them on your plate or a chopstick rest.

Food and Rituals

  • Never stand your chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice. This is considered bad luck.
  • In China, you may find snake meat or shark’s fin soup on dinner menus.
  • Donburi and sushi are two common specialties throughout Japan.
  • If you’re visiting India, you’ll find common foods like Butter Chicken and naan dishes.

Tipping

  • Tipping is usually frowned upon in China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. In other countries, 5%-10% of your bill is a sufficient tip amount. In Hong Kong, opt for even more (15%-20%).

In Mexico

Etiquette

  • If you’re invited to a dinner party, don’t take a seat until you’re told where to sit and don’t eat until the host eats.
  • When you’re finished eating, leave a little bit of food on your plate. This is considered a polite gesture.
  • In restaurants, servers don’t usually bring your check – you must ask for it.
  • Keep your hands visible at all times during your meal.

Food and Rituals

  • As opposed to dinner in America, lunch is the largest meal of the day and is usually served late in the afternoon.
  • Some common delicacies you may find in Mexico include: enchiladas, huevos rancheros, tacos, tamales, and Arroz con pollo. (Our Philadelphia Airport parking members suggest trying an authentic churro, as well!)

Tipping

  • The common tip amount in Mexico is 15% of your bill.