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    I cook too good, eating out sucks now

    I've realized something.

    Eating out just isn't a super fun experience anymore.

    * Quality of ingredients: I use the best quality. Restaurants generally don't use as good stuff. I can really tell now (before I was clueless).
    * Complicating food: perhaps because of the above they add sauces, breading, to fix the lack of flavor and "wow" the customer. Too many ingredients. So hard to find a simple plate and food.
    * Just don't feel good: perhaps because of all these complicated ingredients I generally don't feel great after. I theorize my body is now used to very clean combinations (meat, vegi, clarified butter, salt, done) and has become sensitive to contaminants? Too much sugar, vegi oil, or who knows what in there.

    Anyhow, I only bother going out now if it is supposed to be a great restaurant. But I often find myself feeling rather disgusted by the experience and wondering why I didn't just cook up a fantastic feast at home.

    Anyone know what I'm talking about?

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    Yes!! I used to love going out but even a clean meal isn't clean and if I want to be certain it's boring like a salad with grilled chicken and vinegar. Even a nice steak has to have all this seasoning with added salts and sugar and god knows what else because the next day I've gained ten pounds from a steak and steamed vegetables where at home I lose weight eating that.

    I really dread having to go out to eat when I used to love going out with DH. Drinking is the same way. Used to love my wine but now not so much and it takes the .... Out of date nights.

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    Totally! The only thing I usually eat out is steak & veggies, or bacon and eggs. They are never cooked the way I like, which is not very cooked at all. And it's overpriced!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacy15 View Post
    Totally! The only thing I usually eat out is steak & veggies...
    Yeah, I love steak houses now. That is about all I can tolerate. Funny I would have never gone to these places before, but they get it. Steak, asparagus, butter, done! Maybe a potato.

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    Yeah my body definitely hates eating out now. And I don't just mean fast food, even sit down places of varying level of 'goodness' tend to upset my tummy and make me break out.

    What you need is a great steak house. The traditional good ol boy American steakhouse, where a huge slab of beef is flash seared with nothing but salted butter and the side dish is an after thought. *daydreams*

    Of course the cows you'll eat there are nearly always grain fed and finished, but they also age the beef and give huge portions.

    *daydreams more*

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    I agree with Kimichi, I only eat out if I heard the restaurant is really good or sometimes when I'm traveling.

    I used to be a chef and I can honestly say there isn't a restaurant w/in reasonable driving distance that prepares food as well as I can at home. We also raise a lot of our food and I know the quality of the food at restaurants can't compare to what we have chez nous. Not to mention the careful thought I put into each dish, having spent many years working in the industry I know what goes on behind the scenes, kind of takes the glamour out of dining out.

    I'm also usually disappointed in how unimaginative the dishes are.
    Last edited by Urban Forager; 06-06-2013 at 04:37 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urban Forager View Post
    I'm also usually disappointed in how unimaginative the dishes are.
    That's my main gripe. Every new restaurant I've been invited to recently just serves fancy/artisan deep fried appetizers, burgers, pizzas, pasta, and salads with battered chicken and five pounds of focaccia on top (no olive oil on the premises ofc). A European visitor once told me that US food is like US movies: "all guns and boobs".

    I won't even get into how chains operate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by picklepete View Post
    That's my main gripe. Every new restaurant I've been invited to recently just serves fancy/artisan deep fried appetizers, burgers, pizzas, pasta, and salads with battered chicken and five pounds of focaccia on top (no olive oil on the premises ofc). A European visitor once told me that US food is like US movies: "all guns and boobs".

    I won't even get into how chains operate.
    Most restaurants now specialize in serving what I call "bar food".

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    I completely agree with this. Now if I eat out I feel super ill. I try to stick to some meat and a salad. Sometimes it has a negative effect & sometime not. I, too, dread going out to eat sometimes. Also some beers now upset my stomach which I don't appreciate because I still like to drink occasionally. Oh well...vodka soda doesn't upset my stomach.
    Aren't we all just works in progress?

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    Absolutely! Cooking clean, high quality foods has definitely spoiled me for eating out. Wish we did have a good steakhouse nearby.

    Lately I've realized just how often I used to eat junk food. I really thought I ate a "healthy whole grain diet" most of the time, until recently when I find that running errands is taking less time than it used to. Stopping for a small burger and fries, or a couple of donuts with coffee, or a couple of slices of pizza as a snack happened all too frequently. It really is no wonder I'd turned into a blimp. Now the thought of stopping for any of these is so unappealing. My biggest splurge lately has been coffee with friends. Even that hasn't been as tasty as the good quality beans that I buy for home use.

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