Why is it that the best restaurants are always French or Italian and you have to be able to speak those languages to order? Some restaurants, usually in tourist areas of foreign cities, will supply an English menu, or you may find and English translation in smaller type ... Read More »
Japan was closed to the West for many years before the middle of the nineteenth century, and it remains a uniquely individual culture. Travelers for both business and pleasure should learn a few points of protocol before visiting Japan, as this will add greatly to the success ... Read More »
When my husband and I arrived in Healdsburg eight years ago, we rented a house in town and I often rode my bike to the Downtown Bakery for coffee. Among the group of regulars who gathered in front of the bakery was a man I noticed because he ... Read More »
With the anticipation of every trip comes the stress of packing for that trip. If ever a saying were true, it’s this one: Less is more. If you’ve read my book, A Traveler’s Passport to Etiquette, you’ll know the No. 1 rule for packing is to pack lightly ... Read More »
Do You Talk or Text?
Like many of the X generation, my sister and I shared three-course dinners with our parents nightly, and during that meal, we talked. My parents asked us questions such as: How was your day? Was your science test hard? How’s your ... Read More »
Food trucks are the newest urban dining trend. They are everywhere these days, in business districts and neighborhoods, in front of art show openings and concerts, at farmers markets, and in parks and parking lots for regularly scheduled food-truck nights. Food-truck grazing is a great, casual, and often ... Read More »
One of my favorite quotes is from a literary critic named Will Cuppy, who said, “Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.” Thank-you notes show that you are respectful, they make you look good, and they are absolutely necessary! If ... Read More »
I have written a book on travel etiquette, but unfortunately, many people have not read it, and many more people are not aware of the ABC’s of travel.
Enroute to Arizona last month, I boarded a Southwest flight and was seated in section A. Travel warriors ... Read More »
For a forty-something female (ok, I turned 50 this week), I would bet that I’ve had more nonelective surgeries than most people my age. It’s funny, though—surgery does not scare me. It never has. I have always loved my doctors, and I regard general anesthesia as a ... Read More »
Learn the right things to say to get the item you want at the best possible price.
There are certain rules of etiquette that should be respected when shopping for antiques at flea markets, garage sales, antiques stores, and market stalls.
Antiquing is ... Read More »