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Eten meenemen uit een restaurant

Postby Ome Jorge » Mon Feb 05, 2007 9:48 pm

@Janeera,

Wanneer je uit eten gaat in Nederland is het niet gebruikelijk de restjes mee naar huis te nemen. Meestal blijft er niet eens genoeg over om mee te nemen.
[When you go out for dinner, you don't take the leftovers with you in a bag. Most of the times, there is not enough left to take with you ...]


Ik heb in ieder geval nog nooit iets uit een restaurant mee naar huis genomen.
[I never took leftover with me back home.]

Behalve bij de "afhaalchinees". Hier kun je Chinees eten halen, waarbij de porties over het algemeen groot zijn.

[Except for the take-away Chinese. Here you can find take away Chinese food, with generally  large portions.]

Vergeet ook niet de snackbar, of het Vlaamse frietkot. Hier ga je heen om patat te eten of mee naar huis te nemen.

[Don't forget the snackbar, or the Flemish frietkot. You go here to eat fries or take them home.]

ImageZak patat
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Postby Janeera » Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:02 pm

Wat fijn plaatjes/foto's.  Nu ik heb honger.....   :)
Alleen mensen die niets doen maken geen fouten.             Ome Jorge
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Re: Eten meenemen uit een restaurant

Postby Joke » Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:15 pm

Ome Jorge wrote:Zak patat

Here in the East of the country we usually say 'friet' instead of patat.
When buying fries with mayo, you order friet (of patat) met, 'fries with'. You don't have to specify with what...

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Postby Lisa » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:42 am

evilbu wrote:Ah, a major difference is the "tip" in restaurants. In Flemish restaurants (and I suppose most Dutch restaurants as well) you really shouldn't tip, if you pay too much, your change will be correct, down to the last cent.
Of course, some naive tourists don't know this and do tip, and ... it's likely the staff doesn't go to heroic lengths to point out that they shouldn't. :D


Here wait staff is paid a much lower base wage because of tips. I don't know what it is now but 10 years ago it was $2.xx/hr. Minimum wage was $6.xx at the time. It's seen as rude not to tip. Most of their pay is made from tips. They usually have to split part of their tips with the host and bus staff too. Bartenders do extremely well from tips!
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Re: American Behaviorisms

Postby chasey » Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:14 am

Hi, I am an American who is now residing in Belgium. Will be going to live in Holland hopefully soon! I do have to say, "I am so used to the American way of having a cup of coffee where ever I go and I totally miss the free refills at McDonalds in America. I went to turnhout, belgium the other day and i asked for a free refill they looked at me like i was crazy...the workers were talking to each other in dutch saying that i wanted a free coke. I only speak english and i had to call my husband over to ask him to translate what i wanted. There are so many different things here in Belgium and Holland! I miss so many things!!!
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Postby AppelstroopIsLekker » Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:20 am

evilbu wrote:(I'm not Dutch. I am a Fleming.)


One thing I found bizarre is how much money people waste in cities on New York. I saw a lady taking a kid into a tavern in the morning, and she bought him a glass of orange juice and a muffin. He only drank and ate half of it.

Now in Flanders we would never eat out of the house BEFORE going to school. We just eat some bread of cornflakes at home and that's it. There you can drink orange juice from a box instead of buying a glass you don't even finish.

I also saw little bags containing pieces of apple. What a waste of money? Why not buying an apple and cutting it up yourself?

I think in Flanders we eat a lot more at home and prefer to cook for ourselves. :eek:


Yes, that is true. Eating out is much more of every-now-and-then type of thing in the Benelux, and is treated as much more of a special event (and more expensive event, because of that.)

That is one thing I do miss about the U.S.... is the ability to go out to breakfast with family/friends. Of course, there are some places here that serve breakfast but there are far and few between. It's quite nice to get up early on a Saturday morning and go get breakfast with friends/family as the sun is rising.

Oh well :D
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Re: American Behaviorisms

Postby Dutchgirl21 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:00 pm

1.Flanders often joke about Dutch being cheap, which is kinda true. We return the favor by joking about Flanders being (putting it nicely) not so smart. To most (Dutch) people it doesn't make sense why you would make expences such as starbucks coffee everyday if everyone has a coffeemachine at home. (there are very few starbucks stores as it's owned by the same person as the Douwe Eghtberts coffee (for at home) and senseo (for at home), so why compeet witch your own company. Also most of us drink strong(er) coffee, think of the italian standarts of strong.

2. When people tell me stuff as 'I'm sorry' when it isn't their fault it comes of as not genuine, they didn't do it so they can't be sorry of what they have done. So saying I love that or you isn't something that is taken lightly, I like what you are wearing is more acceptable.

I hope this is giving you some perspective on American vs Dutch Behaviorisms

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Re: American Behaviorisms

Postby Bert » Sat May 04, 2013 9:00 pm

Hallo allemaal,

Uit de bovenstaande postjes blijkt dat je geen tip/fooi geeft in restaurants. Maar moet ik een fooi geven aan de taxichauffeur? En een aanvullende vraag: Als passagier, moet ik in de taxi voorin of achterin gaan zitten?

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Re: American Behaviorisms

Postby Vilmos » Fri May 10, 2013 11:36 pm

Ik betwijfel of je geen fooi geeft in restaurants. Bij mij in de familie wordt het eigenlijk altijd gedaan.
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Re: American Behaviorisms

Postby Joke » Sat May 11, 2013 6:06 pm

Als ik tevreden ben, geef ik in een restaurant meestal een kleine fooi. Meestal door het bedrag een beetje af te ronden, vooral als ik contant betaal. Hoogstens een euro of 4 voor een hele maaltijd. Als ik niet tevreden was of het eten duur vond, betaal ik gepast. Bedienend personeel krijgt in Nederland een normaal salaris, dus het geven van een fooi is absoluut niet verplicht (meer. Vroeger was het anders, volgens mij).

Ik ga nooit met de taxi, dus ik zou niet weten of het geven van fooien daar gebruikelijk is. Ik zou het zelf denk ik niet doen. Ik geloof dat je wel voorin mag zitten, maar dat weet ik ook niet zeker. Je kunt het altijd vragen.
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Re: American Behaviorisms

Postby BrutallyFrank » Sat May 11, 2013 6:32 pm

Ik geef over het algemeen wel een fooi, maar dat hangt erg af van mijn tevredenheid. Ik zou, wat dat betreft, op mijn gevoel af gaan.

Taxi: ik zat wel eens op de bijrijdersplaats, maar ... dan was het duidelijk een privé-rit (slaaponderzoek) of juist een snorder (=illegale taxi), maar die laatsten doen zich voor als privé ... als je al een telefoonnummer hebt en vraagt om een 'taxi' wordt meestal meteen neergelegd. Vraag om vervoer of een lift: geen probleem! Let wel op: als iemand een tientje vraagt en de volgende vijftien ... zeg er wat van! Ze zijn erg flexibel ...
"Moe nie worrie nie, alles sal reg kom" (maar hy het nie geseg wanneer nie!)

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Re: American Behaviorisms

Postby Bert » Sat May 11, 2013 9:02 pm

Bedankt voor de reacties. :)
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