Etiquette For Waiters In Restaurants

By Adriana Noton

Perfectly good dining experiences at restaurants can be ruined by a few ill thought out actions by waiters. Some things should always be done by servers and some should never be done. To most diners, these things seem obvious. But to a lot of waiters they go by the wayside. Here are a few basics that every waiter should know.

To begin with, you should never bother the patrons by standing around their tables when they are trying to eat. After the food has been served, wait a few minutes and then go check to make sure everything is satisfactory. Then leave them alone to eat in peace. If they need you for anything, they will try to get your attention. So keep an eye on everyone in case somebody is trying to get your attention.

If patrons are having a tough time deciding what to order, don't hassle them or pressure them. Ask if they need some more time and then let them be. Wait a few minutes before coming back. Never sigh or act irritated if they don't order right away. A few extra minutes for them to select the right thing is not going to hurt anyone.

Should a restaurant customer happen to have a complaint, always apologize even if you didn't do anything. Do not make excuses or try to blame them. Say that you are sorry for the inconvenience and that you will fix the problem. If you are not able to solve the problem, get someone who can right away.

Another important topic concerning waiters is removing plates. It is downright shocking how many waiters magically appear the moment a patron's fork touches the last piece of food. Before they even have a chance to chew that final bite, the dishes are scooped up and whisked away. This can make the customer feel as though you have been counting down the seconds until they finished so that they can leave. Not good.

Another note about dishes is this: do not, I repeat, DO NOT remove one person's plates if another person is still eating. This is one of the most basic concepts and yet it is shocking how many waiters still do this. Removing one person's plate sends the message that it is time to finish eating. It makes the person who is still eating feel uncomfortable, especially if he or she is the only one.

There are other things that should be obvious, yet still we see in restaurants every day. Don't shout or point at a customer. Do not play with your hair, chew gum or argue with other staff where customers can hear you. Don't smoke cigarettes where they can see you. Never touch a patron or handle any of their personal property. And under no circumstances should you tell a customer that you cannot wait until it is time to go home. And for crying out loud, refrain from asking for tips or counting them in view of the guests.

As for the dos: do be well groomed at all times. Dress nicely and make sure your shirt is tucked in and tie is straight. Always be polite and give the guests a smile. Thank them for dining at your establishment and say it so that it seems like you mean it. Even if you don't. - 30817

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Popular Accommodations For The 2010 Winter Games

By Adriana Noton

The 2010 Winter Games are being held in Vancouver, British Columbia from February 11 to March 1, 2010. It is going to be a time of fun, celebration, and excitement. With so many people from around the world coming to Vancouver for the Games, the city of Vancouver is proud to be home to many exquisite hotels that will make every visitor's Olympic experience even more memorable.

The following is a list of Vancouver's most popular accommodations, which are used within the 2010 Winter Games packages:

The Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard St.: The Sutton Place Vancouver is a 5- star hotel that radiates European elegance. It features a pool, steam rooms, fitness center, and whirlpool. The rooms of this stunning hotel are elegant and the sophisticated Fleuri serves exquisite cuisine.

Suburban First Class Vancouver Hotel: Nestled in Vancouver's peaceful suburbs, the stylish and cozy rooms of the Suburban First Class Vancouver Hotel feature all of the amenities including high-speed internet access. Delicious dining meals are available at their hotel and downtown Vancouver is only a short taxi drive away.

Cascadia Hotel and Suites Vancouver, 1234 Hornby Street: Located in downtown Vancouver, the Cascadia Hotel and Suites is a luxurious hotel that features a business center, swimming pool, and fitness center. The MiBistro offers tasty lunch and dinner dishes. The hotel is also located close to all of the venues and the hotel has a strong commitment to the environment. Cascadia Hotel and Suites is a smoke-free hotel.

Loden Vancouver, 1177 Melville Street: As a 77 luxury boutique hotel, the Loden Vancouver markets themselves as a home away from home. It features the popular Voya restaurant and lounge, entertainment center with 42" flat screen TV, fully stock private bar, and it located near most Vancouver venues.

Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 West Hastings Street: The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel is an elegant hotel that features 24-hour room service, business centre, health club, whirlpool, heated outdoor pool, wireless internet, 220 stylish guest rooms, and it has a spectacular view of the city and water.

Four Seasons Resort Whistler: Located in Whistler Village, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler's has 273 guest rooms, townhouses, and luxury suites. It features a pool, whirlpools, fitness centre, spa, and balconies with inspiring views of the mountains and valley. For those who are looking to make the most out of their Winter Games experience, they can take advantage of amazing accommodation packages at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler.

The 2010 Winter Games will be attracting many visitors and bringing more than 5000 athletes from all over the world. Vancouver is a beautiful cosmopolitan city resting on the mesmerizing Pacific Ocean that is filled with fun activities, stellar dining, many entertainment choices, a rich diverse cultural heritage, and first-rate hotels. Celebrate the spirit of the Winter Games in Vancouver by staying at one of the city's luxurious hotels. The Winter Games will be much more than just watching the athletes perform at their best, but also a wonderful stay at a warm and welcoming city. - 30817

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Reviewing Relevant Issues When You Decided To Enter Real Estate Transactions

By Adriana Noton

When you come to a decision that you wanted to buy a home, there are many aspects that you have to consider. Checking home feature is one. You surely don't want to end up paying for a home that needs repairs, right? And in the process of buying, you will have to face certain problems. One of those problems is ensuring the home to be in its excellent condition. Why not consider real estate transactions?

At first probably you are already convinced that you will not need a real estate agent's help. However, think again. You will go though holding papers and if you are just alone for that, you will be taking much time than to compare if you have asked for an agents help. Maybe what fears you is the additional expense. Whoa! But that's a misconception. That direct cost is not true. If I am wrong in saying that, then that is because you have allowed it so. Remember that in the first place, you are the boss in that transaction. His/her job will only be as to guiding you towards the step before you own the house. There will be an expense yes, but not direct one. Second reason, you are assured of the legalities. Third, you could have wide choices of home because they have listings for you to see. The search won't anymore be a tedious one for you. And fourth reason, you paper works will lessen. All of those are the job of a real estate agent, so allow them to work in their own field.

Your question then as home buyer is how will you search for that agent?

It would be a challenge for you to find professional agent. Start to find the right agency and you will find there whom you're looking for. Whether it is a large agency or a small one, what counts here is the individual agent. Their interest and commitment towards working with you matters too. Look for that someone who's experienced for 2 years or more.

Try also searching for the listings online. There are lots of websites that refers for agents. Find time to read testimonials in individual profiles. But also consider those newbie but someone who has various successes in the field.

Referral from your family, friend, neighbors or coworkers is also a good option. At least, they can tell their experiences working with that particular agent.

As you eventually settle making business with the agent, bare in mind about getting yourself familiar with the process of inspecting. Familiarize yourself into the entire process. You should after all be carefully aware of all the documents and have them handled too by your consultant or lawyer if you have one.

Maintain your perspective that you wouldn't just be buying a home for what you presently need. Make sure that you are taking the account of your future into that home. It is extremely important, since you are dealing with lots of financial issues here, that the idea of buying a house entails walk-through. So before closing that agreement with your real estate agent, review all the options and that's the time to buy for your dream house. - 30817

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