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Old 09-04-2018, 04:02 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I get the hiccups if I don't have something to drink during meals, especially if the meal has high carbs (potatoes, pasta, bread). Weird yes, and I don't know why...

Sparkling water with breakfast and lunch, wine with supper.
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Old 09-04-2018, 04:35 AM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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I never drink anything during a meal!
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Old 09-04-2018, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Florida
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When we go out to a good Italian restaurant, which there aren't any locally, our water choice is San Pellegrino and our wine choice is Banfi Classico Reserva Ducale, chianti. We expect to spend $200.00 to $300.00. We only do this about once or twice a year on special occasions. Right now the closest one to us is in Daytona Beach, about 300 miles away.
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Old 09-04-2018, 07:18 AM
 
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I guess I produce enough anticipatory saliva during the gustatory experience that nothing is "dry" or "hard to get down" (unfortunately; I might weigh less if I drank more liquids to displace room in my stomach).

It might also be because I seldom sit down to a formal four-course meal, as such; I'm more of a grazer (small, frequent meals).

With a snack like cheese and crackers, I'll have wine; with chips, I'll have diet soda or flavored sparkling water. I also like a refreshing iced beverage on its own in summer or hot cocoa or cider in winter. But with a meal, I don't drink; I just eat. Even in a restaurant, I'll order water with lemon just in case the food is really late in arriving (to have something to do), but once it does, the drink -- which, if other than water, is always ridiculously overpriced in a restaurant anyway -- sits untouched.

Interesting!
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Old 09-04-2018, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Why would anyone ever eat wings or pizza if you can't enjoy them with a beer?

It enhances the meal.
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Old 09-04-2018, 09:52 AM
 
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Why would anyone ever eat wings or pizza if you can't enjoy them with a beer?

It enhances the meal.
It enhances your meal. It's okay with me if you have a beer with whatever you're eating.

I rarely need a drink to wash down my food. I like the taste of the food and don't need "enhancement".

What I do like is coffee with my dessert. But that's just me.
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Old 09-04-2018, 10:16 AM
 
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It enhances your meal. It's okay with me if you have a beer with whatever you're eating.

I rarely need a drink to wash down my food. I like the taste of the food and don't need "enhancement".

What I do like is coffee with my dessert. But that's just me.
Same here; I enjoy coffee with dessert, beer or soda with chips or some other salty snack, but when eating a whole meal, I don't feel the need -- or seem to have the time or the room -- for a 64 oz. (or whatever it is) beverage. The drinks included with those fast food "extra value" meals and buffets are always wasted on me.
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Old 09-04-2018, 10:55 AM
 
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Another thread brought to my awareness that I virtually never drink when I eat. I have plenty of water throughout the day and enjoy a beverage on its own or with a snack, but when it's a meal, I concentrate on food and never drink anything with it... Is that unusual?
Well, the simple fact that when you eat in a restaurant, it's a given that there is a drink order (and often involves refills throughout the meal), that seems to suggest that food without drink is unusual.
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Old 09-04-2018, 11:24 AM
 
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Well, the simple fact that when you eat in a restaurant, it's a given that there is a drink order (and often involves refills throughout the meal), that seems to suggest that food without drink is unusual.
And that's in addition to "super-sized" meals. No wonder people's stomachs are all stretched out.

I suppose so. As well as the fact that table settings, since time immemorial, have included glass wear, although that could be just a reserve water in case of choking or something unsavory being served (to wash it down). The cups and saucers could be for dessert coffee, which I'd go along with.
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Old 09-04-2018, 11:46 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Some types of foods are well complimented by a properly paired drink:

Rare steak with red wine

Waffles and maple syrup with milk.

Burgers and fries with soda.

Otherwise, I prefer water, sparkling or still.
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