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Old 24.10.2011, 14:48
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Re: Does the cost of food change your habits?

Let's just say me and bf took it as a chance to eat far more healthily, as the junk food options are limited and costly. I tend to eat more poultry than red meat or pork, but more for taste reasons than for the price (I eat meat only once or twice a week, so I wouldn't really mind splurging). Dining out has really become a treat, so we tend to go for what we couldn't possibly reproduce at home (i.e. Haven't had a pizza baked outside my oven in months ).

I think in general, we switched our minds from "getting what is inexpensive" to "getting what is more worth the price", and not just for food.
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Dining out has really become a treat, so we tend to go for what we couldn't possibly reproduce at home.
This is what my wife and I do as well, which means that when we eat out (once every two weeks or so), it's usually Indian, sushi or Ethiopian/Eritrean. I find cuisine like Italian/Thai/Chinese/Mexican/Swiss pretty easy to do at home, so I prefer not to pay Swiss restaurant prices for it.
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Old 25.10.2011, 15:43
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Re: Does the cost of food change your habits?

My habits have changed quite a bit. The main reason, however, is due to the variety available in the restaurants. Back in the US, my wife and I would eat out twice a week or more and we would always switch up the types of food. Seafood, Mexican, Chinese etc. We also had our favorite restaurants that we would visit along with kid friendly places like Rainforest Cafe. Here the variety is very limited and you will find many restaurants have similar menus. I find, at least for me, most places are simply not worth the expense. Yes, you can get chinese food, but Im used to paying less than $10 for a meal and here it is not as good and costs 3 times as much. We have eaten out only a handful of times in the past 4 months, simply because they don't have the food we would be willing to pay that amount of money for.

P.S This is not to say that the food is not good, it is just not the food that my family and I enjoy all that much.
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Re: Does the cost of food change your habits?

My wife & I (Americans) eat much less, virtually no fast-food (I might break down for a Whopper soon, though Just can't reconcile the price...), and eat out rarely. When we do go grocery shopping, we watch the advertisements, make lists, and compare prices between brands (We end up buying a lot of M-budget/Prix Guarantee branded items). As many more items here seem to be fresh with less preservatives, refrigerator space is more limited than in the US, and we take public transit, we buy less each time, but shop more often. With some planning, and a slowly growing list of things to bring back from the States (brown sugar ), we have adapted nicely.
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Re: Does the cost of food change your habits?

I think that the cost of food has changed my eating habits in three ways: firstly, we don't go out to a restaurant to eat what I can cook at home (i.e. many, but not all, Italian, British, Thai, Indian, Malay & Japanese dishes); secondly, we eat fairly healthily (pasta, rice, vegetables, home-made bread, not so much meat) and thirdly, given the cost of food I've become VERY picky and demanding when it comes to buying ingredients. I'd rather spend a little more for a little less ingredients and extract the maximum number of meals possible out of them.
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