Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The reason I ask

The reason I asked about how often you all eat out was because in chatting with McKenna the other day I found that she leads a deprived childhood.

Yes deprived.

She informed me that her friends all ask her what restaurants she has been to and sadly, she has to let them know that we don't go out to eat and therefore she hasn't been to any of the eating establishments that her friends are all raving about.

Honestly our family has gone out to eat at a sit down restaurant around 4 times in our 15 years. I can even tell you the names of the places except for one. I know we went somewhere with Ty's family once but I can't remember where exactly it was. Then we went to the Spaghetti Factory before Jilli was born, to Chuck-a-rama a couple of years ago at Christmastime when we went to see the lights at temple square and then to Mi Ranchito's just a few months ago when we went to the Draper Temple open house. Wait! I just remembered we've been to The Amber restaraunt a couple of times for lunch when the kids and I would drive up to see Ty at work.

So, like, SIX times in our 15 years!

We've gone to Wendy's or Arby's or to some small town drive-ins stuff like that and that happens usually when we are traveling somewhere. We rarely, and when I say rarely I mean never, just say "Hey let's go out to eat [ insert name of eating establishment here] tonight."

We do get pizza on a fairly regular basis. Little Ceaser's or Papa Murphy's and on a very rare occasion Pizza Hut. And Ty and I go out to lunch and sometimes dinner I would say once every other month or so. More in the Summer than the Winter. But we don't try new places very often. Our main place lately has been Thai Village in A.F. In fact one time we went up to pay our bill and the lady asked why we didn't order any Fresh Rolls because we usually always order Fresh Rolls! Yeah. And I always get the SAME thing, Sweet and Sour chicken non-breaded. Ty will at least order a different curry but not me. Fresh Rolls and Sweet and Sour chicken non-breaded all the way.

Anyway...

This morning I got a text from Amber asking me if I would like to join her at a lunch with Vanessa! Heck yeah! I got things arranged so Jilli would walk up to my mom's house after school, went walking for a half an hour and then got gussied up to meet with my blog buddies.

We went to Cafe Rio. My first time. Yep. It was delicious.

The food was good but the company was much better. It was fun to yak and chat with these ladies. And as much fun as it is to read thier blogs it's so much more fun to chat away with them.

Vanessa and I went to the same high school so we dished a bit on some stuff there. She is way fun! Amber is a hoot! I love her sense of humor and sarcasm. She just lives East of me so we'll have to hang out more. Vanessa had her two youngest kids and Amber had Harley. The kids were really great, much better behaved than mine would have been at that age.

But then my kids rarely got taken out to eat, as so stated above, so they wouldn't have known what to do;).

And I get to hang out with Amber again next week at our kids' dance festival! Bonus!

19 comments:

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

My latest obsession is Cafe Rio's shredded beef salad. YUMMY!

Kristina P. said...

How fun! I am so jealous I don't live closer! Love the Cafe Rio.

LaurieJ said...

Justin and I go out and leave the kids so mine are very deprived.
I just can't stand to pay that much money and see the food sit and get cold. At least I can guarantee that all my food will be eaten :-)
For birthdays my kids will choose Spanky's in AF. Food is pretty good but atmosphere is really fun

Christa said...

Wow!? Only 6 times in 15 years. You have some serious restraint. I have to revise my statement from earlier. I remembered that we do order pizza or some other takeout around once a month. Also, my kids and I will go out to lunch with my parents once, maybe twice a month.

Mary said...

I can count on 1 hand how many times my family of 7 went out to eat as a kid! It was too expensive!! But, it became more frequent when I became a teenager b/c the older one got married & moved out. But, then it was still only for birthdays.

Vanessa said...

I'm glad we could take your Cafe Rio "virginity".

You can just say that you save lots of $$ from NOT eating out. That is a bonus:)

We'll have to do it again soon!

Me said...

Wow! 6 times...I think I've eaten out more this month than you have in a lifetime. That too is VERY sad!

Omgirl said...

Don't feel bad. When I was growing up, we only ever ate out at one restaurant: Ponderosa (like Sizzler). I had zero eating out experience until my teens. And I still turned out fine!

Lee said...

You should start taking them out like... once a month. Some kind of family thing.
That's crazy, only 6 times?
How could you?!

I'm kidding.
But really, 6? I never thought that was possible.

Missy said...

OMG! How neat! Not deprived, neat! We eat out so much that is a sin! I bet your family is so close!

tammy said...

Vanessa is lots of fun. I was jealous when she texted me where she was eating. I was eating an apple at the time. My second of the day. Nowhere near as good as Cafe Rio!!

{p.s. what'd you get?}

Four Guys and a Gal said...

Wow. I'm impressed that you don't go out to eat much.

Four Guys and a Gal said...

Wow. I'm impressed that you don't go out to eat much.

Shauna said...

I l♥ve to go out to eat! Hope you are doing good! ♥ HUGS ♥

Shawn said...

We go out WAY too much! But after raising 4 other kids and only having the three of us left at home, it is sometimes so much easier to go out to eat....

I know---bad, bad Mom.

Wendyburd1 said...

We don't go to REAL restaurants, like fancy, there is only one or two in the state places. When we do something special it is an Olive Garden or Outback. We went to Houlihan's which they don't have near me at least, and I was all awed that there was a flatscreen tv in the bathroom!! LOL!

When I was a kid, if we got to go out to eat (there were us 4 kids) it was like Pizza Hut or Ponderosa or the truck stop's buffet. We didn't have much money and there was 6 of us, so Ponderosa was a TREAT!!

ramsam said...

We practically never went out to eat growing up, but we go out a lot as a family. I love a night off, the relaxed conversation, no dishes, etc.

I love that I have my kids full attention and I love food I didn't have to make. We go out (sit down style) probably once month. More for just me and my hubby on a date.
Drive through as a family- about once a month, as well. Of course, more on vacation.

Jo said...

Sorry, I am so meh about Cafe Rio, I prefer Bajios personally. Bald Man and I go out often for our date time, but less often with the kids because it is so dang expensive. Most of my kids like sushi, which is VERY expensive, so if I am thinking about that, I take just one kid out at time, to spread out the cost.

Melissa said...

Oh the absolute JOY of Cafe Rio!

And the Amber is like two minutes from my house, next time you venture this far up - for crying out loud - grab me!!