First of all, if I am ever in
I know it's hard to read, so I've typed it out:
Dos and Don'ts: Everyday guidance for eating
- Do. . . eat hotdogs on buns with your hands. Utensils should not touch hotdogs on buns.
- Don't. . . use a cloth napkin to wipe your mouth when eating a hotdog. Paper is always preferable.
- Don't. . . leave bits of bun on your plate. Eat it all. Fresh herbs on the same plate with hotdogs are a major "Don't. . ." Mustard, relish, onions, cheese and chili are acceptable.
- Don't. . . take more than five bites to finish a hotdog. For foot-long wiener, seven bites are acceptable.
- Do. . . Condiments remaining on the fingers after eating a hotdog should be licked away, not washed.
- Don't. . . use ketchup on your hotdog after the age of 18.
- Don't. . . think there is a wrong time to serve hotdogs.
Who knew? And way down at the bottom (I had to enlarge it to see this) it says: Source: National Hot Dog & Sausage Council,
[Please note that in Spain, it is considered an appalling breach of etiquette to lick one's fingers. No matter what food is being consumed.]
It might seem unimaginable, what with this surfeit of information, but I am left with two unanswered questions: Does the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council realize the effect they're having on international relations? And what kind of fresh herbs, exactly, might one be tempted to serve with a hot dog?
Okay, three questions: Hot dogs are sacred?