Gift(s) for European Hosts--HELP!

May 26th, 2006, 08:28 AM
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Here's a small item about dinning protocols in Finland. This is similar throughout Scandinavia.

"At a dinner party, the host determines the seating order if necessary. The guest of honour is seated to the right of the hostess (or the host, if it is a men-only dinner). This is a seat dreaded by most Finns, since the guest of honour is expected to say a few words in thanks to the hosts after the meal. Guests should not begin to eat until everyone has been served; usually, the host will propose a toast at the beginning of the meal, wishing his guests bon appétit! It is not appropriate for guests to drink before this, unless the beginning of the meal is exceptionally delayed."

If you can speak in the local language, they're going to expect that the talk will be in the host's language.

Fun! There's another protocol about drinking at meals. It's fun too.


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May 26th, 2006, 09:21 AM
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Hey, I am European, and guess what I love most from the U.S.?

Believe it or not: Food, food and food. From the Soutwest, I love canned chiles (jalapenos, habaneros). We do not get them here. I also love chile sauces. Cactus preserves are also good, or blue corn pancake mix.

From all American regions, pancake mix or brownie mix is also highly appreciated. We also love Oreos.

Everything with hickory taste is excellent - BBQ sauce, hickory wood chips etc.

It may seem odd, but when I am in the U.S. I also buy a dozen cans of Underwood Chicken Spread.

This may sound strange, but these are products which are hard to get in Europe.

Forget about liquor, unless you visit Scandinavia (we get it everywhere). Also forget pins and magnets. Better take a nice picture book.
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May 26th, 2006, 10:42 AM
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You could take them some American-made vodka. Tito's is an award-winning vodka made in Texas. I'm not a vodka drinker, but even my friend from Moscow agrees that this is good stuff. Here's a link to an article:
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