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Customers spreading germs in restaurants

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by Gromek 2 days ago

At the place where I work there are many international guests and due to the awareness placed on sanitation and spreading of germs I have a question. Can I as a server tell my manager id prefer no...

Plate sharing fee- why?

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by lawgirl3278 12 years ago

This was brought up on my local board. Why would a restaurant charge $5 or more for people to share something? I'm sure there's a reason, but I just don't get it. How do you feel about this?

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Paying with credit card: Should I tip in cash?

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by johnblacksox 6 years ago

I'm never sure about this, so I'm asking the advice of wait staff and/or restaurant owners... Say my tab is $100, and I'm going to tip $20 on it. I'm paying with a credit card, but I have cash ...

Short Fingernails a "Must" for the Kitchen?

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by ideabaker 11 years ago

Ok, I am laying it out here. In NY, my fairly new (on a somewhat regular basis) residence, long nails on women in particular, but also for some guys, are a big plus for gals/guys looking for out-...

Food Scars - Things you will never eat again.

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by Sandwich_Sister 9 years ago

What foods will you never eat again because they remind you of bad experiences? My husband refuses to have bow tie pasta noodles in our house. I learned this after purchasing some at the store. ...

Anyone Else Dislike Cloth Napkins?

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by mojoeater 13 years ago

I know I'm in the minority on this, but I do not like cloth napkins, even in a very formal setting. I understand that it is customary and expected, but it bugs me. I feel like I'm wiping my mouth o...

Do you tip extra during the Holidays?

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by gutreactions 2 months ago

I am always amused by those news stories about the waitperson at a restaurant receiving a surprise $800 tip from a loyal patron. I don't go that far, but I do tend to leave larger gratuities at fav...

What's that smell and why is it permeating my food?

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by alikaprincess 5 years ago

Please help! I need to figure out what could be causing this, ruining expensive food, and how to fix it if possible. I live in a reasonably sized apt in a top floor in Northern California, but bec...

Invited to potluck party and brought main dish, feelin used

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by darlenebb 6 months ago

Feel used when asked to bring ribs and chicken for potluck event for 40 people and the person organizing brought a plate of brownies and some decorations. Dumb me agreed to bring two racks of ribs...

Uninvited guest

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by Rascal1 3 months ago

We are having an informal party and my fairly new SIL has grown daughters who she always assumes is invited to everything our side of the family does so she invited one of them to our party. We ar...

Silicone and odors. Help please.

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by Candy 11 years ago

I am at a loss. My gaskets for pressure cookers and my beloved universal silicone lids have become saturated with the stench (now) of old cooked onions and garlic. The odor is nauseating. I tried a...

KFC fried chicken-scented fireplace log

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by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

" . . . the new product has at least one important advantage over homemade alternatives, according to Walmart. The log, the retailer’s website states, is significantly less wasteful than 'burning a...

To kowtow or to not kowtow

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by burgeoningfoodie 5 months ago

My birthday is in October and extended family and I are going to be attending a matinee show in Durham during the latter part of the month. I've been told since it is near my birthday I get to cho...

Is peacock meat legal in CA/USA?

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by Lynndsey Rigberg 8 years ago

Chowhounds, I recently ordered another peacock from Exoticmeats for a very special dinner party coming up (they need 14 days notice). When I told my dinner guests that I was serving peacock,...

Left Lasagna Out All Night. Can I eat it?

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by rgifford 10 years ago

Ugh. I left a yummy lasagna, made with ground beef, out all night. I put it in the refrigerator as soon as I saw it this morning, but... Help. Thanks. Robin

Is Grocery Store Etiquette Dead?

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by kelvin_of_ranard 5 months ago

When the butcher asked “who’s next?”, I turned to the man standing next to me and asked him. When the young woman obliviously blocks the aisle with her shopping cart and case of cheap beer, I sa...

How much do I tip on catering delivery?

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by Isolda 6 years ago

We're having food delivered and set up, but not served, for a party this weekend. What percentage of the total bill should I tip?

Perfume/cologne in restaurants?

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by ElsieB 10 years ago

There used to be separate sections for smoking and non smoking tables in restaurants - a thing of the past now. But what about the people who like their 'scent' to cover a 3 yard radius? We were ...

Smelling your food before you take a bite

NavyMom89
by NavyMom89 6 years ago

I don't know why, but It creeps me out if someone smells their food on their fork before putting it in their mouth. Is this normal behavior? I'm talking about someone doing it before every bite of ...

Restricting cell phone use at restaurants...

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by gutreactions 1 year ago

I have noticed more and more restaurants posting signs restricting the use of cell phones in the dining room. Obsessive picture taking...non-stop texting, etc. How do you feel about this issue? Wou...