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Chowdown at Boiling BeiJing [San Bruno]

>Hot and numbing shrimp hotpot
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i believe this was suppose to be one of the stars, but i didnt like it very much. i guess the stir fried onions were good. i thought the shrimp was overcooked, but fundamentally, it was not to my taste. i suppose some people get more excited about whole shrimp than i do.

>jian bing guo zi
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meh version. i have only had this out of a cart in PEK. i frankly would not have even recognized it as the same item. isnt this supposed to be a little more wet? i thought what i had had some kind of brown sauce involved?

>knife-shaved noodles
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good taste and texture.

>cucumber in garlic sauce
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i lobbied for this one and liked it and would re-order. it was more acidic/citrusy than what i have had elsewhere. although frankly most places i feel kinda phone this in. my fav version is the super-garlicky version from INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF CHINESE PANCAKE.

i think it goes well with the greasy/fatty dishes.

>dumplings in hot oil
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this is also a favorite of dish of mine and was glad people didnt dismiss it as too pedestrian a choice (when i arrived, i believe people were talking about getting frog). the dumplings tasted a bit different than what i expected. not my all time fav version, but solid.

>Beijing braised pork
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easily my fav dish. i lobbied for this too, but it wasnt the dish i was thinking of (dong po rou?). although i have had other version of this dish and enjoy it. i actually quite liked the nicely cooked and flavored potatoes.
i like this much more than the pork shoulder dish many other seem to prefer.

>husband and wife "sliced lung" listed as combination beef in spicy oil
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i usually only get this with more than parties of 4 or more because there is only so much of this i can eat [as opposed to say the china village "chinese bacon" cold app, which i can single-handedly ... well, single-mouthedly ... consume].

i think this was one of the best version i have had around here. probably a combination of ingredient quality and it just fit my taste in terms of what i am looking for in terms of oily-spiciness.

>Cumin lamb
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solid verion

>dessert mochi and a pumpkin-based pancake
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not my thing. i generally dont like hot desserts. after dinner, i actually took myself to SWEET INDULGENCE to do some work and get a proper (cold) dessert (mango+sago item). :-)

[the waiter ahead of time said he would comp this]

the blow-by-blow might sound a bit negative but i thought this was a totally solid meal. and quite good price-performance wise ... although i do think it is best to go with a group of at least 5-6.

i enjoyed the conversations about travel too.

hyperbowl-er: appreciated the invite. i did see the WONDERFUL place you mentioned when i went to get dessert.

Jul 05, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

The dosas at DOSA are admittedly pretty good if obscenely expensive for a dosa ... I cant remember if it has an edge over the ~$5 GANESH TEMPLE DOSA, but I recall my reactions were ...
DOSA: "I cant believe I just paid $10 for a dosa, but that was pretty good."
GT: "Holy cow (Holy elephant?) ... I cant believe I paid $4.5 for what may have been the best dosa I've had in the US."

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/1...

Although I admit, if you want a WHITE TRUFFLE DOSA for some reason, you cant get that at the canteen. I'm not sure I'd call that "high end south indian".

As for fancier indian dishes, good NYC spots are way better than DOSA, AJANTA etc (I never went to places like JUNOON). Like I had one of the best lamb chop dishes of my life, better than some Michelin Star places, in CURRY HILL. But I concede the places I am thinking of are North Indian or Bangladeshi, not South Indian (I didnt love the Sri Lankan dives).

To flip the OPs question, something Indian Food fans should do when in NYC is try the GALOUTI KEBAB (particularly if you have no TEETH) and perhaps the TUNDE KE KABAB.

BTW, I think CILATRO is better than LA TAQUERIA, although Berkeley is not quite on the SF -> Monterey route and CILATRO has a small menu.

Jul 02, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

New Yorkers Seeking the Good Stuff

The GANESH TEMPLE DOSA in QUEENS may be better than DOSA. It is cerntainly less than half the price. However, you may not break coconuts at the temple.

Although, DOSA is better than the NYC DOSA CART.

I think for the most part Indian would be a waste of time for someone from NYC.

(NYC is better than San Francisco.)

Jul 02, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Another SF food trek - June 25 - anyone interested?

Based on your list, if you go out to MR/MRS MISC, you should consider NEIGHBOR BAKEHOUSE, http://www.neighborsf.com/

Although their hours do not greatly overlap with prime ice cream hours. The items I had at 6:30am were remarkable.

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ETA:
Oh, if you are considering East Bay, missing CILANTRO would be a major omission.

Jun 22, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Planning a Birthday Lunch - Do I pay for Birthday Girl?

small h:
good push back. it is remarkable to me some people cannot seem to get the different norms for "the organizer" vs "the host", even after it is pointed out to them.

i wonder if Candy always expects the person who "issued a movie invitation" to buy her ticket? i wonder if she feels hard done by if the inviter doesnt provide cake and cover cakeage.

given the how busy people are and how flakey people are, it silly to burden people willing to step up as "organizers" even more.

OP: yes, among my friends too almost always everyone chips in for the bday person's meal ticket. there are some unusual cases like when there is a friend of a friend who doesnt know the bday celebrant, or someone is there for less than 50% of the meal because of an obligation but they wanted to see the guest of honor etc. i'll often say something if the even split for some reason appears very unfair since it can be awkward to do 'special pleading' on your own behalf.

Jun 19, 2015
psb in Not About Food

brunch tomorrow in the outer mission or excelsior? [San Francisco]

I am curious if the MEX / CENTRAL AMERICAN parts of the MISSION/EXCELSIOR will be "occupado" for the SUPER COPA DEL RAY CAMPEONATO DE ESPANA ... BARCELONA VS ATLETICO is SAT at 12:30.

I would think at least BALOMPIE would be.

May 29, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Seeking mid-range resto rec below midtown ... REDUX

re:
>didn't work for you at Lavagna
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honestly, i dont quite remember. the evening was filed away in the plus column, just not as good as Cluny. my recollection is we collectively didnt like the flavor combo in one or two things, so it was a difference of taste, rather than their screwing up something.

re:
>La Sirene, but it was years ago.
>
actually plans were modified again. going to La Sirene on SAT. looking forward to it.

May 08, 2015
psb in Manhattan

Seeking mid-range resto rec below midtown ... REDUX

Hello Peoples,

I am back in NYC (from San Francisco), and once again looking for advice for where to do a dinner gift for my hosts.

Last time, based on your generously-given recs, we went to CAFE CLUNY with these friends, and LAVAGNA with a different set of friends. CC was a a solid success. LAVAGNA was mostly good but there were a dish or two which didnt work (friend picked Italian over CLUNY and BLAU GANZ).

This time, I'm considering LA SIRENE (extremely excited to see TOURNEDOS ROSSINI, and $10 BYO is cool), GENTLEMAN FARMER, LOURO, BISRO LES AMIS, BERLYN, RUCOLA, TRAIF (yes, BK, not MH). I'm prefering these to CHEZ NAPOLEON, COCOTTE (menu appears very small?), PHILOSOPHE. MAIALINO not realistic? They are often at ODEON and recently at BALTHAZAR, so I nixed those eventhough I havent been.

So in addition to any advice on these, I'm completely open to other options. Last time I asked for advice, people said being specific was actually helpful rather than coming off as offputtingly picky, so in that spirit ...

--Probably somewhere below 14th St and above Canal.
They work in the Wall Street and Tribeca area, so they want to get out of the shadow of their offices. And post-outing, our base is in Prospect Hts.

--Realistically avail 7-7:30 tonight for 3 person ... TODAY!
[Fri 5/8 ... yeah, yeah, I just flew in and original plan was for SAT]. We're willing to wait ~1hr if walk-ins are a normal part of business.

--Let's say $80-$100/person with drinks, pre-tax/tip.
I'm thinking pre-din cocktail, food, 2 glasses of wine person or 1 bottle and 1 glass. [somewhat awkwardly a friend of theirs may announce he is meeting us, so I may have to treat him too, which is what happened at CLUNY. He's an ok guy, but a bit tacky and our friendship has more reached its asymptotic limit, rather than continuing upwards ... I dont want to say "it isnt about the money" but it's at least partly that I was offened by the tactlessness. Indeed I was hoping my friend's son could make it.]

--Mostly looking at American/Euro.
Not Asian, Middle Eastern, Mexican. Although should I consider RED FARM?

--All criteria somewhat elastic.
e.g. a couple of blocks toward FLATIRON ok, but not say UES. 1.5 hr wait probably ok, if "circumstances" are nice, etc.

--Do any of my options not fit my criteria?
"TRAIF impossible at that time, REDFARM impossible in your price range" etc.

Advice greatly appreciated and will be happy to provide after-dinner feedback.

--psb

May 08, 2015
psb in Manhattan

NY style slice near SFO/San Mateo

ARINELL is NY slice-ish but flakey quality control.

24th ST PIZZA is my preferred spot for NY Stylee. I've said that before ... however, there is a new (garlic?) twist:

It is only the best when the owner/dood from NJ is making pies. The woman who is at the oven occasionally doesnt do something correctly. The crust is definitely not right and there is something wrong with the rest of the pizza too, but I cant quite put my finger on it ... it's not awful, but I wouldnt consider it special, worth a trip etc ... and you also feel a little robbed, in a opportunity cost sense.

I've eaten maybe 15-20 slices from 24st Pizza Shop and the NJ dood had very good quality control/consistency. Since the other person has started sharing the pie making, I'd say I've eaten 5 slices she's made and at least 4 of them had the same issue along the lines of the above.

I didnt like SPEDERIA the 2-3 times I had it ... again, it wasnt awful, but I dont get off the fwy when zipping by. I used to like SLICE OF NY, but I eat often enough at 24th ST PIZZA, I prefer other South Bay options [INO, Habit, Chaat etc].

The other notable slices are:
AVELINO
ROTTEN CITY
SLICER
TONY PIZZA

Although give the SFO parameters, I'd go with 24th ST.

May 04, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Din tai Fung comes to Bay Area

>I did a comparison of how the locals in
>Shanghai ranked ...
>
http://www.smartshanghai.com/articles...

Apr 22, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Complain or Shut Up?

Would you rather be a decent person or a satisfied diner? I think you did exactly right putting your relationship with your host over a subpar meal ... since you say "host" rather than "friend", I assume there was some distance and/or formality to the relationship [so "not making a scene" may apply less in the case of a close friend who just happens to be treating].

I suppose if you'd some how rec'd something with a living/dead bug in it, foreign matter ... or some other medical level issue ["hey, i thought this was nut-free?"] then maybe there is a forcing function but I think your "table manner" and manner of escalation are totally appropriate (there are other chowhound-anecdotes in which I think the poster is leaving out something which likely hurts their case, but in your case everything seems reasonable thought out, so there isnt any reason to 'second guess' ... so you're right about the 'uh, you werent there' replies].

I can understand a business being frustrated not getting feedback at the table at other times -- "it helps us and it help you!" -- but it is bizarre to me to suggest on an occasion like this "promoting the general good" should some how beat decency in the here and now.

Some people here just take eating too seriously.

Apr 18, 2015
psb in Not About Food

Grange Hall in Oakland's Temescal (old Barlata space)

>Has anyone tried the food?
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i dropped in solo on my way back from a talk at UCB, so i dint have a chance to try many things.

i thought the $11 (+1 for egg) burger was quite good. tasty beef, 6oz, good meat-bun ratio, other ingredients were good. the pickles and picked onions etc on the side were pretty good as were the other veg toppings and the choice of cheddar. you get choice of side salad or fries ... eternally weak willed faced with this question, i got fries.

it was pretty messy to eat tho ... perhaps that's part of the cost of having the high meat to bread ratio, or maybe it's the type of bun? there was a little bit of delay before i started eating but the bottom bun was pretty much soaked in grease and fell apart ... between the beef and cheese, this was possibly the greasiest "fancy" burger i've since the ORIGINAL MISSION BURGER at DUC LOI, but it was tasty-greasy, not disgusting gut bomb greasy.

i think the burger is under priced. or perhaps i am used to SF prices?

only complaint was the egg on the burger was overcooked [the burger itself was cooked as desired]. although what could have made that burger even sloppier ... yes, running yolk.

i definitely didnt wish this were an 8oz burger.

there were some minor rough edges to service, but nothing notable. i though i picked up some conversations at neighboring tables of things which needed to be worked out, but again, either they were minor issues or the escalation process was working since nobody seemed to be getting bent out of shape ... at some point i was a little concerned that maybe if the wheels werent greased, was my burger going to take an hour? but it indeed came out very quickly.

the lemon tart was good but not great. my main complaint was the fruit sauce had too many bits of skin in it and it was a bit offputting texture wise ... like drinking milk and getting those bits of the layer which can form on top ... i dont know what that is called in english. it was also quite cheap, $6 i believe ... and the slice was definitely larger than it needed to be. am not sure if these are inhouse or outsourced. i liked the crust but it was a bit unusual so some expert bakers may disagree.

i wanted to try the house-made cola so got the JACK+COKE ... the cola was of interesting but a bit diluted to really appreciate. Maybe I should have checked if they just had a non-alcohol option: COKE ... IL SANS JACQUES. Other cocktails looked interesting, but it was not a time for boozing for me.

i had quite a number of conversations with the table to the left and right [pretty dense packing but convivial atmosphere]. i think everyone felt the dishes were mostly hits with a few misses ... although the main complaint from the table on my left ... apparently their lamb was way, way over cooked [they didnt finish] and there was some issue with the berries that went with it. it looked a little over complicated to me but i defer to them on this being an issue of execution rather than conception.

i was set to order some of the small plates, but decided to come back with friends ... again from my neighbors, some of the options like the 8 wings for $5 appear to be quite a good deal.

the drinks have some pretty odd names and it is a complicated drink menu.
i kinda raised an eyebrow at the cocktail called TREATY OF BARWALDE ... i certainly could not come up with any connection between this chartreuse-chocolate drink and a treaty between FRA and SWE. i was sort of amused as the TREATY OF WESTPHALIA had come up at the talk I was at an hour before ... to encounter one 17th Century Treaty may be regarded as a misfortune; to encounter two looks like carelessness.

Right now, for sure a candidate for the Berkeley/Oak "level 3 rotation" [level 1 ~ slice of pizza, level 2 ~ cheap ethnic, level 3 = ~$30ish]. Although I am interested to see if the prices are adjusted upwards, per my DSGE prediction.

Apr 09, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Polk St. [San Francisco]

I think LEOPOLD is very good.

Mar 29, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Tipping at Starbucks when buying bananas

>Why yes yes I do.
>
wow, really?

>Calm down pal.It will all be ok.
>
what is it that you think i am agitated about?
at least on this thread?

Mar 28, 2015
psb in Not About Food

Little Star Solano downhill alert [Albany]

i had a very good "classic" at valencia two visits ago.
it was ok on the last visit.

i dont store data beyond that. although i'd remember a \pm 2 \sigma experience.

the last three times i went to solano, i though it was inferior to valencia. but i perhaps missed the solano branch's "heyday".

Mar 28, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Cuberdon/Waterzooi?

Wow, it's even a recent thread. Tnx for the pointer.

Mar 28, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Cuberdon/Waterzooi?

Hello,

Does anyone know if CUBERDON is available in the SFBA, ideally: SF, Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto/MV/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara area?

While I am asking, how about a place serving WATERZOOI? Any leads?

Thanks.

Mar 27, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Tipping at Starbucks when buying bananas

You read their receipts to see if they left a CC tip?

My Associate told me a certain cafe in the MISSION DISTRICT in SF (not on the main drag, a little bit away) stopped using SQUARE because the BARISTA complained because their tips went down ... I think because it was making tip offers which were too high: i'm guessing someone getting say a LATTE + PASTRY, had a bill of ~$8, and the SQUARE MACHINE offered $1.20, $1.50, $1.80 or NO TIP ... and it took a bunch more energy to hit DIFFERENT AMOUNT and then enter $1.

Although I could see SQUARE making for higher tips at other places due to non-handling of actual money, anchoring, it being more "active" than a passive tip jar etc.

I'll admit I pay with cash more in places with SQUARE where I think 15% - 20% isnt reasonable to look for.

I think PHILZ COFFEE has made a mistake putting the tip jar next to the cashier rather than the BARISTA with whom you are forced to interact (Philz does not have a location to add your own sugar and milk ... they have to do it for you). But of course PHILZ is about PHIL, not the Little People.

Mar 27, 2015
psb in Not About Food

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

I hold a grudge for Two Years After The Repast.

Mar 27, 2015
psb in Not About Food

"Is the tip okay?"

Once again, that is remarkable ...

What is 6 x 10?
I am not sure.
Remember the hint I gave you?
No.
Ok, take a guess then.
47?
Close. Make sure you dont walk into a wall.

I can vaguely imagine that level of innumeracy, but I am having trouble imagining that not being accompanied by dramatic failures in life ... like it's much harder to remember a phone number than to multiply 6 x 10 ... I can see someone getting confused with say 589.17 x 10.

Mar 27, 2015
psb in Not About Food

Is tipping now a insult to waitpeople w/new living wage pay hike?

Yes, I agree with you the resto is running a risk, but I dont think it ends with "it's the restaurant's problem" ... I think there are shoulds and should nots ... same for asking for a "table for two" during prime time and then only getting dessert.

But obviously there are grey areas and not bright lines and I think it is reasonable for the norm to be "that isnt right" ... while recognizing norms only affect people who a little push or just information about expections... norms arent going to solve the problem with cockroaches and sociopaths.

BTW, re: "is there implicit pressure/expectation at high end places" re: wine/average tab, see this concurrently executing thread:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1008589

Notice the langauge ... "frown on", "plonk = cheap", "accomodate special bootles not mediocre wines" [and in context, he's talking about $25-$50 bottles], "corkage ... just don't ... they want to have a dialogue with you".

Mar 27, 2015
psb in Not About Food

Is tipping now a insult to waitpeople w/new living wage pay hike?

What about before entering the pool?

Mar 27, 2015
psb in Not About Food

Is tipping now a insult to waitpeople w/new living wage pay hike?

I am not from America, and English is not my first language, so maybe I am missing something.

How often do you not tip at bars and restaurants (where you have sat down at a table)?

Is showering mandatory?

Mar 27, 2015
psb in Not About Food

Is tipping now a insult to waitpeople w/new living wage pay hike?

What about going to Happy Hour and eating "subsidized food" and ordering no drinks?

(let's say it is a real resto with a bar ... obviously going to a bar which only puts out some low grade food at 0 cost with the expectation you'll have some drinks is an easy case).

Mar 27, 2015
psb in Not About Food

Is tipping now a insult to waitpeople w/new living wage pay hike?

It is not illegal. But it is (socially) mandatory. Buying a drink for the interesting conversationalist sitting next to you at the bar is not mandatory but tipping the bartender is. In the first case, maybe you do buy him/her a drink because the DJIA was +200 or dont because it was -200. In the case of the tip, you can not opt to not tip based on *arbitrary criteria* ["didnt feel like it"] but only for specific reasons ... like say extreme rudeness or incompetence. If you dont pay your bill and leave, you are possibly a criminal. If you (deliberately) dont leave a tip and leave, you are a cockroach.

If a restaurant has say "free" packets of ketchup or a store has free samples of cheese, you cant take all of them because they were "free" ... so the standard isnt "is this illegal".

Mar 27, 2015
psb in Not About Food

Is tipping now a insult to waitpeople w/new living wage pay hike?

>It would be interesting to analyze
>
Are you an analyst?

Also, I wonder if high/low repeat establishments matter.

And various demographic factors ... are the people working in the cafe in LOS ALTOS well off local kids? Or is it say a WEST/SOUTH OAKLAND immigrant VN family's cafe?

I recall some CH thread where the owner/ex- owner of some business forbade the employees to put out a tip jar because she deemed it not-classy and that was more important. On the other hand, clearly some owners can see it either as a transaction they are either not part of, or indirectly benefit from ... so there is a PRINCIPAL-AGENT aspect to this.

Mar 27, 2015
psb in Not About Food

Is tipping now a insult to waitpeople w/new living wage pay hike?

Arent you a little young to be on the Interwebs/Tubes.

Mar 27, 2015
psb in Not About Food

Is tipping now a insult to waitpeople w/new living wage pay hike?

The "norm" of 15-20% is for "normal cases" ... it doesnt apply as you approach zero (the case of the $2.99 breakfast special). Not obvious it should scale to infinity.

This is mostly about norms, but your IRS argument is a pretty good one. If the server/wine server is indeed on the hook for 15% due to IRS inflexibility, I agree the "incidence" should be shifted to the buyer in this case.

re: bullying ...
Again, a number of people I have encountered seem to suggest it is "cheap" *to even discuss this* (as opposed to rationally discussing it, e.g. the IRS issue). I think that's the moral equivalent of someone on the other side suggesting the "defenders" are greedy and hysterical when their ox is being 8hypothetically* gored.

Just like it's in their self-interest to "spread the word" that uncapped linear taxation is the norm ... and "20% is the new 15%" ... I feel I am doing some form of "selfless-service" leaning against UCTonWine ... again, it is totally selfless since it completely does not affect me ... I'm perfectly ok paying 15-20% up to the wine range I have paid for [let's say in the $150-$200 range factoring in inflation ... or cases where the total bill was 50% wine].

Liner taxation is merely an implementation of
public policy goal of progressive taxation ... such as the short-lived YACHT TAX.

My main interest in the Case of the Large Party With the $1000 bottle would be how say 8 people split the liquid rather than the bill. I think it would be hilarious if the waiter refilled one dood's glass and he ended up drinking 30% of it
(the fanciest wine I have had was a Yquem so it split quite a few ways without problem. The person who brought it was a direct report to NEUTRON JACK WELCH, so there was no issue of donating).

But to address your question more directly, any "negotiating" I would do in those circumstances would be within my party since I wouldnt be leading the effort. I'd probably say "I'm not comfortable with participating in this" but that would be completely unaffected by the "tip tax" rate. Really it's very situational ... in group dinners, I think it depends if you do T$OTAL/N even split or some form of itemizing ... I usually consume more FOOD than friends in these scenarios so I am always welling to chip in a little more ["let me throw in an extra $10 since I had a soup as well as an app"] and usually do some quick math to see if anyone consumed much less and someone should speak up for them if things are moving toward N-way even split. If the table drink more than I do ... I have just a glass of wine and they order say .5-7 bottle/person of reasonably priced bottled, I'd probably just chalk that up to "the cost/friction/overhead of group events" and "with good friends, it all works out in the end".

re: burger vs filet mignon ...
actually i would probably tip higher in the case of the burger because if that means i've run up a bill of $35 in a place where the average bill is $60, i would factor that in. the most meaningful case of this is the fact that i do round up tips a bit because i dine solo often and i recognize i'm more than half the work of a two top but likely running up half the bill. (i have actually put in a fair amount of though to what is fair). so i dont micro-manage, but do macro-manage.

re: 30% and eat at a less expensive places ...
you are not factoring many of the options available to controlling the TOTAL COST ... do you take the SUBWAY or UBER/CAB to the resto, for example. it is most efficient for the consumer to figure out what his optimal bundle is.
so here is one for you: if you go to a high end place ... let's say >$150 expected food cost, is it "ok" to drink 0 alcohol (wine if say euro, sake if say high end sushi) ... assuming of course this isnt relig/medical. either you just dont like it, or you are "free riding" on the effective subsidy of those who are running up bills 2x yours. maybe just throw in a 2% "vigorish" to the house ... i'll tip 22% on my $150 tasting menu with no wine flight and no wine glass and no wine bottle, and the dood paying $250 (+wine flight) or $350 (couple of bottles) can pay uncapped linear 20%?

Again, this is all about expectations and norms, both on the side of the server when he takes the job and the customer when he walks into an establishment. Now when things change or non-standard cases and you cant rely on prior consent or foreseeability, things get interesting ... such as the wave of restaurants which recently switched to service-charge + no tipping. i believe in some of those places some servers left? i dont think you can have it both ways,, like "the customer should think about what's fair to the server and not ding him for things which are not his fault (kitchen errors) but the customer should not think to much about other issues of fairness and just pay based on the total experience" ... so if i should only judge on the "whole evening", if my food was super delayed because of a kitchen error, i can take it out of the tip?

[BTW, i have argued against customers who say "tips are not mandatory" ... that misunderstands the situation. resto tipping is mandatory, but the sanction is moral not legal. i think tipping in the starbucks scenario is not mandatory.]

Mar 27, 2015
psb in Not About Food

Tipping at Starbucks when buying bananas

Hmm, I dont recall if that was a Sein-meme. But maybe Starbucks Banana's are more expensive because they are REFUNDABLE, in case you change your mind about eating it.

Mar 27, 2015
psb in Not About Food

Is tipping now a insult to waitpeople w/new living wage pay hike?

>tip for service... its frowned upon and a insult to the waiters
>
You know TIPPING led to the RUSSIAN REVOLUTION.

http://tinyurl.com/q29rbnk

IT COULD HAPPEN HERE ... WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AT TIP-WAR WITH OCEANIA.

Mar 27, 2015
psb in Not About Food
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