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Old 08-18-2009, 08:23 AM   #41
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Oh, eating out is a weakness of mine. I love all food, the bad for you food and the good for you food. I even know how to cook a lot of ethnic dishes so I can have them at home or when a restaurant changes for the worst (has happened a couple of times). I still need to figure out how to cook Indian food (especially naan) and I think I will leave the sushi to the professionals. What's sad is that we tend to have periods where we eat out a lot (usually the summer) but we still cook a huge variety of food at home.

I live to eat, always have, probably always will. I always tell people that there is a 300-lb women inside of me just dying to get out. Fortunately I am so active that people can't believe the amount I eat.
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Oh, eating out is a weakness of mine. I love all food, the bad for you food and the good for you food. I even know how to cook a lot of ethnic dishes so I can have them at home or when a restaurant changes for the worst (has happened a couple of times). I still need to figure out how to cook Indian food (especially naan) and I think I will leave the sushi to the professionals.
Indian food is actually very easy to make. Get yourself a basic cookbook, the right whole spices, a spice mill, and have fun. You can use pre-ground spices, but the intensity of the flavor is just not the same. Dry frying the spices is a critical step.
I actually made naan once. It was time consuming, but the results were fabulous. Very easy overall.
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Anyway, as a result, we discovered the RV lifestyle (will be eternally grateful) and haven't been inside a restaurant for a couple years now. Or a hotel for that matter.

That is the one thing I would really like about RVing . The ability to make most of your meals . When I travel I get so tired of restaurants especially the chain ones . I do like finding the unique to the area restaurant .
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I do like finding the unique to the area restaurant .
Oops! I was wrong. In March we took one of those "city" tours in San Antonio (primarlily to ride the River Walk Gondola on the cheap). This was an all-day tour and this "single" lady from Canada attached herself to us. Part of that tour was a visit to the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum and we ate lunch there at her insistence. Brenda and I ordered a single smallest hamburger and two plates. (I seem to recall that the smallest had one pound of meat.) We, also, had a couple beers (ordered unfamiliar local brands). The hamburger was good enough but ended up being our meal for the day because of the quantity.

The Museum, BTW, was fantastic. The saloon back in the 1800's would give free drinks to anyone who brought in a dead animal. There are, in this building, "stuffed" animals of every, and I mean every, variety -- both land and sea -- including elephants and huge sea creatures. (The Museum is about a block away from the Alamo.) I highly recommend it as a cultural event.

The lady who attached to us did it in a very pleasant and interesting way. She came up to us as we waited for the bus and explained that she was a people person and was not all that comfortable traveling in a "foreign" country all by herself. So would we mind if she spent the day with us. She turned out to be a very enjoyable companion.
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We eat out a lot. Started when the kids were young and it was a way to get the family together without interruption. Even though DW is a fantastic cook and the kids are on their own, we still eat out regularly - always some type of int'l food. Easier to enjoy each other's company when there is no cook/clean to distract us.

It hasn't lost it's luster but finding places with high standards and accessible prices is not easy. I have found a few web site - like chowhounds - to be useful.
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Eating out cheaply is a passion for Roxanne and I!

We are creating lists of pretty good cheap eats places by city on our blog - Frugal Danny & Roxanne's Eating Good On The Cheap as a hobby and to support some charities through the advertising.

If you got any suggestions please send them to me or post them here.

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Indian food is actually very easy to make. Get yourself a basic cookbook, the right whole spices, a spice mill, and have fun. You can use pre-ground spices, but the intensity of the flavor is just not the same. Dry frying the spices is a critical step.
I actually made naan once. It was time consuming, but the results were fabulous. Very easy overall.
Mmm.. Indian food. We make the butter curry chicken that all our local indian restaurants have. Chicken breasts plus these curry paste packages we buy from amazon ("Kitchens of India" brand). The naan we buy frozen in 4 packs from trader joes and it is very similar to some naan in the restaurants. We make our rice and have sweet peas, plus hummus sometimes. We have bought the packaged daal bukara from amazon but it isn't great so we haven't bought any lately.

We manage to get about 90% of the flavor and quality of an indian restaurant but avoid the $30+ price tag for two that most local indian restaurants charge for weekend or evening plates or their buffet. And we have leftovers!

But there are definitely advantages to dining out. No dishes to clean. You can order complex dishes in single quantities without learning how to make it from scratch or buying dozens of ingredients and only using 1% of each one.

We have found a local place where everything on the menu is $5 (appetizers, sandwiches, salads, desserts, etc). Nachos are huge and basically a meal by itself - for $5, and the ingredients are top notch.
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We manage to get about 90% of the flavor and quality of an indian restaurant but avoid the $30+ price tag for two that most local indian restaurants charge for weekend or evening plates or their buffet. And we have leftovers!...
I only have one indian restaurant I like because the others don't have the complex flavors (they must be skimping on some of the spices). Its about $30 with 20% tip and we always have leftovers. Given the startup costs, it would probably take a couple of meals to break even but eventually I will learn because you can't trust one restaurant to always stay in business or not change ownership. That said, all home food is from scratch; better flavors, cheaper and usually better for me. I eat enough junk outside of the home, lol.
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I have 3 Indian cookbooks, gifts from a lady from India:

Indian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey
Best of India, Valerie Ferguson, Ed.
Indian Food and Folklore, Jo Lethaby, Ed.

Jaffrey's is great, and includes spices, techniques, and traditional recipes.
Ferguson's is a tiny little book, but adequate for a beginner at a lower cost.
Lethaby's is marvelous, a hardcover with some commentary on each recipe.

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Eating out cheaply is a passion for Roxanne and I!

We are creating lists of pretty good cheap eats places by city on our blog - Frugal Danny & Roxanne's Eating Good On The Cheap as a hobby and to support some charities through the advertising.

If you got any suggestions please send them to me or post them here.

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Here is my favorite reasonably priced restaurant in Bradenton,Fl . The Anna Marie Oyster Bar . The food is great . The prices are reasonable and they always have specials .
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Here is my favorite reasonably priced restaurant in Bradenton,Fl . The Anna Marie Oyster Bar . The food is great . The prices are reasonable and they always have specials .
Thanks Moemg - we posted 2 of Anna Maria places in Bradenton under the Florida list with menu, hours, good to knows and your recommendation. Looks great - love fried seafood.
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We eat out randomly....sometimes breakfast, sometimes lunch, sometimes dinner. Almost always at locally owned joints....we're not into "chain" restaurants at all. We'll be sitting around and just decide spur of the moment, "hey, let's go eat at _________"! Monday for lunch we went to a little neighborhood convenience store that has a little lunch kitchen in the back of the store and a half dozen tables....and REALLY good hot sandwiches!!!

A lot of times we just get tired of cooking, and so we head out to a restaurant instead. However, we do eat most of our meals at home.

There's a family-owned 'family' restaurant a few blocks from home that we go to fairly often. They know us, and we know them and their families quite well. They have a wide variety of things on the menu to choose from...American, Mexican, Italian, Albanian, even a little Chinese! If ya can't find something there to suit your fancy, you just ain't hungry! The food is always excellent, the service is fantastic, and the prices are very reasonable!!!
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We are creating lists of pretty good cheap eats places by city on our blog - Frugal Danny & Roxanne's Eating Good On The Cheap as a hobby and to support some charities through the advertising.

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I saw your St. Paul list and think you need to add some more ethnic varieties. I like Trieu Chau, on University and near Dale. A hole in the wall Vietnamese restaurant in a bad neighbor but the food is excellent, inexpensive, and the owners and servers are great.

Also, there is an Ethiopian restaurant on Snelling a couple of blocks north of University. Good and fun food. Sorry, I can't remember the name.
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I really wish restaurants would cut back on the portions . I end up with take out boxes after most meals out or I end up just having an appetizer and a salad . If I ate the whole portion each time we went out I'd have to live at the gym or wear elastic waist pants .
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This is so true!
We have cut back on what we order.

Almost always skip dessert - Rox still likes to view the dessert menu though.
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This is so true!
We have cut back on what we order.

Almost always skip dessert - Rox still likes to view the dessert menu though.
Funny, I thought my DW was the only person in the world who makes the waiter go through all the desserts and never orders one.
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I can not even remember the last time I had dessert at a restaurant . We rarely have dessert at home either . I am just not a dessert person .
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We eat out almost every day. We do it on the cheap by (usually) having lunch or once-in-a-while breakfast - rarely dinner. Also, we never order drinks (soft or hard) and almost never order dessert. We've found local places with good value and we're not above having pizza or kalua pork at Sams Club snack bar, half price Whoppers with a coupon, or even the occasional McDonalds. The point is that we don't have sophisticated palates nor do we particularly like to cook. If we do cook, it's typically a one dish meal (casserole, tacos, TV dinners, etc.)

If we are ever financially stressed, we will probably cut back on our meals out. Until then, we enjoy spending our money in this way.
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Funny, I thought my DW was the only person in the world who makes the waiter go through all the desserts and never orders one.
knew someone else was out there part of what makes the world go round and waiters go back and forth
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