Etiquette Tuesday: Pop that Gum!

[ 0 ] June 22, 2010 |


Do people really still do this?!? Put gum on the side of their plate or on their hand?!? Well, an awesome but lost soul we know still engages in this behavior. One of our Aces (*Translation: best friends) recently went out to dinner with us and after chomping and popping a few bubbles, decided to give the gum another life by sitting it on the side of their plate. You can imagine my expression as I tried to enjoy the wasabi mashed potatoes without thinking about the thick gooey factor staring at us from across the table. Being this is our “best, good friend” (*Forest Gump comes to mind in that wording…), we had to give her our honest Etiquette Tuesday advice: lose the gum.

Reason number 1,222 you should lose the gum: it costs all of $.25 at your local convenience store. The list goes on and on but the major one is we (*your other guests) do not want to see that gum outside your mouth (*including popping your gum…). Placing it on the side of your plate, on your hand, behind your ear or wherever you choose is totally unacceptable at the dining room table and the like. Tossing it before dinner is not that hard, besides shouldn’t you be ready for a fresh piece after a flavorful meal?? I’m just saying…

Category: Food.Fun.Stuff.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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