Home Cooking or Dine Outside

@aylim14 (501)
Philippines
September 11, 2009 5:45am CST
Which do you prefer, home cooking or dining outside? What are your reasons for doing so? Health, time, convenience, cost, etc. You could share your situation and how you cope up with it, whether you are living along in an apartment and dine outside or you are staying at your own house and cooks your own food, etc.
5 responses
@shuetyeng (148)
• Malaysia
11 Sep 09
Hello Aylim, For me, I prefer both. I am a stay at home mommy, therefore I supposed have more time to cook for my family. But my little girl is too clingy and makes me had a tough time to cook, therefore I usually cook three times a week and dine outside for the other days. Of course home-cooked food is more nutritious, hygienic and healthy than outside food but I think it will be no harm to dine outside once in a while.
@aylim14 (501)
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
yes, i do believe that there is no harm in dining outside once in a while. and yeah. it also costs more to do that. hmm..how cute..mommy's little girl..maybe you could cook together (if she's old enough) so that you could teach her the benefits of cooking. You also could have more quality time together and probably teach her to like and love cooking. I think it's nice to learn how to cook at an early age. ;)
• Malaysia
12 Sep 09
Hello Aylim, nice day to you. You have provided a very good point to me. I never thought of mother and daughter cooking in kitchen. For me, every time when my girl came to me while I was cooking, I will surely "shoo" her out from the kitchen. Currently she is tall enough to reach those food that I put on the table. So it is quite dangerous if she touches something hot. Anyway, as you mentioned, wait until she is growing older, I guess it should be a great opportunity to spend a little time in the kitchen bonding with her while teaching her some skills she will have the rest of the live.
@asweetie (1188)
• India
11 Sep 09
hi aylim, I love to cook and i like home made food more than dining outside unless it is some special occasion. We usually cook food at home...well most of indian families do cook food daily atlest twice if not thrice. Breakfast, lunch and dinner as we usually eat freshly prepared food. Yes it is cheaper and healthier food than outside and i also knows the quality of the oil and ingradients used in the cooking so i prefer home made food.
@aylim14 (501)
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
yes, i agree that it is cheaper and healthier to dine at home. It's also fresh and more delicious than dining outside. We also practice what you say, eat at home and dine only outside on special occasions. Are there fastfood restaurants there? If so, how often do you dine there?or in your count, how often does the people you know dine outside?and what are their reasons for doing so? Convenience?choice?trying it out?
@asweetie (1188)
• India
16 Sep 09
hi aylim, We do have mostly all the big fast food chains in India espeically the big cities like New Delhi which has population of about 17 million people thats more than twice the number of any big american city has including Newyork. We have KFC, Mcdonalds, pizza king, pizza hut,pizza corner to name few big ones but if we talk only of fast food then mine fav is Nirula's which is Indian fast food joint with lots and lots of indian , chinese , italian and american fast food on menu. As far as we are concerned it is not fixed how many times we go.. I can go with friends sometimes, sometimes we are not in mood to make dinner , sometimes for change of taste. So i would say twice a week.
11 Sep 09
hi aylim, i'm a person who usually eats outside because i like to try new stuffs. i usually eat at restaurants i haven't eaten yet and try some meals that are different. it cost more than eating at home but you get the luxury of trying new things out and most of the times i discover new tastes that are to my liking. although i also like eating at home for the convenience, its a different experience for me to eat out and just try something new, because at home, if i try some new dishes, it usually ends up bad or even worse.
@aylim14 (501)
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
i also love to try out new dishes; however, dining out and trying out new dishes really hurt your pocket. Yes, it's nice to try out new dishes, but we cannot afford to simply try out a new dish everyday since it cost more and sometimes, the food really is not that great, nor have a vast selection of new foods. Yes, some might have great new offerings, but some are just a little tweaking of what we are normally accustomed to, i.e. adding more chili, adding a few spices, herbs. But basically, their taste is still the same, and that makes them not worth eating all the way through because it becomes cloying.
@hvedra (1623)
11 Sep 09
We can't afford to dine out very often so when we do we are careful as to where we go. There are a lot of places selling badly cooked food at high prices! I'm also fussy about where the food comes from, especially the meat. I don't believe that factory farmed meat is healthy so avoid that which means very few types of fast food are possible. There's just me and my husband at home so I cook to please us. Tonight we're having chilli.
@aylim14 (501)
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
That's nice to hear. And yeah, there are a lot of places that sell badly cooked foods at high prices. There are a lot of them here in the philippines and i do not want to name them because im pretty sure that with the things i observe especially with the service, i rarely dine at there restaurants again. and what do you mean with factory farmed meat?
@med889 (5958)
11 Sep 09
I dine at home nearly every day but I also like to dine outside too because it is a change for me and to have someone with me to dine is more welcome. We often go to a restaurant where we are sure to get good food and healthy one too.
@aylim14 (501)
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
that's nice to hear! Here in the Philippines, more and more people are dining out, and at fast foods too for that matter. Imagine all the transfats and the unsaturated fats you take in everyday. Some even go at it for three squares a day at fast foods for weeks on end. They say its because they do not have the time to cook, nor have the equipment to do so. But for me, i would go out of my way just to eat a more healthy option.