Restaurant survival tip

Look for items on the menu that are baked, grilled, dry-sauteed, broiled, poached, or steamed. These cooking techniques use less fat in the food preparation and are generally lower in calories.

From restaurant.org.

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The economy, and eating out

Eating in is now replacing eating out — The economy will have an impact on one’s food and beverage decisions, including less pubbing and eating more often at home.

From rediff.com.

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Fight the trans fat monster even in restaurants

 In the supermarket, read the label to find foods that are trans free. In restaurants, steer clear of fried foods, biscuits, and other baked goods, unless you know that the restaurant has eliminated trans fat.

From harvard.edu.

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Rules for tipping

There are no rules that are set in stone when it comes to tipping.

However, our basic guide to tipping gratuity is, if you’re unsure if tipping is appropriate for the service performed, go with your gut instinct.

Even if your neighbor doesn’t tip the newspaper delivery person, if you think he does a great job, then go ahead and include a tip with your payment.

From: howtodothings.com

Extended dining etiquette

If you hold a table for two serving periods, make sure that you tip double. In other words, if you spend enough time at a table that a waiter could have typically gotten two parties seated and served, then compensate him for his time by tipping him twice.

From: findalink.net

Tipping and taxes

Restaurants report a percentage (around 12%) of the gross sales for food and beverage to the IRS for their staff.

This means that if you have a $200 food bill and $200 wine bill, the restaurant will report 12% of $400 or $48 as income to the server. In other words, the server has to pay tax on it whether you tip it or not.

If the restaurants do not report it accurately, the restaurant and the wait staff get audited by the IRS.

From: findalink.net

Tipping with a gift certificate

When tipping, if you received a coupon or gift certificate, how do you calculate the tip?

Tipping is always based upon the normal price of the good or service. If you get a coupon for 20% off, then tip on the original price.

From: findalink.net

Tipping on wine

When ordering wine in a restaurant, unless the wine is extremely expensive, you should tip the same as you would on food: about 18 to 20 percent.

Usually you get more elaborate service as the cost of the wine increases.

From: chow.com

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How to eat out when watching your diet

Resigned to eating in a restaurant? Look for is a non-chain restaurant, preferably a place that specializes in soups, salads and sandwiches. These places are usually well stocked in vegetables and often boast organic produce.

From: summertomato.com

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