Not About Food

For those between-meal issues.


group dinners why does restaurant charge more for less?

by goldparamount 10 years ago

I am planning a dinner for 18 up in the California wine country. The date is for a Saturday night in early spring, so I am planning 8-9 weeks ahead. I am looking only at restaurants that have an a...

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

by HighHeels 7 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...

How much do I tip on catering delivery?

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?

Why do guests INSIST on bringing a dish?

by candinr 3 years ago

We are always the host of friend get togethers. While I wouldn't call these get togethers "dinner parties", they are events where I cook for everyone. I get great joy and satisfaction out of doin...

Control freak in my kitchen

by emglow101 6 years ago

I don't know if any of you are. I can't stand when other people want to cook in my kitchen. Using my knifes,and pans.I cringe. Being polite I ask them to sit and relax. Anyone else have this proble...

This is my third visit here for dinner.

by Gastronomos 6 years ago

This is my third visit here for dinner. We usually have breakfast here. Seven of us entered a packed place for dinner, the line practically out the door, and the parking lot jammed with cars, got ...

Rude guests bringing wine - should I have served it?

by kali_MM 10 years ago

I'm still brooding about this one, and am wondering if I reacted badly... what are your thoughts? Some friends/accquaintances here (we generally walked our dogs together), decided to move back t...

Ice cubes made from stone - do these work?

by Sasha 13 years ago

I was looking in a Japanese magazine that featured cups and such made from stone. They were selling small ice-cubed shape stones. A dozen for $30. The picture in the ad featured a cocktail with the...

Reading the menu with your cellphone flashlight

by KatyMcl 5 months ago

Here's what I want to know: Anyone feel the need to use their cellphone flashlight to read restaurant menus these days? Is it embarrassing or awkward?

Dinner with friends - should they show up empty handed?

by Tidbits 9 years ago

My SO and I like to cook and we really look forward to having friends over for an informal dinner on Fridays. We make a pasta dish, or roast a chicken, or grill steak. Our friends would show up wit...

Is it appropriate to give a gift to a bartender for Christmas?

by rose18 3 months ago

So, here's the thing. My partner and I have been frequenting the same bar for nearly a year or more now and there is one particular bartender who helps us out when he's not busy [he'll get us drink...

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

by alikaprincess 4 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...

Why is this Noma book selling for $1500 on eBay?

by lamb_da_calculus 5 years ago

Ignoring the possibility that the bid is fraudulent/a joke, can anyone explain this? Here's the url: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Noma-Nordic-Cuisine-by-Rene-Redzepi-and-Claus-Meyer-/261385178140?pt=...

Have you ever been ignored in a restaurant?

by Absonot 11 years ago

I had a horrible experience Friday night at one of my favorite restaurants and I need some insight. Here's what happened: The restaurant in question is a bit of a foodie favorite serving local, ...

Anyone Else Dislike Cloth Napkins?

by mojoeater 12 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...

Are waiters assured of getting their tips if you pay by credit card?

by Howard_2 4 months ago

How are waiters assured of getting their tips when the diner pays by credit card? When you give the waiter your credit card to pay for your meal, it is run through the machine and the waiter bri...

Silicone and odors. Help please.

by Candy 10 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...

Air conditioning in the restaurant.

by shaogo 9 years ago

What *is* it with some people and air conditioning in restaurants? I understand that some are prone to getting cold (they should keep a cardigan in the car) but for goodness sake, what about the co...

Parents of Adult Children: When should kids start picking up the check?

by hlawrence 4 years ago

Hello all! I recently interviewed two well-known etiquette experts for a blog article on the topic of "at what age should I start offering to pick up the check while dining out with parents?" Th...