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Tipping Etiquette

by mtskeeter 1 month ago

So, I have been told this week that when I pick up my to-go takeout I should tip 15-20%. I will gladly tip 20%+ for a dine in experience, but 15-20% for takeout? Is this a new trend because of th...

forks placed tines down - has anyone seen this? [moved from Manhattan board]

by bellastraniera 15 years ago

I was at Dona recently - very good, btw - and the forks at all the place settings were laid face down, with the tines facing the table. The waitress explained that the fork was easier to pick up th...

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Help with rustic/farmhouse dining room table

by bsugarcream 3 months ago

We are in need of a new table. Wish list: seats 8 people with leaf open, the people sitting on the end have plenty of leg room, rustic/farmhouse look, if the set comes with chairs we'd like built i...

CH-Relationships. if you/your S.O. cooks something, "Not Good"

by seefoo 5 months ago

....do you or your S.O. pretend it's good and motor through the meal? :D first off, this question is in good humor. my wife and I laugh with each other well. that includes the occasional dinne...

Food staff touching the rim of your glass/cup?

by seefoo 3 months ago

it doesnt derail my day by any means. but ever since my late teens, when i took a food handling course i immediately notice it when someone handles my drinking vessel by the lip. i cannot recall ...

Allergic to tikka masala?

by geekyfoodie 14 years ago

Has anyone experienced something like this? Every time I eat tikka masala, I break out in hives. It's not serious, but I'm curious as to what makes me break out. I have no known food allergies and ...

Restaurants having tough time finding workers...

by gutreactions 5 months ago

Here in the New York metro area, I have heard the same complaint from a number of restaurant owners in recent weeks: can't find any help! Now that Covid protocols are being relaxed, restaurants are...

Calif Free Fishing Days for 2021: Saturday, July 3 and Saturday, September 4

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

"While all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect, there are two days each year when anyon...

What would you do?

by Sadistick 8 months ago

Without getting into names (as I want to give the producer an opportunity to right their wrong before making a public stink) - I am curious as to what you would do in this situation... My 7 year...

Can this dogwood be saved?

by VFish 6 months ago

Hi, I didn't know where to post this because it is not vegetable gardening, so "not about food". The night before last we had a very heavy wet snowfall through the night and woke up to the top tru...

Covid and picking off another’s plate

by carolandersonl 6 months ago

Just after Covid vax , I went to lunch with an acquaintance. She said she didn’t want dessert. I ordered cake and got an extra plate for her. As she then wanted, a third was put on her plate. She ...

Acceptable Dog Bones?

by zackly 8 months ago

I recently bought some roasted dog bones from one of the large online pet product retailers. I was gently chastised by the rescue group I got my dog from that cooked bones are dangerous due to poss...

Food and Diet Foibles of Spouse/Significant Other/Partner

by mordylishus 7 months ago

Let's start with these links. Then after you tell me yours, I'll tell you mine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K557z.... Eddie Cantor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLxu3.... Holderness Fa...

Friends who can’t cook but insist on doing it

by Bkeats 8 years ago

Do you have friends who love to cook but are terrible at it? We have two couples that we know and socialize with. We’ve been invited over to dinner at both of their homes. They go through great pai...

Do you have family/friends who don't appreciate good home cooking?

by HighHeels 9 years ago

I am just gonna take a second to vent. I love to cook. I enjoy trying hard things that some people would steer clear of. And I love learning from others, like here. But I have family who just do...

Attention Japanese Food Fans and Serious Seafood Lovers Alike

by Googs 7 months ago

Wednesday, March 24 at 8:00pm, a discussion between Affinity Fish' Matt Taylor, Toronto Bento's Jon Klip, and Shousin's Jackie Lin. Tonight they will demonstrate Ike-jime/Shinke-jime. They'll als...

Tipping vs Fair Wages

by ricepad 9 months ago

This is not a discussion about how much to tip. You can search for restaurants that pay their waitstaff a fair wage here: https://www.highroadrestaurants.org

Does anyone have a photo of Buddy's Sirloin Pit (Cambridge, MA)?

by GDSwamp 15 years ago

My parents were in love with Buddy's Sirloin Pit, and whenever they think of its passing, they get surprisingly close to teary. If any of you Cambridge-centric chowhounds felt similarly about the p...

What happened to Rocco Dispirito on WOR Radio?

by kelvin8r 16 years ago

Tuned in to the show yesterday-no Rocco...Went on WOR's website and he's been excised...what's up w/that? Although I never cared for him before, he was pretty good on that show...shared plenty of ...

Why it's so hard to recycle coffee cups

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 months ago

" . . . Disposable coffee cups, milk cartons, takeout boxes, and other food packaging has a plastic lining to make sure liquids and oils don’t seep through. But most recycling systems in the U.S. a...