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Servers Drinking on the Job

Dear Helena, An online review of the restaurant where I work complained about "smelling alcohol on the server's breath." The review mentio... READ MORE

Don’t Be a Diet Bore

Dear Helena, I've resolved to drop 25 pounds in 2012 by strictly limiting portion sizes and cutting out refined carbs, red meat, and suga... READ MORE

Dealing with Food Hoarders

Dear Helena, Every time I go home to my parents' house, the state of their kitchen drives me nuts. They are crazy food hoarders. They ofte... READ MORE

Home Tours: Tacky?

Dear Helena, I recently attended a party where the first thing the hosts did was offer a tour of their palatial pad. My husband and I liv... READ MORE

The Hazards of Sharing Small Plates

Dear Helena, The other night I went out to a restaurant with a couple of friends and ordered a bunch of small plates. All the plates were ... READ MORE

Holiday Party Dress Codes

Dear Helena, Every December, I throw a fabulous holiday party. And I mean fabulous. I have an eight-foot tree. I make three kinds of chees... READ MORE

How to Circulate at Holiday Parties

Dear Helena, Last year I went to a friend's annual holiday party and spent the evening standing in the corner of the kitchen, chatting an... READ MORE

Is “Foodie” a Put-Down?

Dear Helena, I work in food media, and knowing my job, people often ask me, "Oh, are you a foodie?" I am not sure what they mean by this. ... READ MORE

Who Should Pay for the Office Holiday Party?

Dear Helena, My office has a holiday party every year, with an open bar. This is funded by a collection beforehand, to which everyone cont... READ MORE

Phone Etiquette at the Table: The Rules Have Changed

Dear Helena, My brother has accused me of always being "glued to my phone." He claims that I had the phone on the table at Thanksgiving di... READ MORE