08 Jan2015


For those of you who thought champagne flutes were the better choice for showcasing your bubbly, you may want to read this Bloomberg article. Molded on Marie Antoinette’s breasts or not, the traditional coupe is making a comeback, or perhaps something in between, like using a white wine glass instead to fully appreciate the bubbly… Or perhaps the ones in the know always knew what the nouveau refused to learn. Heeheehee. Evil grin. We own both flutes and coupes, but these hefty Baccarat Harcourt 1841, first created in 1841, are a wonderful vessel for any champagne, brilliant or less brilliant at that. Then again, Kate Moss just launched a line of champagne coupes modeled on her own breasts. Looking to buy champagne glasses, check out this post.

And on another note, I always thought I should pour my glass of beer at an angle, in order to reduce the foam or “head” to a minimum for maximum drinking enjoyment. Not. The experts suggest that say an inch or slightly more so of “head” is absolutely desired in order to inhale some of the aroma and enhance the taste of beer as you drink it. Forget the foam mustache you may get, it’s what gives you the best overall experience.

And finally, onto pasta, for years Mrs. MM and I always thought it was appropriate to put a spoon in the table setting when you tackled a bowl of pasta, as you can twirl the noodles in the well of the spoon to manage the process more neatly. Wrong, says an Italian friend with regal bearing and provenance. Using a spoon is “very low class” she insists, as it was a habit taken by the “masses” to the Americas and beyond. Using a spoon with your spaghetti is NOT DONE in fine homes in Italy, unless it’s for pasta in soup.

How’s that for a run down of food and drink rules/myths/habits?



  1. millet says:

    learn something new everyday! hereabouts, the champagne is always gone long before we notice the glass it was served in ;-)

    Jan 8, 2015 | 8:12 pm


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  3. Dhanggit says:

    I knew about the spoon and pasta thing my french hubby taught me about this. So it always put a smile on my face when I see people using spoon to eat their pasta. Anyways, I guess its the taste of the pasta that matters to all of us in the end :-) And on flute versus coupe for bubbly? Well the latter being honed after Marie Antoinette’s breast comes naturally handy ;-) Thanks for interesting article!

    Jan 8, 2015 | 9:31 pm

  4. ami says:

    Guinness is an exception as they recommend that it be poured at an angle of 45 degrees. The pasta-spoon rule was one of the things I learned in the table manners and etiquette part of home economics.

    Jan 9, 2015 | 9:51 am

  5. khrishyne says:

    its difficult to eat pasta with a spoon. never understood why some do…:)

    Jan 9, 2015 | 10:28 am

  6. Marketman says:

    khrishyne, the spoon is used at the end of the fork while you twirl the noodles on it. Not bringing pasta to mouth with the spoon… :)

    Jan 9, 2015 | 10:58 am

  7. Ed B says:

    Well, if twirling noodles using a spoon is a big no-no, I can just imagine their (well-heeled Italians) horror at the common Pinoy practice of cutting spaghetti noodles with a fork and spoon so that children can eat it without making a mess. :D

    Jan 9, 2015 | 11:55 am

  8. friedneurons says:

    I never got into the pasta-twirl-on-a-spoon method. I always thought it was just maarte and completely unnecessary.

    Jan 10, 2015 | 12:16 am


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