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Is It OK to Complain About Tiny Portions?

Is It OK to Complain About Tiny Portions? Recently, I went to a restaurant and ordered the entrée of roasted lamb. When it came, it was just a few small pieces of meat with a blob of polenta and some artistic dabs of sauce. When you feel like the portions are stingy, is it OK to complain? READ MORE

Can I Take My Baby to a Restaurant?

Can I Take My Baby to a Restaurant? Our son is nearly one and we sometimes take him out to dinner. He's a good eater and he eats whatever we eat, even spicy stuff like bulgogi. But he leaves a lot of his meal on the floor. We go to this Thai place in our neighborhood and he leaves rice everywhere. I can't really clear it up since I don't carry a dustpan and brush around with me. Is it rude of us to leave it for the restaurant to clean up? READ MORE

Meddling Mother-in-Law

Meddling Mother-in-Law I love my mother-in-law, but she cannot stay out of the kitchen when she visits. She hovers while I cook, making comments like, "Wow, that's a lot of garlic." She salts and peppers dishes without asking for my permission. How can I make her stay out of the kitchen and stop trying to control the menu? READ MORE

Drinking Wine While Pregnant in France

Drinking Wine While Pregnant in France I have a trip planned to France with my husband, during which I'll be five and a half months pregnant. We'd like to enjoy French wine on our trip, but obviously I can't drink very much (usually one glass every couple of days is my rule). READ MORE

Drunken Guest from Hell

Drunken Guest from Hell Recently my friends threw a baby shower for me. I didn't want it to be like a regular baby shower—diaper cakes make me want to vomit—so it was just a regular coed cocktail party. It was so much like a regular party that it even included one extremely drunk guest … READ MORE

Should I Cut My Steak Like a Brit?

Should I Cut My Steak Like a Brit? My boyfriend is British and thinks American cutlery usage looks "clumsy." According to him, it is more elegant to keep your fork in your left hand and your knife in your right the whole time you are eating. READ MORE

Too Frumpy for the Good Seats?

Too Frumpy for the Good Seats? I recently dined at an LA hot spot where it seemed that two-thirds of the diners were either hookers or women who looked like hookers. READ MORE

Inviting Vegetarians to Eat Corpse

Inviting Vegetarians to Eat Corpse I am considering throwing my next birthday party at a restaurant where you can reserve a private room for a whole-animal dinner that is shared by everyone at your table. READ MORE

Is It Wrong to Yell “Hey, Amigo”?

Is It Wrong to Yell “Hey, Amigo”? The other night, I had dinner with a friend. He was frustrated because we weren't getting any service—no water, no menus, and our waiter was nowhere in sight. READ MORE

Bad-Palate Breakups

Bad-Palate Breakups I am dating a guy who is borderline Mr. Perfect but has no appreciation of food. He'd be happy to have a peanut butter sandwich for dinner every night. READ MORE