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How much do I tip? How much should I tip? How much do YOU tip? etc.... [moved from Ontario board]

Help me understand your case. I'm basing my calculation on a $100 pre-tax bill, and whether one tips before or after tax, holding your tip percentage constant. After all, whether you choose to tip 15% or 20%, the choice is really whether to tip before or after tax. (Or at least that's the point I was trying to raise.) I concede that the difference increases as the tip percentage increases, but the difference is still not all that great.

For instance, a $100 pre-tax bill comes out to $128 with 13% tax and a 15% pre-tax tip (100 * 1.13 + 100 * 0.15), and $130 with a 13% tax and a 15% post-tax tip (100 * 1.13 * 1.15). The difference in earnings to a server is therefore $2 (130 - 128). As a percentage of the pre-tax bill, the difference is about 2% (2 / 100).

The same pre-tax bill comes out to $133 with a 13% tax and 20% pre-tax tip (100 * 1.13 + 100 * 0.2), and $136 with a 13% tax and 20% post-tax tip (100 * 1.13 * 1.2). The difference is therefore $3. As a percentage of the pre-tax bill, the difference is about 3%.

I'm not trying to debate what tip percentage is appropriate, but I'm raising the point that whether there's such a big difference between pre- and post-tax tipping once you've chosen the appropriate percentage.

Jul 15, 2014
GeeDee in Not About Food
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How much do I tip? How much should I tip? How much do YOU tip? etc.... [moved from Ontario board]

This. To be honest, I'm surprised the pre/post-tax tipping is such a huge point of contention (on both sides). On a $100 bill, the difference is only about $2. On $500 it's $10. Are these amounts really such a big deal if you're shelling out for a "fine dining" meal?

Similarly, if you're a server and $2 on X% of covers a night means the difference between life and death, maybe you should consider a change in careers. As evidenced by the difference in opinions here, it's not like all diners will tax before tip, so what's the big deal?

Jul 15, 2014
GeeDee in Not About Food
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A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

Good to know! Any other "off menu" specials a 'hounder might want to know about?!

May 28, 2014
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

Are the pork ribs and morning glory dishes the specials? I don't recall being served shank with the beef curries before!

May 28, 2014
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

This. The food looks great, but it looks like most people in Toronto will still be congregating around "...the usual pools of red, green and yellow curries, Pad Thai and Tom Yum Kung Soup."

Maybe Charles can convince the owner to introduce more of these authentic dishes?!

May 28, 2014
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'Stone Fortune' - A disappointing 'Hong Kong Cafe' experience.

Aside from Richmond Court, which HK Cafes would you recommend in the Markham area?

Apr 07, 2014
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best chinese in the city of Toronto

The wings are a good deal, but they are also tasty. The garlic/pepper combination is very good and you wouldn't find a similar flavour combination elsewhere (or at least I haven't).

Mar 19, 2014
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sterno Toronto

I regularly use these stoves for hot pot or Korean bbq dinners lasting hours and have never encountered any issues aside from cheap canisters that easily run out of gas and a serious case of food coma. (The stove I use is a Japanese model that is now probably more than 20 years old.) Asian restaurants also use these stoves for tableside cooking, or to keep certain dishes warm.

As youdonut mentioned, it should be relatively safe to use these stoves for a short period in a power outage situation as long as you're in a well ventilated area (e.g. you're not heating up soup for hours while holed up in the closet).

Dec 24, 2013
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sterno Toronto

Small gas stoves fueled by small butane canisters are available at most Asian supermarkets. They're usually used for shabu shabu / hot pots, so they are inexpensive and definitely work indoors.

Dec 24, 2013
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sashimi so fresh!! - I thought I was eating in Japan!!

Fish is the imperative word here I think. Uni and Scallop wouldn't age very well for sushi.. (Conpoy is another story!)

Nov 11, 2013
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hong Kong style French Toast in downtown Toronto

Hong Kong Cafe On Dundas

Jun 13, 2013
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

liquor from US?

Pappy van winkle, if you can get your hands on some!

May 01, 2013
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

dBar and Cafe Boulud - Huge 'service' disappointment!!

I had similar experience at Daisho some months ago, except it was over bottles of coke.

Initially, our waiter told us that it was available, but went to check and changed his mind, saying that while they sell it at Noodle Bar, it isn't available upstairs. Fair enough - I can understand why they wouldn't want their waiters running up and down on a busy day.

So I went downstairs and asked to pay for a bottle to bring back upstairs but the waiters at Noodle Bar also refused without any explanation! Finally, I had to run back up to Nikai and talk to the much more accommodating and business savvy bartenders, who promptly delivered two cold bottles!

We practically had to BEG the restaurant to sell us these drinks, and on top of that, we were rushed through our meals! It seems that the service at these outposts simply aren't on par with their NY companions.

Jan 23, 2013
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Oriental Gourmet - An interesting ' Omakase Style' Chinese Chui Chow Dinner

Looks great! But what's the 'omakase' called in Chinese?

Jul 31, 2012
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurant for a Mixed Age Crowd

Thanks TorontoJo! This place looks great!

My buddy also suggested Cafe Belong at the Brickworks - any updated Chow opinions on this place?

Jun 27, 2012
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurant for a Mixed Age Crowd

Hi there,

I have some family visiting from Australia and I'm looking for a place with good food and a relaxing atmosphere that can accommodate six people - a couple in their 50s, a couple in their 30s with baby, and a 25 year old. Hopefully this place is open on Sunday, takes reservations, and lies somewhere between Splendido and Grand Electric vibe wise. Thanks in advance!

Jun 26, 2012
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2012 alphonso mango sightings

Went there today, but didn't see any.

Apr 12, 2012
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

kaji vs hashimoto

Interesting! I don't remember having anything like wagyu while there! Perhaps it's time for more visits :)

Sep 21, 2011
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

kaji vs hashimoto

Is the omakase at Kaji the normal set menu, or a special request?

Sep 21, 2011
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Markham Event Centre reviews???

Attended a corporate event there once. The food, to put it kindly, sucked. There was watery vegetable soup along with a salad of mixed greens, strawberries, cheese, cold grilled chicken breast, and balsamic vinegar.

Sep 16, 2011
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sushi Couture Vs. Zen Omakase

Wow the Aoyama omakase never seems to change. I've gone there twice for omakase and they served the exact same dishes both times!

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Aoyama
2766 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M2J4A8, CA

Jul 06, 2011
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Omakase

Thanks for the responses everyone! Based on the responses I think it'll probably be Omi (because I'd prefer sushi and sashimi only), and maybe Zen and Solo-sushi ya one day. Hopefully it'll be a good day, and the chef will be there.

Aug 18, 2007
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Omakase

Despite eating Japanese food semi-regularly most of my life, I've only very recently heard of Omakase (it's not advertised much at Japanese restaurants in York Region - or at least not the ones I've been to). In any case, I've decided to give it a go. My price range is around $50-70 per person, and I'm wondering what the best choices are for more authentic and exotic fare.

Opinions vary a lot, and there are a large list of restaurants. The consensus seems to be that Sushi-Kaji is the best, but it's slightly out of my price range. Restaurants such as Japango, Omi, Zen, Cafe Michi stand out.

Thanks!

Aug 15, 2007
GeeDee in Ontario (inc. Toronto)