Have you used a finger bowl?

Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Have you used a finger bowl?
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Fri, 03-22-2013 - 7:32pm

Finger bowls were a staple of fine dining in the 60's.  Warm water in a bowl, with a slice of lemon, for cleaning up after eating finger foods. You got clean fingers and a nice lemony deodorizing.  In the 70's we evolved to warm wet terry washcloths brought out in something like a tortilla dish (to keep them hot).  

I think we should bring back the finger bowl.  And cloth napkins.  What do you think about finger bowls?  It sure beats wetnaps!  And Purell???  What's up like that????  EWWW...


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Community Leader
Registered: 01-25-2000
Tue, 03-26-2013 - 8:14pm

Yes, I have been to restaurants where they have finger bowls of water. So yes I have used them along with napkins

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-17-2001
Mon, 03-25-2013 - 10:45pm
Karen, that's funny! My mom told me she used to do everything in dresses and heels, including housework. When they moved to the hay farm, she threw all her dresses and heels away, and never wore a dress or heels again. Ever. I've never used a finger bowl, but I have used linen napkins, my grandmother would not use anything else. My mom talked about using salt dips when she was young at her aunt's house. My mom had a good collection of salt dips too, some really nice ones.

~Misty~


 


Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Mon, 03-25-2013 - 1:48pm

REALLY OLD SCHOOL...HAHAHA!  But I bet it was a really good steak!  

Talk about old school; when I was growing up, women and girls were not allowed to go out in public unless they wore a dress.  No pants, especially at restaurants.  Then I heard on the news about a woman who wore a tailor made pants suit to a restaurant and they would not let her in because of the dress code.  So she paid a waiter $20 to bring her a tablecloth, which she tied around her waiast, and they had to seat her then...she was wearing a "skirt."  The city council decided to re-think the policies regarding women's clothing in public places.  

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Registered: 10-06-1997
Sat, 03-23-2013 - 11:54am

I have used a finger bowl a grand total of ONE time. DH and I went to Morton's in Seattle about five years ago., it is an old-school steakhouse. REALLY old-school. It was great. Not sure how I knew about finger bowls, but I did, and I am sure DH learned about them in culinary school.