More Posts On: Dining, Food and Drink

Earn Triple World of Hyatt Points by Dining in Restaurants 2020 at Participating Hotel Properties

You can earn triple World of Hyatt points on eligible charges for purchases of food and beverages at participating restaurants at 401 Hyatt hotel and resort properties worldwide through Thursday, October 8, 2020 — even though you are not staying as a guest at the hotel or resort property for the night — when you choose the options of dining in, delivery or takeout…

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The Oldest Restaurants In the World By Country — and Their Signature Dishes

Restaurants have been both an integral part of our society and a cultural treasure for centuries. They represent culinary respites from our hectic everyday lives, with a person serving you for a change after doing what the rest of the world wants and needs all day long. They offer comfort with familiar fare that has been handed down through the generations — or an adventure with trendy dishes to excite your palate with a palette of unique ingredients and exotic flavors, resulting in interestingly new taste sensations to elevate the overall dining experience.

Most of all, restaurants offer the opportunity…

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Irritating: The One Time Exception When You Did Everything Correctly

I have been noticing a slow return of the “one-time exception” — you know, through which the customer service person is letting you know that even though what you want is against the policy set forth by the company, they are being generous enough to grant you an exception and give to you what you are seeking.

That can be irritating enough when you committed a mistake or an error on your part — but it is even worse when you have done everything correctly.

As an example, I had an experience with…

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Review: Restaurant Al Fassia Gueliz in Marrakech, Morocco

Deciding to break a cardinal rule when traveling due to limited time while hungry, I asked an agent who was behind the front desk at the hotel property where I was staying for a recommendation to dine at a restaurant which served traditional Moroccan cuisine; and among the recommendations was Restaurant Al Fassia Gueliz.

The recommendation sounded good enough to me, so I…

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Extended: 3 Extra Months Free With Discounted Priority Pass Annual Membership — Save Up to 25 Percent

As an extension of this offer which first became available almost two months ago, if you are looking forward to traveling again once the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic subsides and you want access to lounges at airports once again, you are in luck: you can save up to 25 percent on Priority Pass off of your first year of membership — depending on which of three plans you choose — to enjoy access to the sanctuary of greater than 1,300 lounges and restaurants at airports around the world regardless of airline flown or class of ticket; and as an added incentive, you can enjoy three extra months of membership at no extra charge regardless of which of the three plans you choose…

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Are Restaurants Saving Money by Withholding Items From Your Order — and Other Potentially Shady Business Practices?

No one disputes that the businesses of restaurants and other dining establishments suffered substantially as a result of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — to the point where they temporarily closed and had to rely on creative options to keep the trickle of money coming in; and some had permanently closed altogether — but are some of those creative options designed to deceive and cheat you out of your money?

An increasing number of restaurants across the United States have started to engage in adding a mandatory surcharge to the bills of dining patrons — with a markup by as much as 26 percent — in an attempt to recoup their financial losses due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Rather than raise menu prices, these establishments keep their menu prices artificially low to remain competitive and fool customers into thinking that their total bill will be a lower cost — until the surcharge is added; and unexpectedly in some cases.

The practice of adding a surcharge of an arbitrary amount to the final bill may be perceived and considered as a deceptive business practice — but are restaurants purposely engaging in another type of fraudulent activity by purposely leaving an item or two out of the orders of their customers?

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Earn 1,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points June 2020 by Dining as a New Member

You can earn 1,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points when you sign up as a new member of the IHG Rewards Club Dining program, register either a valid credit card or debit card, and spend a minimum of $30.00 — including tax and tip — on your first participating restaurant, bar, or club visit within your first 30 days…

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Watch Out: Some Restaurants Add a Mandatory Coronavirus Surcharge to Your Bill

“New mandatory ‘COVID-19 restaurant surcharges’ (google it) are also popping up in food establishments with in the USA. If you eat out make sure you check the bottom of your receipt to see if they tacked it on. I’m sure in the future many places hotels, restaurants, salons, rentals etc will all try to tack on something extra, it could be the new norm for a while as they try to catch up and recover.”

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One Example of Why a Pandemic is Not the Time to Lose Customers

A friend of mine invited me to have pizza with him for lunch at one of our favorite pizzerias earlier today — we have not dined on a pizza from there in a long time — but instead had Chinese food due to a policy which did not seem logical.

The restrictions which were in place due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic had been relaxed by the state government; and this particular pizzeria could have opened its dining area inside with suggested distancing techniques which would have complied with the law — plus, we had no problem with ordering to take a pizza out in case the dining area was not open to the public, as most other restaurants have already done during the pandemic — so we did not think about calling ahead to find out exactly what policy was in place.

When we arrived, however, we found…

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