Thanks to an extreme lack of power and children in the house this weekend, the Practical Cook has been indulging in quite a bit of field research. Since everyone is probably outside grilling right now, or recovering from their celebration of National Biscuit Day (yesterday, but there’s still time to eat one, worry not), this will be a philosophical rather than recipe post.
Top 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Meals Out
1. Ask for help. Who better to guide you than your server? While many of us do this in a fancypants restaurant, I encourage you to try it elsewhere. This weekend I got a slice of pizza with BBQ (that would be pulled pork for all non-Southerners) and slaw on it. Yes, on it. It was fabulous, and not something I would have ordered on my own. (Below is the slice I got the last time I used this method. Awesome!)
2. Order something fried. Yes, I said fried. If you’re like me, you don’t deep-fry in the house. Too much mess, too many healthy people around to bother. I’m assuming you don’t eat out for every meal, so now is the time to eat something that is in fact, better than you can do at home.
3. Sit down, and eat while it’s hot. If you’ve read the About page, you know this is my life-long dream.This is obviously a bit of a call to eat somewhere you can enjoy the experience instead of just get the job done. It’s your money and your caloric spend, make it count.
4. Order the house specialty. This may seem obvious, but it isn’t always. Don’t go to a steakhouse expecting a sublime chicken dish, unless that’s their thing. Order something the restaurant is good at and known for. If you’re not in the mood for that, don’t go there.
5. Don’t fear the doggy bag. If you need to order a bunch of things, because you’re hungry, because you like variety, because you rarely drive across town to this restaurant, be prepared to take leftovers home. I currently have an obsession with uttapam, shown above in the Vimala’s Curryblossom photo. It is large. I was the only one eating it. I had it for lunch today with some fresh veggies from my once-again-functioning fridge. It will taste better later.
What’s your dining out philosophy? Do you have a local place you frequent, or are you always on the hunt for something new? Leave a comment, or chat away on Twitter!
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