Restaurant Customers Should Be Forced to Work in the Service Industry

That's really great that you've toured the gustatory delights of Rome, but this is my restaurant and I'm going to serve food my way. And yelling at me isn't helping anything, either.

How-To: Eat Sushi with Naomichi Yasuda

If you've been using chopsticks to pick up sushi rolls, you're doing it all wrong. Let Tokyo sushi master Naomichi Yasuda teach you the dos and don'ts of eating sushi.
Naomichi Yasuda
Restaurant Confessionals

You Might Be a Guest in My Restaurant, But I'm in Charge

As a server, you have to be flexible and you have to be able to cater to different expectations. But listen up: I’m not afraid of you. You’re in my house, and I'm taking control of the situation.
Restaurant Confessionals

Sommeliers Can Be Total Assholes

Sommeliers can be extremely annoying, at least when they’re eating somewhere they don’t work. We all know “that guy,” but many of us end up being “that guy” on our days off.
Restaurant Confessionals

Working in Restaurants Taught Me That Lying Is OK

As soon as you’ve learned the ropes of a restaurant job, you will develop some character traits that will serve you well for the rest of your life. Lying, dealing with assholes, and staying true to yourself are some of those lessons.
Noor Spanjer

This Hot Pot Table Forces People to Turn Off Their Cell Phones

By allowing diners to power a heating element with their cell phones, the IKEA table essentially forces them to choose between eating and tweeting.
Nick Rose

How to Drink in Tokyo Without Looking Like an Idiot

My days of doing sake bombs at American strip mall sushi restaurants had not accurately prepared me to drink like a local in Tokyo, where a highball is just a whiskey soda and striking up small talk with strangers is discouraged.
Natalie B. Compton

Why the Best Caribbean Food Comes with a Side of ‘Bad’ Service

In many of Britain’s Caribbean eateries, food rules supreme and service is secondary. “Wha yuh want?” is a totally acceptable and to-the-point way for a server to address their customers.
Anthony Lorenzo
dining etiquette

The John Waters Guide to Holiday Party Etiquette

I asked the Pope of Trash how to deal with unexpected guests, whether or not one should discuss politics, and why you should never ask to use the bathroom.
Matthew Zuras

This Armed Robber Emptied the Register but Left a Tip for His Whiskey

A dangerous criminal in a blonde wig has been robbing diners in the suburbs of Seattle. But at least he pays for his whiskey—and leaves a tip for the bartender.
Hilary Pollack

Italians Still Look Down on Taking Your Leftovers Home

Despite how the growing issue of food waste, one in four Italians currently believes the concept of taking home leftover food from a restaurant is a sign of poverty, bad manners, or even vulgarity.
Alex Swerdloff

Don't Mind This Live Boa Constrictor Slithering Around Your Restaurant Table

A man was recently allowed to bring a large snake into a Mexican restaurant in Missouri because of his claim that it's a service animal that helps him cope with depression.
Hilary Pollack