to eat out or not to eat out... that is the question
Obviously, in the grand scheme of things, this is hardly a knotty problem but recently I've been offered a couple of restaurant menu's that have left me curling a lip and feeling rather disappointed.
I LOVE eating out... I gave up smoking and went cold turkey with a brand new shoes and homewares addiction to afford me the pleasure of eating out once a month.
"Hello, my name is Jus and I'm a restaurantaholic"
But, surely the whole point of eating out is to enjoy the sort of food you'd never be knowledgable/bothered/brave enough to prepare at home?
I promise, I am not tooting my World Cup horn at this point. I am a garden variety homecook. I'm fond of baking, becoming passionate about homegrown veggies and I'm always keen to experiment a little, but there isn't a restaurant out there that would hire me for anything more than dishwashing. So when I'm asked to pay a premium for a smaller portion of something that I regularly serve at home I sulk.
Whilst pouting like a blow fish and sniffing loudly I found
'Do I miss going out for dinner? Nah. Cooking is a great joy: I go home, pour myself a glass of wine and go into the kitchen, the guys come in and peel the cucumbers or whatever and then we have dinner. It's the best part of the day, that part where you put on your blue jeans and a T-shirt and start cooking. It's just everybody there being themselves, and it's much more satisfying.'
Editor-in-Chief, Gourmet Magazine, NYC
New York times Restaurant Critic 1993-1999
and this website...
Beautiful photo's, delicious recipes and enough hints and tips to keep me eating in for a while anyway.
All photo's Sunday Suppers.
Edit: I had hoped this 'eat in' experience would save me a fortune, however there's a mutiny afoot amongst the kitchenhands. I've heard mutterings along the lines of, "half a Mars Bar each is not equal to the minimum wage" so it looks like I'll have to start throwing in the odd Crunchie too!