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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?

Is Grocery Store Etiquette Dead?

by kelvin_of_ranard 1 month 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...

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Perfume/cologne in restaurants?

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 ...

To kowtow or to not kowtow

by burgeoningfoodie 29 days 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...

Smelling your food before you take a bite

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...

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...

Restaurant/waitress adds to credit card bill. what to do?

by rtv 4 years ago

We went out for dinner at a restaurant that we have been going to for many many years. this particular time we had a waitress that was WAY short of acceptable. We left 0 tip. and before everyone ...

Invited to potluck party and brought main dish, feelin used

by darlenebb 2 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...

“I won’t eat a piece of that birthday cake you blew out candles on because of germs!”

by SamuelAt 5 months ago

Recently my GF and I have become more serious and so we’ve been doing that coupley-thing—Netflixing, cooking, and generally socializing less. My GF has become a Master Chef with her slow cooker, a...

Plate sharing fee- why?

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?

Why am I so thirsty?

by Smorgasbord 11 years ago

I've searched the site but haven't found the answer to this perhaps obvious/ridiculous query. Why is it that you can eat a meal at a restaurant that tastes great and not overly seasoned, but the n...

OK, Let's Try This

by DoctorChow 3 months ago

Here's an example of an expression you'll only hear about food served in San Diego when in San Diego itself (maybe): "Buck a shuck" (A Happy-Hour phrase used at places like Ironside) True? No...

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

by hlawrence 5 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...

Do you travel internationally and, if you do, do you eat street food?

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by c oliver 10 years ago

I got to thinking about this because we're leaving for three weeks in Rio soon and we always have a blast hanging out with locals and eating street food. If you have the means and the opportunit...

Tips in Toronto restaurants: 15% before tax? 10% after tax? or, 15% after tax? (moved from Ontario)

by chutchut 8 years ago

When a couple of my friends met this weekend, we found that we each tip differently at the restaurant. Would you know which number is the universal rule in Toronto restaurants? Many thanks!

Two restaurants under one roof. Could it work?

by LuluTheMagnificent 11 years ago

I was driving home the other day and I noticed a bunch of restaurants closed at 4pm. Now, that got me to thinking, in these hard economic times if two restaurants could share the same spot. Restaur...

Music Recommendations

by Jeremy303 5 months ago

I am celebrating my bachelor party in New Orleans from June 20th-23rd and would appreciate input on which jazz bands to see. I was hoping to see the Soul Rebels perform but unfortunately they are o...

Wormy smell on dishes

by Besse563 5 years ago

Has anyone been able to pinpoint where the smell comes from on dishes after they've been through the dishwasher? The wormy smell is not from dirty plumbing lines, filters, sponges, or soaps. Eve...

Partner has ‘bad’ taste in food

by pizzapies 6 months ago

Hi all, just wanted to hear your thoughts on this minor thing! Recently my partner and I went to Japan and we ate food like fresh sushi and Matsusaka beef together. However, my partner has said...

It Robot . . .

by PSRaT 6 months ago

they have arrived....Giant.... the employees have an unprintable opinion of this thing. apparently when first fired up it kept marching out the door - it had been programmed with the floor plan o...