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Is it rude to pay tips in Iran?

One of my friends, asked me if he could tip the waiter after we had a delicious Kebab :) for dinner, and I was just puzzled since I didn't know the answer. It's totally rare and not common at all to ...
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Bistrot guide for Paris. Is there one online?

I am looking for something simple, where you don't need a reservation, you just walk in, and offers home cooked meals. Is there an online resource that lists this type of restaurants in Paris? I ...
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Name of a monastery/restaurant in Austria

About 3 years ago, I hiked through this village in Austria near its borders with Switzerland and Germany. Unfortunately, neither my friend or I can remember the name of the village. We also ate at a ...
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Trying to find a specific restaurant in Jerusalem

I was in Israel for the first time about 10 years ago. I have a vivid memory of that trip, in which my father took me and my sister to get real Israeli schwarma for the first time and it was sooo ...
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How do I make a reservation with The Fat Duck? [closed]

Their website is mysterious, I believe it is one of the top resturants in the world that every tourist should visit
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Restaurant in Paris decorated in kitchen utensils

What is the name of the restaurant decorated with kitchen utensils, in Paris nearby Porte Maillot and Le Palais des Congrès de Paris?
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10% government tourist tax in Indonesia, what's going on with that?

While traveling in Sumatra & Java, I never seen (or noticed) a 10% government tourist tax. When arriving in Bali, many restaurant (& even homestays) display an additional 10% government ...
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Breakfast places in Munich that open at 6AM or earlier on the weekends?

It seems that visitors should queue as early as 8AM in order to get into the Oktoberfest tents on the weekends without a reservation. This means breakfast must be completed before 7AM to leave enough ...
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Where can I try sea cucumbers in Taiwan?

Apparently sea cucumbers are quite a delicacy in many Asian countries. I was wondering if anyone knows of good places to try sea cucumber in Taiwan, or if there are good places to purchase them?
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Where can I try konoko and konowata in Japan?

Apparently sea cucumbers are quite a delicacy in many Asian countries. I was wondering if anyone knows of good places to try konoko (dried sea cucumber gonads) and konowata (salted intestines) in ...
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Eating alone in London

I am in London this weekend alone. Is there any restaurants that cater specifically for the single eater or have sections for single diners? Although confident, I don't think I am THAT confident to ...
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Tipping for curbside takeout food in the USA

I just saw the "Tipping for takeout food in the USA" question. Curbside takeout was not addressed in any of the answers to that question, so that is why I am asking this question. Many American ...
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Tipping for takeout food in the USA

When I go to a restaurant in the USA and order food for takeout, am I supposed to tip?
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How am I supposed to combine items from Italian restaurant menus?

I'm from the Netherlands, where we would typically have an appetizer (soup or something else) and a main dish (usually some kind of meat, served with fries and vegetables), and when that is finished, ...
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Having a pleasant dining experience in a hotel with a baby?

I am a new parent looking to book a stay in Paris and am worried want a pleasant dining experience that does not endanger my 10 month old. Since the Madeleine McCann story I don't think it is ...
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Authentic (non-touristic) places, where Italians eat, in Verona and Venezia [closed]

I don't like very touristic places, and I don't care about the international renown of a restaurant. I do care about their local renown, since I enjoy to be among the locals. (For instance, I like ...
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Chinatown in Seoul

Is there any kind of Chinatown in Seoul, or at least a place with many authentic Chinese restaurants? According to Wikipedia the only official Chinatown is in Incheon, which is further than I'd like. ...
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Tipping in Europe when paying by credit card?

I've been traveling in Europe for the past few months and I'm still confused about this! In most countries, it seems the common courtesy (according to tipping websites and the locals that I've talked ...
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Can I refuse to pay auto-gratuity in a restaurant?

I got the following receipt at some restaurant in the USA: Can I refuse to pay auto-gratuity, or pay a lower percentage of gratuity, given that it wasn't mentioned on the menu and no restaurant ...
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Eating cat meat as a tourist in Switzerland

I've read that cat meat is eaten in Switzerland. Stop eating cats and dogs say animal rights campaigners in Switzerland cites an animal rights activist saying that it's not legal to sell cat meat ...
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What is the correct way to pay in a restaurant when you get the check in a book?

In German restaurants (at least the less fancy ones) the waiter usually brings you the check and immediately collects the money. In other European countries (e.g. France, Italy, Belgium), the waiter ...
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Tipping in Bucharest

While holidaying in Bucharest I wonder how and when to tip. At the hotel, there is a lady that cleans my room every day, should I tip her? How should I do this? How much should I give her? Sometimes ...
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Scenic restaurant overlooking Washington DC

While planning a trip to Washington DC I was wondering whether there is some restaurant/bar from which you can overlook downtown at sunset/night. An example in Atlanta would be the Sun Dial on top ...
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insider restaurant tip for traditional cuisine in Vienna [closed]

we would like to find a non-touristy place where locals go to, serving Austrian dishes, downtown Vienna
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Indian restaurant in Montevideo

I have a friend who will be visiting Montevideo, Uruguay next month. Her stay in Montevideo would be anything between 6-12 months. She is a pure vegetarian and is extremely concerned with the food ...
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Restaurant rating information in China

I'd like to try to find places to eat in China. In the USA I look on Chowhound, which has a pretty good user base. Is there a similar tool for China? I could use a site like TripAdvisor, but I worry ...
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Sichuan food in Xi'an

Can I find Sichuan food in Xi'an, China? As an English speaker, how can I ensure I am getting authentic food on the menu (is there a "omakase" equivalent)? I don't care much for fancy, or touristy, ...
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Are there any nice restaurants or cafes offering Wi-Fi and power outlets in Lyon?

I am a telecommuter looking for a nice place to work out of in Lyon this week. Do you have any recommendations? What I am looking for is free Wi-Fi, power outlets close to seating and preferably a ...
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Tasting typical Czech cuisine in Prague [closed]

I'll be going to Prague in a few weeks. As usual for my job travels I'm trying also to enjoy the place, and in this case the cuisine. I tried to have a look on wikipedia Czech Cuisine page, and it ...
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Where can I read about the food safety ratings in restaurants in China?

At least here in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia I see posters/signs on the wall of most restaurants that seem to be issued by some government body giving a food safety rating. Only three ratings are ...
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Etiquette of “spitting out” bones etc in China

In China you regularly see restaurant patrons spit out bones and other bits from their soup etc straight onto the table, and you can also read in various places online that this is OK. But is it ...
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How to recognize a good sushi place when abroad?

I like sushi and although I am aware of local influences to a restaurant I prefer genuine cuisine. Sushi has become so popular that it sometimes is hard to find a sushi place with a real sushi chef. ...
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Vegan dining options on Maui

Are any vegan dining options on the island of Maui? I suspect the vast majority of restaurants focus on seafood or something of that sort, but I wanted to see if any locals knew of some hidden vegan ...
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Will bringing your own bottle of wine to a restaurant in France cause bad service?

There is a law in France that states that you can bring your own bottle of wine to a restaurant. The restaurant cannot prevent you from doing this. Thus, you can either bring your favorite wine, or ...
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Monday Silver Anniversary in Texas, need ideas [closed]

So I'm having a hard time where to go for our Silver Wedding Anniversary in or around Texas. I had thought the Hyatt on the Riverwalk in San Antonio might be nice, but I heard restaurants are closed ...
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Is the couvert mandatory or optional in Italy?

I'll be traveling to France and Italy, and a friend of mine said that it's common to pay a tax (? don't know if there is a better word in English) called couvert, and in exchange of that you receive ...
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Kotor Montenegro restaurants

I'm looking for good reputation and not to expensive (max. 20 Euro for two persons for a dinner) restaurants (Fish/Meat + French Fries or something like that maybe pizza?) in Montenegro, Kotor or ...
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Best things to do while in Pittsburgh - Food, historical sites, generally time well spent? [closed]

I will be in Pittsburgh for a meeting and will have a few days to explore the city. I love trying new dining experiences, historical and out-doorsy stuff, and generally anything that makes the city ...
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Restaurants in Leipzig, Germany that offer local food

Personally I'm interested in food and cooking. I'm planning a visit to Leipzig, Germany this summer and I wanted to try some of the local dishes of Germany. What are the most significant dishes in ...
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Tasting typical Icelandic cuisine in Reykjavík

I'll be going to Reykjavík in a few weeks. As usual for my job travels I'm trying also to enjoy the place, and in this case the cuisine. I tried to have a look on wikipedia Reykjavìk page, but it ...
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Trying Hungarian Cuisine in Budapest

I'll be going to Budapest in a few weeks. This is travel for work, and often I get to some place because of my job and then just at the very last minute when I'm there I remember that I want also to ...
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Rooftop restaurant in Santiago, Chile

Rooftop restaurants represent places with less dust as well as giving an overview of larger areas. Santiago has fabulous mountains in the vicinity. Rooftop restaurant are not easy to get by - simply ...
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Typical Norwegian food

I'm going to Norway (Bergen) soon and I want to taste something typical from that nation or from Bergen's region. I was thinking that one of the most typical food was fish, but I'm not sure about it. ...
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How do you choose a restaurant when travelling?

When travelling almost everyone wants to enjoy a local meal. It's part of the travelling experience. If you're not careful, you may end up in an expensive, "extremely" tourist-oriented place, which ...
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Are there any meat substitute restaurants in Taipei?

In my home town (Perth WA) there is a Taiwanese restaurant that has meat items on the menu, but which serves vegetarian meat substitute instead. These meat substitutes are available frozen as in the ...
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Saving leftovers from restaurants in Paris

Doggy bags for saving leftovers in restaurants are extremely common in the USA, especially as portions sizes are usually too large to consume in one meal. But I have read in various forums that it ...
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Tipping in Poland: saying “thank you” when the waiter collects your money

I read that while tipping in Poland is standard, you should not say "thank you" to the waiter when he takes the cash if you are expecting change. Otherwise, he will assume that the amount overpaid is ...
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Tipping in NYC restaurants

I've been told that in New York City, no less than 20% tip is expected in a restaurant. I've always thought you could tip anywhere from 10-20% in a restaurant depending on service quality. Is 20% ...
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Inexpensive eating-out food in western Europe

In Asian cities (including modern/first-world cities such as Singapore), there are a lot of food centers which sell decent, but very inexpensive food. For example, in Singapore they are called Hawker ...
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Should I tip in restaurants in Turkey?

I will be in Istanbul for a week. Do I have to tip in restaurants or not?