When first meeting a Brit, he or she may seem reserved and cold, but that is just an impression.In reality, they are very friendly and helpful to foreigners.Typical Colombian onces (afternoon snacks) In Colombia, table manners and staying clean while you eat are very important.It's very rare to see someone eating with their hands in Colombia, and many Colombians find it offensive if you eat with your hands.However, do not be dismayed, there is a simple system behind it all. Place your napkin in your lap immediately upon sitting down. Use utensils on the outside first and work your way in with each new course. Food is removed from the mouth in the manner in which it is put into the mouth.
When no utensils are being used, putting your elbows on the table is acceptable. Start by selecting a wine in the category you are interested in and find a wine at the price point you are comfortable with. When being seated, if the maitre d’ leads the group to the table, the guests should follow the maitre d’ and the host should follow the guests. To test the temperature of a hot beverage, take a single sip from the side of the spoon.I was explained that in Colombia it is considered very rude to enter and rummage about in a kitchen that is not your own, and even more so in a refrigerator not your own.Very opposite of customs in the United States and the United Kingdom, when someone extends you an invitation for dinner, lunch, coffee, onces, etc... This custom was a bit hard to get used to; especially with people I had just met.In Britain, even today, people are judged by their table manners, especially when eating out or attending formal functions.There are certain ways you should behave and certain niceties to observe.