DRINKING IN GERMANY...I think I have noticed something!

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As far as drinking with meals goes, as an American living in Germany, I think I have noticed something here in Germany!!
So my question for you is: What are your meal drinking beverage habits like? Do you pretty much almost always drink a beverage with a meal or occasionally or never? And what have you noticed as far as this topic goes?
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  1. Corey Jenkins

    Corey JenkinsVor 13 Tage

    I always drink with a meal. Like it’s necessary for me. Lol.

  2. John P

    John PVor 2 Monate

    Free tap vasser.

  3. Paloma Birde

    Paloma BirdeVor 2 Monate

    When I'm eating, I don't want a drink. It feels like an interruption to my meal. If I drink in the middle of a meal, I don't feel like finishing my food. After a drink, it feels like a chore to finish eating, instead of enjoying it. After the meal, like by 10 or 15 minutes, is usually when I have a drink.

  4. Laurel Thomas

    Laurel ThomasVor 2 Monate

    All the health-freaks say that for average activity, you need 2/3 of your body weight in fluids daily; some of that can be in moisture like fruit, but still, that's a lot, considering that one gallon water is roughly eight pounds. That rate does not work for me. One hike tour guide pushed us to stay so hydrated that my electrolyte balance was getting thrown off in the other direction! Not fun. I have noticed that if I drink only when thirsty I do okay. In the spring and fall when we are not using heat or air conditioning, I like about a half-glass of beverage at meals, but need more when these alter the indoor humidity.

  5. Herr Herrbert

    Herr HerrbertVor 3 Monate

    I thought I would be about alcohol :D

  6. Katy Adelson

    Katy AdelsonVor 3 Monate

    As an American, I always get at least a cup of water to drink when I'm at a restaurant. Having a cashier ask if I would like a drink seems to be a little rarer in more fast-food oriented places, and I usually have to specifically ask if I could have a free cup of water. But I rarely have something to drink when I'm eating a homemade meal -- I'll only get a glass of water if I feel overly thirsty. :o

  7. WhiteSpatula

    WhiteSpatulaVor 3 Monate

    That’s super weird to me. To have a meal without a drink.. I.. yeah.. no.. that’s just so weird! When I eat out (here in The States) the servers always take drink orders first, which gives everyone time to peruse the menu. When the drinks are brought out, then they ask if we’re ready to order our meals. And even if you don’t particularly want a drink, I take for granted that they’ll bring an iced water; regardless. -Phill, Las Vegas

  8. Mew Tje

    Mew TjeVor 3 Monate

    I normally dont really drink while eating. I drink before and after eating. But nye.

  9. ydela23

    ydela23Vor 3 Monate

    I almost never drink while I'm eating. I prefer have my drink after I finish my plate. And while I could have a full meal without a drink, if there is dessert then I like to have water or coffee after, and if the dessert is ice, then I HAVE to have water, after. Always AFTER.

  10. Damascus Steele

    Damascus SteeleVor 3 Monate

    I never thought about it until I saw this video. I don't know where my eating habits were formed but my friends say I don't drink until I have completely finished my meal first. I eat my meal in a circle like a clock and not mix my food. I was raised in Europe but this isn't European habits I don't think.

  11. Roger Schmid

    Roger SchmidVor 3 Monate

    Das viele in Deutschland nur essen und dazu nichts trinken liegt daran das das Verhältnis des Preises nicht stimmt. Aus der Sicht eines Schweizers ist in Deutschland das Essen zu günstig und das Getränk zu teuer (im Verhältnis). Sorry...es kann doch nicht sei das eine Cola teurer ist als z.Bsp ein Döner oder so... Bei uns in der Schweiz ist das Verhältnis des Preises zueinander ausgeglichener, eine Cola macht ja auch weniger Aufwand und ist im Ankauf ja auch viel günstiger als wenn ich extra alle Zutaten kaufen muss, die Arbeit dazu rechnen muss und ja auch noch etwas verdienen will...!!!

  12. IceNixie0102

    IceNixie0102Vor 3 Monate

    It's a given that everyone gets a drink at dinner (the only meal we really eat together) but I almost never drink mine. I choose a can of La Croix, it sits on the table through the meal, and then goes right back to the shelf after dinner... I almost lightly dehydrated most of the time. I need to drink more.

  13. DerSandmann90

    DerSandmann90Vor 3 Monate

    In germany you say it, you mean it. We are direct.

  14. madhu reddy

    madhu reddyVor 3 Monate

    No matter how much I like your videos, especially saying wanted adventure hosted by Danna numen :)

  15. JBL3891

    JBL3891Vor 3 Monate

    When I eat at a restaurant, I always order something to drink. When eating at home, I'm sure there are many times where I dont drink something while eating. So yeah. Seems to depend on the location for me :D

  16. natiT

    natiTVor 3 Monate

    As a german i prefer a drink to my food.

  17. Yannic Knöfler

    Yannic KnöflerVor 3 Monate

    A friends grandma refused to hand out drinks during the meal so you could eat/enjoy it more

  18. Rutana

    RutanaVor 3 Monate

    I always drink something for lunch, usually a glass of cola with more ice then actually cola in it XD But for breakfast and dinner it's different. Breakfast I usually don't drink anything, but with certain food I tend to drink a mug of Milk and I love combining Chocolate Spread with Orange Juice :D For Dinner, I only pick something to drink if it's spicy, salty or dry.

  19. jayxfrost

    jayxfrostVor 3 Monate

    I live in the Czech Republic and can't imagine eating without drinking... I always have to drink when I eat. But my brother on the other hand doesn't drink at all while eating. He always eat his food and drinks after.

  20. Gold Winger

    Gold WingerVor 3 Monate

    Here in America, drinking with meals goes way back before free refills were a thing. Coffee with breakfast, water with other meals or even coffee at all times of day.

  21. Ute Ziemes

    Ute ZiemesVor 4 Monate

    I'm German. I basically do not drink while I'm eating. If a dish tastes good to me, I want to keep the taste unaltered in my mouth for as long as possible and not falsify or dilute it with a drink. At a meal that is usually served with coffee, I always ask to give me the coffee only afterwards. In this case it is about my coffee enjoyment that I do not want to ruin with bread or cake. Already as a child I drank only when I was thirsty or when I wanted to enjoy a certain drink. We children were able to serve ourselves at any time. How to make a real cocoa, or a children's coffee or a tea, was shown to us early. Cold drinks were always in stock. In case of need, I drank tap water. Tap water tastes great when one is thirsty.

  22. Uhohhotdog Gaming

    Uhohhotdog GamingVor 4 Monate

    How is it possible to not have something to drink with food???? Are Germans camels?

  23. masterandii

    masterandiiVor 4 Monate

    Hey Dana, when I was in North Carolina, I realized that the free water always seems to be chlorinated. I don't know if that is the case in the whole US because I did not experience that in California. But what is your experience? If you know chlorinated water from the US, what do you think why they do it and what do you think about the taste? I really have to admit that I always tried to avoid drinking the free water because I was a little scared by the chlorine in it. Greetings from Düsseldorf Andy

  24. Julia

    JuliaVor 4 Monate

    I feel like my peers and I always have some kind of beverage in a restaurant, but when we eat at home (especially lunch), we often don't even put glasses on the table, so of course noone wil drink anything. Anyways, for breakfeast we always trink coffee and for dinner it is water or even beer most of the time. In general I think we do not think enough

  25. dance2felina

    dance2felinaVor 4 Monate


  26. David Wise

    David WiseVor 4 Monate

    Part of the problem is the difference between the USA v. the European models. In the USA model, you are automatically provided a glass of water, for free. In the European model, you need to order and pay for that water. In the USA, I normally stay with the water that is automatically provided. In Italy, we would order the house rosso, but also a bottle of acqua frizzante.

  27. Martha Loven

    Martha LovenVor 4 Monate

    I've never even imagined eating a meal w/o something to drink. In my Minnesotan brain, that's a foreign concept.

  28. adlgundafrot

    adlgundafrotVor 4 Monate

    I think in Austria it is very normal to drink something to your meal. I´ve never notice something different. It is quite suprising, that germans dont.

  29. Jennifer Fuss

    Jennifer FussVor 4 Monate

    I only occassionally order something to drink along side my lunch meals in Germany

  30. kleinarilou

    kleinarilouVor 4 Monate

    Many people are working at an office, and have something (cheap) to dring at their working place - so they can drink before and after lunch without ordering expensive beverage during their lunch hour.

  31. Daniel28021991

    Daniel28021991Vor 4 Monate

    I never saw/ did this!

  32. Michał Wolski

    Michał WolskiVor 4 Monate

    In Poland it's quite normal to order hot drinks to your meal, for example a hot tea to your dinner even in the middle of the summer :)

  33. bearchay889

    bearchay889Vor 4 Monate

    I have to have a drink, but it's nearly always just a small bit at the end of the meal to cleanse the pallet. That is unless i'm just really dehydrated and need more.

  34. Mr.X89

    Mr.X89Vor 4 Monate

    new intro sucks :( where is the little plane flying around???

  35. Daniel D

    Daniel DVor 4 Monate

    I almost always drink a beverage with my meal, but I noticed that I often miss to drink between the meals as if I forgot that humans need water to survive.

  36. Simon Einspieler

    Simon EinspielerVor 4 Monate

    i usually drink something when i eat but strangely i first finish eating and afterwards i drink my drink because i was once told that it is healthier that way but i´m not sure if that is realy true guess i´m used to it by now

  37. Fidi987

    Fidi987Vor 4 Monate

    My mother told me that when she was a child, they never had water/ drinks at mealtimes and they rarely drank during the day (they had to go to the kitchen to get something to drink). Then, everybody started to talk about "drinking more water" and we all got water bottles in our rooms and water glasses at mealtimes. That's when my mother realized how much we had restricted our water intake before (all family members). In restaurants, they will often give you salted or otherwise heavily spiced food to get you to order more (expensive) drinks. You get condiments such as olive tapenade or garlic dip with baguette etc. before your meal to make you thirsty. And then a small drinks costs about 3 € and a larger one 5 €. So two larger drinks equal a pizza or another small/ medium dishes.

  38. SilberRegen

    SilberRegenVor 4 Monate

    At my grandparents house it was custom not to drink while eating, because "you will eat less if you're full of water and you are at the table to eat". They both always had a glass of water (and bottle for refill) ready on the counter to drink throughout the day, but never on the table for lunch or dinner. We (grandchildren) had to specifically ask for it if we wanted to drink something with the meal. They would however order a drink with their meals in restaurants, most likely a "Radler" or "Pils" :) I assume this is a habit from a period of time, where the time to consume food was limited and you needed all the calories you could get.

  39. Lena Vogelsang

    Lena VogelsangVor 4 Monate

    when I was in the US I shocked my friends by either taking no drink at all OR taking unsweetened iced tea, without ice. Can't say what grossed them out more, the lack of sugar or the lack of ice.

  40. Heather Bonin

    Heather BoninVor 4 Monate

    Yeah, no drink with the meal really is odd! I pretty much always have something with. The only occasion I'd say that I don't is when the meal I had was SO heavy and dense that it weighs like a brick in my stomach, and adding a drink to it would be torturous. In those instances I'll wait a while, then most likely have something to drink; the food needs to settle. But to have nothing at all under normal circumstances is strange. The drink serves to be the agent to "wash down" the meal, to break it up, to have something cold or light to serve as a sort of palate cleanser. The drink, in social occasions too, serves as sort of an after-meal activity to carry on while sitting around with the people you're sharing a meal with (after meal wine or coctails, for example.) But to not have anything? Very weird!

  41. Alistair1231

    Alistair1231Vor 4 Monate

    most of the time when I have something to drink when I'm eating, I barely touch it until I'm done.

  42. mehle84

    mehle84Vor 4 Monate

    In meiner Kindheit wurde immer gesagt, man trinkt nicht während es Essens, sondern erst danach... Keine Ahnung warum...

  43. MIM-TV

    MIM-TVVor 4 Monate

    I don't know just a single German who chokes his food down dry. The first question in the restaurant is always: "Would you like to order your drinks"?, even before you look at the menu. I'm sorry, but you really seem to run out of themes.

  44. nannakurzhaar

    nannakurzhaarVor 4 Monate

    some believe it is not so good to drink too much while eating - it dilutes the acid in the stomach and can make problems to people with a sensitive stomach or digestion trouble. But I don't know a lot of people who don't drink at meals.

  45. Jasmin

    JasminVor 4 Monate

    Meine Mutter hat mir immer gesagt ich soll während des Essens nichts trinken, damit ich mich nicht ''satt trinke''. So hat es sich irgendwie auch eingestellt, dass ich zum Essen nichts trinke. Erst danach.

  46. Richard Leonhard

    Richard LeonhardVor 4 Monate

    When I go out to eat, I usually order a beverage with a meal and if I didn't there would be something missing. But other than that, it's really not something I care much about.

  47. Grüner Leprechaun

    Grüner LeprechaunVor 4 Monate

    Ich trinke sehr viel beim Essen. Beim Frühstück mindestens 2 Tassen Kaffee, Mittagessen 2 Gläser "Apfelsaftsorle" und zum Abendessen entweder nochmal 2 Gläser "Apfelsaftsorle" oder ein Weißbier oder ein Pils.

  48. Sebastian Mustermann

    Sebastian MustermannVor 4 Monate

    I'm from Bavaria and I've genuinely never heard of or seen someone not have something to drink whilst eating.

  49. Norbert

    NorbertVor 4 Monate

    Wenn ich Zuhause oder im Restaurant esse habe ich immer was zu trinken, in der Arbeit, zu Mittag (Kantine) hole ich mir nie etwas zu trinken. Maximal nach dem Essen ein Becher Wasser.

  50. Ellen Norman

    Ellen NormanVor 4 Monate

    In Sweden we also always order something to drink, however we also always offer free water. In Germany I have gone to eat (I live here now) a few times without ordering something to drink, which actually is completely fine if you have drunk enough before the meal... however, it is still kind of strange to me. Also, Dana - is your last name Newman (American) or have you taken your husband's name, or has he taken yours, or neither of both?