on dining out

November 11, 2009 at 11:30 am 9 comments

what i like about dining out is the convenience that you don’t have to cook. preparing dinner can be overwhelming, especially if the recipe is 23-pages long. besides, who have the time to cook when you come home late, dog-tired, and hungry like a wolf.

a friend from hong kong has commented that over there, people rarely cook anymore. they just order take-out from food joints in the neighborhood. the food quality is good, anyway. in addition, it doesn’t only save time but it also saves money. somehow, the chinese had figured out that if you do the cooking yourself, it would end up costing more as you pay retail for the ingredients that you use.

one of the drawbacks of dining out is that it requires a lot of trust because the food is prepared behind the scene. just as you can’t judge the dish by its look no matter how it appeals to your senses, so you must have faith that the kitchen is clean and that the restaurant personnel have outstanding healthy habits like washing their hands after visiting the restroom, never touching themselves inappropriately, and not swiping their nose while handling your food.

whenever i go out, which is more often than i care about, i make sure that i treat the restaurant personnel with utmost courtesy and leave them a generous tip. i don’t make any unnecessary demands. it’s for my self-protection more than anything else.

i always remember what my friends who served as cooks in the navy once told me. they said that during their time the navy were full of snotty officers who enjoyed exercising their authority over them and treated them badly. but no bad deeds went unpunished. they narrated how they got even with these officers by spitting on their food and putting urine in their coffee. the officers never had any clue. to my friends’ surprise, they even received compliments for their cooking.

i’d say there’s nothing wrong about dining out. having hot ramen for dinner can be tiring sometimes. but next time you go to a restaurant, don’t ever forget who’s running the show. you may be the customer and pay the check, but you’re not the one in charge. surprise, surprise, it’s the people serving you.


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  • 1. AC  |  November 11, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    “and not swiping their nose while handling your food.” — I’ve experienced that once in China (oooops, no offense meant sa Chinese.. MY OWN experience ehehhe). While serving our food the waitress kept on sneezing and wiping her nose (walang towel or napkin or maski papel man lang haha!)

    Also, I just don’t get it why here in the Philippines peking duck is mahal and one of the top dishes in Chinese resto e in fact I hate it when I see peking ducks hanging along the streets of Kowloon in HK. Diba??? Parang sinampay na pinapausukan.. Hehehe.

    Okay, Chinese is one of my favorite cuisines. Swak sa panlasa ko e. Kaso lang ayaw ko na imaginin what they are doing in the kitchen. Hahaha! baka mawalan ako ng gana eh. 😆

    RE: Navy. My dad is a Navy Officer by the way. I’m sure di naman siguro binababoy ang food nya coz he’s so mabait and knows the value of “consideration” and “empathy” for his men. he’s the nicest man I’ve ever known. Hehehe. 😀

    • 2. plaridel  |  November 12, 2009 at 3:46 pm


      you can see them hanging in chinatown here, too. i don’t care much for peking duck, though. it’s too fatty for me.

      all expatriate pinoys love chinese food. maybe because it’s close to filipino food. it’s very to easy to spot them. they use fork instead of chopsticks. 🙂

      i’ve met a lot of pinoys in the navy. they take good care of each other. your dad is in good hands.

  • 3. J.Kulisap  |  November 12, 2009 at 1:11 am

    O kitam pare nagmula sa magandang lahi talaga itong ating prinsesa.

    Basta ayaw kong magsalita sa puntong iyan.

    Tama lamang naman na ipakita kung ano ang ipinakita.
    Tapatan lang.

    • 4. AC  |  November 12, 2009 at 2:39 am

      FYI, I am not Chinese. I didn’t say I’m a Chinese. Proudly PINAY ito. 😆

      • 5. J.Kulisap  |  November 12, 2009 at 8:31 pm

        Kaya nga hindi nga ba at magandang lahi talaga ang Pinay..san ka pa. Maganda na, maganda pa.

  • 6. thatwordinme  |  November 17, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    I cook. I love cooking, sometimes even when I’m tired. True, less preparation, pero iba pa din ang lutong bahay diba? 🙂

    • 7. plaridel  |  November 18, 2009 at 9:36 am


      one thing about home cooking is that you select the ingredients youself so there’s no second guessing on what you’re serving for dinner. 🙂

  • 8. thatwordinme  |  November 17, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    and you know, what i usually do with friends, is that I make them come over my house, and I cook for them. even for guys. haha. *pasimpleng charming my way through his heart and stomach :p

    • 9. plaridel  |  November 18, 2009 at 9:37 am


      it’s been said that only those who have a generous heart can cook. that’s what separates them from the pretenders.


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