Monthly Archives: October 2008

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Waiter Rant Habla Espanol!

I’m very happy to announce that the worldwide Spanish language rights for Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip – Confessions of a Cynical Waiter have been purchased by Debolsillo: Random House Mondadori, S.A. of Barcelona, Spain. Many thanks to the good people at Debolsillo and

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Being Recognized

Nature can be quite cruel to men. As we age, the hair that used to be on our heads begins emigrating to other parts of our body. In a sort of perverted second puberty, men start finding little tufts of hair sprouting where none had

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We All Scream for Ice Cream!

After you read this article, you’ll realize that sputum in the food is the least of a misbehaving diner’s worries. (Note: I do not condone this behavior.) ) Yuk!

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Dear Prime Minister,

Many waiters, especially in these tense economic times, need every tip they can get. Unfortunately, tourists from foreign countries, unaware of American tipping customs, frequently forget to leave their server a gratuity. Martin, a server from Raleigh, North Carolina, and was recently stiffed by a

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Teenage Lettuce

After watching the Oprah Winfrey Show, my parents and I decide to eat at one of my favorite haunts – The Settlers Inn in Hawley, Pennsylvania. Decorated with mission style furniture, the restaurant is located in the dining room of a small hotel that’s reminiscent

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I was on Oprah! How’d that happen?

Seeing myself on Oprah was, to put it mildly, a surreal experience. I’m sure Dr. Forni and the other guests who were on the set felt the same way. What you can’t see, however, is how badly I was busting to take a leak after

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Oprah!

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show this Wednesday, October 15th! The show is titled “Are You Rude? Take the Test!” and I’ll be on stage with Oprah discussing the finer points of restaurant etiquette gleaned from my

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Bruni Interview and The NY City Food & Wine Fesitival.

Frank Bruni, the food critic for the NY Times, interviewed me for an article in his Critic’s Notebook titled Old Gender Roles with Your Dinner? Basically the article is about how male and female diners are treated differently in restaurants. I am quoted as saying, “Men

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Eagle Eye

(Possible Spoiler Alert!) It’s ten o’clock at night and I’m leaving the movie theater with my friend Mike. It’s Mike’s 37th birthday so I liberated him from his wife and infant son and took him out for beers and a movie. After consuming greasy man

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Wondrous & Strange

I often buy things for myself out of shame. I bought a new couch only when it became obvious that my musty, sagging, slip covered old one was about to achieve sentience. When I realized that I’d be in public promoting my book I finally