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I find this particular German-ism extremely funny! The point of actually eating a hamburger seems to be totally defeated by the whole knife and fork thing. I don't think I'll ever be able to convert, no matter how long I live here!
It's fascinating that each burger is being eaten independently.
Just yesterday in Moab, Utah, a French family vacationing here were eating a pizza, fork in left hand with knife if right hand. They cut it up and lifted to their mouths with the fork.
Charlotte, that could be me. Usually I am eating Pizza with fork and knife, especially when I want to keep my hands clean. Just because we eat with fork and knife doesn't mean we don't enjoy it. However, I sometimes will use my fingers. :)
My (German) Dad has always eating his burgers with a knife and fork and in parts (cuts a piece of meat, puts a little mayo and ketchup on it and eats it then cuts a piece of bun with some lettuce and tomato, etc). But my mom (also German) loves to eat a messy burger with her hands. They both tend to eat pizza with a knife and fork. I can do pizza with utensils but not a hamburger! :)
My mother always does that, has for years. Too messy for her otherwise.
Eating pizza with a knife and fork is so standard I don't even notice it anymore!! The burger fork/knife habit is still interesting to me, though. I always think I should try it sometime just to see what it's like. Then when I have a burger in front of me I forget and dig in with my hands.
OMG, my (British) husband does this too. So embarassing! We live near Heidelberg in Hockenheim. Whenever we visit the States I plead with him not to eat his burger like this. :o) Too funny. Guess he's not the only one...
To us it's rather the other way around. It's embarrassing if you don't show good manners. Whenever I take my husband somewhere I have to plead to use a fork and a knife instead of using a fork and his fingers. He always shoves the food on the fork to eat which is highly embarrassing to me because I feel like I can't take him to any restaurants. I don't care if one hand is underneath the table, people meanwhile know that that is simply American but come on, what is so hard about using a knife instead of your fingers, especially if you are in a nice and fancy restaurant. It can't be that hard.
Americans are taught to use fork and knife with the opposite hands. So you are supposed to have the fork in your left hand, which is usually not your dominant hand, and cut with the right hand, and THEN, switch the fork to your right hand to put the food in your mouth. I don't think it's any wonder that most Americans don't want anything to do with this drawn-out eating method. Eating with fork and knife German-style is much easier.
I can go you one better - my German cousin was visiting us here in Maryland and he actually managed to eat steamed crabs with a knife and fork ! For those of you who haven't been introduced to crabs - it's a crustacean with a hard shell like a lobster and is eaten strictly with fingers and maybe a knife to dig out small morsels of meat.Crabs are served outdoors heaped on tables covered with paper which is rolled up at the end of the meal to remove the messy shells and it is definitely not a formal meal crying out for knife and fork. Needless to say, the natives were amazed.
He, he... eh, that's kind of strange, anyway. On the other hand, considering the size of that thing, I don't want to image to watch anyone eating this giant burger by hand. Given the fork is in his right hand, couldn't he possibly reach out for a salad or fries right to him...? ;-)
great photo! not long ago we were invited by family to the grand opening of an american style restaurant. (i was already resigned that they would not have ranch dressing so i couldn't get too excited.) everyone ordered burgers, and to my total shock, they all used knives and forks to eat them. i said "if you ever come visit america, i will not be taking you guys to a burger joint!"i wonder if german mcdonalds employees get asked for plasticware?~lytha
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