Eating out – the (lack of) joy

In Melbourne, eating out is a no-brainer.

Here, food is not just for sustaining your energy or feeding your hunger.


It’s a place where food is Art. Fashion, even. (Just ask the hipsters – they wear the café scene.)

And when you can get delicious diversity at a reasonable price, with food better than in its home country – OK, may be not Mexican food; LA can have that one – then why eat at home?

Not even the ‘80s-style dinner parties have survived. The way to catch up, to see people nowadays (and be seen) is usually over a coffee or a meal – at an ‘in’ restaurant.

It’s just so easy, so trendy to eat out.

Even I’ve succumbed to the habit. Coffees (magics, if you please). Brunches. Friday night dinners. The midweek dinner to catch up with a girlfriend.

I absolutely love it.

Well, I did until recently.

I’ve become too greedy for fashionable food, eating out too often. And this has had its consequences.

And I don’t necessarily mean financially. Well, not in the ‘smashed avocado–can’t afford a home deposit’ kind of way.

For me, when I eat out too often, I notice I become a little numb to the experience. That it no longer holds wonder and joy as it once did. That it becomes blasé. Nonchalant.

I don’t wish to feel this way. I wish to light up when I see a beautifully plated dish. To have all of my five senses stimulated. To not take it for granted.

The only way to do this is to choose to decrease my supply.

I pondered the idea of giving up eating out for a month. That thought only lasted for a split second. For the fear of becoming a hermit and not having a break from cooking.

So, here I am, aiming to find balance between making my own fodder and eating out.

But, if you say the magic word, I’ll be there.

2 thoughts on “Eating out – the (lack of) joy”

  1. Hi Lesh,

    It was a lovely surprise to see your name in my email list again, I have always enjoyed your emails, you have been sadly missed, sometimes I have gone back to some of your old ones, just to have a look around, for I have kept them all.

    It is great to read your up-front and thought provoking ideas and suggestions, not to mention the most delicious recipes, loving Indian food!

    I haven’t put my name down for your Blog as I take it the email you’ve sent is your Blog, but if not, could you please add my name.

    I wish you all the very best for now and always, and I thank you for brightening my day!

    Kali Hammond

    1. Hello Kali! Thank you so much for taking the time to write – you have brightened my day! 🙂
      Yes, the email you received is a blog post. You must have signed up to or are following my blog, so any thing I post will come into your inbox.

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