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Bec Hardgrave reveals the most confusing thing about menus in the US compared to Australia

Aussie health coach reveals most confusing thing about US restaurant menus: ‘I’ve got a serious bone to pick with you Americans’

  • Australian health coach Bec Hardgrave travels across America
  • When she went out for dinner she noticed that each starter is ‘huge’ compared to the main courses?
  • Feeling confused, she posted a TikTok video looking for an explanation
  • Others said in the US that ‘entrées’ are ‘mains’ and ‘mains’ are ‘entrées’ because of history

An Australian health and fitness coach traveling abroad in America experienced culture shock when dining out, leaving her feeling “confused.”

In a video posted to TikTok, Brisbane-based Bec Hardgrave noted that each entree is “huge” compared to the main course when dining out.

In Australia, the UK and New Zealand, an appetizer is a smaller dish served before the larger main meal, but in America this is not the case.

Bec was oblivious to the difference in portion sizes, jokingly saying that her clothes “don’t fit anymore” and that she has trouble fitting into her jeans.

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While traveling across America, Australian health and fitness coach Bec Hardgrave (pictured) noted that every starter is

On one occasion she ordered a nachos with guacamole, sour cream, tomatoes, beans and cheese - but the 'appetizer' was the size of a huge plate that looked like it could be shared between two (photo)

While traveling across America, Australian health and fitness coach Bec Hardgrave (left) noticed that every entree is “huge” compared to the main course when dining out. On one occasion she ordered a nachos that looked like it could be shared between two (right)

Feeling confused, Bec posted a TikTok video saying,

Feeling confused, Bec posted a TikTok video saying, “I’ve been told that mains are mains and mains – can someone clear that up for me?”

“I’m an Australian traveling in America and I have a bone to pick with you Americans, so listen up,” Bec said in the video.

“Every time I go to a diner or a restaurant, the appetizers are huge!”

“And I’ve been told that mains are appetizers and entrees are mains – can someone clear that up for me? Because I’m very confused and my clothes don’t fit anymore.’

Laughing, she continued, “I can’t put my jeans on anymore, so if anyone could let me know it would be appreciated.”

One time she ordered a nachos with guacamole, sour cream, tomatoes, beans and cheese – but the ‘appetizer’ was the size of a huge plate that looked like it could be shared between two.

In the comments, other TikTok users explained why entrees are bigger than mains in the US.  'Appetizers are like the "snack" before the meal and then the main course is the main course!'  a person wrote

In the comments, other TikTok users explained why entrees are bigger than mains in the US. ‘Appetizers are like the “snack” before the meal and then the main course is the main course!’ a person wrote

In the comments, other TikTok users explained why entrees are bigger than mains in the US.

‘Appetizers are like the “snack” before the meal and then the main course is the main course!’ one person wrote.

But Bec, still sounding confused, responded, “What are the mains voltages?! I swear every menu has starters and mains!’

Another person added: “Americans call ‘mains’ ‘entrée’ because of 19th century dining etiquette.

‘In the 1800s, they generally had up to 15 courses, with ‘appetizer’ defining the start of ‘main course’.

“When this etiquette changed after that and ‘main course’ only consisted of one course, instead of four or five, ‘entrance’ became the definition.”

The short video has also been viewed more than 7,000 times.

WHY AMERICANS CALL AN APPETIZER A MAIN COURSE:

The word “entrance” was imported to the United States from France in the late 1800s, by French chefs in upscale New York restaurants

At the time, meals often consisted of a maximum of 15 courses – although this changed in the 20th century as meals became simpler and fewer courses were served

Prohibition and the Great Depression Changed Eating Habits and Beauty Standards

Despite the entree being cut from menus (along with many other courses that were cut), the term “entrée” remained on American menus.

So entrée lived on, but not in its original form. In the US, the appetizer became the main course and appetizers or entrees became the entree.

In France, the starter stuck to its translation (“start”, “begin”, “entry”) and the position of the dish before the roast, becoming the first dish

In the UK, Australia and New Zealand today the word starter refers to an appetizer or courses, which come after the starters but before the main course

Source: French

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