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While many diners are now getting their restaurant fix through takeout and delivery options due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tripadvisor took a look back at pre-COVID data to make its list of the trendiest cuisine of 2020. The list provides insight into what the top food trends and restaurants were prior to the the virus. Open Restaurants: A Look Inside and Outside Reopened Eateries Across the US To come up with its list of the trendiest cuisine, Tripadvisor looked through a full year of reviews, prior to the coronavirus. The travel site came up with a list of restaurants that were given consistently high ratings by diners from around the world.
The coronavirus pandemic has majorly changed the lives of foodies. Gone are the days of restaurants packed to the brim and bars bustling with people. Instead, there are socially distanced tables, health and safety precautions and lower capacities. That means that tipping, an integral part of dining out in America, has also changed. To find out how to tip right now, we spoke with two etiquette experts, Jodi Smith of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting, and Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette and culture expert.
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© Bignai/Shutterstock Coronavirus Etiquette: How to Tip When Dining Out
Arriving to a party empty-handed
It’s almost always a good idea to bring a small token of appreciation if you’ve been invited over to a friend’s house for game night, to a housewarming party or even to a simple backyard barbecue. What you bring should depend on the occasion. For a casual dinner party, a six-pack of beer is totally appropriate. Flowers are also a great gift for any host, especially if it’s a bouquet with a special meaning.
Asking prying questions
You may genuinely want grandkids or think it’s innocent to ask someone why they’re a server when they hold a college degree, but there are some questions you may not even realize are rude. Think about the implications of your query before starting a potentially touchy topic of conversation.
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Everyone has their bad days, but it’s important to recognize if you’re constantly belittling others, getting angry and talking short with people. Treat others the way you want to be treated. That means you should greet others with a smile, be thankful when others help you out and have a positive attitude on life. If you need help, there are a lot of tips and tricks for being a kinder person.
Sure, you can easily text someone to let them know you’re running 20 minutes behind — but that doesn’t mean you should allow yourself the opportunity to run 20 minutes behind. If you promise to be somewhere at 1 p.m., make it your duty to be there at 1 p.m. Lateness is definitely one of the habits you should break long before you turn 40.
Failing to introduce someone
You may not think much of introducing someone when making small talk, but it’s an important life skill. Think about it: You’re talking to a friend. Another person walks up and you ask how they’ve been. That person says great, you say great, and then they’re on their way. The first friend just got a dose of what it feels like to be Mr. or Ms. Unimportant, so make introductions. It’s an easy way to be more polite.
Forgetting to RSVP
So much of party planning comes down to the numbers, from table settings to catering menus to the number of chairs. To be the best-ever guest, you’ll want to give a prompt response — that means within a matter of a few days — to allow your host and their vendors as much time as possible to make arrangements.
Forgetting to say please and thank you
Of all of the manners you should teach your children, reminding them (and yourself) to say “please” and “thank you” is important. Whenever you ask for a favor or whenever someone extends a small but kind gesture, throw these phrases out. People like to be appreciated, even in this tiny way.
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Gossiping about other people really says more about you than it does about them. There are plenty of good reasons why you should stop gossiping. This habit breeds negativity, can hurt others’ feelings and can even have real repercussions on you in the workplace.
Part of being a good conversationalist is knowing when to stop talking and when to listen instead. Focus on active listening, which means hearing what another person has to say without worrying about your response and listening until your conversation partner has come to a natural stopping point. This is just one of the best ways to build better relationships.
Stiffing a server
There’s an art to tipping, but a general guideline is that when you are at a sit-down restaurant, you tip your server 20% of the pre-tax check. Something that is not OK? Giving your server no tip. Whether or not you like them, tips are an important part of a server’s income. So no matter how bad the service is, you should give at least 15%. Not doing so is one of the worst things you can do at a restaurant.
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How about them apples? Hard ciders, like hard seltzers and canned cocktails, have benefitted from the craft beer boom of the early 2000s. Credit the expanded taste buds of consumers and the ingenuity of small-batch brewers. There's a veritable orchard of hard cider options out there, though some of them can taste sickly sweet. We taste-tested the latest and (sometimes) greatest hard ciders on the market and made a few important discoveries. Tip #1: Seek out freshness. Scan the label for the words “pressed from fresh apples.” Of the 20-plus hard ciders we sampled, the brands that were made from fresh apples, not concentrate, tasted the most like a fine champagne. Testers noted that the concentrate-derived kind had a cloying, headache-inducing sweetness. Tip #2: Avoid added sugars. Cider labels aren’t required by federal regulations to list nutritional info, so many don’t. But it’s not unusual for a mass-market brand to have 19 to 24 grams of sugar in 12 ounces. (That’s the amount in three plain doughnuts.) Among ciders that list ingredients, look for ones without added sugars (e.g., sucrose). Tip #3: Dodge a calorie hangover. Our analysis found that larger producers’ brews have about 200 calories per serving. “For a dry, high-alcohol cider, more calories come from alcohol than sugar,” says Gary Williamson, food scientist at University of Leeds. So sip hard cider like a good wine instead of knocking it back like a sixer of light beer. These six will get you well on your way to better-tasting cider worth savoring.
Talking about just yourself
The easiest way to become a pro at small talk? Learn how to listen. Everyone likes to talk about themselves, but when you’re engaged in a pleasant conversation, don’t forget to ask your conversation partner plenty of questions and listen to their answers. You never know what you may learn about another person.
Talking with your mouth full
Most people are taught not to speak with one’s mouth full from a young age, and it’s something that should never be forgotten. Even if someone has asked you a question and you’re desperate to answer but you’ve got your mouth full, finish what you’re eating before you reply. Doing otherwise would make you a victim to one of the most common table etiquette mistakes.
Texting while in the company of others
No matter how entertaining that text or funny that tweet is, resist the urge to check your phone during a real-life conversation with someone. If you happen to be expecting an important call, let the people around you know before you start your evening and only check your cellphone when absolutely necessary. Making sure that you’re paying attention to those you are with is just one of the many phone etiquette rules you need to know.
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The guidelines for tipping have totally changed during the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re going out to eat, heading to the cafe to grab a latte to go or even just getting a bagel around the corner, be prepared to tip well — very, very well.
“I want you to tip to the point of pain. [Servers] are really putting themselves in harm’s way for our enjoyment. You want to tip as much as you can,” Smith said. “Tipping guidelines are going by the wayside. I am tipping on things I normally wouldn’t tip on. Someone handing me a bagel, not even a bagel sandwich, I wouldn’t normally tip on that. Now, I tip almost as much as the bagel costs. These people are working hard just to make our lives a little bit easier during this crazy time.”
What's the "point of pain?" Schweitzer advises that "25 to 30% is the new 15 to 20%" for servers during sit-down meals. “Right now, during COVID, every server is taking triple if not quadruple precautions to avoid spreading the virus. They are sanitizing everything, making sure enteroviral precautions are being taken,” she said. “They’re also putting themselves out in the public to serve us. In addition to subjecting themselves to the viral environment, they’re exposing their families.”
Tipping doesn’t only apply to sit-down dining services. “In the past, we have only tipped servers. We have not tipped people who do carryout or people when we do pickup,” Schweitzer said. “That has changed also. We need to tip those people because they are taking all the precautions.” So, yes, even if you are running to your favorite local Chinese place to get pickup, add an extra 15% to 20%.
How much should you tip everyone else? Schweitzer recommends tipping baristas at your local cafe at least $1 per drink, tipping bartenders 20% or more, and tipping your takeout or curbside pickup staff 15% to 20%. How much you should be tipping is just one way etiquette for dining out has changed in the age of coronavirus.
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