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Table Manner Tips That Would Make Mom Proud

Table Manner Tips That Would Make Mom Proud

No, we're not in the buttoned-up 1950s, and you might not eat many dinners where there's a question of which fork to use. Considering how many of us eat at our desks, on the couch, or in the car, the idea of following a bunch of table manners seems to apply to our lives less and and less. Maybe the point is moot in your solo meals, but when eating with others at home or at a restaurant, spare your dining partner the embarrassment or disgust that comes from tossing out all the rules. Let your mother feel like she did a good job raising you. Show her some of those teachings from childhood actually stuck. We're all for enjoying our food with abandon and letting loose, but you don't have to be gross or gauche about it. READ MORE

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 religi... 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