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Old 10-06-2012, 12:54 PM   #11
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I would buy and do now and then. DH is at work and I'm busy baking for my dialysis nurses and pals. We plan to park and watch a movie or a ball game. Me I've had a run of things happen that slowed me down so I see nothing wrong with HRM's nor would it shame me to use them. As to celery I don't have to buy the whole stalk, I can just buy the amount of ribs I'd like, I love my grocer they do most of what you ask and It's so nice.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:02 PM   #12
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I guess I failed to make the point--are HRMs the restaurant equivalent to off-shoring jobs in other areas? Does the fact that grocery stores offer HRMs mean people pick an HRM vs. going out? I'm with Claire--if I'm going to eat a prepared meal, I want to be waited on and have s/one else clean up. I just never thought about HRMs having an impact on the restaurant business.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:03 PM   #13
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We have a place here. They specialize in Italian food. You can get spaghetti or spaghetti and meatballs. Or just meatballs. It comes in idividual size serving or family. They also do Meals on Wheels. My daughter has been a big fan of them for parties. Since she got sick, it seems like it is the only thing her husband has been buying for them to eat. (He doesn't cook.) My daughter commented to me the other day she is sick of the meals. and she thinks they have a new chef. There is a change in how they taste. (That could be her medications.) I have never been a fan of these meals. I would rather make it myself.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:48 PM   #14
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I guess I failed to make the point--are HRMs the restaurant equivalent to off-shoring jobs in other areas? Does the fact that grocery stores offer HRMs mean people pick an HRM vs. going out? I'm with Claire--if I'm going to eat a prepared meal, I want to be waited on and have s/one else clean up. I just never thought about HRMs having an impact on the restaurant business.
I think it is just another option for people. The restaurant business is a separate business. The grocery stores are offering a variety of things, and there is not a problem with that. the restaurants are free to offer take out and many do. Kind of the same idea.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:38 PM   #15
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Well, I like to be taken care of/ don't cook tonight as much as the next person. I haven't to this point and don't consider HRM's as being that care-free. A restaurant meal, if the food and service are good, is a treat. So I guess I would put it in the same category as Take Out/ To-go. It's just the HRM is bought at the supermarket, not a resto.

Maybe the HRM's are an up-sale over frozen pizza or tv dinners and not a competition for restaurants. Maybe it cuts into fast food business?

Another, and I think as valid, competition for restaurants, is the proliferation of Food Trucks. They pretty much operate over lunch times, at least in our downtown areas during the week, which is when more people are downtown.

I seldom go downtown, and walked along a whole block of them, but I was meeting someone for lunch, and the restaurant we picked to meet at was still packed and we had to wait for a table. After we were seated and eating, the whole place pretty much emptied out on a dime. Pretty much what you would think a working person's lunch time is like. A restaurant can only handle so many seatings/ turnovers during a crucial service time. Can't say what kind of impact the food truck business has had. I do know the city regulates so they can't park directly in front of other food businesses.
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I guess I failed to make the point--are HRMs the restaurant equivalent to off-shoring jobs in other areas? Does the fact that grocery stores offer HRMs mean people pick an HRM vs. going out? I'm with Claire--if I'm going to eat a prepared meal, I want to be waited on and have s/one else clean up. I just never thought about HRMs having an impact on the restaurant business.
Most people I know enjoy going out so they would choose a restaurant over HRM's. I myself do not go out to eat but if I had the option of a HRM every once in awhile I would. I am tired when I get home at 6 and I still have cleaning, baths, and homework to deal with. I usually make sure my child and husband are fed then I deal with myself when I get time. (I'm dieting at the moment so I am not eating the same as them).
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:50 PM   #17
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Home Replacement Meals (HRMs) are those ready-made meals in grocery stores. I don't buy them, I prefer to cook at home. Here in Ontario we have a chain store, M&M, that specializes in entrees, etc., that are HRM. You get a loyalty card, etc. I always thought that people who bought HRMs didn't know how to cook. I was talking with an executive chef the other day about how off-shoring has really hurt my profession. He said the HRMs have hurt restaurants. That people buy those rather than go out to eat. I had never thought of it from that perspective. So, I'm curious, why do you buy the ready-made meals/entrees?
M&M's are across Canada and when they first opened out here people thought they were great - much better quality than the HRM's you would get in the grocery stores. But being a cook I never tried them...until Dad came to live with us and he had been living off of M&M's for years. He was in his 70's and 80's and a widower who never lifted a finger in the kitchen when my Mom was alive. So I would buy some of the individual meals for him until he got used to my cooking and that was that! I would have tastes of it, and the food was good.
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I guess I failed to make the point--are HRMs the restaurant equivalent to off-shoring jobs in other areas? Does the fact that grocery stores offer HRMs mean people pick an HRM vs. going out? I'm with Claire--if I'm going to eat a prepared meal, I want to be waited on and have s/one else clean up. I just never thought about HRMs having an impact on the restaurant business.
I am not one to answer this, because if I want restaurant quality food at home I cook it. If I want less fuss, I go out to eat - so I can enjoy not cooking or cleaning. An HRM still means I have to do something with it and I would probably wouldn't be happy with it.

This is actually a very good topic.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:58 PM   #19
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Given that the person who made the comment that HRMs have hurt restaurants is an executive chef at an upscale restaurant, I am under the impression that the increase in the availability of HRMs and the quality has hurt restaurants (which generally employ more people in the food prep area than a grocery store would). I am somewhat sensitive to sending jobs out of the country (the off-shoring), but had never thought about the various industries that HRMs could impact. As I get older and have more and more friends my age who have lost their jobs because their jobs moved to other countries, I am more inclined to support local businesses and would not buy HRMs, rather, go to a restaurant. Grocery stores sell groceries. I don't consider HRMs groceries. And, I do the math and know I can make the dish at home for much less and probably have all the ingredients I need to do so or something that I can substitute. I have a well stocked pantry, fridge, and freezer. My grocery shopping is to pick up dairy (milk), fresh fruit, replenish supplies such as flour, rice, and the like. At this time of year, I can go 3-4 weeks without having to go to the grocery store and when I do, I spend less than $25.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:04 PM   #20
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M&M's are across Canada and when they first opened out here people thought they were great - much better quality than the HRM's you would get in the grocery stores. But being a cook I never tried them...until Dad came to live with us and he had been living off of M&M's for years. He was in his 70's and 80's and a widower who never lifted a finger in the kitchen when my Mom was alive. So I would buy some of the individual meals for him until he got used to my cooking and that was that! I would have tastes of it, and the food was good.
I find M&M's products very expensive for the quantity. I know people who consider M&M their grocery store. I just can't justify spending that kind of money because I'm too tired/lazy to cook. Hence, the reason I do "cooking days" (like I am doing today) where I prep a bunch of stuff for the freezer so I can just pull something out, nuke it, and be able to eat. Or, I prep a bunch of stuff for later in the week if I know I'm not going to have time to spend in the kitchen. And, I live alone most of the time, so this is cooking for me.
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