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Dear Hosts/Hostesses, Please Learn This Simple Rule.

I'm not the kind of person who minds waiting for a table at places like this. I understand that small restaurants can't always take reservations as it eats into their already slim bottom line. I get it, and I'm happy to go along with it, but if there is one rule a host/hostess should be required to learn it's this: it is always better to overestimate wait times than to underestimate. Always. More

Rant: Enough With The Truffle Oil Already

For some reason, back in the '90s, truffle oil became an acceptable—even desirable—ingredient for chefs to use. Coming in at a fraction of the cost of real truffles (which vary year to year, but generally run in the thousands-of-dollars-per-ounce range), it seemed like an easy way to add some truffle aroma to an otherwise boring dish. But here's the truth: It's no good. More

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