Always: Eat with your fork in your left hand and knife in your right.
Never: Speak with your mouth full.
Always: Place your fork downwards on a plate if you want seconds.
Never: Take the last item on any given plate. You must continue to halve it until only crumbs are left.
Always: Indulge in slurping. It is considered polite.
Never: Pour yourself a drink. It is tradition to pour drinks for one another.
Always: Consider meals as a social event where only the person perceived as the riches pays.
Never: Leave your chopsticks in the bowl. It symbolises death.
Always: Wait for your host to say ‘Buen Provecho’ (Enjoy your meal) before eating.
Never: Arrive on time. Arrive 30 minutes late, if not later.
Always: Eat your meal in silence.
Never: Pass food with your left hand.
Always: Cut as much food as possible with your fork to compliment the cook that the food is tender.
Never: Cut lettuce in a salad. Fold it with a fork.
Always: Keep your palm facing up when holding cups.
Never: Spill milk or dairy products. It is considered bad luck.
Always: Wash your hands before eating: a basin may be brought to the table for you.
Never: Eat before the eldest male. He must eat first before anyone else can start.
Always: Let the woman sit down before the men.
Never: Speak with cutlery in your hands.