Family Dinner Analysis : My Friend Edgardo Essay

1849 Words Oct 17th, 2016 8 Pages
Family Dinner Analysis

For this assignment, I interviewed my friend Edgardo, who is from Mexico and currently an International student in Vancouver. In his family, the mandatory family meal was usually lunch rather than dinner or breakfast. Lunch was the main meal of the day, which took place in the afternoon around 2:30 to 4:00 pm, while dinner for them was more like a snack meal with tacos and soup around 8:00 pm. All family members (Edgardo, his father, his mother and his younger brother) were expected to attend the meal, and the meal would start after everyone came home from school or work. An interesting fact was that Edgardo’s family members had school and work from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, which was quite different from a typical 9:00 am-5:00 pm Canadian schedule. Edgardo’s mother was a full-time housewife, so she usually prepared food for the family. Cooking the meal took about an hour. Occasionally, if his mother did not cook, his father would bring prepared food from somewhere else. His mother also set the table and distributed the plates and utensils before the meal, sometimes his brother and him would help. Family members sat down at the same time and ate together. Food was served all at once on the same plate, and it would usually be rice, beans, with meat or chicken. Also pasta, tacos, enchiladas among other Mexican dishes were common. Sometimes there would be soup and salads, but the order of serving did not matter and they determined the portion and size amongst…

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