Vexing Vittles: When you can't swallow your food

by EPI Staff on October 26, 2009

Q: What should you do when you’re in the company of others and have food in your mouth that you can’t chew or swallow?

A: Hold your fork or spoon to your mouth and place your other hand over your mouth. Eject the piece of food onto the utensil as discreetly as possible.  Then use the utensil to place the food on the edge of your plate, preferably under a lettuce leaf or other food camouflage.  Avoid removing anything from your mouth with your fingers, if possible, or putting it in a napkin.

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Antonio Attanasio October 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Very sound advice when the problem is occasional. But doing this elaborate maneuvering continuously (as when you are eating olives) might attract other people’s attention and disturb them a little too much. Is there a less cumbersome solution?

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Susan Master October 27, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Gently spit it into your napkin. I see no other way to do this without causing a scene and attracting attention.

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