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A dinner party dedication to picky eaters

A dinner party dedication to picky eaters

By Elizabeth Renzetti “Oh, I forgot to mention – I’m allergic to dairy.” How many of us have heard those terrifying words after inviting someone over for dinner? Well, I’ve got news for you, Ms. Butterfat-Gives-Me-Buboes: You can tell you’re actually allergic to something if you need to carry an EpiPen with you wherever you go. If, upon ingesting a substance, your throat swells up and you die, then you have an allergy. I grant that sudden, violent death is a bummer at most dinner parties (though I’ve been to some where it would have been a welcome early conclusion to the evening.)
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Is burping after a meal bad manners?

Is burping after a meal bad manners?

by Prunella de Pedant As a traditionalist, I would lean towards saying yes - absolutely. To make a burp or belch even worse, select not-so gentlepeople tend to punctuate the horrific sound with a giggle or chuckle.
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Potluck etiquette: some tips from the Etiquette Guy

Potluck etiquette: some tips from the Etiquette Guy

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy Last time, we discussed elegant handling and social graces of fiddly nosh. With the cold weather settling in nicely, many of us look forward to hearty winter dinners with close friends. Unlike the traditional dinner party, potluck meals are especially popular across the pond in the Americas, and let the menu and food preparation become a shared effort.
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It's that time again: cocktail o'clock

It's that time again: cocktail o'clock

by Prunella de Pedant Another hectic week, with too much to do and too many people to see. Once the clock strikes noon, it's perfectly acceptable - if not de rigeur - to enjoy a proper libation. Whenever I need a spot of inspiration for my cocktail of choice, I turn to none other than the "Savoy Cocktail Book" - my vintage copy delights me with a plethora of lovely libations.
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Eton Mess: the perfect summer dessert

Eton Mess: the perfect summer dessert

by Dana Gornitzki Here at MIEN, we adore the summer and the good weather that the season brings (or at least, what we hope for - the weather in the British isles does keep one on their toes). Few foods scream English louder than a good old Eton Mess. Pure heaven!
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Table manners by Emily Post (moving picture)

Table manners by Emily Post (moving picture)

by Dana Gornitzki What does a correctly set place look like? How much silver should we lay out? (oh, just the thought makes the heart flutter) What is the proper way to eat soup? And is it correct to cut your salad with a knife? Of course, do not dare to lick your knife (EVER) and make sure to eat as quietly as possible - these are basic and proper manners.
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How to appreciate a fine single malt

How to appreciate a fine single malt

By Irvine M. Kingman As with most of life’s great pleasures, taking one’s time and learning correct techniques are fundamental to success and satisfaction.  Appreciation of a fine single malt whisky is no different.
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Table manners according to Emily Post (moving picture)

Table manners according to Emily Post (moving picture)

by Prunella de Pedant Do you know what do with your croutons? Or how to eat your soup properly? Know which side your bread and butter plate is on?
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Good table manners - vintage tips

Good table manners - vintage tips

By Dana Gornitzki Stop eating with your hands, and sit up straight while you're at it. Now, take a moment to remember the family dinner. Lovely! (video)
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Hello, how do you do? Charmed to meet you.

Hello, how do you do? Charmed to meet you.

As we promised, here is our news about our newest venture to delight, to educate, and to remind us all that we still need to mind our Ps and Qs. Here are the full details we've been sending in the form of a digital missive. Please spread the word and come join us for a tea and lesson, it would please us greatly. --- On September 14th, The Charm School is popping up  in a space on Exmouth Market in London.
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