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Old 04-22-2013, 06:44 PM   #41
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I want to add to my earlier post.

The OP makes it sound like you would lose interest in eating out because you became a better cook. There are other factors. I think my improved cooking skills enables me to appreciate dishes I didn't before.

I don't feel like my restaurant options have diminished because they can't cook dishes as well as I do. There isn't a great selection of interesting restaurants close to home. We have to drive into the city (Boston) to really have a good selection. So maybe I've just gotten lazy.
And then there is the parking in Boston at restaurants right in the heart of the city.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:56 PM   #42
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For us it was a matter of economics. Our skills improved with our ability to buy more expensive ingredients. However that skill was honed on the necessity to use less expensive ingredients so that when we did get "the good stuff", we were not at a loss on how to use it. Also, as our finances improved we were able to afford dining out at more expensive places more often.

We also got used to having fresh seafood more often, due to our spearfishing and diving. We always had plenty of fish and lobster in the freezer, as well as fresh crab. Oysters, clams, squid, conch, mussels and shrimp are relatively inexpensive.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:08 PM   #43
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DW and I eat mostly at ethnic or off-the-beaten-path restaurants when we eat out. Even though they are sometimes expensive, I actually like those trendy upscale restaurants because 1.) it's a chance to play "dress up" and 2.) they cook things I wouldn't normally cook at home. I find them to be kind of an adventure. I look at it like art. I love to paint, but I'm no Van Gogh. So every once in a while you have to go out and experience that kind of thing.

I also eat lunch at restaurants on the few days I work in the office. I usually go someplace where I can have a good salad or something light. But I have a rule that I never eat at my desk.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:55 PM   #44
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As our cooking skills have expanded we eat out much less frequently than we used to.

We might go out to eat maybe 6 or 7 times a year - if that. When we do go we try to order something we've not had before or that we know we can't duplicate at home.

DH is not much on eating out . . his idea of eating out is the drive thru and take it home. When we are on the road to somewhere he has no choice and we go to a sit down to eat.

It's quite fun to have something then try to duplicate it at home .. usually turns out much better at home !

So we consider our few times eating out as educational opportunities !
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:17 AM   #45
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...The OP makes it sound like you would lose interest in eating out because you became a better cook. There are other factors. I think my improved cooking skills enables me to appreciate dishes I didn't before....
Oh no Andy, I'm very happy going out to eat. It's just that I don't want to spend the money! Now let me qualify that. I don't want to spend as much at a restaurant for Himself's and my two meals as I might for four nights of cooking at home and not really enjoy the food. If it's average I'd rather stay home and do whatever - breakfast for dinner works then. But if I know of a restaurant with remarkable food AND they're prices are on the higher end I'll still be OK with the price because of the nature of the food. 111Chop House has very good food at very high prices. Himself went there for a business dinner (company paid - Yay!), came home and told me that the food was quite good but I can cook just as good. Needless to say, I'm not anxious to try their menu.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:22 AM   #46
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I no longer enjoy going out to eat. I am a slow eater and tend to hold everyone up when they finish. And at home, I sorta cook myself. If I make something special by request, it is for one of my kids to take home.

Mother's Day is coming up. I will put a smile on my face and go out to eat with my daughter and her family. But I will order something that I know won't have a lot of food on the plate. Of course I will come home with a doggie bag. I always do. I would rather go out for breakfast at the local diner. Bacon, eggs, hash brown or home fries, coffe and whole wheat toast. And I am lucky if I can finish that.
I'm a member of the Slow Eaters Club too Addie. Just ask for the take-out container when they bring your plate and watch the reaction of your server! I've done that ever since a server asked if I was done because I was taking a rest and Himself was already done with his dinner. At least if I box up the half I'll never get to I have a better chance of emptying my plate when he's done with his.

Also agree that Mother's Day should be what makes Mom happy. If you want them to bring you a couple donuts from DD and visit in your place they should do it with a smile.

Lastly, hope your daughter's medical treatments make her all better.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:32 AM   #47
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Besides what Craig said, we don't eat out much anymore simply because most of the time we can do better at home now for a lot less money. There are very few restaurants, and those tend to be high-quality places, i.e. very expensive, that can do better than we can at home or do things that we can't do at home due to not having a full commercial kitchen. Those are for special occasions or if we just want to have a "date" night. We get take-out or delivery only when we're either too tired or just don't feel like cooking, usually pizza or Thai or sushi, from a very limited pool of places. I'm not going to pay for or eat food that tastes bad even if I am tired and don't feel like cooking.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:45 AM   #48
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We eat out a couple times a week, mostly because of our schedules, I sometimes don't have time to make something decent, or I'm too tired to deal with it.

We have a lot of chains here, and very few great privately owned places.

To keep costs down, I try to cook as often as possible. Just a casual meal ends up costing around $30 after tip, and we don't even order soda! $30 can buy a lot of fresh food and provide multiple meals.

Our go-to quick dinner out is hitting up Jason's Deli for the salad bar, we usually go there when we are running errands in the evening.

It's so easy to get lazy in the kitchen when you live 5 minutes from a bunch of restaurants!
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:50 AM   #49
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We eat out a couple times a week, mostly because of our schedules, I sometimes don't have time to make something decent, or I'm too tired to deal with it.

We have a lot of chains here, and very few great privately owned places.

To keep costs down, I try to cook as often as possible. Just a casual meal ends up costing around $30 after tip, and we don't even order soda! $30 can buy a lot of fresh food and provide multiple meals.

Our go-to quick dinner out is hitting up Jason's Deli for the salad bar, we usually go there when we are running errands in the evening.

It's so easy to get lazy in the kitchen when you live 5 minutes from a bunch of restaurants!
When I worked nights and got off at 7 am, it was tough getting a taco or a pizza at that time of day...work schedules can really lead to poor eating at fast food places.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:18 AM   #50
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When I worked nights and got off at 7 am, it was tough getting a taco or a pizza at that time of day...work schedules can really lead to poor eating at fast food places.
The hours the places around me keep help me in not using them. Sometimes I have no choice but to cook for myself.
The best breakfast place doesn't open until 8:00 AM... too late.
The best mom and pop pizza shop doesn't open until 4:00 PM on weekends... also too late if it's football season, when I would most feel like picking up a pie. And in most cases by 4:00 I've already got something in the works myself for dinner.
Heck, even the grocery store doesn't make their fried chicken until noon. I'd pick some up every Sunday if they had some out by 11:30.
When are these businesses going to learn they need to get on MY schedule
I suppose not having much open when I'm feeling hungry helps me in cooking for myself. It's become habit, not a chore.
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