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Do you tip extra during the Holidays?

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by gutreactions 10 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 1 year 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...

Silicone and odors. Help please.

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by Candy 12 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 11 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 1 year 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 9 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 11 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 1 year 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...

Perfume/cologne in restaurants?

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by ElsieB 11 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

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by NavyMom89 7 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 2 years 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?

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by rtv 5 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 ...

Why am I so thirsty?

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by Smorgasbord 12 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

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by DoctorChow 1 year 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?

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by hlawrence 6 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 11 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)

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by chutchut 9 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!

Music Recommendations

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by Jeremy303 1 year 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

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by Besse563 6 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...