More Posts On: Dining, Food and Drink

What is Wrong With This Trivia Photograph?

The unintended series of What Is Wrong With… articles has proven to be quite popular. Basically what happens is that something catches my eye — even when it is not obvious — and I post it in an article here at The Gate for you to view as I wonder if you see what I see.

Well, it happened again last night as…

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Bagels are Not Supposed to Be Sliced Like This.

You may as well put a pastrami sandwich on white bread slathered with mayonnaise in front of me with a glass of milk to wash it down — or commit the blasphemy of eating a slice a pizza with a knife and fork.

Any self-respecting bagel aficionado would know not to desecrate a bagel by slicing it like this…

…but seriously?

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What is Wrong With This Outback Steakhouse Poster?

I recently dined at a location of Outback Steakhouse, which — despite its name — is a chain of casual restaurants based in the United States; and as I was waiting for my meal to arrive, I was looking around the restaurant and happened to glance at a poster which was hanging on a wall not close to where I was seated.

Now for something travel related: one of my most memorable moments while I was in Australia was when I actually dined out in the real Outback in the centre of the country — or continent — during an experience called…

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Using a Suggestion Box as a Tip Box at Breakfast

As I pored over photographs in preparation for an article pertaining to my recent experience at a hotel property which offered breakfast as part of the room rate, something caught my attention which I did not realize or notice while I was there…

…a small clear acrylic box was on the counter island in the middle of the breakfast area which…

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You May Get a Share of Money From Sonic Drive-In Settlement

You may be eligible for your share of $4,325,000.00 from a class action settlement which was reached in mediation if you are a resident of the United States of America who purchased anything at one of the 325 impacted Sonic Drive-In locations using a credit card or debit card between Friday, April 7, 2017 and Saturday, October 28, 2017…

…but you must…

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Do You Leave a Tip or Gratuity for Taking Out Food From a Restaurant?

When considering flights, getting to your hotel or resort property from the airport, and perhaps preparing for that business meeting the next day, the process of travel can potentially consume an inordinate amount of time — and sometimes renders the option of going to a restaurant to sit down and relax while enjoying a dining experience virtually impossible.

Options can include…

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Shamrock Shakes Have Returned For 2019

The looming arrival of Saint Patrick’s Day means that — for several weeks beforehand and for as long as I can remember — the venerable Shamrock Shake has returned and is currently available for a limited time at select McDonald’s restaurants…

…but…

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Should Breakfast Attendants at Hotels Receive Tips and Gratuities From Guests?

Gratuities and tips have long been controversial with regards to travel and dining — to the point of contentiousness from all sides of the issue, as evidenced by the following articles which I wrote for The Gate over the years…

…but what if you were a paying guest at a hotel property which offered a free continental breakfast buffet — think Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn or Holiday Inn Express as three examples — and you saw a tip jar displayed prominently in the breakfast area during the hours in the morning when breakfast is available? Would you leave a gratuity?

Thinking that this practice is…

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