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Is it just me, or is it hard to get excited about eating out when you can create something just as good, if not better at home for a fraction of the price? Don't get me wrong, I enjoy someone else doing all the work in the kitchen for a change. But when I'm shelling out 3 or 4 times what it would cost for me to make the exact same dish at home and actually season it properly and serve it at the correct temp, I tend to get a little "per-turbed" ... as my mother would call it. (I'm not even sure if that is word).
I went out for dinner the other night to celebrate an anniversary and ordered one of my favorite steaks in town. It was good, but this time... for whatever reason was a little on the cool side and not super flavorful in my opinion. I may have just caught them on a bad night. The experience got me thinking though... "Why do I keep ordering dishes that I know I could make better at home when there are many other options on the menu to dig into that I have no clue how to prepare on my own?"
Maybe it's time to mix it up more. While I always search out the "new and unusual" on every menu that crosses the path of eyes, I do have some "go-to" items that need to be kicked from the list and never replaced. It's funny because those "go-to" items that have been rather lack-luster as of late were once the exciting "new" choices that I had been seeking out.
Admittedly, I do tend to get bored with things after a set period of time. Maybe the steak was just as good as it's always been, and it was just me who needed to order something new.