Tuesday, November 15, 2011


  • Show up on time.
  • Show up with something.
  • Don't pile up your plate, you can always go back for more.
  • Don't yell, "I want some dark meat".
  • Offer to help but don't insist.
  • If you're hosting, don't treat your guests like the help. 
  • Spare your guests from endless recipe secrets, e.g. "I rubbed the bird with roasted bourbon buttered salt." If they ask, do tell.
  • Be grateful and gracious even if your dinner has as much taste as the illustration above.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


“I can’t believe it when perfect strangers come up and touch my baby,” a new mother told us. She understands how people find babies cute and cuddly but touching is a no-no.

• If you know the baby’s parents, offer to wash your hands first before asking, and you should, if you can hold the baby.

• If you’re the parent, there’s nothing wrong with you offering a sanitizer or suggesting that someone wash their hands.

• If you happen to see a cute baby, no need to put your face in the carriage or stroller, and there’s never a need for you to touch the baby’s cheeks or hands. Do so at your own risk.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


These straws are a bit fat, imagine the slender, red elegant ones.
I never really know what to do with straws in cocktails because I usually drink wine. But, tonight I had a Lillet (Okay, two.) with my friend, Tom. It came in a wine glass on the rocks with a slice of orange and two skinny straws.

“Should we use the straws?” I asked. My inclination was to use it as a stirrer, not that anything needed stirring because I wasn’t going to add the orange and poke the juices out of it in my glass.

We sipped our drinks with the straws. Nice and it was a great way to avoid a bunch of ice slapping upside my upper lip. It’s fine to use a straw even if it’s not a mixed cocktail with an umbrella. If you don’t want to use one, take it out of the glass and place it on the cocktail napkin. But once you’ve decided to not use a straw, no picking it up and chewing on it or digging around in your mouth. Cheers!