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Re: CHAT: A pretty bad language joke :]

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Thursday, April 12, 2001, 12:17
On Thu, 12 Apr 2001, Christophe Grandsire wrote:

> En réponse à Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>: > > > Anybody tell me a place were you DON'T expect free bread and water in > > restaurants? You do in Sweden, and the Spanish restaurants I ate in last > > summer all had it too ... > > Holland. It's just not customary to eat bread and drink water when you go to the > restaurant, so if you want them you won't have them for free (well, in fact it > depends on the restaurant, since most restaurants in Holland are restaurants of > foeign food, maybe they adopt the customs of the foreign country they stand > for).
Adding to that, South Korea, unless you're at a Western non-fast-food restaurant, in which case they pile on the bread. And for a country that doesn't have any real *history* of bread--all I can say is, I miss Korean bakeries. (Your average Korean home never has an oven...but the bakery sure does! Maybe it's a conspiracy.) OTOH, you can expect lots of rice, kimchi, and other things like spinach, green or barley tea, bean curd, etc. just by virtue of being there. YHL