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Seriously, wouldn't it be gauche to ask for a doggy bag at a restaurant in Europe?

Seriously, wouldn't it be gauche to ask for a doggy bag at a restaurant in Europe?

Mar 31st, 2002, 03:58 PM
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Maria
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Oh I know where my dukes are John! Lucky your not one of my waiters, chump. But you see, I am a lady first of all. I DONT LOOK FOR TROUBLE !However, I take no crap, especially from a lowlife like you.
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 04:01 PM
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Nancy
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Now Rex you better stick with giving lame advice. Don't bother trying the humor thing..
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 04:07 PM
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Gregory
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Oh how I positively cringe when I hear an American in Europe ask for a doggie bag. Yes, I have on sevrally occasions and not just in low budget restaurants. I want to hide under the table. You can almost see it coming too. These loud Amercians will be so demanding and again, LOUD during their dinner. For some reason, the Maitre D' seats them near me and my friend. Its so frustrating! Then it comes" Do ya think I can get this to go" Please, stay home in Mobile, why don't you?
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 04:08 PM
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Nancy
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Now Rex you better stick with giving lame advice. Don't bother trying the humor thing..
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 04:16 PM
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Cheryl
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Gee! I dont think I will ask for a doggie bag. Sounds like Ill get into some very bad situations. Sorry Maria about your encounters.
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 04:26 PM
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I truly find this post amusing. However, I thought you should know that at the restaurant Fatal, in Budapest, the portions are so enormous, that it is rare for a patron to finish the meal. Without asking, the waiters bring a box to the table to put the uneaten food in for take away. I observed this to happen many times (I ate in the restaurant on 3 separate occasions) and before the waiter brought the dessert menus to the table. This must be common at this restaurant, as the take away box has the restaurant's name, address and logo on it. The box is small enough for leftovers, but not large enough to hold a complete meal. I don't know if the restaurant actually does take away orders. I did not have a microwave in my room at the B&B I stayed at, and therefore did not take away the uneaten food.
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 04:26 PM
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Caroline
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I disagree. I think that you could ask for the fod to be wrappped up. Also, the zip lock bag idea is fabulous. Helll, this could be your lunch for the next day. God bless!
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 04:43 PM
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Sheena
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Yup! Gauche as can be! Do not do it girlfriend!
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 04:51 PM
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xxx
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No, I don't think it's gauche. Just droite!!
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 04:53 PM
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selena
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It totally depends on where you are! In some of the Eastern European countries there was no problem, BUT last time I was in Paris and asked for a doggie bag the waiter asked me how my dog was enjoying his vacation. He was so snippy as were all the wait staffers to which I made this request. In one restaurant the waiter actually took my food and smashed it all up and crammed it in the bag. He threw in my husbands crusts and smiled at me and assured me my dog would not mind.
In London, the waiters/waitresses just hiss and never bring you a bag/box. How do they know I don't have a dog? Quite rude I must say.
The baggies idea is a must; wish I had thought of it before my last trip.
Selena
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 05:17 PM
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brianne
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leave it to Yanks to need doggie bags!
white trash i think!
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 05:27 PM
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I'm surprised that people find this question gauche. You've paid for the meal, so why is it so gross to ask to take home what is uneaten? Does it depend on what type of restaurant you are dining at? I would think that it would be very acceptable to take home uneaten pizza from a pizzeria in Italy or Greece, or even uneaten food from a Chinese restaurant. Why would you want to waste food, especially since most hotel rooms have minibars and refrigerators where you can store these items.
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 05:35 PM
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Cheryl did you stop to think that while in the US the portions tend to be very big which sometimes justifies a doggy bag in Italy and France they are not....why bother!
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 08:01 PM
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I have to say that when my husband and I were in Paris about 5 years ago we had a nice experience. We ate dinner at Le Belle Couer (spelling?). Anyway right after we got our first course (we had already ordered the entire meal) my husband got very pale,hot and dizzy. I called our waiter over and he was so very nice. I explained that my husband was not feeling well and then he jumped into action. He offered to call a doctor and I took him up on it. It was not maybe 30 minutes before one showed up. The doctor said he thought he was coming down with something and he should return immeditately to hotel. Well my husband was weak but also had not eaten. Before I could even say a word the waiter had brought me several nice containers with dinner. I was just going to pay the bill and order my husband room service at our hotel. This waiter was really kind.
I do believe that if you are in a country it is nice to follow the local customs. However it was nice that someone was so kind to put graciousness ahead of petty cultural rules. I will forever be grateful to that restaurant.
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 08:07 PM
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I never saw someone asking to bring home the leftovers in a french restaurant (except for pizzas, especially since pizza place usually also sell pizzas to bring home, hence have boxes available).I suppose that if you ask for it, in some restaurants, they'll accomodate you, assuming they have some convenient container available (which isn't obvious. They've no reason to have such containers). But the doggy bag concept is pretty much unheard of, here.

And even assuming that the restaurant will agree, don't mention your "chien". The english word "doggy bag" could be understood in a restaurant, but if you refer to your "chien", they'll most probably assume you actually want to feed your dog with the leftovers and could prepare them accordingly (like mixing the meat and the dessert then adding the leftovers of someone else and a nice bone).

You could bring your own zip-lock bag, but honnestly, you'll appear as very cheap doing so. Not ordering more than you're able to eat seems much more reasonnable to me.
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 09:10 PM
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Andrea is right, it depends on the TYPE of restaurant. I would never get a to-go box in an expensive place in the US or Europe, but a more 'folksy' place like a pizzaria, sure.

Life is far to short to care what Europeans think of us folks, whether the topic is doggy bags or the death penalty. Besides I always find it amusing to see certain Europeans looking down their noses at us 'uncultured brutish' Americans while at the same time smelling like they haven't bathed in a month!!!!! Nothing is grosser or more uncultured than stinking.

I should also add that if I allowed the people on this board to represent 'most Europeans' in my mind I would have never gone to Europe at all. Thankfully I didn't find this to be altogether true.
 
Mar 31st, 2002, 11:40 PM
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Mimi- (what a ridiculous name)-you are perpetuating falsehoods, suggesting that Europeans smell. I have been to Europe many times, met with and stayed for extended periods with many Europeans. I have never smelled any body odor. In contrast, I have smelled body odor here in the US. I am not saying that some small number of people people in Europe, just as in US, do not shower frequently or have body odor. Stop spreading your trash lies.
 
Apr 1st, 2002, 02:15 AM
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Where I live in northern Umbria, it's not a problem to take leftover home. It's suggested by the servers sometimes, but it could be because we're local, and everybody knows everybody here. In Rome, the offer was also given to me now and then at small family owned places.
 
Apr 1st, 2002, 02:19 AM
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I was in a three star restaurant in Paris and the American at the next table asked for the petit fours to be boxed for the plane. They said 'Oui' but I thought that was a little tacky.
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 07:55 PM
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Butters
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xxxrrr, You're right, I wish I had a proper name like yours!

I didn't say all Europeans smell, however you are kidding yourself if you don't know this FACT: Culturally speaking, Americans tend on AVERAGE to be more vigilant about personal cleanliness and daily bathing than say, the FRENCH.
 

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