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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

Thanksgiving Turkey Snob Dilemma

Dear Helena, My mother-in-law is cooking Thanksgiving, and I think she's probably going to get a grocery-store turkey injected with weird ... READ MORE

Trick-or-Treating in the Rich Neighborhood

Dear Helena, I recently read an article in my local paper about the "best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating" and was a little annoyed b... READ MORE

How to Fix a Flubbed Tip

Dear Helena, A few months ago, I was invited to a high-end New York restaurant to review it. Usually when reviewing restaurants, I pay my ... READ MORE

The Etiquette of Mushroom Foraging

Dear Helena, My friend forages for mushrooms, and knows I'm interested in doing so myself. But every time I ask him if I can go, he just ... READ MORE

Is Registering for a $2,400 Espresso Maker Rude?

Dear Helena, My fiancé and I are in our late 30s and we already have a fully equipped kitchen, so I won't be asking for pots and pa... READ MORE

Who Should Pay for the Bachelorette Party?

Dear Helena, A good friend of mine is getting married in a few weeks, and her sister and another bridesmaid are planning the bachelorette ... READ MORE

The Etiquette of Communal Tables

Dear Helena, A restaurant trend I'm noticing lately is to be seated at community-style shared tables if your party doesn't fill the whole ... READ MORE

What to Do When a Friend’s Home-Brew Sucks

Dear Helena, I have a friend who started brewing beer about a year ago. He always brings some when he comes over and asks me to tell him ... READ MORE

Eating the Placenta: It Tastes Like Squab!

Dear Helena, Some friends of mine had a home birth and are very gung-ho about the fact that they ate their placenta. They froze it, wher... READ MORE