What was your biggest experience of “culture shock” in another country?
By Dianne Gray
April 17, 2017 3:35pm CST
I remember a few years back a friend telling me that she was invited to this dinner. She had recently moved to New Zealand to live from Holland. It said, it was a bring a plate dinner. She went along and took an empty plate. Then someone explained to her it was a figure of speech. She was meant to bring something cooked to contribute to the group dinner. In NZ it is known as a 'potluck dinner' or 'bring a plate'.
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17 Apr 17
The kiwi term is 'Bring a plate' or also known as 'Potluck Dinner'. It is normally done to spread the cost and responsibility of getting together for a meal with a large group. Every time I have a birthday for one of my kids I prefer to prepare the food. My mother in law wants to bring something towards the lunch, she harasses me until I give her something to bring (in some ways its kind of sweet that she wants to contribute). She was a large family and money was not as available as it is in a smaller family. I grew up in a well-off family and was possibly spoilt too much. I am careful not to do this to my kids. My hubby is a good reminder whenever I am spoiling them too much.