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The End of Table Manners

I'm sad to say that this will be my last Table Manners column, since I am leaving to pursue another project. Plus, as the mom of a one-ye... READ MORE

How to Charm Your Sushi Chef

Dear Helena, I am on a quest to find great sushi, but I have found dining at a sushi bar to be frustrating. I am bothered by this nagging ... READ MORE

Loud Music in Restaurants

Dear Helena, I was at a restaurant the other night and asked the server to turn the music down. She seemed irritated. She launched into a ... READ MORE

Passover Etiquette Dilemmas

Dear Helena, Last year some friends invited me to what was billed as a "casual Seder." This turned out to mean over four hours of religiou... READ MORE

Are Manners Getting Worse?

Dear Helena, I don't want to sound like an old fuddy-duddy, but I feel like things just aren't what they used to be. People are getting ru... READ MORE

No Drinks = Bad Service

Dear Helena, Last Saturday I went to a new pizza place and it was packed. The waiter asked if we wanted drinks and we said, "No, just tap ... READ MORE

The Real Aphrodisiacs for Valentine’s Day

Dear Helena, I'm making dinner for my girlfriend this Valentine's Day. I want to make something that will be delicious, but will also crea... READ MORE

When Should Bartenders Cut You Off?

Dear Helena, The other night I was sitting at a bar having a glass of wine and catching up with my girlfriend, and this guy leaned over to... READ MORE

Faux Pas: The Chef Was Texting

Dear Helena, The other day I went to a restaurant with an open kitchen. I was psyched because I got what I consider to be prime seating, a... READ MORE

Servers: Eat in Secrecy, Please

Dear Helena, Restaurant work is not exactly my vocation (I am a nursing student), but I've been a server for a few years and think of myse... READ MORE