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Research suggests male diners respond more favourably to restaurant meals if they consider their female server attractive. (Shutterstock)

Attractive restaurant servers can influence what we think of our meals

Heterosexual male diners can be particularly swayed by the attractiveness of their servers. Good food will taste better and lousy food will taste worse in the presence of attractive female servers.
Canadians are spending more of their money on restaurants. In turn, restaurants have an impact on what we eat at home. (Shutterstock)

Restaurants not only feed us, they shape our food preferences

Restaurants are playing an increasingly influential role in how we live. We not only patronize them more often, they also influence our choices at the grocery store.
Chris Stevens, owner of Kaboom Chicken restaurant in Toronto, hands an order to a customer in December. Ontario’s new $14 per hour minimum wage took effect Jan. 1 and Stevens has already taken steps to ensure his restaurant can afford the added expense. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Higher prices, reduced hours: Restaurants & minimum wage hikes

Minimum wages increases in jurisdictions across North America could have a big impact on the restaurant industry. Here's how restaurants are trying to adapt.
Some restaurant-owners are grappling with abolishing tipping. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

With the holidays upon us, is it time to end tipping?

Restaurant tipping came to North America in the early 20th century and has become well-established here even as the practice is less common in the U.K. and Europe. Is it time to rethink it?

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