Lebanese Lie #3 (you can read 1 and 2 here)
So you're invited somewhere, courtesy is you "bring something in your hands", this is the literal translation of the Lebanese expression, which is you take some sweets with your or a gift for the house. When you get there, you give them the gift or the sweet you brought them, and the host tells you: "Oh lashou m3azbe? walaw! el beit baytik!" (which means, why did you go through the trouble of bringing something! come on, this is your house! Tu casa es mi casa!)
However, dare you not bring something in your hands when you pay someone a visit in their house, or else you will get the "ma 3inda savoir vivre, bala zo2, ma bta3rif bil ousoul!" (meaning, she lacks courtesy and social know-how)
Men's oblivious outlook
Many times you hear men say: "why can't a woman just tell us what she wants". I will make it short and straight to the point.
1- because the woman would like to think that her man can think of ways to surprise her and to actually do an effort of doing something for her, doesn't have to be something fancy, just a new place (or an old one that brings memories), nice decor, good food, just you and her.
2- and that is why she gives the man hints, but for some supreme out of space reason which I can't understand, men don't hear it. So really, focus a bit, she's telling you in a subtle but obvious way (doesn't take a smartpants to notice it) what she feels like doing and where.
So stop the crap that women don't tell you what they want. Just listen.
Disclaimer: Not talking about my boyfriend here, just men in general!