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Culturally Insensitive Takeout

Culturally Insensitive Takeout My in-laws insist on referring to Chinese food as "Oriental food." My husband assures me that they don't mean to be racist, but I still feel like they should have noticed people don't call it that anymore. Should I say something? READ MORE

Avoid Farmers’ Market Faux Pas

Avoid Farmers’ Market Faux Pas I'm a regular at my local farmers' market, and some shoppers are downright rude. They don't bother to say good morning to the farmers, they manhandle the produce, and, worst of all, they try to bargain. Can you set out some basic behavioral guidelines for these people? READ MORE

Avoiding Dinner-Party Wine Gaffes

Avoiding Dinner-Party Wine Gaffes We took a nice bottle of white wine to a dinner party and the hosts didn't open it, which was fine. But at the end of the night, they insisted we take the bottle home with us. Were they rude to give us our wine back? READ MORE

What Food to Bring New Parents

What Food to Bring New Parents

Some friends of mine just had a baby and I want to drop by with some food, as I understand new parents are totally exhausted and don’t even have time to boil an egg. But what should I bring? READ MORE

Is This Salmon Farmed?

Is This Salmon Farmed?

How to ask your server about sourcing. READ MORE

I Spit on Your Meat-Raising Livelihood

I Spit on Your Meat-Raising Livelihood

How do I break my vegetarianism to my boyfriend's meat-loving family? READ MORE

Does My Waiter Hate Me?

Does My Waiter Hate Me?

What you can do to make his job easier. READ MORE

Quorum Call

Quorum Call

When not enough people RSVP, is it OK to cancel a party? READ MORE

Refuse Dessert Politely

Refuse Dessert Politely

Don't resort to the Windex diet. READ MORE

The Lady Will Have the Prawns

The Lady Will Have the Prawns

On guys ordering for gals. READ MORE