do you think eating out is worth the expense?

@aimhrea (181)
Philippines
November 25, 2011 3:53am CST
hello all i love to eat. there are times when i absolutely have to cook something and get on with the eating; at times i crave going out and eating somewhere nice. though eating out for me at least is not just about the food, but the entire experience: the ambiance, getting good service, getting full of food without breaking a sweat. etc. i'd be quite happy if i could eat out as often as i could, but one has to think about the expense. i have friends who frowns at eating out and calling it a waste, often assuming everything is overpriced; there are those that think it pretentious. me as i've said, i just love to eat. lol how bout you guys and girls? do you eat out often? where and why? what do you think about eating out in general? :)
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37 responses
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
During the time i still working. I ended up eating out because i came home late at night. But now that i stay in the house with my kiddo its really nice to prepare the best food in the house where i could here my baby shouting "'its eating time" and appreciate the food i prepare that its so delicious.. naah..no fastfood would ever give a great amazing experience we have in the house. :)
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
26 Nov 11
i had an "awwww" moment when you mentioned that part about your kid :P
• Philippines
26 Nov 11
Im happy when my kiddo is around. He is so smart as a child. He give lots of conversation even with the foods that we eat..thats why eating outside was set aside..maybe if we are in a travel we can eat out.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
25 Nov 11
Eating out is worth the expense especially if I am dining alone. Having to get ready the ingredients, prepare the dish and then to do the washing, it's physical work! After a day of work, having to go through this process is tiring. I will either eat out or cook instant food if I have to get ready my own meals. But if it is to prepare for my love ones, that's another case and I would rather dine at home then eat out as we will have unlimited freedom of time and spaces etc.
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
26 Nov 11
if i had the money, i would dine out more often if only to save myself from washing dishes! i hate washing dishes!!! lol. it's trauma from Uni days when we had to wash lots of laboratory wares... :P
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
30 Nov 11
Indeed, the effort to clean up after cooking... dreadful! And the cost to dine outside vs the cost to cook, it's hard to determine.
@SIMPLYD (74944)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
My family only eats out on occasions, because it's indeed costly. But we do eat out for snacks only, like a big whole pizza, because its costs less than those fine dining restaurants. At least we get to celebrate the occasion, without having to tire yourself in cooking and washing the dishes. Plus the fact, that what we would usually eat are those menus that we don't usually cook at home.
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
just goes to say that eating out need not necessarily be that pricey, huh? and yeah, sometimes its just a matter of craving for something you have no idea to cook and better leave with those who do know how :P
@SIMPLYD (74944)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
Correct! Eating out need not be pricey. It's actually the togetherness of the family in eating out that is important.
@tamirs (1808)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
When i was working,we,together with my bosses,always eat out when we join bidding and meetings.And honestly,I always would like to ask them to just give me the money instead of eating with them :-( . The food for one almost reached my salary foe a day. And i feel like i am not eating too much to pay such amount.But of course since they are the one paying for our food,i just eat and not complain.(who am i?) :-D That is why,i don't always go out to eat even my family,we know that its not wise to always eat out,besides our home mades always taste much better than those outside. :-)
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
thats where were different i guess :P if something is paying for the food (and it is good) then i dont mind. if the food sucks then yeah i think id want the cash too hehe but i envy you if homemade cooking at your place trumps dining out :)
@tamirs (1808)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
Not those five star dining hotel of course..But we can cook a lot,my mom and i,my brother,and even my father. :-D
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
27 Nov 11
It is very hard to judge if we eat outside will be a kind of waste or not. Some people have to eat outside foods because they were busy for certain things on that particular day and they do not have time to prepare for it at home. Some people want to enjoy a family day with the family members. Then, they will like to have meals at outside in a particular day. Some people want to have meals at outside in order to have a gathering or meeting with other friends. Some people do feel boring to have meals at home and they want to try outside foods once a while. In my philosophy, I shall enjoy my meals within my affordable budget. No matter I am having my meal at home or outside, I shall eat in according to my appetite with the foods I like to. Life is short. We shall not so particular if we are eating at home or at outside. Once a while, we shall enjoy ourselves to dine outside. Of course, the rpice of the foods must be reasonable which is also within our affordable budget.
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
27 Nov 11
i have lots of friends who are foreigners and they always tease me bout hoe FIlipinos like to live dangerously as we tend to eat a lot of "bad" stuff. i always tease back by saying, we only live once and we'd rather enjoy having lived a short life vs. starving throughout a long one ;)
• Philippines
26 Nov 11
I love to eat too (except when I am trying to lose some weight). Like you, I eat out not only because of the food but also because of the experience. I used to eat out a lot especially when I was new to the world and just got a job, etc. I mean, I would get into the state of mind of "doing things you want using your own money." Yeah, that idea rocks (or used to rock). I like going to Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, Seafood Island, Dencio's, Kenny Rogers, etc. However, nowadays, I am more careful with my spending. I go out and spend less on food because when I computed the amount I spend on dining out, it shocked me! Ahaha! Moreover, lately, we have this new high of looking for recipes and video tutorials of how to cook a certain dish. It's fun! There was a time we tried doing a Max-style fried chicken and it worked. So now, whenever we have the time, we'd cook our chicken, Max-style. The cost of cooking for the whole family is much less than treating them out to lunch/dinner.
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
27 Nov 11
i love video tutorials. i'd like to believe that im able to save money by learning to cook the things i love to eat at restaurants like korean dishes. added benefit of me enjoying the cooking experience itself :P
• United States
26 Nov 11
It's fun to eat out sometimes.. but I don't count McDonald's, Burger King, and Sonic's as eating out. The last time I REALLY ate out was at Red Lobster. My meal cost $27 without a dessert. We had such a great time.. I was with my brother and his girlfriend. We then came home and had dessert and coffee at home. I'll never forget that night out. I hope to do it again next year if I go to NY to visit them.
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
27 Nov 11
i have to say this. sadly, i have never eaten lobster before. *sigh*. lol. and yeah i dont count those either as eating out (except for Sonic, we dont have that here). i try not to eat at those places when i go to the city since those are the only "dining out" options here in the province, :))
@derek_a (10903)
26 Nov 11
I don't mind going out to eat at times of celebration, but I much prefer eating home cooked food and will always opt for that when I am socializing. I think I prefer to have guests at my home for a meal rather than meet out in some expensive restaurant. I can never be sure of what ingredients are used in restaurant meals as I have a sensitiity to sugar-based foods, and because it alters taste and is addictive, it is used by many restaurant chefs and I have known myself to feel quite ill at times after eating the meals. Add to this the cost, then I would say, it is not worth it. For me anyway.. But many who tolerate this food easily, seem to have a good time. _Derek
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
26 Nov 11
i dont know what i'd do if i was sensitive to sugar...that's my sweet loving side talking. lol. oh and i too love cooking then having guests come in to eat them. that's from my martha stewart side
• United States
26 Nov 11
I think it depends on the restaurant where you go. Taco Bell and Waffle House aren't expensive. You can get a good deal of food for very cheap at Waffle House. I do think that it would be ridiculous for someone to consistently go out to eat at pricey places like Chili's. I don't think going out to eat is a waste! Restaurants have such good food, and sometimes it's preferrable to the food that you can cook yourself! Everyone deserves a treat sometimes, and I consider going out to eat a treat. Also, going out to eat is a great activity with friends and family. It's a chance to socialize and enjoy good food. Going out to eat is always a popular pick when it comes to celebrating an accomplishment or a special occasion such as a holiday or a birthday.
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
26 Nov 11
good to know that someone else thinks eating at Chili's is darn expensive! the only good thing about it is the freebies when you eat there on your birthday lol
@ayvanee (149)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
Eating is a lot of fun! It's worth it if you're with friends or someone close to you but there's a lot of consequences when you decide on eating out. You take more bad food than the good ones that you eat at home. For me, I prefer eating at home than pigging out. There's less harm done to the body ;)
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
26 Nov 11
hmmm too much pigging out either at home or somewhere else does harm a person's body. its what and how much we eat that matters i think :P
@hvedra (1623)
25 Nov 11
I think it can depend greatly on a number of things but most of all the quality and the price of food. Some places charge a lot of money for poor quality because they are trendy or in the "right" part of town. That to me is a waste. I'm a reasonably good cook so I don't like to spend a lot of money on something I can do as well or even better at home.
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
26 Nov 11
i have to confess, i have times when i do eat out at places considered in the "right" part of the town. i guess it has something to do with growing up not being able to do so (trips to run of the mill fast food was considered luxury lol), and finally saying "ha! i knew someday i'd get to eat here!". bit juvenile i know, but i cant help it :P
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• Philippines
25 Nov 11
I love to eat out too! Especially with my family and friends. Sometimes I just love eating out not because of the food, but because of the bonding time and the experience in going out and eating while chit chatting. But of course, the food is a big factor too in eating out. I want to try different cuisines and different dishes. To be honest, I am no expert in food tasting, as I just eat and not really savor the food. As long as I get full I am alright at that! But experiencing a different food and different ambiance in restaurants outside is the thing that really make me pig out instead of eating at home.
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
lemme guess what you order when dining out..gulaman? lol. pardon, i couldnt resist that one ;) there's nothing wrong, i think, with being a gourmand vs. gourmet. to each his/her own i always say! i find i eat out at time just to pig out without fussing over the cooking, other times i play the gourmet and go after culture, the experience, and excellence (not that im a legit gourmet lol)
@tiina05 (2319)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
hello, Yeah, I also love to eat especially if it is sweet and delicious. Well, of course who person don't like to eat nice foods most especially if it served to you and you don't have to cook for it. My boyfriend and i used to eat in some restaurant and we just realize that we have already consume a big amount of money. For him that is not an issue because he said that it is for the food not for a luxury. I eat fries, pizza, lasagna, cakes or even chicken.
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
i have this friend who is such a cheapskate over most things but never thinks twice bout paying for food. _
@GemmaR (8527)
25 Nov 11
I honestly don't think that eating out is worth the expense at all. As somebody who is saving money to buy a house at this moment in time, I have to say that eating out just seems to be wasting the money that I am earning. In some places, a meal out can cost an entire day's wages, which just makes me think that the day of hard work that I had just completed was completely worthless because I'd then go out and spend all of the money straight away. It is a lot cheaper to buy the food and cook it yourself. Obviously it is nice as an occasional treat, but certainly not all of the time.
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
this i think is where priorities come in and becomes the deciding factor. with your situation with the house then dining out seems to be very much unnecessary. but you know, there are times (at least for me) that paying for a meal that cost an arm and a leg is worth it. for instance, if its part of ones bucket list. or particularly like when its a sort of coming of age or just a pat at the back for doing good work and getting at the point where you can spend that amount. however, as you said, it need not (should not even) be certainly all the time :P
@ygna21 (294)
• Bulgaria
25 Nov 11
It is worth it when you have a special occasion. But usually it is alot cheaper to prepare your own food at home.And it is much more fun if you ask me.Also you never know if the products they used in a restaurant are good enough but when you cook it yourself you can pick the products.So I believe this is healthier. I love eating fast food though so the food that I usually get when eating out is food from kfc or McDonalds :) That's not healthy but I don;t think I do it way too much.I just do it every now and then. Have a delicious day!
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
though there are also times when it's pricier to cook a certain dish than getting it from dining out as with the case of meals you have to buy lots of uncommon ingredients that dont come cheap. but i guess, the actual enjoyment you get out of cooking makes up for this (as when i cook korean food hehe) a delicious day to you too! (love this line, stole it.lol)
@Triple0 (1907)
• Australia
25 Nov 11
I rarely eat out because my Dad got food poisoning and he now fears any food restaurant out there. I also got food poisoning before too and I stopped eating out except for fast foods like Mcdonalds, that's a different story! I just started to eat out again because my friends liked to eat out after school every Thursday. We made up this plan that we would eat at every restaurant in our suburb and pick out the best ones. So far, we've been to 2 and the Japanese one was the best so far. Yes, they are over priced, the Japanese one had such beautiful food, the presentation was great! But the amount they put on my plate wasn't really worth my money. The next one was a chinese one. The food was a bit cheaper by 2 dollars and the amount they gave us was a lot! But if you loo at it, it wasn't much, just mostly rice and noodles, no meat or veggies. It wasn't all that nice either. I prefer to eat at home, my Mum cooks better I get to eat more at a cheaper price too. But I don't mind eating out every now and then with friends.
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
gah! had food poisoning recently. so i do feel for you! i have yet to forgive the grilled dried squid that felled me and yes japanese food is lovely but oh so pricey. too bad i love it. i tell myself its the experience im paying for and not just the food (cue rationalization, lol). but yeah, there are also times that i could never resolve the price of something with the actual food im getting, maybe thats why ive been keen on reading reviews before setting out for a restaurant now, so id know what to expect out of my money
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
After eating i do regret especially when i spent that much. i'm used to eating the ordinary one. my stomach isnt used to eating foreign food.
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
haha. you sound like a friend of mine who complains about me dragging them here and there to try new dishes. i say it doesnt hurt to eat something new now and then ;)
@ceasar09 (442)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
I really love eating because I really want to gain some more weights and gain some fats to my body. I really love having snacks with my classmates and friends wherever especially when I'm school I really love to visit small restaurants, fast food chains and sidewalk stand ( burger, siomai. I really love eating to the extent I don't mind how much money I have spent after the day eating snacks. And also I love to make and cook snack at midnight whenever I tend to sleep late at night especially when watching movie and doing some stuff at the Internet. I think it it is better to spent my money to food rather than spending it on other things.
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
totally get you about the gaining weight part! was made fun of when i was a kid for being stick thin. so i try to eat more, if only to have some curves here and there. lol. question, how much siomai do you eat in a week? it's like an after class meal for me hehe
• India
25 Nov 11
I think eating out is a worst thing because we are spoiling our health having fat rich foods,unhygienic foods etc.Sometimes it happens to go out and eat but we are not supposed to have more outside food in order to protect our health.I will go out rarely with my husband for having dinner outsides that to only to celebrate any occasion.
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
i have to disagree with you though :P. cause i think, like with everything, its a matter of decision and discipline. there are healthier options for dining out. you are the one the decides how much you eat and where but yeah, dining out is a good way to celebrate :)
@wydtron (302)
• Portugal
25 Nov 11
It depends. If you go out to eat a simple recipe like chips and steak then its not worth it. But if you ask for something more "modern" something you never ate then i would say yes it is but not all the days xP
@aimhrea (181)
• Philippines
25 Nov 11
temple flowers - still learning about taking macro shots. there's something about them that gets to me
hmmm "modern"...like fusion? :P mind giving an example?