My lovely brother is graduating from university in southern California, and I'd like to get him something special, reasonably-priced, and memorable...that matches his interests...that I can order online or take home from Hong Kong, where I live. [more inside]
A company is wanting to commission me for a project at a major sporting event. Obviously I want to make some money doing it, but I don't want to ask for too much and thereby lose my chances, as hopefully this would be something ongoing. Help me figure out how much I should ask for...and what I can do while I'm there. Deets within! [more inside]
I'll be travelling in the Middle East this December, visiting relatives (and relatives friends, I suppose) for three weeks. How can I maintain a healthy diet in a country where turning down food (even politely) is considered very rude? [more inside]
What are some best practices that hotels use (housekeeping/food service etc) that I can use for my apartment living? [more inside]
I recently had two very close friends to stay for the weekend. My partner and I put a load of effort into tidying and cleaning the house, buying new towels for our guests, filling the cupboards and fridge with yummy (and expensive!) food, and my partner spent hours cooking. I had a nice, though tiring, weekend (with some awkwardness as we have all changed over the years since we were very, very close) but when the guests had left, my partner pointed out that neither of them had brought a gift (I would never expect something huge, but I don't think I ever don't take a bottle of wine/flowers/chocolates if I go to stay with someone..). We also realised that neither of them had offered to (or taken it upon themselves) to help with the washing up after any of the homemade meals we had - even breakfast! [more inside]
Do people outside of the US commonly go through the ritual of giving new guests "the tour" of their homes (i.e. a walkthrough, or at least peek at, every single room of the house/apartment, beyond what is necessary--not talking about overnight guests or housesitters, or showing folks the bathroom and where to put the coats)? [more inside]
I will be staying with a friend and his family, in their mother-in-law unit. I want to give them a nice host gift, with the following stipulations: (a) I don't think they drink; (b) They have various dietary restrictions; (c) They are urbane, smart Bay Areans. I am paralyzed. Any hints or recommendations would be very welcome.
I need a part-time job to make some sort of income while I'm completing a post-bacc. I am okay with mindless jobs because my classes exhaust my brain enough. I am trying to decide between the hospitality industry vs retail. Share your knowledge so that I can have a better grasp on the pros/cons of each. [more inside]
What is it actually like to work at a bed and breakfast or a small inn? [more inside]
So I have a chance to interpret for a bunch of French chefs who are coming to my city. The catch: I have zero knowledge of the hotel industry. [more inside]
Discreet supper party hostess seeks diet detectives. [more inside]
[Hospitality filter] What has a family member done for you that made your visit the most comfortable and pleasant it could be?
My sister is visiting my tiny apartment on short notice and staying for a week. I'm touched she chose to visit me on her vacation and want to make her stay the best. How can I be the best hostess? [more inside]
Investing in a food business. How can we make sure that we're getting a fair share of ownership and a good return on our investment? [more inside]
Seattle party/gathering space rentals and reservations: Please help me find venues for 2 small events. [more inside]
How does one make money in retail/hospitality without becoming a manager? Are there “hidden” lower-level hospitality jobs that pay well? [more inside]
I'm looking for online examples of hotel compendiums and directories of services (the one that you usually find in your hotel room). Photos would be great.
Nazar Boncuks on my stoop, a Mezuzah on my door frame, prayer flags outside... help me represent all faiths!
Help me decorate a multi-faith home! [more inside]
How do I help people understand that I am satisfied? [more inside]
My best friend is a senior level hospitality manager. He just quit a job as the director of operations for a large sports arena. He quit because he was working 90-100 hours a week and is simply burnt out. He would like to find a gig that provides a better life balance with more enlightened executive leadership. Outside of contacting hospitality companies directly, what is the best way for him to find a job? Are there head-hunters that specialize in hospitality careers? He would like to target the south-east coast of the United States. In the past he has used Monster.com, etc. but I think he would be better served by going through a head hunter. Can anyone provide some advice or information on how he can best find an employer that is a good fit for him? What hospitality / food service companies are great to work for?
As a non-coffee drinker, help me figure out how to have coffee available when I host guests. [more inside]
HospitalityFilter: What would be a nice parting gift or gifts for a guest from (the Republic of) Georgia spending three weeks in the U.S.? [more inside]
Has anyone ever done any innsitting - either formally, through a service, or informally by personal arrangement? How'd you get into it? What would you recommend if I'd like to try it?
I want to throw my first major party and I need tips on fitting 25+ people into an apartment. [more inside]
What are your recipes for being a good guest, for weekend or overnight stays? [more inside]
What's a good, simple lunch to make when hosting a few guests? I'm looking for something nicer than sandwiches, but not something that's going to seem like dinner fare. [mi]