I’ve come to learn that Americans are very finger-food oriented. Hamburgers, fries, pizza, buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, sandwiches, etc. (Wow that’s a healthy list of foods!) The day I see one of my friends take out a fork and knife to eat their chicken fingers, I will likely point and laugh. Parguayans, on the other hand, LOVE silverware! It doesn’t matter what the food is, you will likely see them trying to figure out a way to cut the food to avoid having to use their hands.
Take for instance the following “finger” foods, (in my book, of course,) that Paraguayans use silverware to eat; pizza, empanadas, quesadillas, rolls (yes, I promise you, fork and knife to eat a roll), pasta (I kid.) even ice cream when served in a cone also comes on a plate with a spoon! I am not sure if this fastidious way of eating comes from a desire to keep their hands clean, or what, but I do know that I caught myself rolling up a “fajita” the other night at a Mexican restaurant and chowing down, while my two dinner companions had fork and knife in hand. I can just imagine what it would be like to eat a cupcake with a Paraguayan!
And everyday I learn more and more how and why stereotypes of Americans are perpetuated abroad!