Etiquette Tuesday: You Don’t Like Moms Cooking?!

[ 3 ] July 20, 2010 |

Conversations with friends.  My friends are truly the inspiration of a lot of my Etiquette Tuesday post.  Now don’t get me wrong, these are some of the most polished individuals you will ever meet but everyone can use a little dusting off in the proper dining rules.  This one took the cake on laughter and mortified all in one.  Recently while chatting with one of our favorites (*Translation:  Aces), they told us how there ex-significant others (*Translation:  EXO)  mom had made them food and my bud told the EXO that they did not like the food. Wow.

Shall I say major balls?! (*Please excuse my French…) But that one goes down for the books.  I don’t know whether it is the fact that they told them that they did not like her food or the fact that they did not like her food that is the most surprising… I relayed an old phrase that I commonly use (*only when appropriate, of course)…take this one for the team.  Sometimes (*not always) a little white lie needs to be told and it mostly comes in when there are parents involved.  It’s like balancing the scale:  tell them they’re moms food was not good (*which they probably grew up on and now taking you home is out of the question because you won’t like the homegrown elements going on there) or keep it to yourself (*what’s the worst that could happen?? You have to use a full bottle of Pepto twice a year on Thanksgiving and at Christmas dinner??).  I’m going to leave this Etiquette Tuesday to my readers…is it better Etiquette to keep it to yourself or let it all out??

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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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  1. Archele says:

    Good stuff!

  2. Dedan says:

    Agreed 1000% I’ve had my share of odd cobblers, specialty pies, and second helpings of foods that under normal circumstances I wouldn’t have a second taste of. At the end of the day, its an investment. You only have to deal with the wretched fare one or two meals a year, rocking the boat, is a no-win situation. Do you really want to be the jerk who tell’s your date’s mom, “no seriously, it tastes like your put your foot in it.”

    Conversely, if your significant other’s cooking sucks, I would not hesitate to communicate that, albeit tactfully. The difference is, you don’t want to come home to a heaping helping of gruel twice a week because you lied and told your mate it was your favorite when in actuality you could barley choke it down. Get a cook book and learn how to cook together. Even if you already know your way around the kitchen, you won’t come off as the jerk if you “learn” together.

    Now that that’s out of the way, how can I get an autographed picture of Johnna in the yellow dress?

  3. Johnna says:

    Lmao! That is totally true about telling your significant other about their cooking and that’s a good way of conveying that message…a nice Paula Deen cookbook jazzed up as a gift is a good way to get them to add a little more of this or a little less of that especially since you will be eating that at the very least twice a week, lol.

    **I will be signing autographs @ Borders in about two weeks…j/k but I have one signed, sealed, delivered just for you!

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