Obama Café’s competition, a trip to Carrot City, trimming the restaurant bill

Obama Café’s competition, a trip to Carrot City, trimming the restaurant bill

The art of service at 5 km/h (Photo by Raul Arrieta) 

• Talk of gratuities is in the air. Reminding us of the supposed origin of the acronym “TIPS” (the grammatically dubious phrase “to insure prompt service”), four veteran servers share their restaurant service philosophies. [LA Times]

• A feud has erupted on the Danforth after United Cybernet, located just two stores down from the Obama Café, changed its name to Obama Cybernet. The café’s owner is demanding that the copycat change his sign. [Globe & Mail]

• Blogger and “holistic lifestyle consultant” Meghan Telpner takes a trip to the Design Exchange’s Carrot City, a new exhibit that looks at the relationship between architecture and urban food production. [National Post]

• Price is an increasingly important factor in rating overall dining satisfaction. A Montreal fine-dining critic offers suggestions on how to keep the restaurant bill trim. [Montreal Gazette]

Daily Bread Food Bank, which reports serving over 58,000 people each month, is teaming up with Loblaws to raise $250,000 pounds of food. [Newswire]