How often do you eat a meal from a restaurant? How do you decide when to cook and when to eat out?
Have you met couples who were either choosing not to have children or have decided to have children but have rigid ideas about how the children will slot into their lives? I’m sure we’ve all had those conversations or been party to the discussion. We were such a couple but we soon changed our view of how we were going to be able to do life with a tiny person in the house.
Before the children came along we went out each Friday night after work as part of the weekend wind down. Our favourite place to eat was a small hole-in-the-wll French restaurant in the main street of our town which was a quarter the size it is today. The weekly outings became fortnightly, then monthly and when parental exhaustion set in they ceased altogether.
Now that we are childless once more since the young ones have flown the coup we have tried to regain our coupleship by taking time to eat out. We have moved country and while we all speak English, the culture, and therefore the food, is quite different from what we were used to. We would love to eat out every week but the choice of good eateries in our region is sadly very poor. Eating out used to be a process of deciding what we ‘felt like’ eating, choosing from a good range of restaurants and then spending time together over a meal better prepared and cooked than we could make at home. That is no longer the way it is.
The MOTH (Man of the House) cooks fancy food and I cook the comfort food, bake and prepare desserts, which means we have a vast range of cuisine covered. When we go out we expect to have a fancier meal, for which we are paying, than we could make ourselves. So we tend to stay home and cook ourselves, rarely eating out anymore. The times we do venture out is to spend time with friends and then the focus is the friendship and conversation rather than being gastronomically wowed!
How about you, what are your favourite foodie haunts when you’re out on the town?