I'm afraid that I have been eating out more often than I have before. Too bad. I always take a book to read when I am at a restaurant. If I don't have a book I won't go to one but maybe go by a fast food.<br><br>And I am an excellent cook and love to cook. Go figger.<br><br><br>dave<br><br><br><br>
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Donna, your iPhone idea is great. If I should find myself out dining alone I can whip it out and pretend I'm doing something important instead of sitting pathetically alone in a restaurant. <br><br>John, we'll have to go to lunch again sometime so both we fools don't feel pathetic. <br><br>
Loc: Southern Lake Superior
2-3 times a week for Mrs. Stumpy and me. No kids at home anymore.<br><br>I don't like being in a restaurant by myself, either, unless the table's got enough space to keep a good book open while I eat.<br><br>[b][color:green]Stumpy</font color=green>[b]
_________________________ Stumpy "Seek for the merit in others, even the tiniest shred. Then do the same in yourself" -Reb Nachman
my wife loves eavesdropping in other conversations while we're eating out as well. but while we were in Europe, everyone was speaking foreign languages. it was weird to have her whole, undivided attention. heh.<br><br>on a different, but related note, i haven't had a fast food burger since about 1993 -- 15 years ago. i will go to Subway and get a turkey sandwich and that's sort of fast food (not in the evil fast food sense of the word), but i won't go to McDonald's or Burger King, etc.<br><br>my daughter and i love sneaking away to a local Ethiopian eatery. awesome stuff. and it's a vegetarian place; though, i didn't know this until i read about it in our town magazine. i am not a vegetarian, but i'll eat about anything that's good.<br><br>when the whole family goes out, we like Indian food or the Pita House (Mediterranean food) where i love the Shish Kabob Platter (Halal):<br><br><br><br>and their Fatoosh Salad is cheap and plentiful. mmmmm.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Loc: Lancaster PA USA
Back in the '80s I used to walk to a little family store/diner restaurant a few blocks from my place for 10:00am breakfast—almost every day, and always by myself. I always grabbed the Philly Inquirer to do the crossword puzzle, so I always had that with me, and I always sat at the same place at the end of the counter, but I ended up getting to know and becoming great friends with some of the folks there, particularly the family that owned the store.<br><br>If I was hungover or otherwise didn't feel like talking, I always had that puzzle to stare at. People often wouldn't bother to talk if they see you buried up to the eyeballs in a crossword.<br><br>But it just got too expensive to eat out so much, especially with the beer budget I was blowing through at the time. When I cut way back on the drinking, I cut way back on the eating out. I can't really stand any of the fast food joints, so I don't do that....couldn't tell you the last time I had Wendy's, McD's, B.K., Taco Bell, Arbys, Subway or any of the others, it's been years. For me, it's the family-owned pizza joint (with lots of other great dinner choices) right up the street, or maybe Chinese. <br><br>"This is not here."
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Loc: Sunnyvale, CA mostly
Well, fortunately, one of my wife's degrees is in home economics, so naturally we are a very gastronomically spoiled household with a heavy emphasis on family rituals such as the dinner gathering, etc, etc - All that family archetypal type stuff.<br><br>We love good restaurant food, however don't want to sully it by making it ordinary and commonplace, and like to emphasize the fun part, the event aspect of it, the ambience, being served, the public and/or environmental etiquette, not having to cook and do dishes (parents have to have their fun, too), ordering on whim, the different type and tone of family conversation, etc, so, consequently, we only dine out every few weeks or so. It's fun. However, we do it infrequently, to keep it fun.<br><br>Since we do it spur of the moment, we're not able to get into real restaurants requiring reservations, and so frequent our favorite glorified diner joints, like P. F. Chang's (kind of a pretty cool, luxury glorified diner, individualized appearing, mass market boilerplate), Gumba's (pretty cool Italian family-style glorified diner plus some Med-Cajun-Asian fusion stuff, $30 killer glorified diner pizzas, that type of joint), a pretty cool Thai real restaurant, a tandoori joint, and a pretty good local combo restaurant-Fridays type brewpub with killer glorified pubgrub, microbrews and well stocked wine and spirits bar with Blues/R&B-based band playing the back patio (where we usually try to get a table).<br><br>For the few times we have to do a convenience dinner at home, that's a slam dunk done with Trader Joe's convenience gourmet stuff. Killer stuff. Well, TJ's is killer in general. Cheaper and a helluva lot more interesting, tasty and higher quality than the usual mass market stuff. I don't think you get TJ's out east, though - They're private, with zero interest in being publicly held.<br><br>The only fast food we do is that once every two or three months we'll do In and Out Burger - Everything else sucks. Even our kids can't hack fast food - It sucks. Oh, excuse me, a few times we've been in a pinch and have done Baja Fresh and El Pollo Loco. Other than those few joints, there is no such thing as good fast food (well, unless, I guess, you want to be fat, malnourished, yet have your females hit puberty as children, chemical contamination, exposure to deseased preparers, etc, etc ). Hell, I even attended a glorified potluck thing once, where I luckily passed on the cheesecakes, for 270-some people got sick (I forget what it was - Salmonella?), and I have had to get a gamma-globulin shot because of some infected worker at a waterfront Red Robin, aside from numerous lesser food poisonings .<br><br>Ed<br><br>[color:purple]Information isn't a connection - It doesn't stir people</font color=purple><br>
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