Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's a pork fat thing

Ramen has always been a great comfort meal for me. Nothing beats noodles drenched in a pork broth garnished with stewed pork. Santouka is doing it right by serving a very hearty and rich Ramen. And the chashu is phenomenal. As Emeril says, "it's a pork fat thing."

Speaking of Emeril, where's that guy been these days? He used to be on Food Network 24/7. The younger personalities seemed to have pushed him aside. What's up with that? Say what you will about Emeril, but he made Food Network what it is today.

Inside Mitsuwa Marketplace
3760 S. Centinela Ave.


What are we tipping at restaurants these days? 15%? 20% Has the recent economic recession changed our usual tipping habits? Do we leave no tip when the service is bad? Do we ever put money in tip jars at Starbucks?

As a rule of thumb, I generally tip in the 20-25% range. Service is bad, I still leave a minimum of 15%.

And sometimes when they have me sign my receipt with a pen with a large plastic flower on it, I find myself conflicted on how much I tip I should leave.