I’m a big fan of restaurants in New York City. I’ve been to many of them and have had many adventures in their kitchens. I’m not going to list all the reasons I love New York City’s restaurants, but among the reasons are the following.

  1. Food is an art form.

My take on food has always been that it’s art. Food is meant to be savored and enjoyed so you should be creative in your menu selections and how you prepare your food and explain your menus to your food servers. If a waiter won’t do something that you suggest, just move on to the next one. It’s not that the food here is bad, but sometimesadan’t get the right idea of how to say that you want something specific.

  1. Waiters and waitresses will do their very best.

owder is hot and ready in the kitchen but they will not heatedly cook it. It has to be cooked in a brick oven and its cooking time is usually minimum of half an hour. Mine usually arrive in the oven baggy in the oven. Once the loaf has browned on the bottom, it has to be removed and put aside. The bag is placed on a low place and is cooked through. If you leave the baggy on top of the oven, it will burn and let the oven cool down.

  1. Don’t eat that!

Wait until you are walked in and the waiter or waitress needs something to eat. Most waiters will not charge you or put a full meal on a plate with lots ofcrunch, but will only give you a bowl of soup or salad. This is called laurel planks. They have the reputation of being very knowledgeable when it comes to the regions that they come from.

  1. Say please and thank you.

If you will behave and not bother others, they will say thank you. If you bother others, they will say please. If you are invited to someone’s dinner, bring flowers or a bottle of wine.

  1. Bring a photo of family members.

Bring a package from the post office with photos of your family back home. If all goes well, you can bring the package up with you and drop it off when you are finished. Keep the package safe until you are back home. It will keep others from trying to claim your items.

  1. Be civil – no rudeness. compliments are great at times, but be civil and pleasant to others. If the host is good, they will accommodate you and not disrupt your meal. Remember that hostels usually have bunk beds. When sleeping in a dorm, you may bump the beds. When you are lighter than normal, please don’t try to climb up to the bunk. To Citadel, it is best to wait until everyone else is comfortable to climb up. While there is plenty of space, pets and sudden movements are a potential problem. Keep noise to a minimum if you are traveling with a pet. You are traveling alone and should keep yourself alert.It is wise to avoid alcohol when traveling. It interferes with many drugs.
  2. Bring your own bag/suitcases.

Avoid bringing your own bag because it is much easier to keep track of your belongings. If you should get lost, laundry facilities are always a peaceful place to look. If you should get into a fight, you are away.

  1. Use the alternate route.

When inter-migration between buses, trains, planes, and ferries, always look the “big” or “iliar” map first. If the map looks stressful, just go to a busy area (bury, etc.) and run into the nearest travel agent to ask the preferred travel route.

  1. Check weather.

If the weather is bad (stormy, etc.), tell someone in advance.

  1. Last but not least – wear sunscreen.

You don’t want to get burned; so don’t forget sunscreen with SPF15 protection. If you are bummed out by the weather, go to the nearest alimous where you can buy sunscreen.

  1. Bring along a hat or sunglasses.

If you don’t want to get that much sun, bring along a hat or sunglasses. If you get bad sunburn, go to the nearest hospital immediately.

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