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Dinner party conversation: a few do's and don'ts

Dinner party conversation: a few do's and don'ts

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy Dinner party conversation can often be a very tricky – if not contentious  - art, depending on the group of guests gathered around the dinner table. A seasoned host has probably deliberately
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Finger foods part two: Now, on to asparagus and assorted fiddly nosh

Finger foods part two: Now, on to asparagus and assorted fiddly nosh

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy In our first installment of finger foods and appropriate social graces, we discussed how to eat artichokes in an elegant fashion. This time, let’s address eating asparagus in a polished manner. Asparagus is a wonderful vegetable from the lily family, which comes to us from Eurasia and is grown in many parts of the world. This is another food, which, according to proper etiquette,
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Finger foods part one: how to eat artichokes in an elegant fashion

Finger foods part one: how to eat artichokes in an elegant fashion

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy As the party season fast approaches – at least in the Western world – finger food is an area of much conundrum when it comes to etiquette.
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Please, be seated: dinner party seating

Please, be seated: dinner party seating

by Jay Remer Enjoying the camaraderie of one’s friends and family around a dinner table is often considered one of life’s greatest pleasures. Whether entertaining at home or hosting a dinner party at a restaurant, the question invariably arises: “Where shall we sit?”
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Tea, glorious tea! (moving picture)

Tea, glorious tea! (moving picture)

Tea in the morning. Tea in the afternoon. Tea in the evening. We adore tea anytime of the day. This is MIEN Magazine's humble little moving picture homage to the glorious and almighty cuppa. How do you take yours?
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MIEN Magazine presents The Parlour

MIEN Magazine presents The Parlour

The Parlour: nostalgic fun and civilised merriment without the modern accoutrements (This is what we're up to so we'll be offline for the most part. Regular content and photos to follow.)
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Table settings: back to basics

Table settings: back to basics

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy A reader stopped me in a local coffee shop and asked me to consider writing a sort of  'back to basics' column on simple table settings. I began thinking about this request and thought this could be a real
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Holiday traditions and table settings

Holiday traditions and table settings

By Jay Remer, the Etiquette Guy One of the great traditions, which we have at this time of year, is a festive holiday meal. For most of us, it is part of our Christmas celebration. There is the meal itself- , which from one family to the next can differ - but usually within a family, certain traditions exist. Some always have turkey, some have ham, and some have roast beef. But no matter what we have, there is always a table to set as beautifully as possible. It is the one time of
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Happy American Thanksgiving! A few traditions and etiquette reminders

Happy American Thanksgiving! A few traditions and etiquette reminders

Happy Thanksgiving to Americans celebrating it. No doubt, there will be much feasting, spending time with family, and enjoying all sorts of traditions. The first Thanksgiving dates back to 1621 when the Wampanoag Indians and Plymouth Colonists shared a harvest feast together. Although it's been said that pilgrims used their hands to eat (not forks and knives, oh my!), many of the traditions have remained the same: namely eating copious amounts of delicious food and being thankful.
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Proper posture: for sitting and dining

Proper posture: for sitting and dining

By Dana Gornitzki Now stop slouching and watch part two of our posture film, where we show you the significance of sitting up straight - both for body and mind (not to mention the impression you're making). This is a follow-up installment to the first part of MIEN Magazine's moving picture that focuses on proper posture for walking and standing.
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