Dining Poll: Tipping on Expensive Wine

I like to order a bottle of wine (or two!) when dining out. The wines I order tend to hover around the $200 or less mark. I often wonder, though, if you order a super-spendy bottle of wine, do you — or should you — calculate your 20% tip on the total, even though it takes roughly the same level of service to pour a $100 bottle of wine as it does a $1,000 bottle? Share your thoughts in our poll.


Pollan’s Rules for Sustainable Dining; Apply to Be the Next Village Voice Restaurant Critic + More

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Take a lesson from Lane Meyer; try using music to soothe your first-date nerves when dining out.

Dining news from around the web and the world…

* Sustainable supping. Michael Pollan’s rules for visiting restaurants. [The Telegraph]

* Eating out like an expert. Use these 12 insider tips to dine like a pro. [ABC News]

* Are first dates at restaurants the worst dates? Body language experts suggest just that. [Daily Mail]

* No kidding. A writer expounds on the pleasures of dining at a restaurant that has banned the 12-and-under set. [PeopleDaily.com]

* Seeking critic-al acclaim? Apply to be the Village Voice’s next restaurant critic. [Poynter.org]

* Don’t get fooled again. Tips for checking your check. [DeccanChronicle.comContinue Reading

App for Dining with Allergies; Bad Food Trends; Five Diamond Restaurants + More

Eatible can tell allergy sufferers which foods are edible.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Worried about food allergies when dining out? There’s an app for that. [PC News]

* Age matters. When it comes to visiting restaurants, anyway. Older folks eat out more than young adults. [Consumerist]

* Five bad food trends. Courtesy of the curmudgeonly Josh Ozersky. [Time]

* Ten neither good nor bad menu trends. Change is afoot in the coming year. [IntheCapital.com]

* A woman’s place is in the restaurant kitchen. But it isn’t always easy. [ClarionLedger.com]

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* So that’s why I’m a good tipper! Rich diners don’t care about wages for restaurant workers. I, being un-rich, do. [AOL Jobs]

* Will an American ever win the Bocuse d’Or? Chef Paul Bocuse can dream. [WSJ]

* Fighting the flu with a new fork. Touchless cutlery is helping diners fend off illness. [11alive.com]Continue Reading

Trash on the Tasting Menu; $2K Dish of Pasta; Deceptive Calorie Counts + More

The only way I could afford to order a $2,000 plate of pasta is if it came with a side of $1,970.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* One man’s trash is another man’s tasting menu. Ingredients that would have wound up on the compost heap are being heaped onto diners’ plates. [Washington Post]

* A pasta dish that’s seriously rich. And at $2,000 a plate, it ought to be. [NYPost]

* Counting calories? You may not want to count on the posted counts at restaurants. [ABC News]

* Food allergies are nothing to sneeze at. Find out how to dine out without falling ill. [TimesFreePress.com]

* Iron man. Salt Lake City chef Viet Pham of Forage defeated Bobby Flay on Iron Chef. [Standard-Examiner.com]

* Worst. Tip. Ever. A disgruntled taxpayer passes the buck to a server. [Gawker]