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Mussels

Table manners for eating mussels.

When eating moules marinieres (mussels served in their shells in the broth in which they were steamed), remove a mussel from its shell with a fork, dip into the sauce, and eat it in one bite.

Anywhere but a formal dinner, it's fine to pick up the shell and a little of the juice, then suck the mussel and juice directly off the shell.

The juice or broth remaining in your bowl can be either eaten with a spoon or sopped up with pieces of roll or bread speared on your fork.

Empty mussel shells are placed in a bowl or plate that has been put on the table for the purpose.


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