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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
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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.

about 5 hours ago
psb in Not About Food
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Tipping at Starbucks when buying bananas

I tip when I have them peel it for me.

about 5 hours ago
psb in Not About Food
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Is tipping now a insult to waitpeople w/new living wage pay hike?

I think there is not a lot of reason attached to tipping policy/norms. Yes, it makes for interesting academic discussion whether:
--tip should be pre/post-tax
--whether the range is 15-20% or 18-22%
--does it matters if you are in a tip credit state
--does localmunicipality has health care benefit
--what the ambient min wage is
--does the establishments tip pooling/tip out policy
--at what threshold on the low/high end does the %age guidelines not hold up [tipping 75cents if you
got say a $4 breakfast special with table service]

But at the end of the day, most of those dont make that much of a difference %-wise or in absolute dollar terms so I personally dont sweat it much. My inclination to either round the total bill or the total tip to a round dollar [or in some cases a multiple of 5 or 10] may swamp/offset the "high precision"/4-significant digit type approaches ... if I had a $54 post tax bill, I would leave $65 if I was happy and $64 if I was slightly annoyed, deciding on 64 vs 65 after about 2 seconds of thought ... if left a different amount, probably something uniquely good/bad/sui generis happened, so by necessity only then would i put more than 2 seconds of thought into "what seems right".
under no circumstances would i follow the "was that 18% or 19% level of service" line of reasoning ... surely the "roundness" of the amounts suggests to the server that that's what's "really going on" rather than hyperfine calculations of tip percentage.

Now what I do believe is a significant topic and involving real amounts of $$$ is "should there be an expectation of 'uncapped linear tipping' on wine (or other ultra-high end ingredients ... truffle, caviar etc). I think it is crazy to expect a $200 tip on $1000 bottle of wine, but I would never order that because I think it is decadent and obscene ["so judgey" ... sorry folks"] so this too is an academic question for me. I will say, the two replies I hear the most "people in the biz" [i.e. biased parties for whom is it decidedly not "academic"] are:
--high end wine needs more infrastructure/investment [fancier glasses, more non-interest earning $$$ invested in the bottles sitting in the cellar]
--if you cant afford the 20% then dont order it

...

which are mostly nonsense arguments, as #1 is a RETURN TO CAPITAL and really should go to the resto owner/investors [i.e. be reflected in the price/markup of the wine] #2 is just hectoring/sloganeering ... it would be like my saying "if you wanted to make more money, you should have become an anesthesiologist.
[i acknowledge there is some more effort with high end wine, but i still dont think it merits *uncapped* linear tipping ... i dont think servers should be dinged for minor issues -- those should all round to 0 -- and similarly modest extra effort ["i had to grate his Parmesan *and* grind his pepper!"] should also round to 0].

i'm not sure if the people arguing #1 and #2 believe it, or are just posturing/bullying. but man they get as angry as the REALTOR(tm) PEOPLE became at the FREAKONOMICS team.

about 6 hours ago
psb in Not About Food

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

>no way servers and bartenders can make a living wage
>without tips. again, absolutely not.
>
how do the kitchen staff manage?

Rotten City Pizza in Emeryville?

I believe most of the MEAT SLICES at TONY PIZZA are ~$5 now, or
what I think of as the DIFARA PRICE LEVEL.

I though it was notable that 24ST PIZZA had a $1 delta between CHEESE and PEPPERONI ... maybe they deliberately wanted only two pricing tiers to avoid dealing with change? Otherwise, it makes me feel CHEESE is underpriced and PEP over.

(although after noticing that I looked around at that delta wasnt as uncommon as I thought).

Saturday night (price conscious) Mission suggestions [San Francisco]

Oh ok ... I have to say I didnt love POC CHUC the last time I was there, but I do like it more than RTP, and it seemed comparable to mid-priced ethnic like Gajalee.

No Spanish Civil War / Fascism and Flamenco theme with Schmidt :-)

TI COUZ wasnt brilliant but it filled a good niche.

Are you Oliver-the-Butcher?

Mar 20, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Saturday night (price conscious) Mission suggestions [San Francisco]

poc chuc?

schmidt? [drinking here can put you over but i think $40 is doable]

parking may not be too bad away from valencia corridor

Mar 19, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Fish taco friday [San Francisco]

What about EL METATE? I didnt think they were great but if NICK TACO will do, maybe they will as well (I had the regular "happy hour" soft tacos at NICK and didnt think they were very good ... filling tho].

The FISH TACOS at DARK HORSE were pretty good, but I believe they may have just been for their LA STREET FOOD EVENT. You could check if now on their standard menu.

Mar 06, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Quick and Healthy Fast Food in the bay area?

>I don't understand why like Panera exist.
>I can make my own sandwich.
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would you like to make me a sandwich?

Mar 05, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area
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Parochial Question: Condensed Milk Squeeze Bottle

Ah, TJ is a good option for me ... thanks for the suggestion ... and photographic evidence :-)

MWong: Oh yeah, the bodega/mercado option is a good one too ... I can try one of the places down the street from MOM Market. I knew in the back of my mind there was probably an ethnicity with stronger affinity than Philippines, but kept thinking Vietnamese ... but of course mexican is the way to go. (I wanted this to add to asian-style cold/canned coffee, which i keep in my office mini-fridge for mental slowdown emergencies).

Mar 05, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Parochial Question: Condensed Milk Squeeze Bottle

Er, does anybody know of a grocery store in SF/Berkeley/Oakland/Queens that stocks SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK in a SQUEEZE BOTTLE (as opposed to a can).

Is an Asian Grocery my best bet?
Duc Loi? New May Wah? Kukuje? Ranch 99?

I used to buy these at the MOM MARKET in the Mission/Allemany/Excelsior area, but when I was just there, the two staff persons I asked looked befuddled ... I walked up and down the aisles several times looking for it, but I couldnt stand any more of the horrible horrible horrible "why did i love you; it hurt so much" soundtrack they always have playing.

The bottle I still have, down to it's last ~15%, is CALIFORNIA FARMS brand.

Thanks.
--psb

Mar 05, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

"Is the tip okay?"

If you explain to them "move the decimal point over by one", are they able to do it in the future? I mean isnt that basically simpler than remembering RED = STOP, GREEN = GO?

I would be extremely interested in finding someone incapable of computing 10% of a number to see what kind of errors they make, especially if the errors are systematic. I'd ask them questions like "What is 10% of 100" and then take it from there ... like I'd be curious if they were consistently high or low, if the framing mattered etc.

Perhaps I need to "revise my priors" but arent people who cant compute 10% "in their head" so rare that another explanation is likely?

Mar 05, 2015
psb in Not About Food

Downtown Berkeley Food Ideas

Arinell is not reliably good ... they are a bit flakey in what they put out. I'd say they good a good job about 30-40% of the time, but I probably go there ~2/yr so dont have great sampling data lately.

But when they hit the spot, I do like that type of pizza. And if they fail, I guess you're out like ~$3.50 [i'd either get thin cheese or thin pep].

24th street pizza in SF is more reliable for this type of pizza.

Oh yeah, Angeline is a good rec for something "different from Hawaii". I had a really good shrimp dish there and I generally dont like southern food that much.

Mar 04, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Downtown Berkeley Food Ideas

I was extremely excited about Comal the first time I went there for late night snacks, cocktail, dessert. Was much less excited when I actually went back for a meal with my colleagues ... I found the menu very limited. And something about the service was a bit offputting but I didnt file away what it was, so unfortunately I cant be specific.

Downtown Berkeley Food Ideas

Crixa (bakery) to the South and Cheeseboard to the North ... both are a little bit of walk, so budget more than 5min to get there.

Cheeseboard is "only pizza" but is a Berkeley institution ... and not really pizza :-) ... and if you like Cheese, go to the cheese shop next to the pizza shop.

Gregoire or Local Butcher may be worth a stop. You can go to the Berkeley branch of the "controversial" Philz Coffee.

The walk north with take you through the heart of Berkeley, so worth doing as a tourist ... I suppose you can take your expense account to Chez Panisse. The walk south goes through a bit of a dead zone, but Crixa is near the famous Berkeley Bowl, also an institution.

You'd be right next to the Central Berkeley BART station aka The BART Cylinder, so if you want to get to SF, it is easy, as long as your destination at the other end is near a BART station.

Oakland has some decent Korean and Ethiopian spots ... I assume not that much Ethiopian in HI. Not that convenient without a car tho. I like Pizzaiolo too, but also some distance from your base and not especially a nice walk.

ETA:
Oh, try the BONGO BURGER LAMB BURGER. Not kidding.

ETA:
Hmm, om re-read I see you mentioned "table service" ... I kinda ignored that variable and went with things I think are good deal and sort of berkeley institutions which are walkable from your hotel. I know when I travel and stay in a hotel I like to have nearby food options to carry back to room.

Mar 03, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Franklin BBQ pop up mid-May?

I think the success criteria is whether the wait in SF is longer than a round trip flight to Austin.

Feb 20, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

I analyzed the BELCAMPO PASTRAMI ($15) and SMOKED HAM ($15?) today.

The PASTRAMI is unambiguously inferior to LOCAL BUTCHER (corned beef), ROUGE and AVEDANO. Loses on Price-Perf too ... the taste gap is large and the price gap is more or less \epsilon.

It's not bad, especially heated up, and certainly better than BOAR HEAD level stuff, but still no contest compared to the other places.

The SMOKED HAMs across these places are pretty comparable ... they are good but never rise to the high point of the best Pastrami and Corned Beefs. An example of the LEXICOGRAPHIC PREFERENCES kicking in.

Will analyze BELCAMPO ITALIAN SAUSAGE and B'FAST SAUSAGE later.

Feb 14, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

>five chili dogs for $5.
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How does that compare to the $1.50 10 Chicken McNuggets [sic] at BK Lounge? You could have 30 of those for under $5. Not sure if this is still running. Also if we are scraping the bottom of the barrel, didnt Subway also have a $2 -- Or sub $2? -- sando recently?

Feb 13, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

>Anda piroshki
>
The one time I had Anda Borscht, it was remarkable and pretty cheap I believe. Although I am not really an expert on E. Eur/Mitteleuropa food (finally went to Rebooted Bar Tartine, which was quite interesting but not $5, needless to say. Best borscht i have had was at a no-name place in ... Greenpoint. It was also like $2.75. ObNYC>SF).

The El Porteno empanadas arent bad but I dont think they are an amazing deal ... did someone say they were $4.50? The are $4 at WOODS POLK and their Argentinian-themed spot on the Mission/Castro DMZ. BTW, the NITRO RODENBACH GRAND CRU at WOODS POLK today was really good, however at $10 is not a cheap buzz.

Feb 13, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

I havent thought to ask, but I think they have a little machine for heating sandos ... although it may be pretty greasy at that point. I will often eat $5 worth walking back to my car ... If I bought more $$$ worth, I do end up heating it up at home before eating. Yum!

There are some other items in the deli meats case at the front which are also good ... i think last time it was the MORTADELLA? Although ,on a technical note, now that I've tried some of the other things, I suppose I LEXICOGRAPHICALLY PREFER the PASTRAMI, i.e. not CONVEX PREFERENCES over that commodity bundle.

Feb 12, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Your Favorite $5 or under bites in San Francisco

>Serious Eats article ... you should be up front about it.
>
I agree, grrrr.

I no longer understand how to hide already-read posts in a re-visited CH thread, so i might have missed an earlier mention of:

The newish VN sando place across from DOCTOR LOUNGE is pretty solid ... their banh mi is better than those at the older VN place two storefronts over. I like the $4.50 GRILLED PORK best.
Nice people. I liked their asiatic iced coffee too.

I doubt anybody mentioned this:
$5 worth of AVEDANO PASTRAMI is a pretty good no-carb, high-protein tasty "lunch". I was extremely happy to find they have this consistently ... I think LOCAL BUTCHER HOUSE CORNED BEEF is very good, as well as CAFE ROUGE HOUSE PASTRAMI but they makes them very erratically, so it is lucky to find them on offer. Also the CB at LOCAL all of a sudden went up in price by 25% ... I think they figured out they were underpricing (this was probably best of the three items I mention).

Feb 12, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

My reaction to the MBB yesterday was:

First bite: What a great burger!
Second bite: But not as good as Duc Loi!
Third Bite: I wish it had a TOMATO!
<-- pause to wipe grease off fingers -->
Fourth Bite: I wish it had a TOMATO!
Fifth Bite: I wish it had a TOMATO!
...

I frankly remember the DUC LOI burger better than my last CBB, so CBB vs MBB is tough for me. However, clearly,

CBB + West Village >> MBB + 17th and Van Ness.

Based on the places on ECR in south bay, I think Habit is a bit better than the INO Double Double. I keep meaning to analyze 5G, but havent gotten around to it.

The VAL BURGER was really, really good. I dont have a "photographic" memory for food tastes, so again I cant replay the experience and compare ... all I remember is when I tried it based on the reputation, I felt it was the real deal.

I actually had a pretty good Nation Burger the other day ... I like burgers with mayo and for once they gave me a reasonable lettuce leaf and not a low quality lettuce with a "tough rib" or that hard central part ... I've often wanted to offer them a quarter for a leafy lettuce leaf and not a lame one.

I have not analyzed JG MELON Burger either. Hopefully soon.

Feb 12, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

At INO Burger, you can ask for it "Shack Style".

Feb 12, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

I think it is a fair question if you do price-performance ... at least if you this it is ever reasonable to argue about "preference curves".

Shake Shack burger was $8ish, no?

What about CORNER BISTRO BURGER vs MISSION BOWL BURGER?
(I had an MBB yesterday ... first time since I ate one sitting on a crate at DUC LOI ... it was good, but not transcendent like the first time. Although a lot less grease dripped down my hands. BTW, is the Happy Hour $10 version different from the full freight one? I got a very minimalist burger on a plate when I got there before people I was meeting and was still HH. Someone who ordered it later seemed to get a plate with a salad leaf and tomato ... not sure if that was miscommunication, special request etc. There is some chance it was a different item ... I just assumed it was an MBB)

Feb 12, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

Yes, and the Golden Gate (Bridge) > the Tappan Zee (Bridge) ... but what does that have to do with food?

Feb 12, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

The Habit [Hamburgers] open in Alameda

^In-n-Out^Shake Shack

NYC > SF

Feb 12, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

More facts about Elmwood Cafe racist incident

Special Announcement:

After his HOWISON LECTURE ON "AS IF" ...
http://gradlectures.berkeley.edu/lect...

Kwame Anthony Appiah has agreed to address the ELMWOOD RACE INCIDENT in a talk "Canaux, Canards, Canaille ... Kwame, Camus and Kamau: Race, the Human Condition and Foie Gras, from the French Enlightenment to the Fifth Republic."

Professor Appiah does not have a DEGREE IN RACE (he is a Philosopher), however he is heavily involved with RACE.

Feb 06, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

>La Strangeuse?
>
Is that a veiled reference to STRANGE FRUIT?
We covered that in my MOOC RACE CLASS.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

>Having a bag & a receipt is especially
>important if you are WHITE
>
My colleague is a VISITING UZBEK living in ELMWOOD ... would he be considered WHITE? He has been getting strange looks while shopping at MARKET HALL, and I'm wondering if I need to tell him to carry a BAG.

Also he recommends CAFE ROKHAT for UZBEK food.

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

Ok, count me in, with a +1, a recently unemployed waitress.

Feb 03, 2015
psb in San Francisco Bay Area