How often do you eat out?
Do you usually cook, and eat out less frequently? Or do you tend to burn everything you touch and choose to eat out most of the time?
And as a side question, what are your favorite restaurants when you do eat out?
Once a month. My mum cooks usually, which is better than any restaurant. Over here, Birmingham is full of good places to eat, my favourite is Dixy Chicken or Nando’s.
We used to eat out 2–3 times a week in very nice restaurants but in order to get our finances in order as a couple, we eat out about once a week and it’s usually sushi. Aside from that, we each fend for ourselves for lunches and my mother cooks most of our dinners.
I usually cook, or snack, and eat out perhaps three times in a month usually Indian, of which there are lots to choose from or Italian. I occasionally like to go to Pizza Hut or even McDonald’s.
Due to financial difficult times we eat out maybe three times a year.
Would love to do so once a week/forthnight.
Favorite restaurant this year is the Chinese (their wok buffet is yummy).
We get takeout a lot more often than eating out. Usually if we go out it’s with friends. This week was pretty standard. Sunday takeout (Japanese), Monday cooked, Tuesday cooked, Wednesday takeout (Mexican), Thursday cooked, Friday dinner out with friends. I might cook tonight if this hangover goes away enough to get out of bed again, otherwise it will probably be another takeout night.
When I was single I cooked pretty much every night.
Not very much anymore. We have cut down from once or twice a month to three or four times a year.
Lol. Eat out.
Um, about once or twice a month with my boyfriend. Usually Chinese.
We used to eat out quite a lot when we lived in the city center, since moving to the suburbs not quite so much, although there is an amazing Thai/Vietnamese restaurant just 5 minutes walk away, we maybe go there every other month. We probably eat out now on average every other week just by ourselves and then on top of that is the birthday meals we seem to constantly go on. (can we not think of something to do other than eat on our birthdays?)
Maybe twice a year? Most of what is offered in restaurants and such is too salty/fatty for me. I really only eat out if I’m traveling or visiting people.
When I get an invitation. I mostly cook at home to save on expenses.
I like to go places where I can’t make the same thing at home, although I often get recipes for the things I do like at restaurants. The latest is an Afghan recipe for pumpkin. I’m looking forward to making it.
Probably a little too often. Part of the reason is that I get asked to go somewhere to eat by people quite often and it’s rare than I turn down such an invitation. I’ve been trying to eat out a little less recently, however.
I’d say average, once a week. Sometimes more.
Mostly when I take my daughter and her boyfriend out, or with friends.
Maybe twice a month.
I usually cook and prefer to.
When I do it is because I may be a bit far from home on some spontaneous adventure.
My mom and I are really good cooks. We take pride in the food we make. We almost never eat out. Maybe 3 or 4 times a year. Thanks to this question though I now have a strong craving to go to my favorite restaurant. It’s called sandwiches and shakes or steak and shakes or something like that. It serves simple yet delicious sandwiches, steak, fries and monster sized thick yummy milkshakes!
Where is the NSFW tag?
I eat out more than I eat out, if you know what I’m sayin’..
Whenever I can get her consent…
At least once per week. Usually Friday Fish Fry. Also I will eat lunch out about 1 time per week with some coworkers. This morning, Saturday, we had a 4 hour breakfast meeting 7:30–11:30! (Don’t worry. We tip very well.)
Very rarely and if I do I prefer to be with somebody since I hate eating in any type of food establishment alone. I like to cook, even after a 14 hour workday breaking my back I still usually have motivation to cook something.
I rarely eat out. When I do I like to go with my kids to family oriented places. (Cracker Barrel, Applebee’s, ect)
When I cook, I will usually burn my fingers or various parts of me rather than the food itself (though I have set off the smoke alarm a few times). I have been cooking since I was about 12 yrs old, so I can cook, I just don’t like to that much. My kitchen is a nook and I get lonely in it lol : (
I take my mother to an Italian restaurant every two weeks for a Saturday afternoon lunch/early dinner.
Other than that, never.
Rarely. I hate going to restaurants really, even if they’re good. I go occasionally to a chinese buffet because they have a huge variety of fantastic sushi, and my mom really likes going. But aside from that, only if a friend wants to, and only if I can’t avoid it.
I haven’t eaten out in a while… in any sense… sigh, hope my tongue skills don’t get rusty…
1–2 times a week. The reasons are in order fat content and calories in restaurant food, cost, preferring what I cook most of the time, and comfort of being home.
— J. Alexanders
– A local Mexican restaurant here in town
– Pizza place close by
– PF Changs, or a good local chinese place
– Ruby Tuesdays (hands down my favorite of the moderate American chain restaurants)
– When I lived in FL there was a local Italian restaurant around the corner from me that was fantastic.
– Also in FL a couple Cuban places
– Toojays in FL for deli and salads
Used to be at least once a week but now because money is tighter, it’s more like once a month. My favourite restaurant is this one
I tend to have a hot meal every day from the cafe at work which saves me from cooking at home in the evening (plus I prefer my main meal to be at lunchtime). As far as eating out at a restaurant for pleasure and not because I am at work, I would say about once ever few months. My boyfriend and I will get a take away (pizza, chinese etc) every few weeks but we don’t eat out at a restaurant very often.
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Food Habits: How Do You Decide When To Eat?
We realize this is kind of a strange question. You eat…when you eat…right? But January is the month when every piece of food media is blaring about healthy eating and restraint, so we’ve been giving our own eating choices a little extra thought. Do you eat when you’re hungry? Do you eat on a specific schedule? Do you eat whether you’re hungry or not? How do you decide when to eat?
Over the holidays, away from the set schedule of the regular work week, my husband and I found that our eating habits completely relaxed. We were getting up later and going to bed later, so our meal times shifted accordingly.
But without the context clues of alarm clocks and group lunch breaks, we also found that we would just eat when we were hungry. One day that meant lunch at 1pm, and another day that meant lunch at 3pm. Some days we would have a huge breakfast, a light lunch, and a bigger dinner. Other days, lunch was the major meal. All in all, I felt like I was eating according to what my body wanted whenever it happened to want it. I felt satisfied and happy.
This really got me thinking about eating habits. Back from vacation, we don’t always have the luxury of eating whenever we want. Things like afternoon meetings and commute times get in the way of that. Breakfast is also always a conundrum — most health professionals say we should eat it, but what if we’re just not hungry?
So, dear readers, I open it up to you. What are your eating habits? How do you decide when to eat?
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‘How Do You Eat String Cheese?’ Is a Strangely Divisive Question
The way that people eat their string cheese says a lot about them. There is one school of thought that believes biting into the whole stick of cheese is the way to go.
People who peel their string cheese tend to be revolted by the idea of just chomping down and would rather take their time slowly peeling the dairy snack apart. Of course, there are also weirdos out there who do something else entirely.
Twitter collected tweets from around the world of Twitter users describing how they enjoy their string cheese but also just going straight for the throats of anyone who disagrees.
Here are their best few:
I don’t understand people who bite string cheese rather than peel it. Why do you want to remove the joy from a very fun snack? 🤷🏻♀️
— Christina La Porte (@xtina_laporte) June 21, 2017
“I don’t understand people who bite string cheese rather than peel it. Why do you want to remove the joy from a very fun snack?” questioned Christina La Porte, who is clearly on Team Peel.
If you don’t have time to peel the string cheese and you have to bite it, your life is too fast paced for me
— Kyra Derrick (@KyraDerrick) September 6, 2017
“If you don’t have time to peel the string cheese and you have to bite it, your life is too fast paced for me,” agreed Kyra Derrick.
After 19 years of being together, I just found out my wife doesn’t peel string cheese but bites it like some sort of savage. The horror… pic.twitter.com/bgTB5ogh7O
— Pete Duytschaever (@MrDBeaver) October 10, 2017
“After 19 years of being together, I just found out my wife doesn’t peel string cheese but bites it like some sort of savage. The horror…” tweeted Pete Duytschaever.
“I eat string cheese like a candy bar. Come at me,” said Twitter user Kalyps providing a mental image we won’t soon forget.
I bite string cheese I don’t peel it deal with it don’t @ me
— Logan Bourlett (@lbourlett) August 30, 2017
“I bite string cheese I don’t peel it deal with it don’t @ me,” Logan Bourlett tweeted basically telling Team Peel to leave him the heck alone.
Of course some people are just wild…
any of y’all ever put barbecue sauce on a string cheese
— cole (@nicoIelynn) October 13, 2017
Interestingly, the entire state of Illinois detests when people bite into their string cheese. They consider it the food people hate the most in their state.
Before you go, take our poll! How do you eat your string cheese?
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How do *you* eat Pho?
I rarely write about food here, but eating and cooking are two of my favorite things. Pho, Vietnamese rice noodle soup, is a pleasure I discovered more than a decade ago, when I went gluten-free for a time and struggled to eat anything anywhere. I’ve always loved noodles and it was a perfect match.
I’ve eaten it regularly ever since and it’s staple here in Seattle with dozens of places that specialize in it (the soup and where I’ve eaten it are even mentioned in the acknowledgements of Confessions Of A Public Speaker).
What I don’t like about people who write about food is pretense. The pretense that there’s a wrong way to eat. I have two rules about eating:
- It is your mouth – put in it what you like, not what an expert (who has their own maw to fill) says
- It is your money – you paid for it, eat it how you like
Of course you should experiment with different foods and different ways to eat things, and experts can help offer good experiments to try first, but only to discover what you enjoy. Everyone’s palate and tastes are different. Rules for food are for fools.
And now, Pho.
Pho is traditionally served with many ingredients for you to use as you please: bean sprouts, basil, lime, jalapeño, and at least two sauces, a hot Srirachia sauce and a sweet and salty Hoisin sauce. It’s quite a taste chemistry set and you’ll see many people who have very specific cauldronesque recipes for their pho.
I’m a simpleton: I taste the broth first, then put just about everything in (except basil which is rarely worth the effort), a shot of hot sauce, a shot of Hoisin, and I’m off and running. Maybe less sauce if I think the broth is great, maybe more if it’s not so impressive. I use the chopsticks for noodles, and sometimes drink the some of the broth at the end.
It’s no surprise all the experts have their laws, rules and traditions to which i say hooey. Traditions are great to try at least once, but you should always remember every tradition we have was invented by someone who tried something different than what had been done before:
My question for you is: how do you eat your Pho? Leave a comment.
How do you eat a Whale?
2017 has started and I am already trying to decide what it is I am supposed to be doing. Not in “Why I am I Here?” existential way, but more in the “I need to change out the filters at the blower unit up in the attic” sort of way.
While most people are busy making their New Year’s resolutions, I am busy thinking about all the things around my house that need my attention. Rather than just charging into action like a caveman, I decided to sit down to write my first post of the year and think about all the physical things I need to do. This is the 7th first article of the new year I’ve written since starting Life of an Architect, and I’m finding each subsequent one of them increasingly difficult to write. For inspiration, I went back and reread some of those other “first articles of the new year” posts. Unfortunately, this is the sort of stuff I found:
[From January 5th, 2015]
This is my first day back in the office since December 19th, 2014 … I have been on holiday for the last 16 days. During that time I did as little as possible, except perhaps set a new personal best for bottles of wine consumed. Normally I’m not all that much of a drinker but there is something about being on holiday that makes me want to sit around and drink. I actually have a slight concern about what’s going to happen to me once I retire – all I think I would do is lay around and drink wine. I’d have the same concern if I were to get a hot tub. [we all know that’s the only reason to have a hot tub because without the drinking, it’s just taking a bath.]
Other than the dates being slightly different from this year, this year isn’t much different than last year. The takeaway from last year’s post is that I clearly don’t get inspired when I am on holiday. Then again, I don’t suppose that’s the point of going on holiday – these breaks are supposed to recharge your batteries and get you excited to get back to work with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. But the sort of work I am thinking about now, as I sit here and write this article, is that I need to get busy fixing my own house.
For the record, I am living in my 6th house in 20 years of marriage (my wife deserves a medal) and there is a pattern that has evolved over those last 20 years and 6 houses … I’m not as handy as I used to be.
I have more than my fair share of tools, especially for someone who doesn’t use them anymore. When I bought my first house, I spent all my free time working on the house. I fixed all the single-pane windows, replaced all the door hardware, replaced all the trim in my house, rebuilt the deck, and on and on. On house number two, I built a bathroom – did all the framing myself. House number three … a little bit less. House number four, I can’t remember what I did – probably some painting. On house number 5 it was almost nothing. As I got a little bit older, and my station in life improved, I moved away from doing the work myself and started to hire people to do it for me. Since those people are a lot more expensive than I am, I started tackling smaller and fewer projects for the simple reason that I didn’t have the money to pay someone else to fix stuff unless it had to get fixed. (Paying for private school will do that to a person).
Despite my aversion to making New Year’s Resolutions, I think I am going to make a resolution to change that this year.
As a residential architect, I know how a lot of stuff gets built. I see it almost every day and I know what I am looking at. I know which tools are needed for which jobs, I know the difference between zillions of different screws and nails and when you are supposed to use which type. I am among those people who should be uniquely qualified to strap on a tool belt and get things done.
When I mentioned to my wife that I was going to start “enthusiastically” tackling the many things around our house that need attention, she responded with an unenthusiastic “Uh-huh, right.” She might have a point, my “fixing stuff around the house” habits have not been all that great for a long time. What I have working for me now is that a lot of the stuff around my current house is easily within my home improvement skill set. Do you remember this picture?
This is a picture of the paint job in my house right when we bought it … originally described as “the most murder-y paint color and paint job I have ever seen in my life. It literally looks like someone tried to finger-paint the walls with blood.”
I can easily fix this – in fact, I already have. But my house is currently riddled with examples like this. Bad trim, horrific popcorn texture on the ceilings, the inexplicable texture on walls … it goes on and on, and the time has come for me to take my knowledge and skill set and get to work.
As I write this, I am reminded of a moment that happened to me years ago that had a fairly profound impact on my professional life. I was at an event, along with some other architects, and we were talking to a group of people who were not architects. When the subject of “what do you do for a living?” came up, almost all the non-architects expressed some admiration for architecture, even stating that they had considered becoming an architect themselves at some point in their youth. One of the architects I was with responded by saying they were lucky that they chose to become something else (in this case, it was an accountant). In that moment, I decided that I would never respond to someone with that sort of comment. I love what I do for a living and can’t imagine doing something else. I encourage people who show an interest in architecture to pursue it if they can – it can be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career.
So what made me think of that? As a residential architect, I am always a bit self-conscious when people come over to my house. What I am capable of is clearly not reflected in my own home and I have always discounted that as a reflection of how much money I had (or didn’t have as the case might be) … but not anymore. Rather than make excuses, I am going to take what I know and get to work.
… and just like Melinda Mae by Shel Silverstein, I am going to eat this whale one bite at a time.
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