More Posts On: Dining, Food and Drink

Is Profiting From a Per Diem Considered Unethical?

If your company pays you what is known as a per diem — which is typically a fixed allowance or payment for certain expenses per day — every time you travel, is profiting from it considered unethical?

One example is when…

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Fast Food Brought Into the Premium Class Cabin: Is This Really a Controversy?

“On my recent flight from Santiago to LHR in First I was surprised to see that 1A came on board with a box of McDonald’s chicken nuggets which he then proceeded to eat with his pre-departure LP champagne. The crew seemed a little taken aback too (some eye rolling in the galley and an amused ‘Shall I take that for you now sir?’ as soon as the food had been consumed).”

The scenario which you just read was…

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An Interesting Conversation About Tipping at a Restaurant Pick-Up Counter

The meal had already been paid via the Internet; so all I had to do was head on over to the restaurant to pick it up. This particular restaurant is located near where I am based. Whether I dine in or take the food out to bring home, my experiences there are generally good; and the customer service recovery is usually at least satisfactory whenever an issue arises.

When I arrived at the restaurant slightly earlier than when the food was supposed to be ready, I walked over to the counter where the food is picked up to take out…

…and after waiting at that unmanned counter for approximately seven minutes…

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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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