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Confessions of a NYC Restaurant Waiter

NYC restaurant waiter

What’s it really like to work at a hip NYC restaurant? A server dishes the dirt.

“Some people are so impatient: one lady poked me in the hand with a fork while I was taking another order because she thought her food was taking too long.”

“Please don’t ask for a more desirable table. I get that you weren’t allowed to sit at the cool table in high school, but it’s only a table. Just sit down.”

“I’ve never seen a server spit in someone’s food, no matter how much the customer deserves it. It’s just not worth it.”

Photo by Corbis Flirt / Alamy

Crowdsourcing: What to Do When You're Near the Arc de Triomphe, Paris


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The Arc de Triomph is worth the climb to the top for prime views of Paris. We asked true travel pros what to do nearby. Want to share your expertise? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.

“Shop for antique lamps at Philippe de Beauvais (112 Blvd. de Courcelles), seen in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.” —Neil Jaehnert, via Facebook

Plaza Athénée has five amazing restaurants (Alain Ducasse is the executive chef).” —Yaron Yarimi, via Twitter

“Even non-pilots can play poker at the private Aviation Club de France (104 Ave. des Champs-Élysées), for a fee.” —Leslie Grandy, via Facebook

“Eat oysters on the terrace at Marius et Janette (4 Ave. George V).” —Dominique Couturier-Heller, via Facebook

“Parc Monceau is the perfect place for a stroll. Don’t miss the gilded gates.” —Lindsey Tramuta, via Twitter

“You can rub elbows with diplomats at Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris’s Purple Bar (51/57 Rue de Courcelles).” —Meg Towner, via Facebook

T+L Editors' Favorite Trips of 2012

T+L Editors' Favorite Trips of 2012: Lindsay Olander

Ever wonder what travel editors do on vacation? Get the scoop on the moments that resonated most with the T+L staff in 2012—and see photos of us on location. Happy holidays, and here's to more travel for everyone in 2013!

Photo courtesy of Lindsey Olander

Upcoming SFJAZZ Center Sparks Restaurant Openings

SFJAZZ Center

Attention San Francsico foodies: a wave of new restaurants is hitting Hayes Valley in time for the opening of the neighborhood’s $60 million SFJAZZ Center (pictured), slated for January 2013. Dobbs Ferry is a new bistro that marries West Coast cuisine with old school, small-town New York style. (Owners Scott Broccoli and Danny Sterling hail from Dobbs Ferry, New York and the restaurant pays homage to their East Coast roots).

Schulzies bread pudding

Thai classics are served up at Lers Ros, which has a robust menu featuring unexpected dishes, like garlic frog and chicken entrails with basil. Classic cocktails and seasonal-inspired small plates are the rage at Two Sisters Bar and Books. For the area’s best bread pudding, Schulzies (pictured), an outpost of the Venice location, is a must: the bread bar offers 108 different flavors of the dessert. 


Photos courtesy of Mark Cavagnero Associates and Schulzies 

Crowdsourcing: What to Do When You're Near the Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul


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The sixth-century Hagia Sophia (a basilica turned mosque turned museum) retains its jaw-dropping 180-foot dome. We asked true travel pros what to do nearby. Want to share your expertise? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.

“The most authentic Ottoman cuisine can be found at Matbah (6 Caferiye Sk.; $$), where you can eat on a terrace and look out to Topkapi Palace.” —Mine Demiroren, via Facebook

“Have a rooftop drink at Seven Hills Hotel ($$) for views of boats in the Bosporus and close-ups of Hagia Sophia.” —@mrbaileynyc

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Twitterature: Super-Short Travel Stories

Super-Short Travel Story: Dani Shapiro

Social media is a riot of snippets, photos, and links. But where are the real stories? We challenged five T+L wordsmiths to tell a pithy travel tale in just 140 characters. Read the results—and submit your own.

Henry Alford (@henryalford): Visited Campari factory outside Milan to determine once and for all whether the aperitif’s main ingredient is cinnamon gift soap. #TLStory

Peter Jon Lindberg (@peterjlindberg): Paddling Zambezi in 2-man canoe. Sunlight glints; hippos grunt. 18-ft croc slinks under boat. Paul (guide) not talking. Um…Paul? #TLStory

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TODAY Show Video: 6 Travel Etiquette Rules

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Expert advice for what to do when you face unruly kids on a place, noisy hotel room neighbors, and other dilemmas on the road.

1. What do you do when there is a shared armrest on your flight?

A. Airplane etiquette says that the middle-seat passenger has rights to both inner armrests. If you think about it, it makes sense—aisle and window passengers are guaranteed at least one armrest.

Related: America’s Rudest Cities

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Weather Channel Video: Weekend Getaways From San Francisco

Travel + Leisure's Sarah Spagnolo presents easy weekend getaways from San Francisco on the Weather Channel's Wake Up and Go.

1. EMERGING FOOD SCENE: Oakland, California

A now-thriving restaurant scene has put this East Bay City—just a 20-minute drive across the bridge from San Francisco—on the traveler’s map. WHERE TO STAY The Waterfront Hotel, a 143-room property right on the marina, with a heated pool, weekday wine and cheese hour, and a fireplace and balcony in every room. PRICE $149 a night. BOOK NOW 

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PhoCusWright "Young Leaders" Q+A Series: Ruzwana Bashir of Peek.com

Ruzwana Bashir

At last month’s PhoCusWright Conference, the travel tech industry’s much-anticipated annual event, some of the most exciting, buzz-worthy attendees were the wunderkinds behind travel start-ups and high-profile online products. Travel + Leisure sat down with select Millennial entrepreneurs—or maybe a better moniker is disruptors?—shaping the next generation of Travel:

Ruzwana Bashir, the British-born 29-year-old co-founder of Peek.com, is part of the exclusive club of PhoCusWright “Young Leaders.” In October of this year, she launched a new website that provides an attractive, centralized place to book vacation activities. It also highlights “Perfect Day” itineraries supplied by travel insiders, luminaries, and in-the-know locals.

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Travel + Leisure Tweet-Up Tomorrow: Dishing on Food and Travel

Adam Sachs

As travelers, we love to discover new places, new people, and especially new food! Satisfying your appetite in a new locale can make for some delectable memories, whether you're craving an epicurean feast or hoping to eat like a local. So where to eat next? We’ve assembled a top-notch panel of celebrity chefs and culinary experts to dish on their favorite restaurants, the industry’s hottest trends, and what they’re craving now.

The tweet-up will take place Wednesday, December 5, from 2–3 p.m. ET.

The Host
Adam Sachs (pictured), Travel + Leisure contributing editor (@sachsmo)

The Panel
Mario Batali, chef, TV personality, cookbook author (@Mariobatali)

Andrew Carmellini, chef and co-owner of Locanda Verde and The Dutch, NYC (@andrecarmellini)

Mitchell Davis, cookbook author, radio host, executive VP of the James Beard Foundation (@kitchensense)

Kat Kinsman, managing editor for CNN's food blog, Eatocracy (@kittenwithawhip)

Debi Mazar, actress, and her husband, Gabriele Corcos, stars of the Cooking Channel's "Extra Virgin" (@debimazar; @TheTuscanGun)

Nilou Motamed, Travel + Leisure features director and senior correspondent (@niloumotamed)

Daniel Patterson, chef, Coi, San Francisco (@dcpatterson)

Marcus Samuelsson, chef and co-owner at Red Rooster, author of Yes, Chef (@MarcusCooks)

How does it work?
1. Log in to Twitter any time from 2–3 p.m. EDT and be sure to follow the chat host: @TravlandLeisure
2. Use the hashtag #TL_Chat to follow.
3. To keep up with the chat in real time, head over to tweetchat.com/room/TL_Chat
4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own answers to our questions! Or ask your own questions! Take advantage of this special access to this fab panel and get some expert food and travel advice.

Photo by Peter Jon Lindberg

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