No elbows on the table. Chew with your mouth closed. The salad fork goes to the left of the meat fork. It’s hard enough to keep dining etiquette straight when you’re abiding by Emily Post rules, but what about when you’re halfway across the world?

Depending on where you’re traveling, everything from choice of mixer to tipping practices risks sending the wrong message. And you wouldn’t want to look like a fool or appear impolite, would you?

To save you from embarrassment, we’ve rounded up 10 food faux pas from around the world, with answers to pressing questions like: When in doubt, should you buy your friend that beer? (Spoiler: Probably, but especially in Ireland.)

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