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Is It OK to Complain About Tiny Portions?

Dear Helena, Recently, I went to a restaurant and ordered the entrée of roasted lamb. When it came, it was just a few small pieces of me... READ MORE

Can I Take My Baby to a Restaurant?

Dear Helena, Our son is nearly one and we sometimes take him out to dinner, either sitting on my lap or in a highchair if they have one.... READ MORE

Meddling Mother-in-Law

Dear Helena, I love my mother-in-law, but she cannot stay out of the kitchen when she visits. She hovers while I cook, making comments lik... READ MORE

Drinking Wine While Pregnant in France

Dear Helena, I have a trip planned to France with my husband, during which I'll be five and a half months pregnant. We'd like to enjoy win... READ MORE

Drunken Guest from Hell

Dear Helena, Recently my friends threw a baby shower for me. I didn't want it to be like a regular baby shower—diaper cakes make m... READ MORE

Should I Cut My Steak Like a Brit?

Dear Helena, My boyfriend is British and thinks the way Americans eat by switching their knife and fork back and forth between their hands... READ MORE

Too Frumpy for the Good Seats?

Dear Helena, I recently dined at an LA hot spot where it seemed that two-thirds of the diners were either hookers or women who looked lik... READ MORE

Inviting Vegetarians to Eat Corpse

Dear Helena, I am considering throwing my next birthday party at a restaurant where you can reserve a private room for a whole-animal dinn... READ MORE

Is It Wrong to Yell “Hey, Amigo”?

Dear Helena, The other night, I had dinner with a friend. He was frustrated because we weren't getting any service—no water, no menus, ... READ MORE

Bad-Palate Breakups

Dear Helena, I am dating a guy who is borderline Mr. Perfect but has no appreciation of food. He'd be happy to have a peanut butter sand... READ MORE