I live in a college town, and more and more I am going to restaurants and having foreign students chewing loudly and making a lot of noise sucking in their food, etc. I really hate it. It makes me want to leave. I don't dislike their being foreign, in fact it makes me interested to know more about them. But the noise is really bad for me. Any suggestions?
Loud chewing noises in a restaurant
Having been brought in Hawaii, where the Asian culture is highly prevalent, making noises as you eat is a compliment to the cook. I could see how that might be annoying. Maybe looking for a table in a quiet corner, or earplugs? I know, your earbuds with your ipod/pad/phone/droid, listening to music to dine by?
Maybe try emulating them for awhile. You might find out that you have been missing something that enhances the dining experience or perhaps experience a heightened rapport and symbiosis.
Andrew Zimmer does this on TV, drives my nuts and IMO, makes him look unprofessional.
Slurping hot food in the kitchen as a way to cool it is one thing.
appreciate all the culture you bring, however, as you are here now it is "generally" considered rude to eat with your mouth open.
Learn the "local" customs / social mores of mastication and never again will you be the proverbial "thumb".
Some people have weak stomachs and it makes them feel sick. Best thing I can think to do is get your food to go in order to avoid. Like stated before a lot of people see it as a compliment and most don't see a problem with it when they come over it. Eventually some learn that it doesn't mean the same, but I dont know, I guess it is one thing that doesn't bother me as much as people chewing with their mouths open and the like.